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Snow all across the West

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Arizona picked up some significant snow with the latest storm. The snow not only blanketed our area, but nearly every western state. Take a look at this image provided by NASA today:

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response.

In time for the 2012 winter solstice, a storm dropped snow over most of the Rocky Mountains in the United States. On December 20, the National Weather Service reported snow depths exceeding 39 inches in some places—the result of the recent snowfall plus accumulation from earlier storms.

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on December 19, 2012. Clouds had mostly cleared from the region, though some cloud cover lingered over parts of the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. Showing more distinct contours than the clouds, the snow cover stretched across the Rocky Mountains and the surrounding region, from Idaho to Arizona and from California to Colorado.

Snowfall did not stop in Colorado, as the storm continued moving eastward across the Midwest. By December 20, 2012, a combination of heavy snow and strong winds had closed schools, iced roads, and delayed flights, complicating plans for holiday travelers.

Though troublesome for travel, the snow brought much-needed moisture; multiple cities had set new records for consecutive days without measurable snow, CBS news reported. As of December 18, the U.S. Drought Monitor stated that a substantial portion of the continental United States continued to suffer from drought, and "exceptional" drought conditions extended from South Dakota to southern Texas.

Caption by Michon Scott.

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