Snowed into the history books

Well, yesterday’s accumulation made it official: the winter of 2009-2010 is the current holder of record regarding the most snowfall in a season for the DC area, from Dulles Airport through DC and up to Baltimore.

The National Weather Service Baltimore set a new record, with 79.9 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. That’s the most since record-keeping began in Baltimore in 1893. The previous record, from 1995-96, was 62.5 inches.

Meanwhile, Washington also reached a seasonal snowfall record on Wednesday. Ten more inches fell at Reagan National, putting the total at 55.9 inches. That’s one 1.5 inches more than the previous record from the 1898-99 season.

Washington Dulles International Airport, broke its seasonal snowfall record on Tuesday, with 75 inches. The previous record of 61.9 inches was set in the 1995-96 season.

And being that I’m closer to Dulles than to any of the other locations mentioned, you can correctly assume that the snowfalls at Le Chateau HoodaThunk? are coming in closer to the 75 inch mark than to DC’s 56 inches. Of course, we must also keep in mind that winter ain’t over yet. The long-range weather forecasts are calling for “snow showers” on Monday. That’s usually snowfall of a much lesser magnitude than what we’ve experienced this week but we’re all a little jumpy at the moment. For now, I’m going to enjoy the sunshine coming down and hope that it helps melt off some of the stuff on the house and driveway.

And the roads, please. Definitely the roads.

Update: BY the way, the folks over at WTOP News’ weather desk thought it would be interesting to see how our winter totals are stacking up to some other cities’ totals for this winter and picked a selection of places considered snowier than the norm. Here’s what they found:

  • Chicago: 45.1”
  • Detroit: 27.5”
  • Minneapolis: 38.1″
  • Boston: 30.1”
  • Bangor 5.5”
  • Fargo, ND: 46.0”

Putting it bluntly: we’re kickin’ their asses. Of course, this is a competition I’d love to be losing…


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