Contest: How much snow will fall this winter in Washington, D.C.?

flakes_bigOur winter outlook is out.  Now it’s your chance to predict how much snow will fall.

Through Monday at 9 a.m., you can enter your forecast for how much snow you expect between November 15 and April 15 at Reagan National Airport – to the nearest tenth of an inch (no additional decimals please, so 10.1 is valid, 10.11 is not.  We will disqualify invalid entries.). Fill out the form here.

The contest is closed. Thank you very much for your predictions!

The winner will be notified at the end of the season, recognized on this blog and have full bragging rights. (There is no material prize.)

Last winter’s winners were Dennis Lemke and Katherine Forbes – both of whom were within one-tenth of an inch of nailing the actual amount of 3.1″. The winner for the 2011-2012 winter was Bill Walker, who forecast 2.1 inches, just 0.1” above the actual total of 2.0 inches.

Here is some background information, which may or may not help you in your prediction:

* The normal (or average) snow from 1981-2010 was 15.4” at Reagan National Airport. The median snowfall is around 12″.

* 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, we received 3.1″ of snow. 2011-2012 winter’s snowfall was 2.0”. Snowfall in 2010-11 was 10.1” and 56.1” in 2009-2010, the most on record. List of all years’ snowfall

Good luck!

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