WASHINGTON - Snowfall records were set Saturday at all three of the area’s airports after the Blizzard of 2016 rolled through tow. But one measurement came in suspiciously low…again.
While Dulles International and Baltimore-Washington International both topped 29 inches of snow, Reagan National Airport produced a reading of just 17.8 inches.
Now, 17.8 inches is quite impressive any day of the week, but when compared to the other airport measurements during one of the region’s biggest snowstorms – it came in about 10 inches below.
The low reading has created a controversy about the technique in which the snow measurements are gathered at the airport.
For starters, when the FOX 5 Weather team monitored the measurements between 1 p.m. and 11 p.m. yesterday -- a period of the day during which snow was still falling steadily -- very little change in snow accumulation was noticed at Reagan.
So -- why the low readings at Reagan National? First, its location by the Potomac River may naturally produce lower readings. Another reason may be because its location is further south then other spots in the city -- as a matter of fact -- it sits completely outside of the District all together. It’s in Virginia!
Before measurements were taken at Reagan National Airport, official Washington, D.C. snowfall measurements were taken in an area near American University -- an idea that seems to make a lot more sense.