My car's thermometer read 18 degrees at 1:30 p.m. Saturday as I headed toward D.C. for a Georgetown photo shoot. The snow was picking up in intensity and the heavy snow bands were moving closer to town. It was hard to believe that I had planned this trip five days earlier, when all the long-range weather models locked onto a big snowstorm for D.C. At that time, there was talk of heavy snow, temperatures in the teens, and I completely fell for the hype. It's not often that the models agree so well 5 or 6 days out and I was sold. I should have known better, it's never that easy for snow forecasts in this town.
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Later, by midweek, the weather models suddenly changed, taking the storm track well south and it appeared that D.C. would be on the northern fringe of the storm, receiving little or no snow accumulation. I was quite disappointed and I reminded myself that it's always best to wait until 48 hours before a storm to really count on snow, and even then it can change. I thought about doing a sunrise shoot over the weekend, but I wasn't too excited about watching the sun while cities just to our south were being crushed by snow.
Then came the roller coaster ride of model trends to the north, now-casting the radar and satellite loops, and watching an experimental weather model that still showed D.C. getting a snowstorm. There was still a little hope that we could get a good snow. In the end, I had to wait until the snow started falling Saturday morning to be really sure that we were getting a big snow.
As Saturday afternoon unfolded, I was back to my original plan. Heavy snow was moving into the area, the temperature was in the teens, and I was driving toward Georgetown with my camera, just like I had envisioned it five days earlier. I love it when a plan comes together.
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