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Weather officials break out the (*) on East Coast snow records

Weather officials break out the (*) on East Coast snow records
It turns out, that record 28.8 inches of snow recorded at Baltimore's airport in early February during the Snowpacalypse/Snowmaggedon storms has been downgraded. The Baltimore Sun reports that a "contractor working for the Federal Aviation Administration at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, paid to measure the snow for the aviation industry's needs, did not follow a separate protocol required by the National Weather Service and the National Climatic Data Center for valid climate data.

"So while the contractor measured 28.8 inches of snow during that storm, the National Weather Service has thrown out the reading. Instead, climatologists will rank the storm as 'only' 24.8 inches - a number that almost surely understates the 'true' total."

What's worse, the paper says it's possibly been an issue with other snow events back to 1998, and it might not be confined to just Baltimore. Thus, any snow records from spots recoded at airports during the past 12 years might have some doubt.

Here is the full article from the Baltimore Sun