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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 12/20/2009

Washingtonians react to storm and storm stats

By Jason Samenow

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Capital Weather Gang's Ann Posegate was out and about yesterday, and shot this video of local residents in the recording-breaking snow.

So how did this storm stack up in the weather record books? The National Weather Service Office in Sterling, published the following information last night:

MULTIPLE SNOWFALL RECORDS WERE BROKEN FROM THIS SNOWSTORM AT DCA ... BWI ... IAD. DAILY SNOWFALL RECORDS FOR DEC 19 WERE SMASHED AT ALL THREE AIRPORTS. THESE DAILY SNOWFALL REPORTS ON DEC 19 ALSO BROKE RECORDS FOR THE MOST SNOWFALL FOR ANY CALENDAR DAY DURING THE MONTH OF DEC.

Keep reading for more storm stats...

DAILY DECEMBER SNOWFALL (IN INCHES)

NEW RECORD OLD RECORD
DCA 15.0 11.5 (1932)
BWI 20.5 11.5 (1932)
IAD 16.0 10.6 (1982)

ADDITIONAL CLIMATE TIDBITS FROM THE PAST STORM...

DCA...
THE 15.0 INCHES OF SNOW MEASURED YESTERDAY WAS THE THIRD HIGHEST DAILY SNOWFALL ON ANY CALENDAR DAY AT WASHINGTON DC SINCE SNOWFALL RECORDS BEGAN IN 1884.

THE STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 16.4 INCHES OF SNOWFALL ON DEC 18-19 2009 MARKS THE 6TH HIGHEST TWO-DAY SNOWFALL RECORD FOR WASHINGTON DC ... PUTTING IT JUST BELOW THE PRESIDENT/S DAY STORM IN 2003 AND AHEAD OF THE JAN 1996 STORM. (Note from CWG: The 1996 storm totaled 17.1" over three days, so this storm is #7 on the all-time list for Washington snowstorms when storm totals are considered rather than two-day totals)

FOR THE MONTH SO FAR ... A TOTAL OF 16.6 INCHES OF SNOW HAS BEEN RECORDED AT DCA. THIS MAKES IT THE SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD FOR WASHINGTON DC (PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 16.2 IN 1962).

BWI...
THE 20.5 INCHES OF SNOW MEASURED YESTERDAY WILL GO DOWN AS THE FIFTH HIGHEST DAILY SNOWFALL ON ANY CALENDAR DAY AT BALTIMORE SINCE SNOWFALL RECORDS BEGAN IN 1893.

THE STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 21.0 INCHES OF SNOWFALL ON DEC 18-19 2009 MARKS THE 6TH HIGHEST TWO-DAY SNOWFALL RECORD FOR BALTIMORE.

FOR THE MONTH SO FAR...A TOTAL OF 22.2 INCHES OF SNOW HAS BEEN RECORDED AT BWI. THIS MAKES IT THE SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD FOR BALTIMORE (PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 20.4 INCHES IN 1966).

By Jason Samenow  | December 20, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Local Climate, Posegate, Winter Storms  
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Comments

Great video!
also, Fed Government is closed tomorrow. see opm.gov

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | December 20, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

fairfax county closed mon-weds. do you think mcps will follow their lead considering mcps got more snow (http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=LWX&product=PNS&format=CI&version=1&glossary=0&highlight=off)

Posted by: samdman95 | December 20, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Camden - see last thread of posts; We beat your scoop! Haha.. :P

Posted by: IMFT | December 20, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I would guess many in the area are now above seasonal avg snowfall as well. National 110% seasonal avg after the storm.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 20, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Ian, I agree about good season totals already. Up over 32" in the Blue Ridge before astronomical winter:

event -- total
10/18 -- 2"
12/5 -- 9"
12/9 -- .375"
12/19 -- 21"
4 events -- 32.375"

I guess Monday's clipper is expected to fizzle?

Posted by: spgass1 | December 20, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

So are we on our way to make up for our overall snowfall deficit? :) (I know, I know, I need to wait for March to see...)

Anyone else thinking that this storm might be Mother Nature's revenge for Obama's comment about DC not being able to handle snow?

I say that because I was thinking of an editorial cartoon that came out after the Blizzard of '96 - the first frame had Newt Gingrich saying something like "No one can close the Federal Government but us!" (the government was on furlough much of that previous December) - the second was a sky filled with snow with a voice from heaven saying, "Oh, really?"

Posted by: MKoehl | December 20, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

El Nino and I are friends. Still I could have taken yearly average across the winter months as supposed to all at once.

Posted by: Ginnie_Cricket | December 20, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The federal government is closed, does that include the Smithsonian Museums? I can't find the information anywhere and don't know if there is a phone line to call.

Sorry to go on about this all weekend, but it is really important I see this person.

Posted by: epjd | December 20, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

There is a SNOW PLOW STUCK on the road in front of our house, down by the Accotink Creek.

It is spinning its wheels.

Posted by: NoJunk | December 20, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody have any insight about Montgomery County's Ride On bus service tomorrow? The website simply says it would start up at 10 am this morning. There is nothing about tomorrow morning.

Posted by: Murre | December 20, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Ginnie_Cricket, perhaps we have another seasonal average or two (or more? ha!) still to come.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 20, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Philadelphia had its second highest snowfall ever, 23.2 inches. The highest total was 30 inches in 1996.

http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=PA&prodtype=public

CWG, is there a site that has a listing of the top 15 snowstorms in Philadelphia?

Posted by: Murre | December 20, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Murre, as far as I can tell, it is running normal. There may be detours and delays, but it will be running.

Posted by: epjd | December 20, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, epjd. I was wondering, just in case I can't drive tomorrow.

