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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 08/10/2009

Hazy, Hot, Humid: Think Snow!

By Steve Tracton

* Possible Record Heat Today: Full Forecast *
* Heat Advisory Noon to 8 PM (except far N&W: map) *
* Weather Gang Live Chat About the Heat: 2 p.m. *

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It's finally arrived in the D.C. metro region: Real summer with highs well into the 90s, dew points near 70 and hazy skies. It's what we expect in August, but that does not make it any easier to take. There's lots of sound advice on how to keep cool and avoid heat stroke. Sure, one can stay in an air-conditioned home or building, wear light clothes, etc. But for me the real escape is to just think snow.

Yeah, it's a long several months before even a chance around here for the real thing. But pictures and movies of past storms might make it just a bit easier to tough it out through the sweltering conditions we are now experiencing. In doing so I try as hard as possible, but not always successfully, to avoid thinking about the frustration and anxiety of waiting for a snowstorm once the cold season arrives.

Keep reading for snowstorm memories on this woefully hot day...

A scene from the March 1, 2009 snowstorm. By Steve Tracton

The D.C. area experienced only one event worth being called a snowstorm this past winter. Just before the storm, I had purchased a Flip video camera (snapshot above) and managed to test it while driving (foolishly) in awful road conditions between D.C. and Columbia, Md. There was no way I was going to miss a date with my grandkids to go sledding, make snow angels, toss around snowballs, as well as just enjoy the beauty of the falling and accumulating snow.

Some of the best snow photos in D.C. are those of CWG's own Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston. Shots from the early-March storm are included in the CWG recap of the event. Terrific photos from previous storms are here. Check out these images and/or Google yourself to some other great snow photos and cool off by just imagining yourself in one of them.

For now at least, just forget about the fundamental fact of life for Washington-area snow lovers: Nothing Takes Longer than Waiting for Snow.

By Steve Tracton  | August 10, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Tracton  
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Awesome! I always look to cooler weather during these intense heat periods of summer. Since the average temperatures are dropping, Octoberfest is being found on store shelves and we are losing daylight, I am mentally more accepting of this weather than I would be in June.

One question, when will the winter outlook be available? Is that usually in November or so?

Posted by: authorofpoetry | August 10, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse


Yep. The winter outlook typically comes out around Thanksgiving.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | August 10, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Unless you work at Accuweather, who releases their winter outlook in June!

Posted by: authorofpoetry | August 10, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

What about that line developing near Morgantown?

Posted by: MKadyman | August 10, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

A cool thought on the hottest day of the year to date.

My area of the Central Shenandoah Valley is only 60 days away from potential accumulating snow, historically.

I received 9" on Oct. 9/10, 1979!!

91.4 degrees at 3:30.

Hello El Bombo, you should be thrilled!!!!

Posted by: AugustaJim | August 10, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the cooling post. A good read, and just perfect for a hot day.

We seemed to have topped out at 95 here in the Rock Creek Forest Section of Chevy Chase, right along the Rock Creek Park. I see that the Elementry School on Grubb made it to 96, but their reading is frequently more than ours.

I like to watch Christmas movies or movies like Groundhog Day, Vertical Limit.

But from now on, I may just review the links you so nicely provided in this post.


Posted by: ubimea | August 10, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Snoooooow! Quick, someone call Hoyafan!

Posted by: meta2 | August 10, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

You think a little wet is snow is cold? For a real sense of cold, I like to check here:

Conditions at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica

2009.08.10 2350 UTC
Wind from the NNE (020 degrees) at 17 MPH (15 KT)
Visibility less than 1 mile
Sky conditions mostly clear
Weather Ice crystals
Blowing snow
Temperature -81 F (-63 C)
Windchill -124 F (-87 C)
Pressure (altimeter) 27.94 in. Hg (946 hPa)
ob NZSP 102350Z 02015KT 1200 IC BLSN FEW015 FEW050 M63/ A2794 RMK ALL WNDS GRID

Posted by: CM_in_Fairfax | August 10, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

...and just now a rumble of thunder in the Fair Oaks area of Fairfax.

Posted by: CM_in_Fairfax | August 10, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

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