Monday, March 17, 2014

Metro D.C. and Baltimore Areas Snow Totals for the March 16 - 17, 2014 Event (REVISED/FINAL)

**Updated 10:58AM 3/18/2014 with final snow totals for National, BWI, and Dulles Airports climate stations.**

View from my apartment overlooking New Hampshire Avenue and 16th and U Streets NW, Washington, D.C., at 1:06PM March 17, 2014 after the bulk of the snowfall.

Yes, I know this image is quite similar to all the other ones taken after an accumulating snowfall this season. Deal with it.


This is just a brief short update to note the substantial snow totals that fell last night and this morning across the Metro Washington and Metro Baltimore areas and surrounding regions.

UPDATED 10:58AM 3/18/2014 for final snowfall totals.

Through about noon today, In general, snowfall amounts of 6 to 10 inches occurred fell region-wide with the official climate stations receiving the following:

KDCA: 7.2 inches
KBWI: 8.1 inches
KIAD: 11.1 inches

The KDCA snowfall amount pushes its March total to 11.0 inches, tying for the 8th snowiest March on record (including all those pre-National Airport winters of long ago when it was just all-around snowier). Also, the 7.2 inches knocks out from March single event 10th place the 6.6 inches that fell in the March 1993 Superstorm.

A list of the top 10 March snowfalls and top 10 snowiest Marches for Washington, D.C., back to the beginning of official snow-keeping records in January 1888. For records prior to 1945, the "official" climate station was located at different locations over the years including near 25th and M Streets NW. Image from this CWG entry, which also contains additional topical information.


For the season, KDCA is at 30.3 inches; KBWI is at 38.8 inches; and KIAD is at an impressive 49.0 inches. Again, these numbers will go up slightly.

The NWS Sterling (LWX) county warning area (CWA) snowfall map report for the March 16 - 17, 2014 event. Click on the map for a larger version.

For a zoom-able view, see this Sterling webpage. (This web link will change over time.)


Oh, yes, the Capital Weather Gang's "BOOM" scenario definitely panned out -- and was even exceeded in places. For its part, the Sterling LWX National Weather Service Office was basically correct. To its credit, CWG has noted this in this entry (link embedded):

Snow totals for the extended Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., region in the March 16 - 17, 2014.


I'm home right now since the Federal Government is closed and our office is too, though we are required to telework. In fact, the Hawaii project is reaching a frenzied finale so I really have to focus on it.

As it is, and not surprisingly if you are a regular reader of this blog, I'm not feeling that well for the usual reasons. I went to No. 9 last night and then to Larry's Lounge, where the snowstorm and likelihood of shutdowns today created an extra bacchanal air. Somewhere last night, I lost my gloves, which has really irked me since I only have one crummy pair now (aside from the huge winter ones that I only wear when it's frigid), and it's impossible to buy gloves this time of year.

The entrance to The Hampton along 18th Street NW -- not to be confused with my apartment building, the Hampton Courts -- on a snowy night, Washington, D.C., 10:10PM March 16, 2014.


On the positive side, Chris H. showed up at Larry's Lounge, and I got to see Brady for a few minutes last night.

OK, that's all for now. I will update this blog entry with the final snow totals when they are available. However, my Hawaii work precludes any further blogging today.


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