This Year? Really?

It’s my 12th December in Washington, and for a dozen years, I’ve wished for enough snow at the holidays to make it feel festive. (It’s the only time of year I want it to snow. Otherwise, I’ll pass, thanks.) For 11 years, Mother Nature has declined to play along. This year, though? The one where I have a huge trip looming and really need to get stuff done? When I have a list of tasks and errands as long as my arm? Yeah. This is the year for snowmageddon.

And it seems as if this may, in fact, be for real. I am generally skeptical of winter storm threats around here — with very few exceptions, they tend to lead to very little. This storm, however, started three hours early, is sticking (to the grass, sidewalks, and roads), and has what the northeasterner in me knows is the danger sign: tiny, tiny snowflakes. The forecasts are calling for 12 to 24 inches, and, well, it looks like it could happen.

Wanna know the best part? We might get thundersnow, which, if you’ve never experienced it, is the weirdest damn weather you’ll ever see. It’s exactly what it sounds like… a thunderstorm, but while it’s snowing. Like I said, snowmageddon. *

Looking out on to C Street, SE from my back porch, around 11 pm.

* alternate terms include “snowpocalypse” and “snOMG,” because what’s the fun of a giant storm if you can’t give it a silly name?

5 thoughts on “This Year? Really?

  1. Rudi December 19, 2009 / 12:35 am

    The snow effect from WordPress is making the pic you posted look more like a live webcam – very cool effect!

    And I concur on the warning signs of big snow. It’s coming down out there!

  2. Eileen December 19, 2009 / 12:44 am

    Blizzardpaloosa. Enjoy it 🙂 wish I was with you!

  3. Mom December 19, 2009 / 5:36 am

    I agree with Rudi — the snow flakes make your pic look so real. You’ll have to do that same shot this morning for an update. Look at it this way — at least you can get your packing done 🙂

  4. common loon December 19, 2009 / 11:43 am

    Tee hee!

    Now, off with you to a hill and ga have some fun! Wear some of your warm snuggly socks. All you really need to pack is a toothbrush and your passport, and the procrastination will really kick your mind into gear and you’ll be super efficient.

    Oh, and grab a gingerbread latte on your way home from sledding to warm up 🙂

    Looking forward to more pix. Susan should be chiming in soon – when we chatted this am she was watching the snow out her big windows. Good day for “White Christmas.”

  5. Susan December 19, 2009 / 12:25 pm

    Here’s my chime…I LOVE it! We will have some yummy soup for lunch before we go out to shovel the foot that’s there. The girls already have a pretty good fort going. Later, maybe we’ll try writing our Christmas letter BEFORE Christmas this year! I LOVE forced inactivity…that’s picture perfect AND seasonally appropriate.

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