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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/16/2009

Holy H2O! How Do We Stop This Rain?

By Capital Weather Gang

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By Capital Weather Gang  | October 16, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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As I commented with the daily forecast, all this mess is another service of our increasingly bold Much-needed Rain Crew. Let's call them out on this mess. We're losing an entire October weekend!

Basically we need some form of payback from the MRN Crew. Here's my plan:

First, let's get an ABUNDANT SUPPLY of cold, subfreezing air locked in place at the time of the Winter Solstice, December 21st.

Next, we ought to make it clear to the MRN crowd that if they can throw five days of this sort of crud at us in October, they can SURE AS HECK give us a five-day "White Christmas" present!

With the subfreezing Arctic air locked firmly in place, let's order up a FIVE-DAY SNOW EVENT, beginning about the time of the Winter Solstice. We can start with a little snow at first, then build steadily towards the inevitable crescendo on December 25th.

By Christmas Day we ought to have at least a foot of snow on the ground. Let's not just stop there. Let's have the MNR crowd BLOW OUT that puny little five-inch Christmas Day snow record with a COMBINATION of the Washington-Jefferson storm, the Knickerbocker storm and the Blizzard of 1996 all rolled into one!

The storm I envisage builds from steady, heavy snowfall already occurring on Christmas Eve to early-morning snow intensities not seen here since the first Presidents' Day storm in 1979. Santa Claus has no trouble reaching Washington rooftops in his sleigh this year!

As dawn breaks Christmas morning the snow continues unabated and that five-inch snowfall record is already a distant memory. Throughout Christmas Day, several four- to eight-inch bursts of wind-whipped thundersnow add their bit to the total accumulation. On radar, the banding pattern evokes comparisons with a subtropical or tropical system.

By nightfall on Christmas Day, the Nation's Capital is in complete whiteout, as bitter Arctic blasts from the north continue adding their contribution. Occasional flashes of lightning periodically illuminate the heavens. Since the temperature since the Winter Solstice has never gotten above the mid-to high twenties, there's no chance whatsoever of any changeover to rain. By late Christmas night the temperature has fallen to the mid-teens and is continuing to drop as Arctic winds howl. The blizzard continues unabated.

On December 26, the snow SLOWLY tapers to flurries, but the bitter winds ensure continued blowing and drifting. By the time Washington digs out, we should be well into 2010.

So much for the Much-needed Rain crowd. Let's hope they're up to the challenge. Unfortunately a fast jet stream or oversupply of cold air is likely to spoil my dream Christmas holiday snowstorm.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 16, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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