Where is all the snow this winter?

Also, the NPR Student Podcast Challenge is back!

  • Alexandra Stein
  • Smart Talk

If you are wondering where this winter’s cold temps and wintry conditions are, you’re probably not alone. Globally, this year’s January has been the Earth’s hottest January on record, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.  

Snow trackers also point out that snow coverage in both North America and Europe are significantly lower this winter. Snow coverage is measured and analyzed because it is considered a “critical climate indicator.” Less snow and ice cover mean that the Earth’s surface can absorb more of the sun’s energy and become warmer.  

David RobinsonPh.D., Distinguished Professor with the Department of Geography at Rutgers University and NJ State Climatologist tracks snow coverage through the Global Snow Lab and he appears on Smart Talk to discuss their observations. 

Dr. David Robinson appears on Smart Talk on February 26, 2020.

Dr. David Robinson

Dr. David Robinson appears on Smart Talk on February 26, 2020.

Also, the NPR Student Podcast Challenge is back. Students in grades five through twelve can team up with their teachers to create a podcast for a chance to have it broadcast on NPR.  

Submissions are accepted until March 24, 2020, and the winning podcasts from each age group will be featured in segments on either All Things Considered or Morning Edition. NPR’s Education Desk podcast staff members Lauren Migaki, Senior Producer, and Jeffrey PierreAssistant Producer, join Smart Talk to discuss the Student Podcast Challenge. 

Lauren Migaki appears on Smart Talk on February 26, 2020.

NPR

Lauren Migaki appears on Smart Talk on February 26, 2020.

Jeffrey Pierre appears on Smart Talk on February 26, 2020.

NPR

Jeffrey Pierre appears on Smart Talk on February 26, 2020.

 

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Up Next
Energy & Environment

Constitution Pipeline project ends as builder cites 'diminished' return on investment