Snow lovers and random-day-off prayers have had a disappointing winter. With just two dustings thus far (Halloween weekend and January 9th), we’ve avoided any significant accumulation. Average snowfall in Washington, DC is around 15 inches, a number that seems to be ambitious for 2011-2012. Last year’s total was 10.1 inches. Most prognosticators predicted a rather moderate winter, including the Old Farmer’s Almanac which said “winter will be drier than normal.”
There’s a pretty good analysis of why this could be over at Capital Weather Gang, blaming our dearth of snow on La Nina. The biggest snowstorms in DC tend to be of the Nor’easter variety. Historically, February (6.3″) has been the month with the most snow in DC, so perhaps there is room to hold out hope. January is the second snowiest month (6.2″), but its half way over and the extended forecast does not indicate snow. Even March has produced a few whoppers … the last being the “Superstorm” of 1993 which dumped 13 inches on us.
And now, in place of real snow a few more Snowpocalyse 2010 pictures from Cleveland Park. That 2009-2010 season was Washington’s snowiest with a whopping 55.9 inches of snowfall. For some this rare double blizzard, was an unmitigated disaster. Most, however, found some fun or relaxation in the storm, even if it came after digging your car out from under two feet of snow.