Blizzard 2016 Record Top Snowstorm: Area Totals

The official numbers are in and Baltimore closed out the Blizzard 2016 with a few records, as well as many other places. Over 2 feet of snow was more than a full season’s worth in a single day. Even though the storm was spread between Friday January 22 to Saturday January 23, the single storm, calendar date, and single day snowfall records were broken.  If you are measuring, Below are the local snow totals from area weather spotters. On a regional scale, even New York City recorded 26 inches in Central Park. When everything is tallied up, this should be the all time top storm on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS).

With a seasonal total of 30 inches for the season, BWI is now at the upper edge of my seasonal snowfall outlook. This makes for the third season in a row with above average snow in Baltimore as I suggested. But any more, and we will overshoot my expectation. However it might relate to something else interesting  I will detail in my next report.

Also see:

My Winter 2015-2016 Outlook

Baltimore Snow History

 

Measuring Notes:

  • Snow drifts: Take an average of 3 different locations on your property
  • Drifts are over 4 Ft in spots.
  • Dry Snow Vs. the wet snow expected allowed it to fluff up more initially. *This kept it from weighing down trees and power lines too.
  • Snow compression: The snow is so deep, it will pack down under its own weight and paper lower today
  • Sublimation: Snow that doesn’t melt could skip the water phase and go right to gas (similar to evaporating)

Records at Baltimore’s BWI

  • 25.5″For the calendar day. Former January 23 record = 11.5″ in 1935
  • 29.2″ For the storm! Former top storm on record was 26.8″ on February 15 to 18 2003.

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Compare My Final Call For Snowfall To The Spotter Reports

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Notes:

  • Southern Pennsylvania not on these maps, but many of these areas were in the 26″ to 36″ range. Yes, up to 3 Ft.
  • Top numbers appears in Frederick County with a range of 33″ to 40″

On Maryland’s Eastern Shore

  • Centreville: 16″
  • Easton: 10″

Area Snow Totals

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Snow Spotter Reports

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS                   
                     SNOWFALL           OF 
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

...DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA...
   1 WSW NATIONAL ZOO    22.4   914 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 E WASHINGTON        22.3  1200 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   ADAMS MORGAN          21.0  1121 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            

MARYLAND

...ALLEGANY COUNTY...
   FROSTBURG             25.0  1130 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SSE CUMBERLAND      22.0   905 PM  1/23  CO-OP OBSERVER          

...ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY...
   BWI AIRPORT           29.2  1230 AM  1/24  AIRPORT                 
   LINTHICUM HEIGHTS     23.0  1100 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 E CROFTON           22.5  1134 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   1 ENE CROFTON         19.0   915 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 S RIDGEWAY          17.3  1230 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 NW RIVA             17.0   920 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...BALTIMORE COUNTY...
   2 E REISTERSTOWN      32.1   930 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 NE JACKSONVILLE     30.0  1057 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 W PARKTON           29.8  1130 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 E GLYNDON           28.3  1030 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SE COCKEYSVILLE     28.0   855 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 NW LONG GREEN       27.0   830 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 WSW GLYNDON         27.0  1205 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNE PERRY HALL      26.0  1100 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 NNW BROOKLANDVILLE  26.0   918 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   REISTERSTOWN          26.0  1030 PM  1/23  STATE EMERG MGMT        
   1 ENE RANDALLSTOWN    25.5   800 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 ENE HAMILTON        23.5   939 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNE PUMPHREY        20.0   138 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...BALTIMORE CITY...
   1 SW PARK HEIGHTS     26.5   830 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 ESE ARLINGTON       25.0   805 PM  1/23  BROADCAST MEDIA         
   HAMILTON              24.5   820 PM  1/23  PUBLIC                  
   2 W CARROLL           22.4   752 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 W MORRELL PARK      21.0  1030 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...CALVERT COUNTY...
   2 NE DOWELL           19.0  1020 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 N HUNTINGTOWN       16.3  1030 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   2 SW HUNTINGTOWN      16.0   945 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   NORTH BEACH           14.0   751 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...CARROLL COUNTY...
   1 SSW MANCHESTER      24.8  1130 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...CHARLES COUNTY...
   2 W WALDORF           23.5   902 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SW DENTSVILLE       15.5  1130 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 ENE HUGHESVILLE     13.0   822 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...FREDERICK COUNTY...
   1 E WALKERSVILLE      35.0   830 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   NEW MARKET            35.0  1000 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SE MYERSVILLE       32.0  1100 PM  1/23  PRIVATE COMPANY         
   BALLENGER CREEK       31.0  1030 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNW BRADDOCK HEIGH  30.0   800 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 N WOLFSVILLE        29.5  1055 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNW BALLENGER CREE  29.5  1049 PM  1/23  COCORAHS                

