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It is going to snow again. It has already snowed more in the last six weeks than it usually snows in Washington DC in an entire winter. Thanks to the wonder of satellite imagery, we know we will get blasted with as much as two feet of snow over the next 24 to 36 hours.

I am so sick of SNOW! I don't care how pretty it is. If I hear the phrase "Winter wonderland" one more time I am going to lose it.

The first two big snows weren't so bad; they started on Saturdays, and I could sit home and watch it come down. But this one is starting on a workday, and besides that, there's another one on the way that should arrive on Tuesday or so. Snow-flocked trees might look pretty but snow-flocked roads are a hazard.

One reason I liked living here was the paucity of natural disasters. Earthquakes are the worst, because there's no warning. Tornadoes are next; there's usually a general warning that there might be a tornado, and at least it usually hits a targeted area. Hurricanes are really huge, but at least you know they're coming days in advance. Wide-scale fires also usually get a warning.

We're the opposite of California— no earthquakes in hundreds of years, tornadoes are mostly tiny, if at all, and it's too green for brush fires to take hold on a big scale. We do get the occasional hurricane, but note mention above about warning.

We also usually have four distinct seasons, although spring and fall often seem too short. And although our summers can be hot and very muggy, our winters are usually not extreme. Snow doesn't last because it usually doesn't stay below freezing more than a few days at a stretch.

Until this winter. I guess maybe Mother Nature just wanted to remind us that ultimately, she's in charge.

And she sure must like snow.

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Feb. 5th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
::singsong:: We're going to get it fir-rst.

(The snow, that is.)

So far, nothing yet; just drizzle with an occasional flurry. The larger amounts come later. ;-)
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
it would be fine with me if you all kept it! It's coming down now, but not really sticking yet.
Feb. 5th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
It's finally starting to come down and stick. You're still supposed to get more snow than us, but I'll take what I can get.
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
Until this winter? My, what a short memory. Seven years ago, one of the top ten storms of all record. We had 30 inches here. This one is not supposed to be quite as bad as that, which was ALSO a year when it snowed on that day in December, not to mention a year when we last had snowfall on Christmas Day (about once a decade).

While I'm not crazy about being dumped on, it's snow. The dreaded wintry mix is far worse and more common in this area. Not to mention that my pond is full. My pond is full. It's a vernal pond and it hasn't been this full in those same 7 years. We shall have a bumper crop of peepers and frogs this year. I love them and their noise. I'm dancing around now because I know what's coming in six weeks. Cacophony. And spring right behind that.

Drought is not good for this area. Warm temps in winter aren't good, either. The stupid ticks and fleas are alive way too late in the year and they're a nuisance, too. It hasn't been super cold, either. A week or so of nasty temps.

But yes, this is a nice area in terms of weather, despite the somewhat muggy and hot summers.

Feb. 5th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
You are impinging on my right to whine!
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know I am. You're blogging your whining publicly. *grins* So delete me, already.

Actually, it's more like I'm showing that I've been involved with/married to a meteorologist for more than 30 years now. It rubs off.


Edited at 2010-02-05 06:26 pm (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
I keep forgetting you call him The Weather Dude for a reason!
Feb. 5th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
She's making up for the January a few years ago when it was so warm, the cherry blossoms bloomed!

We've been getting snow up here, but manageable amounts. Nothing crushing yet. And it looks like this one isn't going to reach us at all.
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
What I worry about is if the storm stops when it gets here, and just keeps on snowing, and snowing, and snowing....

Edited at 2010-02-05 06:27 pm (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
I hope you have food in the house!
Feb. 5th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Time to go run out and get toilet paper and milk and bread!

(I've never understood the need to run out and get TP, but it's one of the big three staples people get when a storm is imminent.)
Feb. 5th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
I know, isn't that funny? I have often run out of bread or milk and taken my time getting to the store...but heaven forbid you run out when it snows! Oh, noz!!!
Feb. 6th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I have to admit, snow's not as much fun as it used to be :)
Feb. 6th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Believe it or not, one reason I went to Colorado State University is, I went to high school in Texas and I wanted to see some snow!
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