Snowball fights and congressional setbacks in DC snowpocalypse

The main topic of conversation (and tweeting, and facebooking) lately has been the immense amounts of snow falling on the Mid-Atlantic, particularly on Washington DC.
I know it’s because I live and interact with many fellow DC’ers online that I feel overwhelmed by the discussion. I felt like I couldn’t blog today without mentioning:
There is a blizzard in DC (and now NYC and other parts of the East Coast) that has brought multiple feet of snow upon us, multiple times!! In DC we’ve broken a 111 year record for seasonal snowfall, surpassing 45 inches. That is a lot of snow, particularly for a Southern city without the capability to handle so much, so often.
I think my favorite part of the recent snow has been the twitter hashtags:
#snomg
#snoverkill
#snowpocalypse
#snomaggedon
#snovereaction
#snowmore
And my personal favorite, #snomas!
But on a more serious note, the 45 plus inches of snow this season in DC have also provided another road block on the road to passing certain legislation, including, ironically enough, the Climate Change bill.
There has been some pretty great organized fun in DC as well, including a 2000 person snowball fight in Dupont Circle, a neighborhood in downtown DC. Check out the video if you have a few minutes to spare for entertainment.

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5 Comments

  1. Judith
    Posted February 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, I hadn’t heard snowvereaction yet, I like that one.
    For me, it’s just kind of “didn’t I leave Iowa for a *reason*?” I think Baltimore may have slightly less than DC but it’s still, y’know, a lot of fucking snow. And the sidewalk clearing is still a bit dodgey. *waits for the thaw*

  2. emrez49
    Posted February 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    You forgot my personal favorite hashtag from this past weekend’s storm: #snowtoriousbig :)

  3. linecaro.wordpress.com
    Posted February 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    It needs to be added that it is now SNOW vs. the NATIONAL GUARD in DC. Granted I like the idea of the national guard taking care of people locally than killing elsewhere….
    Especially since the secret service police, FBI police, and regular police showed up at the above mentioned dupont snowball fight! This is troublesome as a cop pulled a gun at an snowball fight earlier in the season. Hmmm, doesn’t exactly make me safe. (Yes, some people went to the hospital for getting hit in the eye with snowballs of heavy snow….).

  4. Comrade Kevin
    Posted February 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got at least a foot on the ground now, though the snow has tapered down from heavy accumulation to light. This is absurd.
    We have 12 inches here on top of 28 that we got on Friday and Saturday, most of which had yet to be cleared away before today or, for that matter, melt.

  5. Laura
    Posted February 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    The now multiple blizzards in DC in the space of a couple of days have affected a lot more than legislation in DC: women’s access to clinics, homeless shelters, homeless in general, food pantries, people’s access to power, poor folks access to food in general (a lot of children rely on the free lunch system in schools), prisoner’s in jails ability to see family or take yard breaks, lost pay many people living paycheck to paycheck and much more.
    This is something I’ve mentioned via twitter, but I wonder how long the after affects of this will be felt by families/how long it will take for the news outlets & blogs to cover.

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