This was a good year for weather photography, and the images worked well in my new “Seasons of Washington” calendar for 2018. I’ve produced the calendar for over a decade, and most of the calendar photos have previously appeared in Capital Weather Gang posts.
When creating my weather calendars, I use photos from the past year. With the 2018 calendar, the months January through November feature photos from 2017. Because I produce the calendars in November, I go back into my photo archives for a December photo with a Christmas tree in snow. For this calendar, December’s photo is from 2005.
I also list the dates of historic storms and important weather events.
If you’re interested, here’s the place to order a Seasons of Washington calendar.
This year, I moved from Shutterfly.com to Lulu.com to reduce the price of the calendars to $12.99, and to do print-on-demand ordering. With print-on-demand, I don’t have to worry about running out of calendars.
I follow a few simple rules when creating the calendar:
1. The calendar needs a snow photo for January and/or February. Even during the bleakest snow years, such as last year, I manage to capture a few snow shots. This past year, we had a small snow event in late January and a winter storm in mid-March. I moved a snow photo from March to February’s calendar page because February 2017 was almost snow-free.
2. The calendar must have one cherry blossom photo that is used for the month of March or April, depending upon the time of the bloom during the year. In 2017, peak bloom occurred on March 25. In many of the past years, the bloom occurred in April.
3. The calendar must have a fireworks photo for the month of July. I know that fireworks is not exactly weather but this is D.C., and people like to see fireworks. This year, I chose a grande finale photo from the July 4th show because I loved the color in the sky.
4. I include at least one lightning or storm photo. I had a good storm chase this past August and I moved one of the lightning photos from the August chase to June’s calendar page because an image from the solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017 claimed the August page.
Overall, it’s a lot of effort to shoot the photos each month and then later produce the calendar. But it’s a labor of love. And it’s a tradition.
Below are the calendar photos for each month of the 2018 “Seasons of Washington” calendar: