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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/11/2010

Region reacts to snow: 'Best of' CWG comments

By Ann Posegate

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North Cleveland Park buried by yesterday's blizzard. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.

Over the past week, Capital Weather Gang has received an unprecedented number of comments in response to record-breaking snowfall. While a battle of 'snowlovers vs. snowhaters' ensued in the days leading up to the series of storms, once the flakes hit the pavement, we all realized that we were in for it whether we liked it or not. CWG has a strong team, but our coverage of this week's storms was strengthened even more by our readers and commentators.

Collectively, we were a microcosm of the region's reactions: we laughed; we cried; we panicked; we shared our stories; we gave advice to others in need; and most importantly, we expressed honest thoughts about a winter that will live on in our memories.

Here is a sampling of the "best of" CWG's Snowmageddon and Snoverkill comments. Think I've missed one? Feel free to re-post or paraphrase your favorites in the comments section below.


Get ready folks, I am prepared to finally venture forth, and stake my claim in Snowmageddon's wrath!
Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 5, 2010 8:33 PM

Most delayed response

At what point do we all cry uncle? ...
Posted by: Vingold | February 4, 2010 7:40 AM

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 7, 2010 8:05 AM

Earliest onset of cabin fever

Was that really Katie Couric in a bathing suit shoveling my neighbor's driveway...?
Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 5, 2010 9:23 PM

Keep reading for the rest of the "best of" ...

Biggest case of cabin fever

fun evening game for Jersey Shore fans: Watch the news. Every time someone says "situation", take a drink.
IE. "Brenda what's the situation at Dulles"
(yeah, I am already going stir crazy)
Posted by: notdlo1975 | February 6, 2010 4:55 PM

Biggest weather geek (besides CWG)

Just measured 2.5" of wet snow on the Snow Collection Platform of Science on the back deck...
Posted by: kedzie | February 5, 2010 4:32 PM

Least scientific comment

I ghetto-measured about 27 inches in my backyard here in Laurel, MD....
Posted by: WorfsBabyMama | February 6, 2010 3:29 PM

Best memory

By the way, the best comment ever on these boards came from one of the CWG. During December, one of you guys said "We're gonna need a bigger boat!"
My wife and I laughed about this for the next couple of weeks. Very appropriate! (and a wonderful Jaws reference.)
Posted by: guild370 | February 5, 2010 8:41 PM

Most emotionally stable

All that said, whether we hope for more snow or hope for spring, we are gonna get what we get. It is what it is. Personally, I think it can be a good thing to be forced to handle difficulties and be thrown out of our element for a while. It keeps us thinking and makes us better for the future.
Posted by: amaranthpa | February 7, 2010 10:35 AM

Most emotionally involved

@ dtaylorcftc - WHAT the HECK are you talking about a bust???? Have you actually READ the forecast???? Nothing is "a bust" yet or even off...I mean...what the hell are you expecting the sky to fall down? The snow is REALLY coming down in Reston, VA and these guys have been HONEST and efficient with their forecasts the entire time.
Posted by: parksndc | February 5, 2010 7:38 PM

Most comedic

This isn't 'winter' -- it's the start of a new ice age.
Posted by: smoke111 | February 9, 2010 9:06 AM

Holy Cow...think i just saw the lady on her bike from Wizard of Oz fly by...
Posted by: motherrunner | February 10, 2010 8:47 AM

Ha - guy on weather channel, reporting from DC, says the snow is mounting faster than the national debt. BaDaBing...
Posted by: KPosty | February 10, 2010 9:09 AM

I just woke up 30 minutes Siberia.
Posted by: truyle | February 10, 2010 9:23 AM

Most trusting of our forecast

Will you still be worried about the bust when you wake up tomorrow with heavy snow/wind and a foot of snow? Relax, everything thing is going exactly as planned.
Posted by: GD1975 | February 5, 2010 6:12 PM

Most personal connection made

@Snowlover2 - thanks for posting those pictures! I recognized the picture of the pool, and if that's from your apartment, we're in the same building. :)
Posted by: oldtowngirl | February 6, 2010 2:35 PM

