Mark Johnson: Northern hemisphere snowfall sets an all-time record

CLEVELAND - Cleveland didn't get a lot of snow this past cold season. Our 51 inches will end up being a a full 18 inches below normal for the season.

But northern Ohio's snowfall deficit is the exception rather than the rule. The new numbers are in and the period from November 2012 to April 2013 is a record breaker for snowfall across Earth's Northern hemisphere.

During the most recent cold season, the snow extent for areas north of the equator covered a full 41.79 square kilometers. That's a lot of snow! That breaks the old record of 41.73 square kilometers back in the famously cold and snowy winter of 1977-78.

What's more, three out of the top 10 snowiest seasons in the Northern hemisphere have occurred since the turn of the new century. 2002-2003 finished seventh with 41.3 square kilometers of snow extent. The 2010-2011 cold season finished ninth with 41.2 square kilometers of snow cover.

That's remarkable since, just a few years back, climatologists were predicting vanishing snowfall due to global warming/climate change. It was March 2000 that Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in Great Britain made the famous statement that,within a few years, winter snowfall would become "a very rare and exciting event".

"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," added Viner. He believed children would only see snow by looking at pictures of it on the Internet.

Wrong. Britain and Europe have seen record snows during the last decade.

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