Snow contest update
I finally got around to organizing the entries to our 2010-11 Snow Contest, in which clever readers try to guess the total snow accumulations for the season (through March 15) at BWI-Marshall Airport.
We have a grand total of 68 participants, including Angel Hernandez, of Easton, winner of our Guess How Many 90-degree Days Contest last summer. The snow guesses range from a low of 7 inches (Ms. Nash) to a whopping 65 inches (Ken Marsh). The record was set last winter at 77 inches.
We have four potential ties - at 10 inches ("Henry" and Diane Goldbloom); 13.6 inches (Rick and Zevonista); 22.2 inches (Kevin and Eric), and 36 inches (David G. and Therese). But everyone else has staked out his or her own territory, some down to two decimal places.
As you'll recall, the 30-year average for BWI is 18 inches. Many of the entries - more than a third - are clustered, predictably, in the 16-to-23-inch range. Angel's guess for the snow contest, in case you're wondering, is a just-a-little-snowier-than-average 22 inches.
But so far this winter we've recorded a not-too-impressive 1.2 inches of snow at the airport. January and February average a bit more than 13 inches combined. So those who guessed low can take some comfort in the pace through December.
The person who comes closest without going over will be our winner. I'll keep you posted as the snow totals accumulate. But as the new year opens, we'll need a 6-incher just to reach our lowest guess. The forecast for Sunday calls for rain.
(SUN PHOTO: Dec. 26 snowfall - a trace - in Baltimore, Algerina Perna)