@oldtowngirl, Yes that was taken from my condo! I was wondering if anyone in my building would be on here and say something :)
Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 6, 2010 2:51 PM

@snowlover2 and @oldtowngirl I'm in the same building too ... I still want to know who built the snowman last night in the courtyard???
Posted by: tidalwave1 | February 6, 2010 2:51 PM

@Snowlover2 @OldTownGirl @TidalWave1: I used to live next door to y'all. I'm around the corner now ...
Posted by: AlexandriaAnna | February 6, 2010 2:57 PM

Most likely to go on a date

@Snowlover2 @OldTownGirl @TidalWave1: I scrolled the messages to see whether there was any new love blossoming ...
Posted by: MikeinDC2 | February 6, 2010 4:09 PM

No babies for us- I could be wrong, but I think we are all girls- so unless we adopted....
Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 6, 2010 4:14 PM

@snowlover2 I'm a guy!
Posted by: tidalwave1 | February 6, 2010 4:46 PM

First comes love, then comes marriage, then ...

What a perfect morning to have a baby! At least, that's what our neighbor's third child seemed to think ...
Posted by: crcurrie | February 10, 2010 10:16 AM

...We should put a note on our calendars for November, to check on the CWG blog how many Snowmageddon babies there will be...
Posted by: MikeinDC2 | February 6, 2010 4:09 PM

Neighbors, pets congregate for a snow party after Snowmageddon in Oakton, Va. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose.

You know it's bad when the chief meteorologist says ...

The conditions outside right now in the metro region are some of the most extreme you will ever see here during winter.
Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 8:07 AM

Most likely to start a revolution

A friend of mine was just told by her employer, Starbucks, that they were all expected to be at work on time tomorrow. How freaking irresponsible is that? Retailers think their right to make a buck is more important than their employees' safety, or the safety of the professionals who might have to risk their lives to rescue them when they get into an accident. I'm outraged.
Posted by: ereshkigal45 | February 5, 2010 6:12 PM

Most likely to become a Buddhist

I was looking forward to a record-breaking blizzard. I just took a nap and I made peace with the fact that even if its a bust (12" or less) - that's ok. Life goes on.
Posted by: Vingold | February 5, 2010 6:02 PM

It's ok, we forgive you.

Okay, after reading all this I regret all of my past snow-hating talk. I am totally jealous I'm not there now...
Posted by: weatherdudeVA | February 5, 2010 9:47 PM

Most excited

I am going to pull an all nighter tonight to witness snowfall rates and wind/snowfall rates I might never again see in my lifetime! This is truely a dream come true if it pans out!!!!!
Posted by: snowlover | February 5, 2010 4:19 PM

I was keeping any comments of exuberance over the thought of another snowfall to myself for fear I'd be chastised on this board, but the feeling is there- oh, yes- I!!!! Snow!!!!! (doing a little dance)
Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 9, 2010 4:42 PM

Posted by: drmammal | February 9, 2010 5:49 PM

Don't be a downer

I for one am quite disappointed with this storm. A mere 72 inches, and the roof on the cabin has only partially collapsed. The wolves coming down from the mountains don't seem particularly hungry, and their incessant howling is keeping me awake. Sadly, just another DC dusting.
Posted by: h0db | February 6, 2010 7:23 AM

This is so much bull. I'm going drinking.
Posted by: blasmaic | February 5, 2010 4:25 PM

Little did they know ...

Why to you, people of D.C., become so hysterical when the white rain falls down?
It´s only going to last for a few days,
even hours. You empty the shops like it´s Armageddeon?
Posted by: ingunna | February 5, 2010 5:25 PM

"Snowmageddon"--really? Can't we just call it what it is: a snowstorm? Why does the local media feel the need to fuel mass hysteria over some snow? Ridiculous...
Posted by: emcglaughlin | February 5, 2010 11:31 AM

EPIC SNOW STORM = EPIC FAIL. It's 4 pm and we were supposed to have 6 inches of snow already. Nothing sticking so far. FAIL!
Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | February 5, 2010 4:08 PM

When are you guys going to admit that you blew it big time and this "snowmadeggon" is a complete dud? Nothing is happening in DC
Posted by: dtaylorcftc | February 5, 2010 6:51 PM

