Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

49 Responses to “It's snowing in DC this morning.”

  1. PhosPhorious says:

    So. . .  Global Warming is a hoax?  I KNEW it.

  2. splashu says:

    It’s probably the most snow we’ve got all season, too.

    • Les Elkins says:

       As a MoCo resident, it’s the most we’ve had for >2 years.

      At 7AM, main roads were still slushy, side streets and parking lots were skating rinks.

  3. Just_Ok says:

    Another snow job from the politicians

  4. KevinRaposo says:

    Being from Boston, I know this will soon hit us :(

  5. Lilah says:

     The whole city was in a panic three weeks ago and federal employees and students got a day off for an epic snowstorm (“snowquester”) that ultimately did not happen. It rained a little and ended up being a pretty nice day. So naturally today no closures have been issued and everyone is complaining about not getting a day off.

    • Gyrofrog says:

      School is starting late in PG County, but yeah, it’s ostensibly a regular ol’ Monday where I work.

      • Snig says:

        The real tragedy is Montgomery County, where they’re already on Spring break.  They lose the chance for a snowday.  Oh, the humanity. 

    • Jonathan Roberts says:

      I don’t want to that “that’s nothing, in x we have y cm of snow” guy, but after hearing about the snow last night in Kansas City, it doesn’t look like a whole lot of snow in the picture.

    • Snig says:

       The locals always panic and empty the shelves of  white bread and toilet paper for some reason.  My current theory is that they think that’s what igloos are built from, and when the black ice metastasizes from the roads and devours their houses, they’ll be ready. 

      • Lilah says:

        I always assumed that the bread, along with the eggs and milk that fly off the shelves, was used to make the highly traditional, ritual meal of Snow Day French Toast.

  6. drukqs says:

    That’s nice.

    Signed,
    Canada

    • Just_Ok says:

      C’est bien./That’s nice.

      signé,/Signed
      Canada/Canada

    • IronEdithKidd says:

      Precious, isn’t it?  I’m still trying to wrap my head around the reasons why 4-6″ shuts down my town.  Where I grew up, we call that a nuisance.

      • K-9 says:

        Methinks it’s to do with the law of diminishing returns.  If 4-6″ of snow is a regular event, people, businesses and governments are going to be prepared to cope with it and keep operating as usual because it would be too costly to shut down that often.  If 4-6″ only accumulates every couple of years, the preparations would cost more than the short term shutdowns.

        It’s similar to the reason I got irate with people who insisted New Orleans officials were incompetent because they waited until Katrina was two days out before declaring an evacuation.  If we bugged out everytime a hurricane got that close, we do nothing but move in and out the whole summer.

        • Gilbert Wham says:

           At least it takes a hurricane to fuck shit up. The UK is perfectly capable of grinding to a halt because of ANY kind of weather. Rain, wind, snow, hail, sunshine, fog, all capable of fucking the place into a cocked hat. ‘Drizzling a bit’ is about the only thing that doesn’t seem to gum up the works.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            The Daily Mail kept running snowpocalypse photo spreads last winter. Some of the photos showed places with large areas of visible green(!) grass and an inch of snow drifting in a few places. It was hilarious.

        • IronEdithKidd says:

          Oh, no, it’s a regular occurance each winter.  Thus the reason it’s so confounding.

      • BillStewart2012 says:

        I used to work in DC; half an inch of snow was enough to cripple the city, because lots of people there come from places that don’t get the stuff, so they don’t know how to drive in it.  If you live and work somewhere accessible by Metro, it doesn’t matter :-)

        I’ve had a meeting in Silicon Valley cancelled because of snow.  There was only a dusting down in the flatlands, but up on top of the mountains there was about six inches, and the main road to Santa Cruz has traffic problems even just from rain.  One of the main participants lived on the other side of the hill, and wasn’t going to be able to get to the office.  (Of course, it would all be cleared off by the next day, but first they had to remember where they’d put the snowplow.)

  7. Crashproof says:

    Lambert St. Louis International Airport recorded 12.4 inches yesterday.

  8. huskerdont says:

    We didn’t get a winter, and so far we’re not getting a spring either. But it is pretty and was fun riding in today.

  9. Mark Coletti says:

    Xeni, since you’re visiting our town during one of its rare snows, I can heartily recommend Spices in Cleveland Park to warm you up.  A good bowl of Thom Yum soup should do the trick.  (You can try their Suicide Curry if you feel brave.)

    Nanny O’Briens is also down the street, and they may still have their Irish session on Mondays after 9pm.  You can go there after you nosh to quench the flames with a good pint of Guinness while listening to some spritely jigs and reels.

    • huskerdont says:

       …and if it’s coffee you be looking for, Peregrine Espresso on 14th or Chinatown Coffee closer to downtown could do the trick.

      • Xeni Jardin says:

        I’ve tried both of those wonderful coffee places, and I’ll have to try Spices and Nanny O’Briens! 

        • Mark Coletti says:

          Just verified that Nanny’s still has their Monday night sessions. The musicians generally start showing up round 9pm.  Just follow the sounds of fiddles, tin whistles, and bodhrans wafting from the back room.  If you’re lucky, there may even be an uillean piper.  Just pull up a chair and enjoy!  (Preferably with a pint!)

          (I’d show up with shuttle pipes in tow but, well, grad school happens. Oy.)

      • Romana_Clef says:

         I’m headed to the Joy Luck House in Chinatown for Chinese pastry and tea, my traditional snowy-morning breakfast. I highly recommend it.

  10. Sadly, I was gunna go down tomorrow to see the cherry blossoms, but I suspect they are all off the trees now, I should have done it yesterday. I wonder if I can find snow on cherry blossom pics on instagram yet….

    • Gyrofrog says:

      They’re still budding and you haven’t missed anything (though I’m not sure how today’s weather will affect them later). I took the family down there yesterday but no blooms, yet.  But out in our neighborhood they’ve already started (assuming they are cherry trees — all I know is, it’s too early for crepe myrtles).

      This source (as of 03/19) says the blossoms will peak next week.

    • Gyrofrog says:

      You didn’t miss much. I took the family down there yesterday, no blossoms as of yet.  It was closer to what the NPS describes as “Florets Visible”.  Looks like we were at least a week early, though I’m not sure how today’s weather will affect it.

      NPS has a blossom web cam.

      (I had just left a comment; not sure if it was eaten, but when I came back to edit it, it was gone)

      • Thanks a ton last I checked the NPS website (early march during that brief above average period) they were forecasting a late march bloom but the cold temps in the middle of the month have slowed things down I see, sorry you missed it, the tidal basin is amazing in a peak bloom. 

    • BillStewart2012 says:

      I think the trees at my office in Pleasanton CA are dogwood (though they’re much taller than normal dogwoods.)  They recently flowered, and the other day we had a some wind, so there was a snowstorm of white flowers blowing around the parking lot and forming small drifts.

      (Pleasanton is about half an hour southeast of Oakland and northeast of Silicon Valley, across the mountain range.)

  11. Boards of Canada–good choice.

  12. Nash Rambler says:

    Whaddaya know, I guess snowballs really DO have a chance in hell!  Hahaha. . .eh, I live in Baltimore so, yeah, go hit up Ben’s Chili Bowl.

  13. Ribbonquest says:

    Any chance of getting pictures of the cherry trees covered in snow? The rain later will ruin the pretty but it might be pretty right now.

    • Gyrofrog says:

      See above (which I guess I did post twice)…  No blossoms yet, at least not around the Tidal Basin yesterday.  The NPS webcam had raindrops on the lens when I checked.

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