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.
DC at 15.5″ snow this winter now. 0.1″ above seasonal avg, and 4th snowiest in the last 25 winters. Only behind 02-03, 95-96 and 09-10.
— Ian Livingston (@islivingston) February 18, 2014
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.