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


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 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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17° /31°
Drop 40%

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19° /24°

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18° /35°
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31° /47°
Drop 70%

Wed.

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32° /46°
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