Days before the storm arrived, Kirby and I were brimming with excitement. He was sniffing the air with the same intensity with which I was clicking the refresh button on the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang blog.
My anticipation and unwillingness to "settle" for anything less than a monster snowstorm grew with every snarky "ThinkSpring" comment I read on the site. Dominated my weather geeks and snow lovers, a few wet blanket anti-weather (and a couple anti-science) commenters tried to drag the conversation down. But as the snow began to fall, this was shaping up to be a very, very good snowstorm. The Federal Government boosted it's early announcement of Liberal Leave with the news it would close four hours early. A short while later a behemoth company sent me an email saying they, too, would close early. Jac took the whole day and I made the bare minimum number of email checks and responses.
As weather watchers waited for the snow to pile up on Friday, the Spring commenters were surpassed by the, "It's a bust!" naysayers on the weather boards. Adding to the distraction from SNOW SNOW SNOW was the endless parade of drop ins who wanted to know if they were going to have any trouble flying into DC at the peak of the storm and trying to fly out the morning afterwards. Um, go ahead and try that.
There were the parents. OH the parents! They wailed that they'd had enough of their children. They claimed kids would be in school until July. They pleaded for the chance to shove their kids off into the towering snow.
But when all was said and done. The snow came down, piled down, and a hush fell over the land.