Autumn, which started off so warm, has turned decidedly chilly. Winter is now right around the corner.
Last winter, we hardly had a winter. Will the season make a roaring comeback in 2017-2018?
You tell us.
Through 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, you can enter your forecast for how much snow you expect between Dec. 1 and April 1 at Reagan National Airport — to the nearest tenth of an inch. (No additional decimals please; 10.1 is valid, but 10.11 is not. We will disqualify invalid entries.)
4 p.m. update on Monday, Nov. 27: The contest is now closed and we are no longer accepting submissions. The entry form has been removed.
There is no prize for this competition, but the winner(s) will be recognized here on CWG. Major bragging rights are on the line.
Last fall, more than 500 people participated in this competition. Few expected as little snow as what actually fell. Only six people were within one inch of predicting the measly 3.8 inches that accumulated.
Maybe we’ll all do better this time around.
Here is some background information, which may or may not help you in your prediction:
- The average snow from 1981-2010 was 15.4 inches at Reagan National Airport. The median snowfall was about 12 inches.
- The average snowfall since records have been kept (dating back to 1888) in Washington (at Reagan National and other locations) is about 18 inches.
- Snowfall totals for the past five winters:
- 2016-2017: 3.8 inches
- 2015-2016: 22.2 inches
- 2014-2015: 18.3 inches
- 2013-2014: 32.0 inches
- 2012-2013: 3.1 inches
- List of all years’ snowfall
You may also wish to consult these articles, which include winter outlooks from different forecasters: