As the Washington area heat wave toils on, with temperatures again expected well above 90 degrees this week, everyone is just trying to find a way to find relief from the scorching weather.
So in my quest to beat the heat and stay sane, I decided to track down the famed “thundersnow ice cream guy” or for anyone who personally knows him, Zach Burroughs. He earned his nickname when a Washington Post photographer caught him braving the massive January snowstorm carrying a pistachio ice cream cone and wearing nothing warmer than a snow-stained grimace.
“You know, I haven’t had any ice cream since then,” Burroughs said. He’s actually a huge fan of Rita’s water ice.
The 25-year-old-attorney is from Cecil County, Md., went to University of Maryland College Park for his undergraduate degree and graduated from George Mason School of Law, he knows a thing or two on how to cope with Washington area weather.
But even he said that “oh man, the weather’s been terrible and worse than I can remember.”
For those of you who were hoping that Burroughs cools down with a steaming bowl of chili jogging down Pennsylvania Avenue — no. While he has done everything from nestling in the garage fridge when he was a kid to diving into a pool with all of his clothes on (just last summer), his heat-beating tips for weather novices are simple.
“Stay away,” he said. “Drink water and stay inside. It’s not worth going to the Mall in this heat - go to the Smithsonian instead.”
He also suggested freezing your clothes before heading outside.