For the past few years, I've compiled the 'best of' comments from the first major snowstorms of the season for the D.C. area (see posts from March 2009 and Snowmageddon 2010 ). Every year, the range of emotions exhibited here on Capital Weather Gang never cease to amaze me. You guys crack us up ... and keep us going. CWG fan GtownG said it best in his comment yesterday:
"The fact that we can use technology to report the weather as it happens by us, the everyday person, with the reaction and color that only we can provide and then having the professionals (like the CWG gang) comment on our observations is really what characterizes a successful blog."
Thanks! We couldn't 'weather' these storms without you. You've expressed yourselves candidly. You've voiced your concerns and questions. And hopefully, you've learned more about the world of weather. Thank you again for your participation. Here's a sampling of your snow comments - there were more than 2,000 posted on the blog yesterday! - that stood out during this winter's first major snowstorm.
And snow it begins ...
Keep reading for the 'best of' snow comments from our blog and Twitter pages. Think we're forgetting one? Post your favorites in a comment below.
Soo basically, it could rain or snow and we have no clue how much
precipitation we could get. Sounds like a pretty good forecast to
Posted by: SNOWLUVER | January 23, 2011 2:17 PM
I predict ABSOLUTELY NO SNOW WHATSOEVER. Sigh. We all saw this
coming, though. After all, this IS the winter of 2010-2011, isn't
Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 23, 2011 5:33 PM
Good forecasting going on here at CWG (and it's much appreciated) as
usual, but the snow skeptic in me won't believe it until I *see* the
flakes piling up this time this afternoon. Been burned way too many
times by the weather in these parts ...
Posted by: ToBeBlunt | January 25, 2011 5:43 PM
Snowlovers out there - RELAX!! Take a deep breath. And you've gotta'
believe. The models are flip-floppin' all over the place from
run-to-run. Ye of little faith! That 'perfect track' will happen,
you bet it will, and we will all be celebrating in the blizzard
conditions that the DC area will encounter Tues night and Wednesday.
You heard it here first!
Posted by: johnnierat | January 22, 2011 8:03 PM
BRING ON THE WHITE STUFF MOTHER NATURE!!! WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR
Posted by: SNOWLUVER | January 24, 2011 4:18 PM
Posted by: southbridgemom | January 26, 2011 4:30 PM
!!!!! oh boy oh boy oh by oh boy !!!!
Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 24, 2011 3:56 PM
The past 72 hours have been such a ride of emotion ~ WOW! ... I
haven't been this excited for snow in about 30 years! (Didn't know I
still had that inner child so close to the surface, and thank you
for that too!) ...
Posted by: GiveIn | January 25, 2011 10:52 PM
I love snow. It forces us to calm down, slow down, sip the cocoa,
read a book, and take it a little easier for a day. Stress kills
more Americans each year than snow, so I'm always grateful,
especially in this area, when we're all forced to respect nature's
power, appreciate its beauty, and take a day or two to just BE.
Posted by: celt1 | January 24, 2011 7:47 PM
This is nothing more than a hunch, but I think some cold air will
wrap back into the storm. There are no upper air measurements over
the Atlantic AFAIK. The surface measurements (buoys) will show the
usual warmth from the water, but the arctic air that is currently
heading out to sea will still be up above a few thousand feet and
the models won't know about it. That will get pulled back toward us
by the big storm to our south and produce wet snow on Wednesday
rather than rain. It will be warm enough at the surface to have
trouble sticking, but that won't be a problem once it gets heavy
Posted by: eric654 | January 24, 2011 8:13 AM
Most likely to have a hangover:
Beer has begun to changeover into mixed drinks. Pajamas holding
steady for the moment.
Posted by: bboyneko1 | January 26, 2011 3:01 PM
What stinks about winter in DC is that she over performs when it
doesn't count, like now, and under performs when it does, like this
Wednesday...She's like an athlete who plays like a superstar in
practice put can't score on game day!
Posted by: kolya02 | January 24, 2011 8:34 AM
Mother Nature is such a drama queen this winter. The last month has
been like a Lady Gaga show. A little flash, and then a dash to NYC
Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 24, 2011 12:35 PM
@capitalweather Thundersnow is the narwhal of weather. I am getting really excited.
When does it start?
Snow or rain?
When does it end?
Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 23, 2011 7:22 PM
A ThunderThump haiku:
It's finally snow!
Ready for some thunder snow!
No work tomorrow?
Posted by: Myndiera | January 26, 2011 3:55 PM
by the window watching the winter storm steal in. my snowy heart adores these moments...track storm @capitalweather
So we're watching, and we're waiting, clickin refresh buttons
anticapatin... It might start as rain but then dump snow and go
away, ayyy. We're keeping our ears peeled for the sound of
thunder-snow. If it doesn't start soon then to Charlettsvill I go!
Is it still raining, should I go get more food? So we're watching,
and we're waiting, watching, and waiting, waiting, waiting.
