Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Snow history in Washington DC

The key book for the history of snow in Washington DC is: Blizzards and Snowstorms of Washington, D.C: A Photographic History of Washington’s Most Memorable Winter Storms., by Kevin Ambrose

which has a sequel (of sorts) Washington Weather http://www.weatherbook.com/blizzard.html; reviewed here on H-DC Citation: Michael R. Harrison. Review of Ambrose, Kevin; Henry, Dan; Weiss, Andy, Washington Weather: The Weather Sourcebook for the D.C. Area. H-DC, H-Net Reviews. May, 2004.
URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=9296

and The Knickerbocker Snowstorm, By Kevin Ambrose https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738597904/Knickerbocker-Snowstorm-The

Streets of Washington documented the 1888 blizzard: http://www.streetsofwashington.com/2015/01/the-great-blustery-blizzard-of-march.html

More historical is Bernard Mergen’s 1997 Snow in America http://www.amazon.com/Snow-America-MERGEN-BERNARD/dp/1560983817 and his  “Slush Funds: A History of D.C. Snow Management,” 4-15 in Washington History Spring/Summer 1996, 8 (1) URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40073184 (requires JStor login)

Of course Washington’s most famous snowstorm is the Knickerbocker storm in 1922, which dropped snow at the rate of one inch per hour for a total of 28 inches (a record not equalled).





[Snow, Washington, D.C.] 1922 – all Harris & Ewing from Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/pictures


Time-lapse loop of the Jnaury 2016 storm: http://www.wsj.com/video/time-lapse-of-historic-washington-dc-blizzard/B823ADCE-6623-4B80-B1FD-39E1C8C629B7.html

2016 in context of DC’s worst snowstorms: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/01/23/where-snowzilla-fits-into-d-c-s-top-10-snowstorms/

Year – snowfall in inches
1922 – 28.0
1889 – 20.5
1979 – 18.7
2010 – 17.8
1996 – 17.1
2003 – 16.7
1983 – 16.6
2009 – 16.4
1936 – 14.4
1958 – 14.4





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