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DC area approaches driest February since 1871

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Washington, DC Approaches Precipitation Record

With the paltry 0.03″ of rain and snow showers which fell at National Airport this morning, February’s total to date is a mere 0.26″. Since only a 50% chance of showers is forecast on Friday, there’s a good shot at breaking the record for driest February since records began in 1871. If no further precipitation falls this month, the new record will also be drier than that of any other calendar month except March, April, September, October, and December. The last time so little precipitation fell in Washington was when a new record of 0.05″ was set in March, 2006.

Image (click to enlarge): CapitalClimate chart from NWS data, background photo © Kevin Ambrose