Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snapshots from the 2014 Blizzard Between the Beltways

The Nor'easter which hit the Eastern Seaboard dumped around 9 1/2 inches of snowfall overnight in the center of the District of Calamity (sic).  

2014 Beltway Blizzard informal snow measure

Weather reporters warn that an  afternoon snowfall may add several more inches of the fluffy white stuff.  But it may end up as freezing rain, which would strain above ground power lines and make driving even more hazardous.

2009 Snowsaumi satire 
This is the first major snowstorms in the Nation's Capital since the winter of 2009-2010 when the city was walloped with the Snowtsaumi of  16" (on a fall day no less),  Snowpocalypse in January with 28" and Snowmaggeddon of 20.5"  in February.  

So far, the 2014 snowstorm has not seemed as severe-- however this Beltway Blizzard has still claimed some casualties.  In trying to clear the wet heavy snow, two shovels snapped.  It is a good thing that there is still a spare.  

It may be impossible to buy, beg or steal another one in the near future. But then again there is so much to typical shovel in DC, what else is new?

The Federal and District governments were closed today.  If history holds any sway, the gears of government should be closed through Tuesday, including the observance of George Washington's Birthday (often mistakenly called "Presidents' Day"), though some may still supposedly "telecommute".  

One thing that is different from prior big snowstorms is that secondary streets were plowed half a day after the blizzard started.  Is it any coincidence that there is a Democrat Mayoral Primary in Washington D.C. on April 1st? 

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