What to Call a Snow Hurricane

Snowzilla! Snowmageddon 2016 (the date is because we had a snowmaggedon in 2010; really one was quite enough). Jonas (when did the weather service start naming winter storms the way they name hurricanes?). Regardless of the terminology you prefer (and I prefer Snowzilla) it’s one big storm!

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My neighbors Stan and Linda had put bird food out and attracted snowbirds and doves.

It started a little after 1:00 pm yesterday, continued through the night, steadily and without much in the way of wind. I ventured out to clear the front steps, which one of my neighbors had been keeping clear through the night. Then I wound up chatting with another neighbor. We decided to go out to see what was happening in the neighborhood.

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Gulsah opened her window when she saw me shoveling.

It was about 11:00 in the morning. I took my tape measure with me and recorded about 14 inches of snow. My guess is we have closer to 18 at this point, with more to come.

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It’s 7 hours since I measured. There’s more now.

News outlets are saying two inches an hour until it tapers off between 8:00 pm and midnight. That means we’re looking at 2 feet. Right now it’s a whiteout with some gusty winds. I’ve seen worse, but not in terms of accumulation.

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Looking uphill toward my building.

When weather forecasters start talking about snow, my first question is “Where is it coming from?” If the answer is across country from the west, I don’t worry. Those storms hit the mountains and drop what’s left on us before they blow out to sea.

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Fogged out tree in the background is about a block away.

When the answer is, “it’s coming up the coast,” I check the pantry, the battery stash and my supply of Sterno. When it’s coming up the coast, it’s basically a hurricane (or a nor’easter) with snow.

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Gulsah suited up for our walk.

Gulsah and I wandered out of the courtyard where we saw another neighbor clearing her steps and walk. We wandered down the street and I could see that people had gathered on the sledding hill. A lot of people.

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Big group of sledders. The woman in turquoise turned out to be a colleague who lives nearby.

Most of the time, people don’t have sleds. We don’t get enough snow often enough for people to invest in sleds. But this time we had plenty of warning there was going to be snow and people went out and bought plastic sleds. Someone even had an LLBean donut sled.

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My colleague, Mary, headed downhill on the donut! I was unable to capture her fists-raised triumphant gesture at the bottom of the hill.

A colleague who lives nearby was among the people out with her children. She said they had been out for two hours and needed to go back home to warm up before coming out again. Probably a good call. In my experience, children will tell you with blue lips that they aren’t cold.

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They don’t actually look cold, do they, lounging in the snow like seals…

We headed back and saw a snowboarder heading for a hill on Wilson Boulevard (the same hill people were stranded on Wednesday night in far less snow). He seemed really excited about getting some local snowboarding in.

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You don’t see this often in Arlington.

It was nice that the storm let up a bit during the middle of the day so people could go have some fun before snugging in again. Tomorrow, if the power’s on, I think I’ll make some bread.

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Picture this with 6-8 more inches. Not much difference, huh?

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I’m not the biggest squirrel sympathizer, but it appears this little guy is reduced to noshing on winter ivy.

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82 Responses to What to Call a Snow Hurricane

  1. You seem to have had a delightful day, Lisa! Enjoyed sharing in your fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Now about that bread … my mouth is already watering ๐Ÿ˜‹ So glad to hear you haven’t lost power!

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  2. Boomdeeadda says:

    holy mollie Lisa! You’re having Alberta snow but it appears maybe without the arctic freeze. Most of our storms come from the north and bring frigid winds and temps. It most certainly would call for mittens, but I see your neighbour didn’t have gloves on. Still that does look like a heap of snow. Is it wet and heavy? Or light and dry? The heavy stuff is a killer to shovel. I bet the courtyard at your place looks beautiful. With the big tree’s and gentle hills. I hope your power stays on for you. It’d be cold without it. That’s why we have a gas fireplace. Just in-case. Mr Squirrel would be ever so grateful for a few peanuts or even peanut buttered croutons. Paaaaleeeese? โค โค โค Maybe his winter stash ran out? Stay warm DC girl xo K

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    • arlingwoman says:

      It usually isn’t that cold while it’s snowing here. She did have gloves, but we kept snapping pictures! It is heavy, wet stuff and probably going to be worse tomorrow. So far so good with the power!!!! Yaay!! I don’t have your warm fuzzy feelings for the squirrels, unfortunately, but I did throw out some oats earlier. It will probably be raiding the bird feeder, so will not go hungry!!

