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Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 03/07/2012

The central Virginia snow zone from space

Twice now, over the past two-three weeks, the immediate Washington, D.C. metro area has been deprived of accumulating snow falling just 60-100 miles to its south. No image tells the story better than the one below.

NASA Terra satellite imagery show fresh snow cover in portions of Virginia on February 20 and March 7. On both occasions, D.C. got no measurable snow. (NASA and National Weather Service)
The first storm, which originated from the Gulf of Mexico and was accompanied by a fairly generous swath of snow (in the southern two-thirds of Virginia and West Virginia), just missed us February 20, as it tracked northeast to a position off the coast of the Carolinas.

The second storm, a clipper from Canada, contained a fairly narrow ribbon of snow, and barely grazed us as it dove just to our south.

Lesson learned: snow was just not meant to be in D.C. in 2012. If there was a way for a storm to miss us, it did just that.

Of course, no image may be more depressing for snow lovers than the one below: The Beach blizzard, beltway bust - Nomageddon snow hole of December 26, 2010 ...

U.S. snow cover December 26, 2010 (NOAA)

(Hat tip to the National Weather Service office in Sterling for posting this 2012 image to its Facebook page)

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