Biggest reality checks

Yeah, this is all very cute and funny until power lines start snapping, tree branches falling on power line posts, and people taking care of the elderly, sick and/or infants are stuck without heat and power for days.
Posted by: ElmoL1 | February 5, 2010 7:58 PM

As much as I love snowstorms, I have to say you get a different perspective when you are closed in with a child who is cold and bored and you cannot provide a warm meal...So I guess I will continue to do snowdances but with a healthier appreciation for what might happen---and for the fact that there are many out there who have it so much worse.
Posted by: lilymama | February 7, 2010 8:18 AM

If the kids are out all week, I'll have to cancel my summer vacation. I won't have enough vacation time left.
My neighbor is upset because when her work closes, she simply doesn't get paid. Her husband was laid off and they need the money.
Posted by: 1Reader | February 7, 2010 9:57 AM

Most thoughtful

Good morning all....Since this storm is going to be so bad, please talk with family, friends, neighbors who are elderly to make sure they have everything they will need to make it through this storm or better yet, invite them to stay with you until the storm is over.
Posted by: jcmcgrath1969 | February 4, 2010 6:24 AM

Most honest

it's exciting but getting to be a little worrying at the same time... and I count myself as a Snowptimist!
Posted by: snowpro | February 5, 2010 12:36 PM

Best sound effects

Posted by: shamuballeno | February 5, 2010 10:58 PM

CRRRAAAACK! Been hearing that periodically today...
What impact will the drop in temps have on the already-heavy tree branches?
Posted by: SWester2010 | February 6, 2010 3:56 PM

... As they like to say on Accuweather - "If you want to see the heaviest snow, you have to be able to smell the rain." Sniff sniff.
Posted by: manatt | February 5, 2010 6:47 PM

What the hell is "Woom?"
Posted by: gjjg4dgd | February 8, 2010 11:11 PM

Most Poetic

Excerpts from Winter Night with apologies to Boris Pasternak
It snowed and snowed, the whole world over,
Snow swept the world from end to end.
All things vanished within
The snowy murk-white, hoary.
It snowed hard throughout the month
Of February, and almost constantly...
Posted by: djm-01 | February 5, 2010 8:12 PM

falling into drifts --
dancing limbs
Posted by: krosseel | February 5, 2010 9:14 PM

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow...
Robert Frost (1923)
Posted by: djm-01 | February 5, 2010 5:23 AM

Most far-out (literally)

I am on one of the last flights out of DCA...Looking out the window I could see it rapidly deteriorating outside, with slush forming on the runway. But, we finally got the green light and I'm now on the flight, above this incredible storm looking down, yet reading about it on the ground in real time. Amazing
Posted by: SteveinAtown | February 5, 2010 5:31 PM

Farthest traveled to avoid the storm

Sorry CWG- no more updated weather reports from me in Glover Park-I SIMPLY COULD NOT FACE THIS STORM-BEING SMOTHERED AGAIN AND STUCK INSIDE-COULD NOT. Instead, I hightailed it out of town to VEGAS BABY! ...
Posted by: Spring_Rain | February 5, 2010 3:48 PM

Most sarcastic

[But not from a little snow. Panic is silly.]
Posted by: wahoo2x | February 5, 2010 12:23 PM

Most comforting

wmars, it's like that for everybody now. don't worry it'll cool down soon and it'll stick...
Posted by: snowedin85 | February 5, 2010 12:42 PM


Mother Nature didn't stop me from cranking up the grille on the deck and cooking a New York strip here in Oakton ...
Posted by: MillPond2 | February 5, 2010 8:19 PM

Umm ... Can we come over for leftovers?

