Data taken from the GOES, POES, and DMSP satellites shows the snow and sea ice extents for North America on April 30th, 2010. Analysis by NOAA and the Snow and Ice Data Center reveals that this year's average snow cover was the lowest recorded for any April. A rapid melt occurred during March and April, quickly erasing the record snowfalls of December through February. Sea ice extent, which was around the 30 year average for much of March has quickly declined in April and May. Current analysis by the National Snow and Ice Data Center shows the trend in sea ice coverage is dipping below the 2007 record minimum.