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With the impending storm for tomorrow and Wednesday, we have a legitimate chance for an all-time (since records have been kept in the late 1800s) seasonal snow record.
Our big weekend storm surged Reagan National Airport's seasonal total to 45" with the balance of February and March yet to go. This places our current winter in position number three for the snowiest winters on record, behind 1995-96 (46") and the big one, 1898-99 (54.4"). Of course, that all-time record was set at a more downtown location (M Street), so some may argue the higher elevation and location away from the Potomac was an easier accomplishment. But in my mind, that makes this potential record season all the more notable.
The chart above tracks seasonal totals since the 1990-91 snow season. Just look at that volatility. Get this: our 45" this season is more than the last four winters COMBINED (which was only 35.5").
Keep reading for more on the chances for 2009-2010 to make snowfall history...
The chart also shows that in the past two decades, we have been getting our big seasons every seven years (not the case in the 1980s and 1970s). The big question now is whether we can see enough snow in the next six weeks to reach up to that 1898-99 record. The weather pattern situation with a fading El Niño and a continued Arctic blocking pattern should keep snow opportunities in play as late as early March. The next storm will probably bring us close or over the top.