What about a steamy plate of arroz y habichuelas y carne guisada with fried ripped plantains, a piña colada with lots of rum, and for dessert a warm dish of flan with lots of caramel and shot of brandy...
Posted by: aediazdeleon | February 5, 2010 3:39 PM

Least likely to have dinner guests

"Donner, Party of two"...
Posted by: wiredog | February 5, 2010 1:41 PM

Most in need of a nutritionist

Time for forward thinking folks to stock up on beer, bourbon and cheez-its, I say.
Posted by: curtmccormick | February 3, 2010 4:46 PM

Best drink names


Best family-friendly activity

But my kids (and husband) mostly are looking forward to the Snow Cream. Basically it's just 1 cup milk or evaporated milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or other extract) and CLEAN fresh snow. Check out this website if you want to know more:
Posted by: DinaMae | February 5, 2010 11:53 AM

A few practical tips

... Please can someone get the word out to people that are driving with 20" of snow packed on their car roofs to take an extra ten minutes and clean it off. Packed, frozen ice becomes a very dangerous missile in sudden stops and wind. I had a windshield wiper ripped of a car years ago.
Posted by: dibabe | February 9, 2010 7:21 PM

If you have ice dams, look up ice dam socks. .. I made them during last week's storm and they were very helpful at creating a channel for water to flow off the roof.
Posted by: lrw2a | February 7, 2010 11:30 AM

... This time we will grind plenty of coffee in advance. We were without power for 48 hrs ... had to grind coffee beans with a rolling pin. We won't be making that mistake again.
Posted by: littlebs | February 8, 2010 11:13 PM

Most deserving of sympathy

Wish I wasn't so freakin' pregnant I can't enjoy the snow! Baby, stay put this weekend...
Posted by: BuffaloGal78 | February 5, 2010 1:10 PM

I'm having a can of sardines, some Ramen noodles and the last bit of wilted lettuce that was at the bottom of the produce bin. That's all that was left after the storm crows came through. Oh well.
Posted by: WorfsBabyMama | February 5, 2010 1:56 PM

Most panicked

I can't find my snowpants!!!! (please don't tell me they're on the ground). I've wore them only once here in the 8 years I've owned them...How do pants just vanish-poof!- into thin air? I suspect a conspiracy.....
Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 5, 2010 12:19 PM

Say What?

Public Service Announcement: I just spent the past 40 minutes firing my .30-06 at this inbound climate change ... The good news is that I think I winged the bastard, which according to an esteemed panel of IPCC scientists should either increase, decrease, or not affect snowfall amounts depending on your view of climate change and what kind of muffin you ate this morning. The bad news is that I'm running low on ammo and he could be back at any time ... In particular, watch out for any accumulations forming into the proto-sentient "snowman" formations, which must be dispensed with by headshots before they become ambulatory...
Posted by: zippyspeed | February 5, 2010 11:54 AM

To forward to our editor ...

Just another grateful supporter of the Gang ... CWG is my main reason for using, and I am so glad you guys are here for us!
Posted by: ChevyChase3 | February 7, 2010 7:50 AM

...I have been glued to this site since I discovered it two weeks ago. 2ndly, Kudos to my Washington Post paper delivery guy (think name is Chris) I was pleasantly surprised to wake up and see not only today's paper but yesterday's paper waiting for me this morning :)

EVERYONE IS WRONG except the Washington Post guys.
So what else is new?
Posted by: ooyah32 | February 5, 2010 5:01 PM

Thanks everyone!

...Darn, you guys are good.
Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 5, 2010 4:04 PM

I have been following the CWG (formerly CAPx) for about 6 years now, and as always they did a fantastic job keeping us informed throughout this storm! Keep up the good work!
Posted by: snowlover | February 7, 2010 8:19 AM

Congrats CWG - Y'all have tried so hard to be conservative and scientific and reserved all week. But I can tell from the way you're writing that you're practically giddy. For a meteorologist this must be akin to the first moon landing. Enjoy!
Posted by: Vingold | February 5, 2010 3:40 PM

Add my kudos to the CWG!! The information provided helps a great deal to the nether regions of Southern Maryland where we often feel neglected ...
Posted by: joann20657 | February 7, 2010 10:00 AM

"CWG rocks" My son wants a Tshirt! You guys make it easier to understand what's coming and how much we need to do to get ready. Thank you so much!
Posted by: motherrunner | February 7, 2010 10:18 AM

... This blog has been a godsend for a single gal who's been snowed in. Never knew weather could be quite so addicting!
Posted by: heatherfeather1 | February 9, 2010 6:34 PM

To add to our 'to do' list

If CWG is considering extending their coverage area I would really appreciate them taking in the Denver area. I love reading this blog...
Posted by: readingj | February 9, 2010 6:43 PM

Hungry for more? Check out the first annual "best of" post from March 4, 2009.

