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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/25/2009

Which is More Pathetic: Winter or Wizards?

By Dan Stillman

* Getting Warmer. Wetter, Too? Full Forecast | D.C. Drought? *

Two inches of snow. That's it. That's all we've had at Reagan National Airport this season. And it doesn't look like any major snowfall is imminent (though our forecast does call for a chance of a wintry mix this weekend). The only impressive part of this winter has been a persistent wind and consistently cold temperatures, save for a few brief warm-ups. But what fun is wind and cold without snow?

Meanwhile, at 13 wins and 43 losses, the Wizards are one of the NBA's worst teams. They started the season so badly that they replaced coach Eddie Jordan after 11 games, of which they won one. Things haven't gotten much better for the injury-ravaged club since. And it's doubtful Gilbert Arenas, who's missed the entire season so far, will return from injury soon enough to save the season (i.e., win enough games to make the playoffs).

So we ask you...

Feel free to discuss and state your case in more detail with a comment below...

By Dan Stillman  | February 25, 2009; 10:40 AM ET
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The winter, although dry, has been impressively cold, so at least it's doing part of its job well. The Wizards can't do ANYTHING right.

Posted by: jburksva | February 25, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Yikes -- the Wizards can't even win this poll.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | February 25, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

All kinds of Wishcasting going on about this "potential East Coast storm" on other blogs and sites. Thank you for your sanity. It will warm up just in time and just enough for a (much needed) dose of rain.

I still say the Wizards are more disappointing. "Disappointment" stems from expectations not being met; I have long stopped expecting much around here from winter, whereas the Wizards were a playoff team until recently.

Posted by: curtmccormick | February 25, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

agree re cold--at least there's that, except for a few oddball days. No precip., but at least it feels like winter.

Posted by: ah___ | February 25, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I guess it shows how far the wiz have fallen from my radar that anything can be more of a disappointment at this point. But I knew the wizards were done back in November. I still (dumbly) hold up hope for the winter.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | February 25, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"Consistently cold"?
What kind of criteria are you using?
2 out of 3 months above average:
Dec. +0.8
Jan. -3.3
Feb. +1.3 and rising
Even Jan. had barely half of the days 2° or more below average. This month, so far, the majority of the days are at or above average.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | February 25, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

GFS looks like its giving us a modest winter storm, while NAM wants to give us a monster rainstorm.

Either way, we need the precip! Boo @ drought.

Posted by: JTF- | February 25, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

(I was referring to Sunday, by the way)

Posted by: JTF- | February 25, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This year's Wizards have done more than Ted Leontsis and Alex Ovechkin combined to make Washington a "hockey town".

Time was, not so many years ago, when the Capitals couldn't draw a crowd. Nowadays the rush is to the rink rather than the court. Of course, our college basketball teams aren't exactly doing their part to drum up interest. As of now, only one team (AU) is a good bet to make the NCAA field of 65, with George Mason and Maryland possible outside choices. Meanwhile, one-time favorite Georgetown is now fighting to make the Big East tournament.

At least winter had plenty of cold air this year.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 25, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

CapitalClimate -- Point of this post is not to scientifically or statistically examine how cold it's been this winter. Rather, the point is to have some fun.

That said, there are a number of different ways/criteria to frame how cold or warm a season has been. One is the way you're framing it, based on the average of the high and low from each day. Another is to look at just high temperatures, which arguably affects the average person more than the low temperature. By my count 49 of 86 days (57%) since Dec. 1 have had highs below average.

Bottom line: Whatever statistics you want to use, to the average person this has felt like a consistently cold winter with a few notable warm-ups.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | February 25, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse


If you asked the average man on the street whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement it's been "consistently cold" this winter, wanna bet which choice would get more votes? Moreover, it has been cold relative to recent winters. The author's statement was more about perception, and not about statistics. But feel free to continue nit picking...

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | February 25, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for setting the record straight. "Data" is just so 20th Century. "Framing" is much more hip. No wonder the loonies have hijacked the climate "debate".

Posted by: CapitalClimate | February 25, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps I have a third category of pathetic: me. The basketball team didn't occur to me. I thought you meant wizards in general.

Posted by: cbvd | February 25, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Not quite, CapitalClimate:

This winter likely to finish just a hair below normal temp wise. And compared to last year, it's 4 degrees colder.

It's been a relatively cold winter.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 25, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, since I've managed to get some really nice seats for Monday night's game, hopefully this weekend brings a resurgance of both W's. Though, I highly doubt it, on either end. Gotta love the Caps though!(Unless they're playing the Sabres)

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 25, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

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