17.8 Inches? You Gotta Be Kidding!

By Sadie Bass

Feb 9, 2010 9:26am

ABC's Tom Shine reports from Washington: After shoveling twice late Friday night and 4 more times on Saturday, I was shocked, dismayed, and depressed to turn on the t.v. and hear a local weatherman say, that according to the National Weather Service, the storm, which had just ended, was the fourth largest snow storm in Washington history measuring 17.8 inches.  The Fourth Largest in history?  Measuring a mere 17.8 inches?   You gotta be kidding!
So you mean to tell me that i spent about 7 hours over two days shoveling, scraping, falling and all i have to show for it is 17.8 inches of snow?  Is that what President Obama was talking about when he called Saturday's storm Snowmageddon?  17.8 inches? 
Areas across the region measured 28 inches, 30 inches and one claimed nearly 40 inches but their totals don't matter to the National Weather Service, which has its observation station at Reagan National Airport,  where the waters of the Potomac keep the snow amounts down.  The National Weather Service said it was 17.8 inches and that's the official amount and that's the way it will be forever recorded. 
Today DC and the surrounding areas are expected to get an additional 10 to 18 inches of snow and ice, which will probably be a mere dusting of 4 to 5 inches as measured by the National Weather service at Reagan National Airport!

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