Snow in how many states?

January 14, 2011

Major winter storm wallops Northeast

USA/The National Weather Service reported snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states — only Florida was spared — and much of the South was still battling icy conditions that made roads dangerous and led to several traffic deaths.

I read this article and my question is, if there are 50 states 48 should have snow not 49? Unless there is snow in Hawaii too.


There was. Hawaii had seven inches of snow atop Mauna Kea.

Several readers asked about this point, and a sentence specifically about Hawaii wouldn’t have hurt the story: GBU Editor

Tian Tian, a giant panda at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park plays in the snow in Washington in this photograph released to Reuters on January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park/Handout

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Or people could just use common sense and figure “Hey if there are in fact 50 states and 49 had snow, Florida being the only one without, then that must mean Hawaii did too!” If they do not believe that there are plenty of weather sources to verify it.

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