Did You Know? Mid-Atlantic Weather Facts


It’s Monday and that means it’s time for another “Did You Know?” post. Since the weather is finally changing here in central Virginia, I thought it would be fun to look at a few Mid-Atlantic weather facts for our region.

Did You Know that in Washington D.C.:

  • the earliest snowfall recorded fell on Oct. 5, 1892 as a trace? Or that .03 inches was recorded on October 10, 1979?
  • the latest snowfall recorded fell on May 10, 1906 as a trace? Or that 0.5 inches was recorded on  April 28, 1898?
  • the April Fools Day Storm dropped 5″ of snow on April 1, 1924?


Did You Know that in New Jersey:

  • the most snowfall ever recorded from a single event occurred in 1899 when the Great Blizzard of 1899 dropped 34″ at Cape May?
  • the Blizzard of 1996 dropped 32″ of snow at Edison, making it a close runner-up for the grand prize?


Did You Know these record low temperatures for the Mid-Atlantic region:

  • New York: -15°F on February 9, 1934 in Central Park
  • New Jersey: -34°F on January 5, 1904 in River Vale, NJ
  • Pennsylvania: -42°F on January 5, 1904 in Smethport, PA
  • Delaware: -17°F on January 17, 1893 in Millsboro, DE
  • Maryland: -40°F on January 13, 1912 in Oakland, MD
  • Washington DC: -15°F on February 11, 1999
  • West Virginia: -37°F on December 30, 1917 in Lewisburg, WV
  • Virginia: -30°F on January 25, 1985 in Giles County, VA


So when the temperatures start to drop and you start wondering just how much colder it can get, think back to these record lows…that should keep you warm for a while. Let me know how you and your plants have dealt with cold temperatures in the past. Perhaps you have a technique that you’ve used successfully in the past to overwinter tender perennials…if so, let me know at stacey@midatlanticgardening.com. I’d love to pass it along to our other gardening enthusiasts!

November 28, 2011Permalink Leave a comment