By Ann Posegate  | February 11, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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Thanks for the foregiveness ;)

Actually, I'm getting slammed for saying I hate snow and teasing you guys about it. Mobile, AL is in the crosshairs for 1-2" tonight and 2-4" of snow tomorrow. Holy crap! They're saying expect everything to be closed because Mobile doesn't have snow removal equipment (they don't even sell snow shovels here). 3-6 inches of snow on the Gulf Coast...I never thought I'd see the day.

The last major snows to put this in perspective:

Mobile, AL - Dec 18 1996, 1"
Pensacola FL - 1977, 1.5"

This whole winter is historic, sheesh. So yes, y'all get your revenge on me and I still get to see a little bit of history being made. I'm happy. :)

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | February 11, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

This snow storm was almost as big as the one that got Barack Obama elected as our President.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | February 11, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Yes!! I was reading Capitol Weather Gang in real time when these great comments were posted! Thanks for the memories! Where can I buy the T shirt?

Posted by: member8 | February 11, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

What, you didn't include a section for GW comments? That was like, a whole one-third of all the comments you received ;)

This was my favorite post of the entire month, hands-down!

Posted by: JSTF | February 11, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Loved the "best comments" section !

Posted by: letitsnow | February 11, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Awesome. You guys rock, you've got the weather thing down, and you're funny and friendly to boot.

Also @Snowlover2 @OldTownGirl @TidalWave1 and @AlexandriaAnna... Another neighbor over here (don't know what pic you're talking about so don't know what building, but this town's not THAT big). So hello!

Posted by: freckleface | February 11, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Am convinced this snow is God’s way to make us get closer to him. What else is it but a glimpse of hell? And I thought hell would be hot…

Posted by: crandieberry | February 11, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

But seriously, I'm still wondering what "WOOM" means?

Posted by: gjjg4dgd | February 11, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Ever since Obama went to the Global Warming conference...Think about it

Posted by: dmaaor | February 11, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Would it be possible to count the number of times Al Gore's name was in comments? I'm betting at least 1,000, which means there were 999 or more people unable to come up with anything more original.

Posted by: mhardy1 | February 11, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Hurray! My snowgarita is up there!

I grew up in Florida so when I told my northern-raised family and friends I had made margaritas out of snow I fully expected them to tell me they do that all the time. To my extreme surprise not a single one had ever thought of it before. Amazing.

Posted by: Melewen | February 11, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for the recognition, CWG.

Like most other people on this blog I am fascinated by the weather, both from its unpredictability, in spite of our powerful scientific tools, and its awesome power. And, in storms like this one, I feel the full range of emotions from awe at the beautiful scenes of snow accumulating into rarely seen shapes, to fear for the safety of my family and others, to the quiet of a slow walk with my wife through the new fallen snow and to the joy of children playing outside. While not particularly religious, I am deeply spiritual and am constantly in search of the true meaning and purpose of life. Weather in all its forms and shapes helps bring the world into focus.

Posted by: djm-01 | February 11, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

@crandleberry--more poetry:

SOME say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

--Robert Frost

Posted by: Promethia | February 11, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the chuckles CWG (and everyone else). Nothing better than a good sense of humor to help us get thru Mother Nature making up for a Century's worth of lost time....

Kim in Manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | February 11, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Great storm coverage! Is there a Friday Fedcast?

Posted by: Meg827 | February 11, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Watch my video

It's about climate change and our planet as we lives in.
Thank you.

Posted by: andi-prama | February 11, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

T-shirts will be coming soon folks. We'll announce it when they do.

Posted by: Andrew-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

For those of you wondering about a Fedcast for today...OPM Director Berry is having his daily 6pm conference call to discuss operations for tomorrow.

Any guesses/odds to help kill time?

Posted by: DaLord | February 11, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I am wondering about the FedCast too... Would love to hear opinions on the chance things open up tomorrow.

