I'm an amateur to weather. I'm trying to find a snow data set for my weather impact sales project. I need daily snow depth and snow total for different region or states.

I found this : http://nsidc.org/data/g02158 but it said very specifically These data are not suitable for snow fall events or totals for specific regions. This seems a good resource: https://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/snowmonitoring/fema/

But, they don't only have snow till Mar 2017. Do you have any recommendations?

  • They probably don't have snow data after March 2017, possibly because there isn't much snow in the USA after March. Dec 6, 2017 at 22:59
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    If this is likely to be open data then Open Data Stack Exchange will be the best place to ask.
    – PolyGeo
    Dec 6, 2017 at 23:36

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The SNOTEL network measures snow depth and equivalent water content at numerous places in the US west. Check this page for the location of stations and the years of coverage. Note that these are point readings and do not reflect on the snow depth over a broad region or state.


There is global snow cover data available from NASA's MODIS satellite. The data is available for download from the MODIS site. Note, it isn't a very user friendly website or dataset so might require quite a bit of processing time and knowledge to get something useful out of it.

This data set contains daily, gridded snow cover and albedo derived from radiance data acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board the Terra satellite. Snow cover is identified using the Normalized Difference Snow Index (NDSI) and a series of screens designed to alleviate errors and flag uncertain snow cover detections.

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