Thats my very sad song.
Posted by: benzachr | January 26, 2011 1:50 PM
While we await for the next turkey (or snow goose), anyone recall
the last time we had a good snow during the State of Union address?
Last one I remember was Jan. 20, 1978, the beginning of a one/two whallop that wasted central NJ-->Boston. We officially had about 6" in DC (and of course more elsewhere) and it was definitely snowing during Jimmy Carter's SOTU speech.
Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 23, 2011 2:48 PM
I've seen a storm setup like this once before. Right before the
Blizzard of '47. Two days prior weathermen were calling for mostly
rain and a little snow mix. Then it hit. Big time. Be afraid,
everyone, be afraid. But mostly be warned. As for me, I'm headed
towards the grocery store for about a week's worth of food, and then
the hardware store.
Posted by: ShovelPlease | January 24, 2011 2:32 PM
I hate to bring up the National Airport issue again ...
Posted by: rocotten | January 24, 2011 8:26 AM
Most likely to start an online dating site for weather fans:
snowluver I luv you can we get married! YAY FOR ALL SNOW IN
Posted by: teebyrd86 | January 23, 2011 2:35 PM
I would love to marry you! Lets get married Wednesday in the 10 inches of SNOW!!!
Posted by: SNOWLUVER | January 23, 2011 3:22 PM
Least likely to be heartbroken:
If @capitalweather is wrong about us getting a real snowstorm tomorrow night, I'm gonna be heartbroken.
WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE RT @capitalweather Snowfall rates for this evening's commute may be extreme- travel potentially hazardous, crippling.
Most Gnarly, Bro:
@capitalweather You're totally bumming me out, dudes. Words like 'extreme' and 'hazardous' are not welcome in my weather forecast.
Most likely to write a New Farmer's Almanac:
Well, I'll tell you what I do when the models don't agree and the
meteorologists can't afford to make guesses: I watch the local
They can predict earthquakes and tsunamis--why not snow or ice or rain?
Clue #1: The deer in western Loudoun were out in force this morning, far more than usual, as they were before our ice showers last week.
Clue #2: I saw several flocks of geese flying straight east today.
My guess, based on these facts: Snow in the western areas, rain in the eastern areas, as a few other fellow amateurs here have predicted.
Posted by: celt1 | January 24, 2011 10:51 AM
i've installed a webcam so you can follow my reaction(s) to
forecasts/snow throughout the day:
Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 26, 2011 11:22 AM
A punch, huh?
How about "Below the Belt(way)"? ...
Posted by: Groff | January 26, 2011 12:16 PM
Will the snow affect my pants?
Posted by: spdawson1 | January 25, 2011 9:53 AM
Why thank you. We try.
That's some sexy wording, @capitalweather: "But a major, potentially remarkable thump of snow is coming later today."
Best suggested storm name:
This might be "Thumpty Dumpty"
Posted by: dvorak9 | January 26, 2011 12:27 PM
From #snowpocalypse to #snowmageddon to...wait for it...#snowthump @capitalweather http://j.mp/fLUr9p
Thundersnowpocalypse! http://wapo.st/fMGDZY (@capitalweather) #everyonepanic
Best new words:
I have snenvy ....
Posted by: cvilleSnowMan | January 26, 2011 4:45 PM
Will we see a Snownado???
Posted by: Langway4Eva | January 26, 2011 1:52 PM
Sort of flurrying with the drizzle here in the Gaithersburg Airpark.
I'd say it's snizzling!
Posted by: wadejg | January 26, 2011 1:58 PM
Most likely to become a salesman:
ATTENTION DIRECTV PEOPLE!
My satellite reception is out, too -- the first time that's happened in ages -- BUT! You can get DirecTV to send you an AM21 Off Air Tuner that picks up the local channels off of the air. They gave it to me for free. It plugs into your existing DVR and once you scan the channels, you get not only the primary WRC et al feeds, but also their alternate feeds, including the awesome real time Doppler on WUSA (channel 9-3).
Posted by: Georgetwoner | January 26, 2011 7:39 PM
Most likely to patent new technology:
so, this just got me thinking... i know certain salts lower the
melting point of water (i.e., snow) so as to prevent it from
accumulating. so.... theoretically... is there any substance i could
put on my driveway/sidewalk to encourage accumulation...?
Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 25, 2011 8:29 AM
Most likely to be hungry:
Ate grouper in the Bahamas last week. Delicious! It was breaded
and delicious with some tartar sauce and a side of fries. But that was a week and a half ago.
Posted by: BH99 | January 24, 2011 8:22 PM
Earliest onset of cabin fever:
It is snowing so hard that the snowflakes have now turned into
little mini Sue Palka heads...
