We're No. 1! D.C. Breaks Snowfall Record

Old record from 1888-89 falls

By Jim Iovino
|  Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010  |  Updated 4:15 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 10: A U.S. Capitol Police cruiser sits parked in the plaza in front of the Capitol during a powerful winter storm February 10, 2010 in Washington, DC. The capital area was crippled Wednesday with the second major winter storm of the season as whiteout conditions forced the area's three major airports to cancel flights and the postal service suspended delivery. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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It's official. This is the snowiest winter on record in Washington, D.C.

NBC4 chief meteorologist Bob Ryan broke the news at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday that the District officially has recorded 54.9 inches of snow this winter -- thanks in part to two blizzards.

That broke the old record that was set in 1888-89 of 54.4 inches.

Ryan, for one, thinks that since we got so close to this record, it was good to actually break it.

"Everyone should get a little satisfaction for being a part of history," he said. "Everyone will be able to tell their children and grandchildren that 'I survived the winter of 2010.'"

Oh, and don't forget: the winter of 2009-10 is still going strong. So there's a good chance we could add on to our new record.

Snowiest Winters in D.C. History

  1. 2009-10: 54.9 inches*
  2. 1898-99: 54.4
  3. 1995-96: 46.0
  4. 1921-22: 42.5
  5. 1891-92: 41.7
  6. 1904-05: 41.0
  7. 1957-58: 40.4

(* and counting)

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