The previous record in Washington DC was the winter of 1898-1899, with 54.5 inches. As of 2 PM today, Washington DC's total is at 54.9 inches, and we're not near done yet.
Baltimore and the western DC suburbs have recorded much higher totals, at 72.3 and 63.5 inches, respectively.
I expect Washington DC could get another 10-20 inches this winter, totally blowing away all previous records.
My favourite quote:
Conditions were so bad that snowplows were advised to get off the roads.
Typical 21st Century Washington DC quote:
"This snow reminds me of when I was driving tractor-trailers in , and the sandstorm starts and you can't see the roads," said Syeed Zada, 55, a plow driver for the .
Very old people compared this winter to 1922 and 1910. Most people said it was by far the worst in their lifetime. This is a great big bullet for my collection of "global cooling anecdotes".
Of course weather is not climate. Aggregated weather trends are climate. So if we have an "Al Gore" winter next year then it could shift the trend line back towards normal. On the other hand, if we have another cold, snowy winter, like the last couple of years, then the climate trend line shifts farther south, towards ice age and away from global warming.