ALEXANDRIA, Va. — For the third consecutive winter, we’ve had measurable snow fall in March; it’s like I don’t even know you anymore, BeltwayLand. This time, I measured 5 ⅞ inches total. I’m guessing more than that fell, but since it rained since yesterday, a lot of of it probably melted. It may reach 6 inches if it keeps falling for a little longer.
What’s noteworthy about this storm is protests against the U.S. Capitol policy banning sledding. D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton tried to get the ban lifted, but Capitol police did not do it, so there was a protest, hence the “Sled Free of Die Storm.” That’s a way better name than whatever The Weather Channel used.
After waiting until February 17 for the first snow day of the year, Alexandria City Public Schools are now on their third closing. I think the last one was a “well, we have these snow days just lying around” situation, but today was a valid one. Our family in Fairfax County and Virginia though – whoa, they’ve been hammered with snow days and I feel for them.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. —ALEXANDRIA, Va. — I added this after the fact for posterity. It snowed 2¼ inches and I measured on my patio because it was dry when the storm started — the yard still had leftover snow from the Fat Presidents Storm.
We’ve had several Presidents Day storms (WJLA) over the years – especially 1979 (and last year we had the Pitchers & Catchers Day Storm which could happen again), but the bulk of this one will be on Fat Tuesday, so I got thinking we ought to call the Fat Presidents Storm. Obviously, William Howard Taft, seen above, is the spirit animal of this weather event.
I have never wanted a Washington Nationals Racing Presidents bobblehead so much. If the Nats don’t have a photo of Taft outside of snowy Nationals Park tomorrow, it’ll be a social media fail. For those with Taft bobbleheads, I expect to see it out in the snow too; perhaps we can measure the accumulation in how many Taft bobbleheads deep.