Thursday, March 5, 2015

More Snow Than you can Shovel

The most recent Maryland snow event began this morning just before 8 am. It was several hours late, but just in time for the twins and I to watch it develop over breakfast. Since then, the snow has been falling ceaselessly. At least 4 inches of snow have accumulated at SnowPanic HQ in Bowie, MD as of 4:30pm. It's a dense powdering of tiny flakes -- perfect for skiing, or snow angels.

This late-March snow is likely to be the last of the season in the Mid-Atlantic. At least, so many are  hoping. But snow is so rare that we here at SP HQ focus on thoroughly enjoying it. Since moving here in 1995, I've noticed many more snow emergencies in the last 5 years than in the first 10 I lived here. Since 2010, when SnowPanic was created, we've had snow every winter. Instead of bemoaning it, we bought kids' size snow bibs, sleds, and helmets.

Global cooling? The experts say not, but Mother Earth is long overdue for an Ice Age. Although SnowPanic's official position is that 97 out of 100 climate scientists can't be wrong on the facts of global warming, this increasing frequency and snowfall must make one wonder if 230+ years of polluting the earth (counting from the invention of the coal-burning steam engine) isn't provoking a wintry response from the misunderstood biosphere. No matter what humans can do, Earth can go one better, usually.

And looking at the tiny flakes falling thick as fog outside--coating every fence line, each suburban roof, the remaining brown leaves--I think the frozen scene is better: the clean air is just in time for kite season; the hydrated earth will burst forth in petal-drenched spring, just in time for the Equinox.

For now, it's indoor activities, coloring pages, baking cookies, board games, hot chocolate, crafts, warm winter naps, and the promise of sledding tomorrow.

-- Christina

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

More Maryland Snow

Ok the last time I made fun of Maryland for delaying schools more snow fell and it was actually dangerous but this time the closing seems a little bit excessive.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

#closeFCPS takes over the world

Numerous media outlets are noting that the hashtag #closeFCPS is trending worldwide on Twitter. "CloseFCPS" means, of course, "Close Fairfax County Public Schools," because the suburban Virginia schools system made people go to school today. Well, it sounds like almost nobody showed up, so I guess they aren't making anybody do anything. So they're upset about potential unexcused absences? I'm so confused.

To be fair, I drove in PG County (where the schools are closed), and I'm glad I don't have kids on school buses today.

Snow Jan 6, 2015
Maryland, not Virginia, actually

Don't Ever Change, Maryland

Some of the grass is obscured by snow! Better cancel school!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Weather Report at SNPC HQ

We are happy to report a real snow at HQ in Bowie MD. It began just before 1pm EST, and it's really coming down, too.

Friday, February 14, 2014

The snow will find a way to kill you

Shovelling Snow Again by D Sharon Pruitt, on Flickr

"Howard County officials said Thursday that three county men died after suffering heart attacks while outside their homes during the snowstorm, and that two were shoveling snow when they collapsed."
Horrible, right? Well, what can we do?
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman urged county residents to be careful.
"This is deep, heavy snow, and I implore everyone to take it easy," he said. "Please don't over-exert yourself. Clear a little at a time. Or ask a neighbor to help. We need to pitch in as a community during times like these. If you know of a neighbor who could use assistance, please offer to do a little shoveling.
That seems like useful advice, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. It almost makes me forgive you for the parking ticket we received in Ellicott City after all the "Thanks to Ken Ulman, parking meters are not running" signs. So, if neighbors help neighbors, nobody needs to die, right?

BREAKING: Family of Fairfax County man says he collapsed and died while helping a neighbor clear his driveway of snow Thursday.
Sigh. I would suggest you stay inside and give up on shoveling snow, but you know I'd just end up posting an article about someone dying from slipping on an unshoveled sidewalk.

Bowie Snow Tops 1 foot.

Over the last 36 hours, Snowpanic's Bowie outpost has received over a foot of snow. The Weather Channel estimates we've accumulated 13.4 inches Thursday alone.

More snow is expected Friday night.

It's amazing the variety of snowfall accumulations in the area. Check out local Weather Stations at Weather Underground. Simply input your ZIP code and scroll down to "Weather Stations" to find details from an armchair weatherman near you.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Did we get enough snow to close school? A visual cheat sheet.

This awesome map, first posted on Reddit, shows how much snow it takes to cancel snow in various parts of the country. I am proud to live in the 1"-3" band.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Georgia Tech EMERGENCY

Georgia Tech Snow Yep, that's a doozy. Georgia Tech Snow

Snow Hits North Carolina

Oh, the horror.

Snow Panic Hits the South

Here's a tweet from an Alabama meteorologist who had to abandon his car after what looks like an inch of snow.

Here is a map of what a similar amount of snow did to the roads in Atlanta, courtesy of the Weather Channel's Tom Niziol.