Posted by: manbeth | February 11, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Not exactly a weather question, but snow blew into one of my electric wall heaters and froze last night, and now the heater isn't working, I assume because it's not venting and/or has ice on the coils. Can anyone point me towards tips on how to fix this, or should I just be grateful it's on a south-facing brick wall and wait? Other heaters are working, so I won't freeze. :-)


Posted by: paperball | February 11, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Hi all, regarding FedCast I am going to speculate based on conditions Monday (for Tuesday) and--at that point, I called for an 80% chance for delay of 2 hours (with Unsched leave) and a 50% chance for full closure.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I ♥ CWG!!

Posted by: forenski | February 11, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Any idea on timing yet for Monday's storm? I know that's hard to predict at this point but I'm trying to get some idea of how my weekend will play out and will probably be traveling from WV to southern MD.

Posted by: js2225 | February 11, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: edwardappleby | February 11, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted from other thread.

Most of our office is due to travel in the next week. Concerned about getting out and even more so about getting back on the weekend of 20 February. P Michaels initially wasn't concerned about Monday but noted he thought the following weekend would be worse - at least that is my recollection - I think he eventually became more concerned about Monday. Thanks.

Posted by: Rmjw | February 11, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

T-shirts already popping up on

Posted by: ACNonPro | February 11, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I've been enjoying CWG for the past week-terrific job, keep it up!

How can I find out snow accumulation totals for my area (Falls Church)? NWS sometimes posted storm totals for Oakton & McLean in weather reports on, but I can't find a 'total for the season' anywhere.

I know we got more than DCA over the weekend, but only shows DCA totals and I don't know where else to find them.

Not that it much matters, snowiest winter is snowiest winter, I am just curious.

Posted by: kirom | February 11, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse


great video, waayyyy tooooo funny!!!

Posted by: drmammal | February 11, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

You guys are the greatest!! If I see grass in March, I'll have to (aghh) mow it.

Posted by: jws3 | February 11, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

@edwardappleby, love the Daily Show clip!

Posted by: ChickenLady | February 11, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Add me to the list of people who discovered CWG during the last couple weeks. It's awesome! Think I'll stick around. Tell your bosses to buy you whatever new equipment you need.

Good comments on Facebook the other day...

My status: I need to take the trash out, but I'm afraid my tauntaun will freeze before it reaches the first marker.

Friend's comment: Then it'll see you in hell!

It seriously looked like Hoth outside yesterday.

Posted by: financepirate | February 11, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I watch from the deck of my ship and survey the white beast with a cold eye. The sun is my ally, and has no love for the thing.

(Call me Ahab.)

Posted by: celeckey | February 11, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the comments, all, and for sticking with us through the storms.

JSTF - There were way too many GW comments to sort through, but if you want to have a go, be my guest. :)

js2225 - Check out our earlier post for the latest about Monday's snow potential.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

ABC Channel 2 WeatherNet is currently calling for rain on Sunday.

Any idea why? Is there really a chance for rain?

Posted by: stuckman | February 11, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Check this link out:

This is taking into account snow depth prior to yesterday's blizzard.

Posted by: ZmanVA | February 11, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that there are any comments from him/her on this post, but can you guys permanently ban "Holymoley"? That crap went beyond annoying and became downright disruptive.

Posted by: bhfairfax | February 11, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I am laughing so hard the tears are running down my cheeks. I remember almost all the comments. I can laugh b/c I can see my driveway.....can't go anywhere but I can see it again.....soon I will be able to see my car too...whoop, whoop

Posted by: tbva | February 11, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm out here in Hawaii (where I live), while my son and his family are camped inside their house in North Arlington. I have been glued to this site for the past week, keeping up with the weather and its aftermath. You guys are great! Thanks so much for helping this mother/grandmother stay so well informed. I actually knew some things about the weather before my son did!

Posted by: moorep001 | February 11, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse


The Snowmaggedon babies emerge from the WOOM.

Posted by: asfoolasiam | February 11, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

you all are seriously cracking up a bunch of us here in Milwaukee! good luck all!! (ps - you've had probably 40 more inches of snow than we've had this winter, well so far at least). CWG - great job! bloggers - great comments!

