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About vastateofmind

  • Birthday 03/25/1966

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    Fort Belvoir / Hayfield Farm (SE FfxCo)
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    Weather...DUH. By day, I toil as a nameless, faceless bureaucrat trapped in the bowels of the federal government, but outside of that professional hell, I love teaching as an adjunct at Southern New Hampshire University.

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  1. April Banter

    Gorgeous views. I grew up in Williamsport, PA, where those kinds of rolling hills and valleys are common in northcentral PA. I miss that. The thermometer said 53 this afternoon in my SE FfxCo backyard, but winds made it feel definitely chillier than that. I mowed the backyard, tossed the ball too many times to count for our relentlessly fetching Lab, and I was pretty cold after about 45 minutes outside. Ready for warmer temps this week.
  2. April 7-8 snow event

    I tend to agree with you...but then I remember how tired I am of walking/running in temps in low 40s-low 50s, knowing that A. temps should be a bit higher at this point in the season, and B. I'm tired of being cold when stepping outside.
  3. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Curious, what was your final measurement in Burke? Lost a lot of snow here in the last two hours of daylight.
  4. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    So to @Wonderdog's point, most of FfxCo got a spread of 4"-7" -- considerably less than your locale -- and most streets were exposed to pavement and just wet by sunset. That's usually not the case, since the N/W portions of FfxCo typically get way more snow than the SE portions...not this time, it was a much closer spread. Will there be ice in the morning across FfxCo? Probably. Does it warrant taking the kiddies out of school for an entire effing day again, when temps are going to rise to nearly 50 tomorrow? No...that's what two-hour delays are for. Should school districts out your way cancel tomorrow? With a foot of snow, I'd hope so. BTW, I'm sure FCPS will find a way to cancel on Friday as well, resulting in even more padding for an arguably unnecessary "spring break" next week. Sorry for the banter fodder, folks -- I won't comment on this again. Like I said earlier, my kids have finally/thankfully escaped the FCPS gulag and I no longer have a dog in the fight, but these hair-trigger snow days really grip me by the short & curlies. Oh, and it's currently 34/29...no SN right now, though it looks some might be pivoting down this way.
  5. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Honestly...not bad end-of-season totals, especially for DCA. Thought I saw it early yesterday but can't find it now -- did we break any records at any of those stations for highest accumulating, latest occurring storm in March?
  6. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Not much more. FfxCo had a 4"-7" spread today, from SE to N/W. My wife works in a FfxCo elementary school office, and the custodial staff at most of these schools are required to work at some point on snow days, to ensure that sidewalks/access roads are clear for follow-on days. Granted, some campuses will have more challenges with that due to their size, but above-freezing temps, compaction and lower-than-expected rates helped much of the melting along this afternoon. Like so many past FCPS closings...I happen to think this one is unwarranted.
  7. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Yeah. Even though my kids have finally escaped the FCPS system, I find this more than a bit ridiculous. All roads are just plain wet here in SE FfxCo...and even though they received a few more inches in the mid and western parts of FfxCo, I find it hard to believe that most roads aren't just wet there as well.
  8. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    I believe my nearby neighbor @Kingstonian measured just under 4" around midday in our far SE corner of FfxCo. Again, by my eyeball-only estimation and during heaviest rates around midday, I think I topped out (realistically) between 4"-5", but we had a lot of compaction since then. I do think with our total snowfall, that we verified at the low end of LWX's WSW call, and in any case -- I was pretty happy about multi-inches in late March. I'm ready for spring and warmer weather. A final report from this storm -- currently, 35/30, with flurries still holding on.
  9. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    You at least got out to measure, which I'm sure is more accurate than me eyeballing the back patio from behind a closed door several feet away! Melting in our backyard was also complicated by "beastly compaction," as depicted below. Regardless of the higher-end solutions some models showed yesterday, I'm pleased with where we ended up...especially for late March. Enjoy, all.
  10. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Yep. Currently sitting at 36/30, with steady SN- for past two hours. I didn't get out to do an official measurement before compaction set in, but just before noon we probably received between 4"-5" here in Hayfield Farm/Kingstowne area...then melted down to between 3"-4" since. Roads/sidewalks have also caved...to above-freezing temps (as seen below). Pretty nice event, though.
  11. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Have there been any reports of thundersnow in the metro area in past several hours? My son at JMU said he heard thunder last night when that bow-echo-esque line of snow was tearing up I-81 from SW Virginia.
  12. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Currently 33/30, moderate snow. Steady snow began in the 6 a.m. hour. Had a heavier slug, around 8 a.m. and just picking back right now. Picked up about .5" in that 8 a.m. band, probably around 1" now (?).
  13. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Please pardon the banter, but...we're getting to that inevitable point, often late in the evening, an hour or two or three before radar is progged to fill in at the onset of a storm, when THIS starts to happen:
  14. March 20-21 Short Range Model Analysis

    Probably screwing up our storm You're killin' me, Smalls. In other news, drizzle has upticked to a heavy drizzle once more. Holding at 32/28.
  15. March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    32/28 here in Hayfield Farm area of SE FfxCo with light drizzle. Last significant precip was in the 6 p.m. hour when we had a light sleet/snow mix. Hungrily eyeballing that pretty-pretty radar in SW Virginia...