Snow, DC and Acting Like You’ve Been Here Before

Subtitle: “A Letter to DC from New Englanders, Northerners and Midwesterners Who Moved to DC”

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Alright, residents of DC, let’s chat. It’s going to snow today. You don’t need to be a professional weatherman to see that moving blue field on the weather map means something white and fluffy is coming our way.

Among other reasons, Northerners move to Washington to make fun of the reaction of Southerners to the cold (aside: in addition to this sentiment is the steadfast belief that DC is actually part of the South). Seriously, this is what gets us through the “winter” months of December and the beginning of January.

I, in no way, shape, or form, speak for an entire region when I say this – but sack up, it’s going to be ok.

You remember last February? You cleared grocery stores out of all the essentials (and some of the extracurriculars). The fact that things were staying open was news. We’re getting a small fraction of that much snow today, so little that we won’t have to wait for a week for it to be cleaned up (which, ask any Northerner, was the problem last February, not the snow itself). This is what we call “a light dusting” (or in Syracuse, “spring showers”). It’s going to make for a lovely walk home from the office, and when it warms up close back to 40 tomorrow, it’s probably going to be mostly gone. Do me/us a favor: don’t freak out.

Dave Levy is a PR guy by day, a media researcher on the side and a self-proclaimed geek. He blogs often about how traditional media adapts – or tries to adapt – to the growing digital media world at State of the Fourth Estate. You can follow Dave on Twitter for various updates about everything from sports from his previous home in Boston to eccentric and obscure pop culture references. Read why Dave loves D.C.

11 thoughts on “Snow, DC and Acting Like You’ve Been Here Before

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  2. A letter to New Englanders, Northerners and Midwesterners Who Moved to DC, from those who moved north to get here:

    Get over yourselves. No, we don’t get much snow here. We like it that way, thanks. We have chosen not to live in Syracuse for a reason (well, this and the constant visual assault of orange).

    Talk to me when y’all stop closing public schools because 85 degrees is too hot for the kids. Air Conditioning. Look into it.

    Nothin’ but love, Yankees!

  3. Nah, but then again, I only spent one year there for grad school. It was pretty freakin’ warm that summer, though. Never had it happened when I was living in Boston.

  4. No one up North closes school for a heat day. We have A/C, and 85 is pretty close to a normal summer day. Just saying.

    And no one from anywhere near Syracuse is a Yankee.

    That all being said, I still love the South (and Southerners), which I have learned since coming here doesn’t include DC.


  5. It makes me so sad to see everyone freaking out for a few measly inches of snow. I grew up along Lake Erie. In 19 years of school, I never got a single snow day! I went to Catholic school so we had to wear skirts. Not usually a problem, but the cheep nuns wouldn’t turn the heat on. The thermostats often read 40 degrees. We didn’t complain. We’re northern girls.

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  7. I have family in Michican who missed school due to heat with some regularity. Granted it was four or five years ago and they may have caught up with the A/C since then, but I remember thinking it was as ridiculous as Obama thought DC’s closures were last year.

    My comment was intentionally extreme. Just trying to point out that this particular form of regional snobbery is kind of silly. I’ve been in places like Denver and Boston when a foot of snow really did slow things down…it’s a myth that snow has zero impact on northern cities. Do they handle it more efficiently than DC? Of course they do. But then, I think Atlanta probably handles snow more efficiently than DC does.

  8. Did this article really just lecture people in DC about weather…in DC?

    I didn’t know arrogance got that thick.

  9. Getting on a high horse over your childhood weather and where the hell ever your parents happened to live? Really?

    Give me a break and find something you can really take credit for you sanctimonious douchetool.