Contest: How much snow will fall this winter?


UPDATE (11/3): Our winter outlook is now out. We’re going to continue accepting contest submissions through 11/10 - just don’t let our outlook bias you :)

From Wednesday (11/2): Tomorrow, Capital Weather Gang will release its 2011-2012 winter outlook. Before we let you in our predictions , we want to give you an opportunity to make a forecast.

So tell us, to the nearest tenth of an inch, how much snow will fall this winter (spanning October to April) at Reagan National Airport? The winner will be notified at the end of the season, recognized on this blog and have full bragging rights.

Here’s some background and links, which may or may not help you:

* The normal (or average) snow from 1981-2010 was 14.5” at Reagan National Airport
* The average snowfall since records have been kept (dating back to 1888) in Washington, D.C. (at Reagan National and other locations) is 18.2”
* Last winter’s snowfall was 10.1”. Snowfall in 2009-2010 was 56.1”, the greatest on record. List of all years’ snowfall
* Recap of NOAA winter outlook; recap of AccuWeather winter outlook; Doug Hill (ABC7) winter outlook; Farmers’ Almanac winter outlook; Old Farmer’s Almanac winter outlook

NOTE 11/10/11: The contest is now closed. We will notify you if you have won. We will publish a post to this blog after the snow season has ended congratulating the winner.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.

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