By Mark Memmott
Update at 6:45 a.m. ET, Feb. 14: We got a very early morning e-mail from Patrick Marsh saying that:
Overnight last night I received an email from an astronomer working on Mauna Kea, HI. The photographs, containing snow, were examined by the NWS (National Weather Service) in Honolulu and they found no reason to doubt the legitimacy of the photographs. You can read more about the last photo on my blog.
(Two-Way commenter Native Earthling also noted Patrick's overnight news around 5:30 a.m. ET today; many thanks.)
Congratulations to Patrick and all those who helped him document the snow in all 50 states on Friday.
Our original starts here:
Patrick Marsh's quest, which we told you about yesterday, is 98% fulfilled. And that seems like success to us.
With lots of help from folks all across the nation, he collected photos of the snow that was on the ground yesterday in every state and Washington, D.C. -- with one exception. For now, he's got a 2005 photo of snow atop one of Hawaii's volcanoes. Buried somewhere in the 700 or so e-mails he still has to sift through, though, just could be the shot from Hawaii that confirms what he's sure of -- snow on the ground there Friday in the upper elevations.
And here's the piece that aired on All Things Considered yesterday about Patrick's effort: