What a difference a year makes.

Take a look at these two high resolution satellite images of the Maritimes, courtesy of NASA. On clear days you can see the entire region.

We saw heavy snow cover and plenty of sea ice last year, while green is plentiful this year and the waters of the Northumberland Strait and Gulf of St. Lawrence feature open water.

Satellite image of Maritimes on Feb. 27, 2015

A satellite image of the Maritimes on Feb. 27, 2015. (NASA)

Satellite image of the Maritimes on Feb. 19, 2016

A satellite image of the Maritimes on Feb. 19, 2016. (NASA)

A quick survey of snow-on-ground conditions illustrates the same:

Charlottetown

  • Feb. 18, 2015: 114 cm
  • Feb. 18, 2016: 5 cm

Fredericton

  • Feb. 18, 2015: 27 cm
  • Feb. 18, 2016: Trace amounts

Halifax Stanfield International Airport

  • Feb. 18, 2015: 70 cm
  • Feb. 18, 2016: Trace amounts

Moncton, N.B.

  • Feb. 18, 2015: 127 cm
  • Feb. 18, 2016: 4 cm

Saint John, N.B.

  • Feb. 18, 2015: 170 cm
  • Feb. 18, 2016: 15 cm

Summerside, P.E.I.

  • Feb. 18, 2015: 80 cm
  • Feb. 18, 2016: 3 cm

Sydney, N.S.

  • Feb. 18, 2015: 34 cm
  • Feb. 18, 2016: 8 cm

Yarmouth, N.S.

  • Feb. 18, 2015: 28 cm
  • Feb. 18, 2016: Trace amounts