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...
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.