The view of the intersection of 16th and U Streets and New Hampshire Avenue as seen from my apt kitchen window, 5:43PM, Feb. 6, 2010
So the snowstorm is ended and it was a whopper -- easily ranking in my personal experience with the biggies, Jan. '96, Feb. '83, and (back in my New Jersey childhood), Feb. '78. It felt like a blizzard -- unlike the big Dec. 19, 2009 snowstorm that felt like a big heavy snowfall.
I have been trying to get storm totals but I don't have any final numbers yet. The storm total reports from LWX and the preliminary climate data for the three regional airports are included below.
Oh, yes, the pictures in this entry are mostly from my poor cellphone camera.
17.8" fell at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), ranking it 4th among Washington, D.C., snowstorms and second since the records have been kept at National Airport (starting in 1941), behind the President's Day storm of Feb. 1979 when 18.7" fell.
The man who has overseen the NWS observations at National Airport since the late '70s has made it his personal mission to ensure the sacredness of that record and that it NEVER be broken. He has bragged about that in media interviews.
The top two pre-DCA records, #1 at 28.0" in the Jan. 1922 "Knickerbocker Storm" and #2 at 20.0" in 1899, remain intact, as they will in all likelihood until the end of time. Snowfall records stretch back to 1888 for Washington, D.C.
17th Street between R and S Streets, NW, last night in what was basically a blizzard, 10:11PM, Feb. 6, 2010.
I can't get a definitive BWI number either. Earlier, I read that 26.5" fell at BWI Airport, which would TIE for 3rd among Baltimore, Md., snowstorms with the 26.5" that fell in the same Jan. 1922 Knickerbocker Storm. I believe at least 26" fell, which would rank it 4th among Baltimore snowstorms. Records have been kept at BWI since about 1950 and prior to that (I believe) at the old Custom House. Snowfall records date back to 1883 for Baltimore.
The Jan. 1996 storm had slightly more at 26.6" and the Feb. 2003 storm had 26.8". Thus, the top four snowstorm totals for Baltimore are clustered within 0.3" of each other.
**Updated: Apparently there was some error in the BWI snowfall measurement, so 24.8" is the current official storm total.**
I can't get a definitive number for Dulles International Airport (IAD). The climate report says 32.4" but that can't be right. An earlier number I saw was 18.9". If it is the latter, that would rank it fifth. If it is anywhere close to the former, it would blow away the existing #1 snowstorm total of 24.6" in Jan. 1996. Dulles snowfall records stretch back to Jan. 1963 shortly after the airport opened.
Here is the LWX page of big area snowstorms. The average annual figures for the 1971-2000 have been corrected on this page. They will be updated to 1981 - 2010 next year. Even with this year factored in, I think the 30-year averages of 15.2" at DCA, 18.2" at BWI, and 21.2" at IAD will drop again.
**Updated: The LWX public information statement put out tonight makes no sense compared to its own big snowfall page (linked in above paragraph). There is a two-day versus three-day issue but I am not sure why it isn't just a "storm total," however many days.**
Here is the intersection of 17th and R Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., in the snowstorm, 10:09PM, Feb. 5, 2010. That building in the picture is Cobalt.
Other unofficial totals are in the 20 to 30 inch range across the region from the Virginia Shenandoah to suburban Maryland.
The Grosvenor - Strathmore Metro platform as the snowstorm was starting, 4:17PM, Feb. 5, 2010. I went up to LP's place yesterday afternoon.
I'm actually all alone this weekend although I saw Joe and Ana last night at the Black Rooster pub and had a nice time. Gary is in Boston this weekend -- he picked quite a weekend to go there; LP, Gerry, and Amie are in their suburban homes and not able to get into the city as the roads are impassable and the above ground Metro stations are closed. Kristof is not around, of course.
Here is the view from LP's apartment balcony in one of the Grosvenor Park towers as the snowstorm was starting, 4:04PM, Feb. 5, 2010
I may more pictures posted in a day or two.
There is an I Love Lucy marathon on Hallmark this weekend. Exactly how long were the Ricardos and Mertzes supposed to be in Hollywood?? That whole thread seemed to go on for an entire season. What about her baby, Little Ricky, back in New York?