Posted by: MrsKirby | February 11, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

MrsKirby and moorep001 - I can't even imagine how crazy these comments must look without actually having experienced the storms. Thanks for following!

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

There were so many witty comments here, kept me laughing. Although I must say- seeing so many of my comments makes me concerned I really am on here too much! I am such a CWG junkie. Now there's proof :0

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 11, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Snowlower2 - We were all CWG junkies this past week! By the way, did you ever find your snowpants?

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

General Warning: If you decide to make Snowgaritas, PLEASE make sure that the snow is pristine and has no hint of yellow - you know what I mean.

Posted by: MillPond2 | February 11, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Farthest traveled to avoid the storm: Vegas? Gimme a break. Our friend Rodges took off Tuesday for Anchorage. Yes, the one in Alaska. Go figure, why would a sane person go to Alaska in the winter to escape a snowstorm?

Posted by: jdwilson | February 11, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

that daily show global warming thing was clever. loved that graph of the cooling since august.... and the the reporter in australia: "90 degrees february!" hard to deny evidence like that! omg that was funny.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 11, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

No, I never did!! Grrrr. Only wore them once in eight years, and could certainly have used them this winter. My place is not that big- there is really nowhere to hide. I think they saw all the snow coming and ran away. Ah well- I will buy another pair, but I'm waiting until the summer. If I buy them now that will guarantee the end of snow- although I suspect most would think that a lucky charm rather than a jinx.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 11, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

paperball: If you have access to an outdoor receptacle or can reach an indoor receptacle, you could try to thaw out the unit with a hair dryer. But be very careful, since a hair dryer, including the cord and plug, are not UL listed for outdoor use. Definitely don't let it get wet.

Otherwise, as long as the through-wall unit appears to be frozen, do not use it. If you do, it may get damaged. Good luck.

Posted by: MillPond2 | February 11, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm in southern Brazil, with relatives living in Gaithersburg, too much snow there too. I'm following CWG posts since january, you were the best about DC weather these days! Thanks for all the information. The readers comments made me laugh a lot. I'm a snowlover and a little jealous of your winter: we're in the middle of a very very hot summer, with lots of rain and higher temperatures in years!

Posted by: margitq | February 11, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm a transplant from Southern California, and this whole winter I've been saying, "This is the most snow I have seen in my entire life!" I may never be able to say that again. Thanks so much for all the info - you are the funnest bunch of weather geeks I've ever met :D and following the weather may be my new obsession. You certainly have a lot of it out here!

Posted by: poster4 | February 11, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse


The Snowmaggedon babies emerge from the WOOM.

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Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 11, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Woot, here in Huntsville we are watching to see just how nasty and cold the last weekend of Mardi Gras can get in Lower Alabama! Go snow!!

Posted by: erink1954 | February 11, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh! I just spotted three proto-sentient snow beings inside the wire and creeping towards the front door. Executing a tactical barrel roll off the front stoop, I Mozambiqued 'em with my trusty Sig 226. I then made a few snow angels as a diversionary measure and belly-crawled back inside. Whew! Alpha Sierra!!

Thanks, CWG, and thanks, zippyspeed ("Say What?") for that critical warning! I owe you a beer - or an hour of range time. Your choice.

Great stuff, all.

Posted by: BobJames1 | February 11, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

YAY, look, I made the list!!! WooHoo!!! Lol. This thread has really gotten me through the entirely amazing weather events this season, and I have followed the CWG folks since years ago (My name on the old site was "Mr. Freeze", as if that's any surprise lol). I truly enjoy a site where we have such a variety of individuals, hailing from all over the region (As well as out-of-town), and possessing such a diversity of wit and humor. I honestly re-read many of your comments on here to family members at home, and friends over the phone, and I cannot tell you just how impressed, as well as entertained, everyone is! Keep up the great work CWG, and I hope to continuously see the regulars on here for some time to come (Hopefully more newcomers will become regulars too)! Take care folks ;-)

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 12, 2010 3:37 AM | Report abuse

You might enjoy this blog from a farm near Purcellville.
Two dozen photos, few words (written by the resident lady donkey)
Epic and humorous, winning battle with snow.

Posted by: AngelEars | February 13, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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