...HARFORD COUNTY...
   2 E SCARBORO          33.5   915 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNW BEL AIR         31.0   935 PM  1/23  PUBLIC                  
   BELCAMP               24.0   854 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNE BEL AIR         22.9  1206 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...HOWARD COUNTY...
   2 SE GAITHER          30.5   900 PM  1/23  COCORAHS                
   1 NNW GLENELG         28.0   940 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NW ELLICOTT CITY    27.5  1030 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 WSW COLUMBIA        25.0  1005 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SSE SIMPSONVILLE    24.2  1230 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNW COLUMBIA        24.0   840 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NE SAVAGE           24.0   808 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   HIGHLAND              24.0   800 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   2 W ELKRIDGE          22.0   755 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   HANOVER               21.0   830 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...MONTGOMERY COUNTY...
   1 SE OLNEY            31.5  1015 PM  1/23  COCORAHS                
   1 N GARRETT PARK      30.8  1015 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SE MONTGOMERY VILL  30.0  1011 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SE DAMASCUS         30.0  1100 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 ESE NORBECK         29.8  1100 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   3 SSW DAMASCUS        29.0   752 PM  1/23  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   2 ESE GERMANTOWN      27.5  1028 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   GAITHERSBURG          27.0  1020 PM  1/23  COUNTY EMRG MGMT        
   1 WSW GARRETT PARK    26.5  1200 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNW CALVERTON       23.9  1030 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   SOMERSET              22.0   915 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 N FOUR CORNERS      22.0   821 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 ESE TAKOMA PARK     18.5  1145 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY...
   1 NW HYATTSVILLE      25.2  1032 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNE CHELTENHAM      24.0  1045 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNE CHELTENHAM      24.0  1130 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 E UNIVERSITY PARK   22.3  1120 PM  1/23  NWS OFFICE              
   2 E BURTONSVILLE      21.8   956 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNE GREENBELT       20.5   948 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   1 SW COLLEGE PARK     19.0   800 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...ST. MARYS COUNTY...
   RIDGE                 10.7  1031 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...WASHINGTON COUNTY...
   CASCADE               37.5   905 PM  1/23  PUBLIC                  
   1 WSW CAVETOWN        31.3  1000 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

VIRGINIA

...ALBEMARLE COUNTY...
   3 WNW CARRSBROOK      30.0   800 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...ARLINGTON COUNTY...
   1 NNE BAILEYS CROSSR  21.5   930 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 WNW REAGAN NATIONA  19.4   927 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 WSW CHERRYDALE      18.0  1020 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   REAGAN NATIONAL AIRP  17.8  1230 AM  1/24  AIRPORT                 

...AUGUSTA COUNTY...
   FISHERSVILLE          18.3   859 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...CITY OF ALEXANDRIA...
   2 ESE LINCOLNIA       21.5   930 PM  1/23  OTHER FEDERAL           
   1 WNW NATIONAL HARBO  17.0   755 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG...
   1 E FREDERICKSBURG    14.3  1105 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...CITY OF MANASSAS...
   2 ESE MANASSAS        30.1   210 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   MANASSAS              29.5   910 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SW MANASSAS PARK    28.7  1206 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...CLARKE COUNTY...
   1 NNW BERRYVILLE      35.0  1209 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   BOYCE                 28.5  1030 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...FAIRFAX COUNTY...
   CENTREVILLE           30.8  1009 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 N CHANTILLY         30.0   900 PM  1/23  COCORAHS                
   1 NNE HERNDON         28.4  1100 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   2 N RESTON            28.0   815 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 N RESTON            28.0   815 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   1 W CENTREVILLE       28.0  1030 PM  1/23  COCORAHS                
   3 N CHANTILLY         26.6  1230 AM  1/24  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   1 SSW FRANCONIA       25.0  1100 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNE FAIRFAX STATIO  24.5   830 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 WNW FALLS CHURCH    24.2  1130 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NW NEWINGTON        23.5  1044 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 W LAKE BARCROFT     23.0  1017 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 S LINCOLNIA         22.0  1030 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   RAVENSWORTH           21.0   915 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            

