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  •  US weather service had 2 DC readings both over 20 (4+ / 0-)

    and that was at 11am at Chevy Chase and Anacostia. Yet National only had 17.8. Clearly everywhere in DC had over 20", and i had way over 24" in Dupont Circle.

    •  And as I keep saying, this snow is worse than (6+ / 0-)

      the numbers may indicate, because it's so darned dense. It's like snow-mud or quicksand or even concrete. My wife and I had to shovel a 100-foot sidewalk in front of our little office building today, which is required by local law.

      We had to do the same thing for the December 19th event, which was almost 30 inches too--but very fluffy snow. It was a breeze. But doing the same thing today, with apparently about the same amount of snow, was at least four times as hard.

      This storm is said to have had a water-equivalent of more than three inches, which is extremely rare for a winter storm in this part of the country.

      At least we're not going to have any drought problems for awhile.

      •  high water table problems now (5+ / 0-)

        the water table is highest it's been in 35 years and the Potomac is close to flooding Georgetown.

        •  Yea I hope we don't get rain anytime soon (4+ / 0-)

          I worked in a building on K St. in Georgetown back in 1996. First we had the big Nor'easter that prevented me from getting to work that week and the next weekend we had dangerous rain that caused massive flooding -- the buildings garage and first floor flooded out, the alley between my building and the next caved in and the toilets were spewing sewer water like fountains.  The place smelled like a sewer for months afterward.

      •  Speaking of sand (3+ / 0-)
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        When you hear "volcanic ash", don't you think of something like the ash left after burning wood?

        Well, not so much. I lived through the Mt. St. Helen's eruption in WA state, in an area which got 1-3 inches of "ash" on the ground. Thing is, that "ash" is sand. Grains exactly like sand.

        Imagine having your driveway and sidewalks covered by 1-3 inches of sand. It is incredibly heavy, and somewhat awkward to move.

        I have these great pictures which look like they were taken with black and white film, but actually are the normal surroundings of my home.

        This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

        by AllisonInSeattle on Sun Feb 07, 2010 at 04:55:10 PM PST

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      •  This snow was like lead (2+ / 0-)
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        Timaeus, trs

        So much heavier than the December snow. I had 22 inches then, and shoveled everything in three sessions. This time I had 27.5" and have been shoveling it for two days, and I'm only half way. The December snow took almost no space when shoveled. This time I am so out of places to put it. It already is compacted when I pick it up, it just stays on the snowbanks as bricks. Igloo-building projects for homeless?  

        •  It really is amazing. We have piles of snow more (2+ / 0-)
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          than 10 feet tall!

          We're going to have snow around for many weeks.

          The birds are going crazy. We put lots of extra seed out at three different feeders, and we have HUGE flocks, about 10 times as many as normal, and they're fighting with each other for the food.

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