Did your extra children ever get collected?

Posted by: Murre | December 20, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

@Murre - Check this site for Philly winter weather info and historic snowstorms (scroll to the bottom).

Everyone - the snowmelt and slush has begun to freeze and even treated sidewalks and roadways are very icy. Be careful out there tonight and tomorrow morning.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | December 20, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Anne!!

Posted by: Murre | December 20, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

the extra children got collected last night. it had its moments.

I just hope metro fully opens tomorrow. otherwise I got to figure out a way to get from Germantown to Medical Center to catch the red line.

Posted by: epjd | December 20, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

@epjd, that's good about the extra kids. I do hope that above-ground subways are running tomorrow.

Posted by: Murre | December 20, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone figure out why Howard County would not cancel school tomorrow? They have yet to call it, but my husband reports the secondary roads were pretty bad this afternoon. I really hate to get up early just to find that schools are closed. Plus my daughters went to my Mom's house in Silver Spring today to spend the night...

Posted by: KelsiN | December 20, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

From the last thread -- I'm still feeling warm and fuzzy so I'm reposting:

A huge shout-out to everyone out there who lent a hand to somebody else this weekend. I got some help today when I really needed it. People are really good at heart!

Posted by: natsncats | December 20, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

There was a plow truck on South Kings Highway that had put it's right wheels off the road and high-centered itself. Funny stuff.

Posted by: mason08 | December 20, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

What's the equivalent of all these inches of snow in terms of rainwater? I looked at my raingauge and it had a little over .50 inches, which i think is too little. Maybe it got clogged when the storm was raging. Since it's high on a fencepost the snow had already melted as of this afternoon.

Posted by: jojo2008 | December 20, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Do you think the local colleges and universities will close or open late?

Posted by: edwardappleby | December 20, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

@epjd: http://wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=4204 says "Metro’s Red Line from Shady Grove Metrorail station to Union Station will reopen at 8 p.m. tonight, which will add five above-ground stations to those that are open. The five additional stations are Shady Grove, Rockville, Twinbrook, White Flint and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations. Intervals between trains will be 24 to 30 minutes." More at the link.

Posted by: Murre | December 20, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

What's everyone's general feel regarding the roads tomorrow after the refreeze? I have a doctors appt (non emergency-can reschedule) at 10am which I will reach diving on mostly primary roads, in McClean. Still, I don't have to go. Would you reschedule if you were me?

Posted by: Snowlover2 | December 20, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

@jojo2008 - Depends on the temperature during the snowfall. Here's a chart showing snowfall total and liquid equivalent. Given that our temps were in the mid to high 20's yesterday, it's about a 15:1 ratio ... so, 15 inches of snow equates to 1 inch of liquid water.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | December 20, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Manassas City Schools have now decided to close Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Good move on their part. Two week holiday break for teachers and students.

Posted by: RWRose | December 20, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Murre, thank you. If they are opening tonight, they will definitely be open for rush hour tomorrow. I can handle the interval of trains (wow that is long).

Posted by: epjd | December 20, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

HCPSS finally decided to close, FYI. No email was sent out yet as far as I know, but it is posted on their site.

Posted by: KelsiN | December 20, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

In case it hasn't been posted here, PG County schools are closed, code yellow. Emergency personnel only report to work.
http://www1.pgcps.org/

Also Arlington public schools are closed. And Montgomery County too. Woo hoo, everyone's shut down.

Posted by: Murre | December 20, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The snow water equivalent from the table Ann provided is based on surface temperatures alone. While the 15:1 ratio might be reasonable for this storm, more generally it depends on the distribution of temperatures in the layers of air through which the snow falls before reaching the ground

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | December 20, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks CWG guys for the estimates on the rainwater equivalent. So I guess the higher the altitude the colder it is (was). Maybe you could bump it up to 20:1?

Everytime we get these massive multi day rain events, people always comment, "just imagine if we had a cold airmass...we could be seeing a gazillion inches of snow!

Posted by: jojo2008 | December 20, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Murre, MoCo announced normal ride on schedule for tomorrow: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/press/PR_details.asp?PrID=6130

Posted by: epjd | December 20, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Arlington County Virginia County Government, Courts, and Schools are closed Mon, Dec. 21. Closures include libraries, community/recreation centers, & pools. (Essential personnel only.)

Posted by: Juan-John | December 20, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

OK. The snow was fun. Now on to the next apocalypse... Do we have to worry about Potomac River flooding with all this snowfall? And could that be ill-timed for next week's (Christmas Day) little thaw with extra precipitation? Could Old Town Alexandria be asking Santa for sandbags?

Posted by: mdreader01 | December 20, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

CWG...Will we experience this again? Ok...Ok...now that the snow has stopped...and the comment boards are returning to normal. :-) I have to ask now, is this something we can expect again this Winter? Is El Nino going to keep producing some strong storms?? Maybe not as big as this one, but should we think about arming ourselves for the next one, or will we have a 70 degree New years Eve? You guys rocked this one. Great job!!

Posted by: schrute | December 21, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

I am calling all Of the US dicision makers to think about the future of the earh and life .
The earth and life are facing the dangrous of climate change . please let us work hard together to save the earth and life than spending 636 billion dollars in the war of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted by: gabraeal | December 21, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

am calling all Of the US dicision makers to think about the future of the earh and life .
The earth and life are facing the dangrous of climate change . please let us work hard together to save the earth and life than spending yearly 636 billion dollars in the war of Iraq and Afghanistan.
This amount of money can solve part of the problem yearly and creat millions of jobs for jobless people and will help for greening the earth.

Posted by: gabraeal | December 21, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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