Tonight’s snow “in character” with events of last 3 years


Snow coats the trees on Capitol Hill, March 25, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)

Not since January 26, 2011 (Commutageddon), has Washington, D.C. (Reagan National Airport) received a snowstorm of two inches or more – some 1,072 days. That’s the longest such snow drought on record (dating back to the late 1800s). Here’s a list of the various snow events since 1/26/11:

1/28/11 – 0.6″
2/9/11 – 0.1″
2/21-22/11 – 0.4″
3/27/11 – 0.2″
1/9/12 – 0.6″
1/20-21/12 – 1.1″
2/11-12/12 – 0.3″
12/26/12 – 0.2″
1/24/13 – 0.4″
1/25/13 – 0.4″
1/28/13 – 0.1″
2/1/13 – 0.2″
2/2/13 – 0.2″
3/6/13 – 0.2″
3/25/13 – 1.4″
12/8/13 – 0.6″
12/10/13 – 0.9″

These 17 snow events have produced an average of 0.46″ per event.

Tonight’s predicted dusting to 2 inches should fit well into our recent history of rather pathetic snowfalls.

Thanks to occasional CWG contributor Matt Ross for compiling these numbers and posting them on AmericanWx forums.

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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