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March 5th, 2001

Winter Storm Expectations

Here in the northeastern part of the country, we’re looking at what could be the season’s biggest winter storm. The New York area is set for 6-12″ of snow while Boston is looking at blizzard conditions and up to two feet of snow. Unfortunately, here in the DC area, we’re going to miss most of the storm and it’ll only be a few inches.

I was thinking about it, and I really enjoy the excitement of an expected winter storm. As much as news hype bugs me, I really dig when the weather teams are on air in full force predicting a huge storm. Even better (like with this storm) is when the weather gets top billing and some cheesy headline (tonight’s was “Nasty Nor’easter”). This is about the time the Weather Channel pulls out their “Winter Storm Expert,” the highest order of Dork that works at the station and has one of the most irritating voices in all of television.

The thrill of an oncoming storm isn’t as great now as it was when I was in school, when I’d get religious at about 6am (“Oh, please God, let there be no school”), but it’s still pretty exciting. I can’t get enough of snow during the winter, even when others are complaining “enough already!”

The downside, of course, is if you have to do normal grocery shopping and you end up battling the “I have to buy TP and eggs before the storm comes!” freaks (my favorite commentary on the subject comes from Matt’s comment on this Ping). Oddly, though, I went yesterday to pick up some stuff at Giant and there was no mad rush whatsoever.

There’s no doubt, though, that one of the most depressing feelings is when the weatherman’s predicted 8-12″ and you wake up to not even a dusting. That, friends, is absolute zero.

While I may not be on my knees begging for work to be cancelled in the morning (though I wouldn’t necessarily complain), I will still probably set my alarm for 6am just to see if there’s any of that glorious snow covering the lawn. After a mild winter like this, I could use one last big storm before spring settles in. -ram

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FROM: Robert
DATE: Sunday March 4, 2001 -- 11:57:38PM
If we don't get snow tomorrow morning, I'm shooting everyone at work. Shooting them with displeased looks, that is.

FROM: Tony
DATE: Monday March 5, 2001 -- 5:18:11AM
Hurricanes are the same down here. The weather channel gets out some really old wrinkily alpha weather geek out and he talks all about how a category 3 isnt so bad, and where its predicted to hit. Like with snow days, I often get "hurricane days" where the threat of a hurricane comes close, but has only limited impact.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday March 5, 2001 -- 8:53:12AM
Well, at least the GRASS got snowed on!

FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Monday March 5, 2001 -- 9:55:48AM
After a mild winter like this, I could use one last big storm before spring settles in.
Mild winter? I wish I could say that. It freakin' snowed every day here in Cleveland from November until the beginning of Feb., only to start up again today. I sit at home in my goose-down jacket and thermal gloves watching CNN show east-coasters flip out over a piddly 6" of snow. And then I laugh. WE GET THAT EVERY WEEKEND! I use to love it but I'm SO ready for spring....

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday March 5, 2001 -- 11:02:02AM
Fezz--In my own defense, I'm flipping out at the absence of snow.

FROM: Vinny
DATE: Monday March 5, 2001 -- 2:32:49PM
Fezz - Maybe you should move to San Francisco?

FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Monday March 5, 2001 -- 5:02:41PM
I should move to Cali.

I mainly was just saying that it cracks me up how an announced snow storm in the Northeast usually just turns out to be media hype. Why should weather be any different from anything else?

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday March 5, 2001 -- 10:17:11PM
Any other NoVA rats out there REALLY hoping it snows tonight? I know I can't be alone.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday March 6, 2001 -- 9:25:45AM
Disappointed again!

DATE: Tuesday March 13, 2001 -- 12:28:30AM

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