Amazing images of D.C.'s extreme 2010 weather
What a memorable year 2010 was for weather in Washington, D.C. Ian posted a great recap of the year Monday and I followed that up with a piece in Tuesday's print edition. Before the dust of 2010 settles, I thought I'd showcase a series of images that helps tell the story of 2010's incredible weather in Washington.
Let's begin with Snowmageddon...
The map on the left was Capital Weather Gang's accumulation outlook made the day before before the first flakes fell. The image on the right is a screenshot of the poll we conducted to choose a name for the storm.
Snowmageddon radar. The radar showing Snowmageddon developing to the west and southwest. Notice the vast area of precipitation over a large chunk of the country. No way it was missing us.
Snowmageddon model projection. Snowmageddon 60-hour precipitation projection from the NAM model the evening before the snow began. It indicated two to three inches of melted liquid or the equivalent of 20-30 inches of snow would fall. That was about spot on.
Snowmageddon aftermath photo:See more.
Snoverkill model simulation:The image to the right shows a GFS model simulation for the Snoverkill storm of February 9-10, which dumped another 6-20" across the region. This particular model projection, from the morning of February 8, very accurately simulated where the heavy snow would set up - from the District and to the northeast.
Monstrous BWI snow piles: Towering snow piles in the wake of the Snowmageddon and Snoverkill storms did not melt until early May in some spots.
Intense June heat: June was the hottest on record by a longshot.
Earthquake!: A tremor registering 3.6 on the Richter scale rattled the area on the morning of July 16.
July 27 thunderstorms: An intense line of thunderstorms ripped through the region on July 27, causing widespread wind damage in west central Montgomery county.
August 12 thunderstorms: Thunderstorms with damaging winds raked the area on August 5 and again on August 12, shown in the radar loop to the right.
Hot summer by any definition: It was the hottest meteorological summer on record.
Earl just misses: Hurricane Earl, at one point a Category 4 storm, flirted with the North Carolina outer banks bringing tropical storm force winds. It generated high surf for the MD/DE/VA beaches.
Record late September deluge: A deep feed of tropical moisture, originating from the Caribbean, produced torrential rains to close out the month of September. Baltimore set a new single-day rainfall record for the month of September as a result.
Midnight November thunderstorms: An unusually severe line of thunderstorms so late at night and so late in the fall, fueled by a screaming low level jet stream at 5,000 feet (shown to the right), raged through the region November 17. The storms spawned a tornado in Baltimore.
Freeze-free: 2010 featured the 2nd longest freeze-free period on record, spanning 274 days between February 27 and November 29.
East Coast hurricane shield: The 2010 hurricane season (shown in its entirety above) while tied for the 3rd most active on record for the Atlantic, spared the metro region from any direct encounters with tropical storms.
Snow hole: For snow lovers, the pain of just missing the December 26 coastal blizzard still lingers.
Here are some other good recaps of 2010...
* A great collection of the best images nationally from Stu Ostro at weather.com
* TBD's take on D.C.'s best images
* NASA's top 2010 Earth science images
* NOAA's top 2010 visualizations for the planet
| January 6, 2011; 10:30 AM ET
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