Winter began this week, and right on cue, snowflakes were in the air. Granted, you may have missed them, but they were blown along by Friday’s stiff wind a couple of different times during the day, and many locations in Fairfax County reported snow. Nobody got more than a trace, though. How does this year compare to the last previous five years in Fairfax county? The snow’s late this year! The first snowfall last year was just before Halloween (10/29/2011) but then none until 01/09/2012. Before that the first snow dates were 12/13/2010, 12/06/2009, and 12/07/2008.
We got our first significant rain since Hurricane Sandy at the end of October this week. My rain gauge in Lorton recorded the following precipitation at 6am on the day indicated for the previous 24 hours:
Date Precip Snowfall Mon 12/17/2012 0.03” Tue 12/18/2012 0.06” Wed 12/19/2012 0.00” Thu 12/20/2012 0.00” Fri 12/21/2012 1.32” Sat 12/22/2012 0.01” T Sun 12/23/2012 0.00” Weekly Total : 1.42” T