Is current winter a typical?
How much snow is in Europe, or in my country?
Where is the snow?
Information presented on this website - i.e. the
snow cover map for Europe (above) and plots of snow cover extent
(below) - will help you to answer those questions. The information
results from satellite monitoring of climate conditions in Poland
(and Europe), conducted by Earth Observation Group at Space Research
Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CBK PAN).
Presented analysis are based on satellite observations,
provided by NOAA Interactive Multisensor Snow and Ice Mapping System
(IMS). They are daily updated and report snow cover conditions during
current winter season (from July to June). On this website you may
also find a historical data for past winters and a climatological
averages. Based on them you can independently assess how much current
winter differs from a typical one.
Why do we care about the snow cower? Climatologists
from CBK PAN examine snow cover because its presence influences
the energy budget of the atmosphere and the hydrological budget
of the environment. Snow fall influences also our daily life - heavy
snow fall makes transport difficult, sometimes leading to disruptions
in road and air traffic. Moreover, fast melting of snow may increase
level of the rivers and even the onset of winter and spring floods.