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Friday, December 16, 2005

Thank You, Bing

If it wasn’t for Crosby’s rendition of "White Christmas" in the 1954 film of the same name, perhaps we wouldn’t appreciate the several inches of white stuff that have fallen so early this December. But, when Bing crooned “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,” he was at a celluloid lodge in Vermont. New England can often count on the white stuff on December 25, but it is sometimes rarer in our mid-Atlantic region. Northern Virginia averages about 17 inches a year, most often in January and February. In fact, it’s difficult to find a state in the U.S. that hasn’t had snow at some point. Even Florida reports a record four inches of snow falling at its Milton Experiment Station in 1954.

If you’re interested in snowfall records, the most snow to fall during one season (1,140 inches) occurred on Mt. Baker in Washington during 1998-1999. As for a daily record, Silver Lake, Colorado received 76 inches in one 24-hour period way back in 1921.

Do such vagaries of weather intrigue you? If so, visit the Fairfax County Public Library on the Web. Our information experts have selected links to some of the most reliable weather sites, such as CNN.com Weather, The Weather Channel, World Weather Information Service and WxUSA Weather Hub.

May your days be merry and bright.

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