North America's snow cover extent in January 1970-2020

Snow cover plays an important role in the regulation of climate due to its reflective properties. Melting snow also provides water for drinking and crop irrigation in many regions around the world. In January 2020, snow cover extent in North America reached 15.4 million square kilometers.

Snow cover extent in North America as of January 1970 to 2020 (in million square kilometers)*

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Release date

2020

Region

North America

Survey time period

1970 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* Based on January of each year as the snow cover is generally at its maximum.

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