May 23, 2020 - Scandinavia


After a warm winter, snow continued to cling to part of Scandinavia in late spring 2020. Most of the snow covers the Scandinavian Mountains as well as Norway and the northern-most part of Finland and Russia. The Gulf of Bothnia and land surrounding it appear nearly summer-like, with no ice or snow visible.

In March, which is typically the end of winter in the region, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute noted that the winter of 2019-2020 was the warmest winter in recorded history in southern and central Sweden. On March 4, The Local Europe AB, a multi-regional European digital news publisher, described cherry trees blooming in January in Stockholm, Sweden, and also reported that more than half of the country of Finland also recorded the warmest January on record, as did Norway and Denmark. Mikael Scharling, of the Danish Meteorological Institute, was quoted, “If this winter remains etched in the collective memory, it will be as the winter which never arrived".

On May 22, 2020, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’s Terra satellite acquired a true-color image of late spring in Scandinavia. The countries visible include, from west to east, are Norway, Sweden, Finland, and, in the northeast, part of Russia.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 5/22/2020
Resolutions: 1km (466.2 KB), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC