Week 44 northern hemisphere snow extent has increased by 25% since the start of the satellite era in 1979, and this year has the second highest snow extent during that period
. Russia and Canada are almost completely covered with snow.
2012 also set the record for the greatest Antarctic sea ice cover ever measured.
Rutgers University Climate Lab : Global Snow Lab.
Climate experts tell us that declining snow and ice cover is an essential ingredient of global warming.