...FAUQUIER COUNTY...
   1 NW OPAL             30.0  1013 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SSE MORRISVILLE     19.0  1208 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...KING GEORGE COUNTY...
   JERSEY                14.0  1130 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...LOUDOUN COUNTY...
   1 WNW ROUND HILL      36.3  1030 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NNE ASHBURN         36.0  1128 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   1 SW LEESBURG         34.0  1017 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SW PURCELLVILLE     33.0   810 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   DULLES INTERNATIONAL  29.3  1230 AM  1/24  AIRPORT                 
   2 NW LEESBURG         28.5   914 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 NE LEESBURG         28.4   800 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   3 S BLUEMONT          25.0  1030 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...NELSON COUNTY...
   4 ESE NELLYSFORD      13.0   150 AM  1/24  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...PAGE COUNTY...
   2 WSW PANORAMA        24.0  1056 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY...
   3 SW BULL RUN         32.1  1050 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 W DALE CITY         26.3  1130 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   SUDLEY                25.5  1215 AM  1/24  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   2 ESE INDEPENDENT HI  23.0  1100 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 ENE DUMFRIES        18.5   916 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...SHENANDOAH COUNTY...
   STRASBURG             22.8  1016 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY...
   1 S DUNAVANT          21.5   800 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   4 ESE CHANCELLORSVIL  21.2   800 PM  1/23  PUBLIC                  

...STAFFORD COUNTY...
   1 WSW SEALSTON        19.0  1000 PM  1/23  COCORAHS                
   1 ESE BROOKE          19.0  1045 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 S LEELAND           14.5   815 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...WARREN COUNTY...
   1 WNW RIVERTON        28.0   821 PM  1/23  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   1 WSW KARO            28.0   800 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

WEST VIRGINIA

...BERKELEY COUNTY...
   2 NW FALLING WATERS   35.5   758 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...HARDY COUNTY...
   1 N MOOREFIELD        25.0   800 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...JEFFERSON COUNTY...
   1 NW SHEPHERDSTOWN    40.5   950 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   SHENANDOAH JUNCTION   35.5   930 PM  1/23  NWS EMPLOYEE            

...MORGAN COUNTY...
   1 W SMITH CROSSROADS  33.2  1101 PM  1/23  TRAINED SPOTTER

 

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7 Comments

  1. Patricia Beetschen January 24, 2016 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Justin your forecast was spot on! A+++

  2. Donna tracey January 24, 2016 at 8:41 am - Reply

    We can always count on your predictions. Thank you. John Collins reported this morning that Westminster got 18 ” but he is wrong they had 27 ” yesterday people reported.

  3. Linda January 24, 2016 at 9:56 am - Reply

    What did you measure at your place, Justin? Pennsylvanians want to know!

  4. Allen Schildtknecht January 24, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I find it interesting that in the age of “global warming” four of the top ten snow falls have occurred since the turn of the century.

  5. David January 24, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Global warming isn’t just about warm weather.. It’s about the warming of the oceans which in turn create bigger storms.. We still have seasons in the mid Atlantic because of the position of the sun and how close/far from the equator.

  6. Evelyn January 25, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Kent Island is always ignored. Please remember us!! We probably have a good 18 inches. We are surrounded by water so winds and tides have a big effect on us too. Many work on the water or commute. We need accurate weather for us too. Thank you for reading this.

  7. Derrick October 25, 2016 at 5:38 am - Reply

    This is very informative. Beginner bloggers will learn so much from this post. Thanks for sharing and keep posting more educational posts like this.
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