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  3. Mary Tang says:

    How exciting to have the neighbourhood gathering to celebrate snow. Maybe we’re missing out on something here. However, I’m kinda glad of it, too.

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  4. A large piece of plastic or polythene will do the job of a sled and is cheaper! Although I live where there’s no snow, so it’s probably a bit of a know-all observation!!

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  5. Looks like it’s almost enjoyable so far, Lisa. Let’s hope it stays that way. I do have some sympathy for the city in big snow. During the “blizzard of ’78” in Boston, we were able to put on our cross-country skis and ski down the middle of the trolley tracks on Commonwealth avenue…but it really can become a big problem in such close quarters…all that snow, and no place to park, and etc etc.
    Let’s hope this one becomes mostly good memories, like the lovely scenes on your post today!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Oh, no doubt the aftermath will have much in the way of aggravation. Ugh. Between the ice and the melting and the parking, not to mention the Metro, it will be pretty icky. But for now, I don’t have to go anywhere or do anything, so I’m enjoying it!

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  6. Oh Lisa your beautiful apartment complex is quite buried! I hope not too much more will fall as we don’t want to have you literally buried! It is perfect weather for bread and cinnamon roll baking and maybe a pot of yummy soup too. Isn’t it fortuitous this happened at a weekend and you don’t HAVE to venture forth if you don’t wish too. On the plus side, from here, it is very beautiful! Happy baking!!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      It’s supposed to stop in 1-4 hours, but it’s still snowing and blowing. We’ve now had more snow than Anchorage this winter. All in one go. It’s been snowing there since September. Hah! yes, I’m happy to be staying put for the time being. And beginning to think about those cinnamon rolls more than I should! It looks like about 24 inches, but I haven’t seen any official ffigures yet…

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  7. I’m pleased you had fun, Lisa, but I hope the aftermath is not too bad

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  8. Beachbums1 says:

    I prefer Snowzilla as well! I enjoyed reading your update on the storm. I got up early this morning (4:30am) to see the full moon shining down on the lovely untracked snow. Should be an interesting day digging out of all this…

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  9. Amazing pictures Lisa! Felt like I was there in the snow with you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you are enjoying it and finding all the positives, and I love that all the neighbours got together ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Robin says:

    Wow! Great series of photos, Lisa. It is so good to see people out enjoying the snow. Looks like you got quite a bit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. jennypellett says:

    I’ve just been watching our TV news which showed pictures and reported from Washington. I see the path to the White House is clear! Anyway, I thought of you and wondered how you were getting on…and then I flipped into my Reader and there you were! As Pauline says, good job this was on a weekend for you all to have fun before having to sallie forth. Good luck tomorrow!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks! it’s so much snow, it’s being hauled away in trucks. I helped a neighbor dig her car out. Boy what a job! I get tomorrow off yet, but imagine all will be heading back to normal Tuesday–or as normal as things can be with 2 feet of snow. Yes, definitely good to have this on the weekend. People are mostly willing to stay in then and let the plows do their jobs.

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      • It’s about modern cities, and how hard it is to have “business as usual” after such an onslaught of snow. I remember hard times in Boston when we shoveled hard, but just didn’t know where to put it all! It’s almost as if there’s something that wants to stop our rush to efficiency and convenience and say slow down….good luck this week, Lisa!

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Thanks, Cynthia! I’ve been given a respite and can stay home again tomorrow–no doubt things will pick up on Tuesday! It looked as though the whole thing bypassed you. I hope so!

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      • Yes, it stayed to the south of us….though there’s plenty of past snows here already. I am lucky in that I don’t have to “get to” anywhere, but I appreciate the hassle of icy, messy streets, public transpo, et al… this too shall pass, and spring?….it’s only a couple of months away! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Yes, since I have another day off, maybe I should spend it with a seed catalogue! Glad you missed out on this one, as there’s enough snow on the ground already, it sounds. Stay warm!

