Our official winter outlook comes out in the middle of the month and we are still fine tuning it. But when our city government called us to testify about our expectations for the looming winter, we complied.
On October 22, Capital Weather Gang’s Matt Rogers briefed the District’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment, chaired by councilmemeber Mary Cheh (Ward 3) on our initial thoughts about winter 2013-14. Here’s the video:
(If you’re having trouble viewing the video, here’s a summary of Rogers’ testimony: We expect more snow than last year, but still below normal amounts (normal is 15.4″). But most winters are below normal since it’s those few big outlier years that elevate what normal is. We don’t see this to be a big outlier year. We’re still fine tuning our exact expectations so stay tuned for our detailed outlook next week.)
The National Weather Service was also called to testify at the hearing and Chris Strong, the warning coordination meteorologist at the Washington/Baltimore office (in Sterling, Va.), represented. Here’s his testimony:
Follow their testimony, Cheh had several questions for both Rogers and Strong. Here’s video of the question and answer session:
Capital Weather Gang gives D.C. Council winter outlook preview (from last year, 2012-2013)