Most of my readers know that I live in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. But what they do not understand is how dynamic our weather is, compared with other locations in the U.S. or other countries.
So while most of you from places around the U.S. and the world saw this:
… thinking that my entire state and region got walloped with a whopper of a storm, this is what my boots saw:
Our weather is influenced by the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean to our east, and what we call mountains to our west. We have the urban heat produced by the City of Washington directly to our south. We can have a huge amount of precipitation fall in one place, and hardly any precipitation just a mile (1.6km) away.
What we have are called microclimates. Yesterday, the state and county where I live experienced dramatic differences with what was predicted to be a huge and dangerous winter storm. How did we fare?
Great… while we had a little snow accumulate on the grass, the pavement including our driveway and the street remained wet all day. It rained more than it snowed.
While some scientists with whom I work were exclaiming the virtues of “dynamic cooling,” (that is, cool weather that produces its own cooling effect, thus reducing surface temperature), I had others who were saying, “get real. It has not been cold enough for accumulating snow to develop.”
… the latter were correct in my case. The former were correct just about 10 miles (16km) north of where I live.
That left the people who serve in positions where they have to decide whether to open or close offices in a tough spot. Almost all made the call to close — including government at all levels (federal, state, and local), schools, and most private offices. I got a “snow day!”
To be honest, the real reason why we didn’t have a large accumulation of snow where I live is that I did these things to prepare:
1) Ensured that 20+ of my senior pals were prepared with batteries for flashlights (no candles), food supplies, and prescription meds.
2) Took care of our own home safety preparedness needs as well by ensuring our supplies were adequate, as well as buying fuel for our generator and snow blower. I even put oil in the snow blower and tested it to make sure it would work. I was convinced on Tuesday that I would need it. Bah… I didn’t.
Another reason why we didn’t get a huge storm where I live is that I have found a way to foil the “snow dance” curse cast upon me by a friend who lives in the Great White North, whose snow falls and becomes hard as concrete. His Harley will be in storage until his one summer day. What is that, S, July 10? (oops… I fear another attack of the snow-dance-curse! LOL!)
I have found that the more prepared one is, the less impact a storm or other event has. Even if we got a lot of snow, we would be able to handle it.
My opinion of this storm?
Life is short: Let’s move on… my motorcycle boots are ready for Spring!