Posted by: SA-Town | January 26, 2011 5:58 PM
you're more shameless than breathless Fla TV weathermen in hurricane season "@washingtonpost @capitalweather http://wapo.st/hO2rrc"
CWG you guys rock. Best weather source I know of. You guys let us
know what you know and that's the way it should be ... I understand
explaining this stuff to a regular everyday person is like teaching
a foreign language. Keep up the good work and lets hope this new
trend keeps rollin!
Posted by: MVPlaya8120 | January 25, 2011 12:38 AM
I gotta tell you I've been checking out this "Capital Weather Gang"
for several weeks now and they seem to be spot on. This is the way
ALL weather media should present the weather. Must say this seems to
be the best thing since Doppler radar.
Posted by: rikkirat | January 26, 2011 2:15 PM
I LOVE @capitalweather because of their awesome, detailed forecasts! "Odds increasing for heavy, wet snow late Wed." - http://wapo.st/eMbxcv
I got the wine, a frozen pizza and my snuggie.
Posted by: WorfsBabyMama | January 26, 2011 1:22 PM
True, very true.
You know it's gonna be bad when Jim Cantore is covering it. :)
Posted by: MVPlaya8120 | January 26, 2011 1:57 PM
timlyden Timothy Lyden
@dcsportsbog I thought Blog fans comments were crazy, but nobody touches friskyness of @capitalweather readers comments. Quite snarky
Now you're making us jealous:
Still sunny here in Lihue, Kauai. No sign of snow yet.
Posted by: wanker16 | January 26, 2011 4:41 PM
don't drink & sled. Dangerous. You need all your wits about you
when hurtling down a steep icy slope on a scrap of plastic or some
Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 26, 2011 5:24 PM
The best tip I remember from last winter is to oil your snow shovel
- it makes such a difference when the heavy wet snow slides right
off with every load rather than sticking to the shovel ...
Posted by: Etta- | January 26, 2011 5:43 PM
Just chucked a stinkin stinkbug right into this mess! Horray!
Posted by: worldtraveler83 | January 26, 2011 3:02 PM
Best squirrel update (there were many):
A squirrel! On my 7th floor balcony!
Posted by: 3seasons | January 26, 2011 3:09 PM
WHY DOES THE WEATHER SERVICE TYPE IN ALL-CAPS?
Posted by: blablabla | January 26, 2011 3:06 PM
Slightly off topic (but about the author of this post): Every time I
read the name [Jason] Samenow, all I see is S(ame)now. Ame is french
for soul, and that word is stuck in the middle of snow. Cool!
Posted by: casa_wasabi | January 26, 2011 1:59 PM
Little did they know ...
I'm officially off the snow wagon (and am putting the milk back on
the shelf at Giant). This "storm" has all the earmarks of being a
dud. Maybe February will be kinder to snow lovers.
Posted by: ShovelPlease | January 26, 2011 8:57 AM
My hunch is we probably won't get much if any snow from this latest
"storm" either ... It's NOT gonna snow tomorrow!
Posted by: montana123 | January 25, 2011 3:11 PM
I have to say, I miss the mystery and anticipation of the unknown
... Nigh four decades ago when I was a kid, weather forecasting was
not nearly so accurate ... Back then, if a snowfall happened to make
it into the forecast, one really never knew what to expect ... Now,
we demand to know exact depths, hour by hour, and even the
consistency of the snow, days ahead of the storm. If it does not
come to pass as predicted, we feel ripped off and demand an
accounting of where our snow went ... I do miss the unknowing
anticipation and the rare joy of finding a white world no one
Posted by: OsnowO | January 26, 2011 8:47 AM
Best connection made:
Another Houstonian?!?! Wow, we should start a "Houstonians
Here's who we have so far:
Is anyone else here from Houston?
Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 25, 2011 8:27 PM
I'm from Houston as well!
Posted by: agunn3 | January 25, 2011 8:32 PM
Your secret's safe with us.
Is it wrong I'm more interested in the @capitalweather live blog breaking down tonight's forecast models than I am in #SOTU? #Dcweather
isn't quite sure what it is about snow that makes her a weather junkie. Thank you @capitalweather for fixing her up!
@capitalweather - I love it when you say "thundersnow." Thank you.
Umm ... yes.
Hey @capitalweather peeps, should I reschedule my Wednesday night flight to DCA? :)
raphiesaid raphaele l
@capitalweather ~ I am doing snow dance !!!!!!!!!!! Is it helping ?????? :-)
Umm ... no.
Other than the CWG, anyone on this blog getting any work done?
Posted by: djm-01 | January 26, 2011 4:20 PM
CarolineSheedy Caroline Sheedy
I think @capitalweather is so cute.
We'll have to get back to you on this one...
i think i need a tutorial on how @capitalweather works. #confused
@CWG, you forgot one question. Will the Wizards ever win a road game
Posted by: RJ16 | January 25, 2011 6:05 PM
What does the mayan calander call for today?
Posted by: mscofield1 | January 26, 2011 2:39 PM
Thanks again, everyone!