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      • jennypellett says:

        Well, on the good side – extreme weather brings communities together and provides an alternative type of exercise๐Ÿ˜€

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, such an amazing amount of snow for your area! And here we are in MA with no snow at all. Upside down weather! It is good it happened on a weekend, so folks weren’t commuting and could enjoy the weather. Have they closed businesses for Monday?

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Yes, blessedly, Arlington County and Federal Gov’t closed, other municipalities as well as most schools. There’s still a lot of digging–and it’s not just plowing, but snow removal. They’re hauling the snow away in trucks. I’ve never seen this much snow. Awfully glad my car is tucked up in the County garage. Worth the price to avoid what’s a monstrous shoveling job–helped a neighbor today and soooo glad I’m not having to clear mine out. Be glad of your snow free status. We got winter all at once in one weekend!

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  13. KerryCan says:

    I was thinking about you, in the middle of this! So weird–we, much further north and in an area known for snow, got not one single flake! I am impressed with how much fun you and your neighbors had–that’s making lemonade out of lemons!

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  14. Wow! Am I allowed to be very, very envious. It all looks beautiful. I’m glad that you were safely at home when Snowmaggedon hit, and I’m glad that the power has stayed on. Enjoy!

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  15. It was a bigbigbig storm but I love your cozy post about it. It reminded me of our time in Canada…with big storms everybody from the village would come to the little library I worked…I loved that and yes I did make popcorn and hot chocolates too ;o) xo Johanna

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  16. Beautiful pics! I am actually in about 18 inches and haven’t been out the house in 3 days! Don’t like the white stuff by far!!! Lol! I have to get over it since my 4 year old is home from Pre-k and wants to have a snowball fight. I must entertain him! Geesshhh!

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  17. LB says:

    Oh I love, love, love this post, and was smiling throughout the reading of it. First, the picture of your neighbor with her wonderful smile. Then the sledding, the snowboarder, the photos showing the accumulation … you shared the joy and the challenge of a snowstorm.
    I have no idea when the naming of snowstorms started? Perhaps when the weather folks gave “Superstorm Sandy” a name.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      They’ve done the hurricanes for a long time, but the winter storm thing, that’s new–I was stranded in IL over Christmas by Goliath! I also really like the snowboarder and the two little girls lounging in the snow.

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      • I have often wondered about the naming of hurricanes and other kinds of storms. Who, exactly decides? Can you imagine a committee sitting around a table somewhere, whose only job is to come up with names for hurricanes? And it’s only recently that political correctness has dictated they alternate male with female names, though in the past a terrible tempest, like a seagoing ship, was always a “she.”

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Yes, and there’s an odd psychology going where people tend to believe the male storms are more dangerous than the female ones…so odd. I bet some commuter program picks the names a-z, male and female. It’s the National Weather service after all…

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  18. Jane Lurie says:

    Now that I’ve moved to the west after a lifetime on the East coast, I do miss the excitement and beauty of a snowstorm (minus having to get around in it!). Looks like you had some fun!

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  19. I remember the blizzards from my days in Ontario, Canada. It was so pristine and quiet and quite beautiful. Of course in those days, I could just enjoy it. Any associated work fell to my parents.

    I loved seeing your courtyard covered in snow, realizing that we’ll soon be coming up on a year since our visit. It’s fun how so many neighbors and friends gathered round to share in the experience. Your photos are wonderful. I’m glad you pointed out the birds, because I didn’t see them at first.

    Snowzilla it is!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I hope you’re feeling well and the foot is better! I know it’s not back to normal, of course, but I hope it’s where it should be. The snow is nice while falling and a mess for a couple weeks after, though we’re having nice temperatures now, so maybe it will go sooner than normal.

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  20. badfish says:

    I really miss the snow. I grew up in it, then lived in Colorado for ten years. Since that time, I’ve lived only in deserts. Winter here is like the most outrageously wonderful Spring. And yet, it would be nice to have a bit of snow…and snow day off from work.

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  21. BunKaryudo says:

    Looks like at least the kids loved the snow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. starkwe says:

    Oh, beautiful snow pictures! I miss the snow so much; it was so much fun to see all the pictures from my people up there.

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