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Jan 31st - 33rd Storm Obs and Disco like it's 1979


Bob Chill
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Just now, Hypothetical 240 hour snow said:

Ended up with just over 5 inches total... snow depth about 3-4 inches due to slight melting and compaction. Maybe about the 25th percentile of the range I was expecting, but can't complain... biggest event in like 2 years lol.

Do you think it ends up snowing for 240 hours here? It seems like it never ends.

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8 minutes ago, Eskimo Joe said:

What a loop:

 

Three days in, I don't think I can remember a more tantalizing, annoying, though ultimately (somewhat) satisfying storm to track/observe than this one in the 30+ years I've lived in this area. That historical radar mosaic portrays some of that frustration...and satisfaction...depending on where you were located in the DMV for this. I'm guessing that we probably nickel and dimed our way to 5" total in this corner of FfxCo throughout the past three days, but the staying power of the effects of this storm were really something to behold.

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2 minutes ago, astarck said:

Looks a bit low south of DC. Perhaps by an inch. I think much of Arlington (except DCA) is closer to 5.5-6.5”.

Certainly some older spotter reports mixed in. Most of Carroll county under 6” is surprising to me. I’d guess that the whole area from northern MoCo east to me, up around Baltimore, and then up into harford county is probably over 6”.

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2 hours ago, T. August said:

Damn there’s a 10.0 reported in Norrisville in NW HarCo.

@mappy I guess you’d be the closest on the board... what did you get?

7.6” 

Norrisville tends to do a little bit better than me, they have a little more elevation there, and were under better bands at times. They also flipped to snow before I did yesterday, so not surprised they saw 10”

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Well, I must say...even though I'm feeling a bit trolled by this in that Baltimore City once again just missed warning criteria (seriously, we've been allergic...haven't hit that since 2016! Hopefully though...that breaks soon), I have found the 50+ consecutive hours of having some kind of flake in the air quite amusing! Still goin'! Lol 

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16 minutes ago, Yeoman said:

wow - philly really got screwed

I'm pretty sure Philly ended up with something similar to what Baltimore got. Honestly, NYC got a bit unlucky, if you can call it that. It snowed like crazy there for 6 hours or so, but otherwise all that banding pushed inland and they were basically done.

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1 hour ago, astarck said:

Looks a bit low south of DC. Perhaps by an inch. I think much of Arlington (except DCA) is closer to 5.5-6.5”.

I’d be surprised if the District was that low. I measured 6.8” here in Chevy Chase and this morning we had more than 4” on the ground WITH compaction and melting.  But maybe urban heating did its thing. 

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51 minutes ago, Yeoman said:

wow - philly really got screwed

That was the thing about this storm. Pretty powerful and far reaching but not the most organized precip shield. Outside that mega band, it was pretty spotty. And the mega band itself kept expanding outward minimizing durations. 

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35 minutes ago, osfan24 said:

I'm pretty sure Philly ended up with something similar to what Baltimore got. Honestly, NYC got a bit unlucky, if you can call it that. It snowed like crazy there for 6 hours or so, but otherwise all that banding pushed inland and they were basically done.

Philly got "screwed' in a relative sense, but they still picked up 8-10 inches total, their best storm in a few years.

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2 minutes ago, blueberryfaygo said:

hmmm.. thats your ob?  so everyone howard county reported 4-6 but you somehow managed to get an  8 inch lolli?  

I grew up in Ellicott City. At least there, we’d get significantly higher totals than surrounding areas. I lived on the top of centennial lane and the lift there compared to surrounding areas was simply a thing of beauty. Really was a great microclimate. 

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35 minutes ago, osfan24 said:

I'm pretty sure Philly ended up with something similar to what Baltimore got. Honestly, NYC got a bit unlucky, if you can call it that. It snowed like crazy there for 6 hours or so, but otherwise all that banding pushed inland and they were basically done.

What happened was that basically the entire 95 corridor basically got dry slotted and warm layer.. the heavy snow bands set up to the north and west for just about everyone.. I was surprised by the 20 inch ob up in Frederick County.. but it makes sense given the way the banding set up.. snowing hard now in Baltimore.

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1 minute ago, Wetbulbs88 said:

I grew up in Ellicott City. At least there, we’d get significantly higher totals than surrounding areas. I lived on the top of centennial lane and the lift there compared to surrounding areas was simply a thing of beauty. Really was a great microclimate. 

I am very familiar with that area.. yeah thats where I drive out to when the city is getting screwed.  I like to walk around the lake in the snow.  

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1 minute ago, blueberryfaygo said:

What happened was that basically the entire 95 corridor basically got dry slotted and warm layer. the heavy snow bands set up to the north and west for just about everyone. I was surprised by the 20 inch ob up in Frederick County.. but it makes sense given the way the banding set up.. snowing hard now in Baltimore.

The warm layer and mix line will almost always work more NW that what's forecast. It's one of those tested weather rules in these parts.

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1 minute ago, Eskimo Joe said:

The warm layer and mix line will almost always work more NW that what's forecast. It's one of those tested weather rules in these parts.

Damn.. some places in new Jersey got three feet.  Thats two all time Records this year up north.  Binghamton was the previous one back on December.  

I think we are next... 

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