An OU meteorology graduate student collected photographs of snow on the ground in all 50 states within a 24 hour period in February, prompting not only local news stories but also national coverage on Yahoo! and a National Public Radio interview. Patrick Marsh tweeted his request for proof of nation-wide snow and soon over 1,000 snowy photographs from across America flooded his in-box. By the end of the day on February 12, Marsh’s quest seemed like it would face defeat: He still lacked a photograph of snow from Hawaii.
Marsh was receiving nearly an e-mail every other minute when a Hawaiian photographer’s picture slipped by him. Only when the photographer e-mailed a second time in response to the NPR interview did Marsh realize that he did, in fact, have a picture of snow from every state in the nation on one day.
The elusive shot of snow in the tropics.
Marsh plans to organize all the photographs into a Google Earth file. He is a Ph.D. student at the School of Meteorology. To view the collection, visit http://www.patricktmarsh.com/snow-shot-of-america/.