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December 7, 2009

Official snow total for Baltimore: 1 inch


The official measurement on Saturday's snowstorm for Baltimore came to a whopping 1 inch. The National Weather Service's station of record for the city is at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which was on the rainier, warmer side of this very varied storm.

But the snowfall map issued Monday by the forecast office in Sterling shows what we all already know - that the totals north and west of the airport were considerably deeper. Some locations within Sterling's forecast area reported as much as 8 or 9 inches of snow.

Parts of Carroll and Montgomery counties measured 6 and 7 inches. Locations closer to Baltimore ranged from an inch near the city, to 5 inches in the western suburbs of Baltimore County. Here are some more reports from across the region, from CoCoRaHS. Be sure to change the date to Dec. 6, and click on "New Snow." Some highlights:Gregory Hill, Owings Mills

Clarksburg, Montgomery Co.:  7.5 inches

Sykesville, Howard Co.:  6 inches

Mt. Airy, Carroll Co.: 5.5 inches

Ellicott City, Howard Co.: 4.1 inches

Cockeysville, Baltimore Co.:  3.1 inches

Severn, Anne Arundel Co.:  2.5 inches

Bowie, Prince George's Co.:  2.5 inches

Hamilton, Baltimore City:  1.1 inch

The distances between hardly any snow and considerable accumulations were often quite small. We had less than 2 inches on the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville, but when we went to see friends for dinner in May's Chapel Saturday evening, they had what looked like 4 inches on their front yard.

And that's pretty much what forecasters had led us to expect. In fact, the forecasting on this quirky storm seems to have been quite good as it approached - from the timing, to the predicted accumulations, to the sharp differences in snow totals across small distances. Well done, Sterling.

(Photo courtesy of Gregory Hill, Owings Mills. Taken Sunday morning.)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:55 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Winter weather


Dear Mother Nature,
That was fun!! Let's do it again sometime soon, huh?

I'm a little disappointed with the total accumulation in my area (probably just shy of an inch in northeast Baltimore City), but that was better than nothing. Looking forward to more of the wintry stuff this year!

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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