Snow covered more of the Northern Hemisphere last month than any previous December on record, according to a report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Much of that was driven by widespread snow in Eurasia, where the month brought the second-largest snow cover on record, according to NOAA climatologist Jake Crouch.
In North America, the month recorded the 13th-largest expanse of snow.
In the lower 48 states, the month peaked with 65 percent snow cover on Dec. 27.
Heavy snow fell Dec. 25, resulting in a white Christmas for areas that hadn't seen one in decades. Little Rock, Ark., had its first white Christmas since 1925. Omaha, which has a 33 percent chance of having a white Christmas in any given year, had one.
And while there was lots of snow in the Northern Hemisphere, the cover of ice in the Arctic dropped to its second-lowest on record.
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration