Today marks the 12 year anniversary of my very first storm photo shoot of Washington, D.C. At that time, a series of snowstorms, including the Blizzard of 1996, had just dumped over two feet of snow across the D.C. area and I wanted to take some photos to document the historic weather event and also to include in a Washington weather book that I planned to write. Looking at the photos today, the quality is not good, but they still capture the moment after the great Blizzard of 1996.
Besides the tremendous snow, a couple things stand out in my memory regarding that trip. First, Rt. 66 was almost completely empty. Not only were there no cars on the road, but giant snow blowers worked the shoulder, spraying huge jets of snow over the trees along the side of the highway. The snow blowers were impressive to watch, and quite loud. Second, driving into the Lincoln Memorial, there was no security, police, or park rangers anywhere to be found. I four-wheeled through the deep snow around to the back of the Memorial, not knowing if I was driving on the grass or pavement. I parked next to the steps, directly between the Reflecting Pool and the Memorial, and I proceeded to photograph, checking on my truck from time-to-time. I never did see anyone else around.
In addition to two photos from that D.C. trip, I have included a photo of my condo complex the morning after the blizzard. At the time, I lived in western Fairfax County and we had noticeably more snow than in downtown D.C. Check out the three mounds of snow in the foreground, they are cars. Also, note the depth of snow on the two balconies, just amazing. Given our recent winter weather, these sites seem quite hard to believe.