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Washington, D.C. falling deep into dungeon of snow futility

With 3.5 inches of snow combined in the last two winters, Washington, D.C. will have its least snowy two-year period on record if no more accumulating snow falls through April.

And it won’t even be close. The current recordholder for least snowy back-to-back winters is 1996-97 and 1997-98 when a combined 6.8 inches fell.

Related: D.C. snow drought: It’s worse than you think

Of course, our record long period without a snowstorm of at least two inches is now at 749 days, and counting.

The very large graphic below sums up the last two winters rather well: it’s the set of snow accumulation maps we have issued.


Snowfall forecasts issued by Capital Weather Gang for specific dates during the last two winters

It’s possible I missed one or two event and we did not always choose to create maps for some of the events in which just a dusting or so was forecast. But what’s amazing is not only have we not received two inches of snow in D.C., we’ve not even been able to forecast that much!

Repeating: D.C.=Dusting Central.

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

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