Posted by: reformedmusings | February 11, 2010

Final verdict on Snoverkill – all-time snow records smashed

Well, Snoverkill is behind us. Most folks have shoveled out from under the additional snow. How much additional? I’m glad you asked. I measured 12.5″ here. That was on top of the 22-23″ I already had from Snowmageddon. Given that my house and driveway are set into a hill, I had to throw the new snow an additional 4-5 feet higher to get over the slope covered with fallen and shoveled snow from Snowmageddon – often into the wind. That was a challenge.

According to the National Weather Service:

…DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…
S CHEVY CHASE VILL  15.5   930 PM  2/10
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY   14.0   630 PM  2/10

…ARLINGTON COUNTY…
ENE FALLS CHURCH    13.4   530 PM  2/10   NWS EMPLOYEE.
NNE BAILEYS CROSSR  12.8   830 PM  2/10
SW BALLSTON         12.1   730 PM  2/10
REAGAN NATIONAL AIRP  10.5   700 PM  2/10   KDCA.
ESE BARCROFT         9.8   445 PM  2/10
BALLSTON               9.0   637 PM  2/10

…CITY OF ALEXANDRIA…
S ALEXANDRIA        12.5   400 PM  2/10   NWS EMPLOYEE.
SE ALEXANDRIA       10.5   445 PM  2/10
ALEXANDRIA             9.5   515 PM  2/10   SNOW ENDED.
SSW ALEXANDRIA       6.5   400 PM  2/10   SPOTTER.

That’s a lot of new snow. Here’s what it looked like when I went out to shovel last night:

Almost at the end of Snoverkill

After I shoveled the stairs, walkway, and a path to the street for the mailman, it snowed another inch or so. It didn’t fully end until very late last night.

I read a comment on the Internet by some idiot that said this kind of weather actually confirms global warming. What a moron. He must have studied physics (if he ever did) at the Al Gore school of socialist domination. Of course, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., said that we can’t evaluate the climate based on one storm. That’s certainly true. How about breaking records that go back to 1898-1899? Here’s yesterday’s assessment from the National Weather Service with one side note: with the additional snow later last night, Reagan National’s snow total increased to 55.9″ (BWI also got more snow):

…PRELIMINARY ALL-TIME SEASONAL SNOWFALL RECORDS SET AT THE THREE MAJOR CLIMATE SITES IN THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON AREA…

AS OF 2 PM TODAY…WITH THE 9.8 INCH TWO-DAY SNOWFALL TOTAL MEASURED AT RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT…THE SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTAL IN WASHINGTON DC STANDS AT 54.9 INCHES. THIS WOULD BREAK THE PREVIOUS ALL-TIME SEASONAL SNOWFALL RECORD FOR WASHINGTON DC OF 54.4 INCHES SET IN THE WINTER OF 1898-99. OFFICIAL SNOWFALL RECORDS FOR WASHINGTON DC DATE BACK 126 YEARS TO 1884.

AS OF 1 PM TODAY…WITH THE 11.9 INCH TWO-DAY SNOWFALL TOTAL MEASURED AT BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL THURGOOD MARSHALL AIRPORT…THE SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTAL IN BALTIMORE STANDS AT 72.3 INCHES. THIS WOULD BREAK THE PREVIOUS ALL-TIME SEASONAL SNOWFALL RECORD FOR BALTIMORE OF 62.5 INCHES SET IN THE WINTER OF 1995-96. OFFICIAL SNOWFALL RECORDS FOR BALTIMORE DATE BACK 118 YEARS TO 1893.

FINALLY…AS OF YESTERDAY…THIS YEARS SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTAL AT DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT STOOD AT 63.5 INCHES. THIS WOULD BREAK THE PREVIOUS SEASONAL SNOWFALL RECORD OF 61.9 INCHES SET IN 1995-96. AS OF 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON…THE TWO-DAY SNOWFALL TOTAL AT DULLES IS 8.5 INCHES…WHICH WOULD MAKE THIS YEARS SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTAL 72.0 INCHES. OFFICIAL SNOWFALL RECORDS FOR DULLES DATE BACK 48 YEARS TO 1962.

THESE PRELIMINARY STORM TOTALS ARE AS OF THIS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 10 FEB 2010…AND WILL BE UPDATED AFTER THE CURRENT SNOW HAS ENDED.

AS WITH ANY MAJOR CLIMATE RECORD ACHIEVEMENT…THESE PRELIMINARY RECORDS WILL BE QUALITY CONTROLLED BY NOAA`S NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

How about those apples, Mr. Gore? Remember, that message was released as of 2 PM, but the storm didn’t end until later that night. With the final total of 10.8″ at DCA, the actual new record is now 55.9″ of snow in a season for DC. That’s 1.5″ more than the previous record set in 1898-1899. What’s more, the snow back then was measured in the city, where accumulations are generally higher than at the airport. Plus, the 4.5 days that the federal government has been closed for the snow is the longest on record. Read a summary of all the new records on CWG. Take that, global warming!

Oh, and we’re not even halfway through our primary snow season that runs January – March. I wonder if RFK, Jr., or Al Gore will come shovel our snow after the next storm.

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  1. […] to home (for me) somewhat more recently: Snowpocalypse, followed by Snowmageddon, followed by Snoverkill. The three storms hit DC during the winter of 2009-2010, dumping a combined 55 to 72 inches of snow […]


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