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March 2, 2009

Calvert wins area snow derby

Snowmap.NWS.SterlingThe forecasters out at Sterling have posted their snow forecast map for accumulations from mid-day yesterday.

Looks like Calvert and St. Mary's counties top the actual tallies with 11-12 inches. Yesterday's Winter Storm Warning called for 6 to 10 inches. Not a bad call from the looks of this map.

Got this note from Science Officer Steve Zubrick:


Our official NWS total snowfall forecast from yesterday at noon. Port Republic, MD in Calvert Co. reported 11 and 12 inches from 2 observers there. Arlington VA had 2 reports of 8". Herndon VA (my house) in NW Fairfax Co had just over 6".

Steve Z

In case you missed it, BWI set a new record on Saturday: February 2009 was the driest February on record for Baltimore. Only 0.26 inch of precipitation fell during the month, breaking the old record of 0.36 inch, set in the drought year of 2002.

Another record was broken today. The 5.8 inches of snow that fell today broke the old record of 3.7 inches for the date, set back in 1969.

Today's snow will help put a little moisture back into the soil and the water table.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 9:46 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: By the numbers


Got any gut feeling about schools tomorrow?

FR: It will be VERY cold in the morning, in the teens. That means a lot of this melting will have turned to ice. I'd bet on a delay for many districts, at the least.

Have schools ever opened late for simply icing mornings?
FR: Sure, if they need the time to make the walks and parking lots safe for staff and kids, or if the bus routes look unsafe.

How does the long range forecast look for anymore wintry precip??

FR: Looks like about normal temperatures and precipitation for March. So wintry weather becomes less likely, but not outside the realm of possibility. Have a look for yourself:

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