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Snowmageddon: When three years ago seems like an eternity

Snowmageddon - which began three years ago today - is entrenched in the memories of those who lived through it. Judging by the number of times I get the question “when is the next big snowstorm coming?” (the answer is I don’t know), it seems many are hungry for a repeat.

What is it with our collective fascination with snow? Why, for so many of us, does Snowmageddon - a crippling storm - bring back so many fond memories?

Just look below. This video, shot three years ago by Nathan Golon and Jordan Gantz (we’ve shared it here before), poignantly captures the euphoria, the magic and the beauty of the February 5-6, 2010 storm that blanketed the Washington, D.C. region under 18-32 inches of snow.

I’m nostalgic, are you?

Forecast for D.C. during Snowmageddon from the National Weather Service, via

For snow lovers who are gluttons for punishment, look at the side-by-side snow totals comparing the last two winters and the winter of 2009-2010.

Washington, D.C. daily snowfall totals in the winters of 2011-12 and 2012-13 (so far, left) compared to the winter of 2009-10 (right)

Also, consider this image from AccuWeather (see also: related story) showing how D.C.’s snow totals this year are among the lowest in the U.S. compared to what’s normal:

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Time to move to Salt Lake City?

Related links:

Snowmageddon archives

When will it really snow in Washington?

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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