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Thursday, February 04, 2010

History of Big Snows



According to the National Weather Service Forecast Office, the biggest unofficial snow (before records existed) occurred in January 1772. Known as the Washington-Jefferson snowstorm (it was recorded in both their diaries), the storm may have dropped as much as 36 inches in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Another famous snow is the Knickerbocker Storm of January 27-28, 1922. More than 24 inches fell, causing the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre in D.C. to collapse. Ninety-eight people died and 133 were injured. In all, Washington D.C. has recorded 13 snowstorms equal to or greater than 12 inches since 1870. Northern Virginia, which began measuring snowfall at Dulles in 1962, has recorded seven storms equal to or greater than 12 inches in the past 48 years.

As you prepare for our second record snowfall of the season, visit the Winter Weather Preparedness page on the Fairfax County Web site for helpful information. You can also sign up for the Community Emergency Alert Network, which will send weather and closing updates via e-mail, cell phone, text pager, satellite phone and/or wireless device.

In the meantime – when you aren’t out shoveling– spend the weekend with a few good books.

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