Officially snowy: D.C. snow edges above average, for only 4th time in 25 years

February 18, 2014

Snow on the Mall, February 13, 2014 (Brian Allen via Flickr)

Since the 1980s, D.C.’s snowfall has fallen into a feast or famine pattern.  A few years we get crushed, most others underachieve.

The current winter – thus far – is falling into the rare middle ground.  After last night’s 0.3″ of snow, Reagan National Airport has 15.5″ for the winter, a hair above the 30-year average of 15.4″.

Capital Weather Gang’s Ian Livingston points out this year’s snow tally is the 4th most in the last 25 years.  The only snowier winters since 1988-1989 were 1995-96 (46″), 2002-03 (40.1″), 2009-10 (56.1″), which featured historic, crippling storms.


Amazingly, this winter is only the 5th in that 25-year span with at least average snow (and 4th with above average snow).  The average is heavily skewed by those behemoth 40″+ winters.  The median snowfall in this span – perhaps a better indicator of what’s “normal” – is closer to 10″. Using 10″ as a measuring stick, this year’s snowfall is some 55 percent above that.

So you’re not nuts if this seems like a snowy winter for you. And more may be on the way next week.

Related: It’s increasingly difficult to get snow in D.C. | Does the “less snow, more blizzards” global warming theory hold up in Washington, D.C.?

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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