Here’s another reminder of how cold it’s been so far this season.

There was snow cover on 50.1 percent of the lower 48 U.S. states as of today, according to model estimates from the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

It’s the earliest that the halfway mark has been passed since the current method for measuring began 2008, said Anders Nilsson, a software engineer at the center.

It seems as if snow is everywhere right now. For meteorologists, the takeaway of the snow story is easy to figure out. Non-meteorologists could have guessed it too.

“It means we’re in a cold weather pattern,” said Tom Kines, a meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.

The reason November is so cold is the result of larger forces that will result in the winter rivaling last year, said Michael Schlacter of Weather 2000 in New York..

“People put last year on such a pedestal like we’ll never see that again,” Schlacter said. It can happen again, he said.