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Snow: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

February 15, 2010

Snow removal efforts on Quincy

So, here it is 11 days after record amounts of snow hit the District and we can definitely look at some lessons learned.

  • The Good: Snow removal efforts are still in high gear. On Quincy this morning there was not only a Caterpillar Industrial Loader, but no fewer than three Caterpillar Skid Steer Loaders. Also on the good list was a resident from Park Place who I discovered shoveling sidewalks two blocks away from his home to help make the area safer for pedestrians.
  • Back in angled parking on Park Place

  • The Bad: If I could identify any one thing that was universally bad, it would be parking. It brought out a territorial mentality that isn’t usually present. This could be seen as parking spaces were saved with chairs and trash cans. Another problem could be seen as people dug out their cars and put the snow in the streets rather than carry it to the curb, or, as people parked by backing into their spaces at an angle. Both of these actions worked against the District’s efforts to clear the streets and get things up and operating.
  • Trash at the southwest corner of Rock Creek Church and Warder

    The Ugly: Let’s face it … the worst part of all this snow is garbage. Regular trash pick up has been non-existent. Residents have started to place garbage in their alleys (where it will not be picked up until the snow is gone) or in the few public trash cans which are already overflowing. When the city announced it would pick up trash late last week from the front of peoples’ homes, not all streets received service. This week, if trash collection gets back up and running, its going to be a day off because of the Monday holiday.

Yet, taking into account that this winter has had more snow than the City has seen in over a 100 years, I think everyone came through it relatively well.

I’d be interested in hearing what successes or failures others observed during all this snow.

Threat of President’s Day Storm Triggers Snow Emergency Response from City

February 14, 2010

With the possibility of another 4-8″ of snow in the forecast, the city has decided to place the District under another snow emergency starting at 9 am, Monday 2/15/2010. The entire release is below.

For Immediate Release
February 14, 2010
Media Contact: Mafara Hobson, EOM 202-727-2807
Karyn Le Blanc, DDOT 202-497-4572
Linda Grant, DPW 202-497-1080

Mayor Fenty and District Snow Team Prepare for Next Winter Storm
Third Storm in 11 Days for the District
Snow Emergency Back in Effect at 9 a.m. on Monday

(Washington, D.C.) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein, and Department of Public Works Director William O. Howland, Jr. reported on cleanup efforts from two major storms last week while providing new deployment plans for yet another storm forecasted to drop additional snow on Monday.

“We have already recorded new record breaking snow accumulation numbers for the District,” said Mayor Fenty. “Our crews have been out non-stop for over a week cleaning up from the two-previous storms and are gearing up for pre-treatment again on roadways that have already been cleared. They have done a fantastic job so far and are ready to handle this next storm.”

National Weather Forecast is forecasting a storm that will bring to the region a possible 4-8” of snow. The District is forecasted for possible rain in addition to some snow accumulation, with lower numbers (only 4”) forecasted at this time (this is subject to change as new weather reports come in). (more…)

DDOT Reminder: Snow Emergency Still in Effect

February 12, 2010

DDOT sent out the following reminder that a snow emergency is still in effect. As life begins to return to normal, be mindful of where you park.

Reminder: Snow Emergency Still in Effect
No Parking Allowed on Snow Emergency Routes

(Washington, D.C.) – Residents and visitors are reminded there is a snow emergency in effect in the District. All vehicles must be moved immediately from snow emergency routes.  

Snow emergency routes are posted with red and white snow emergency route signs. Parking is banned on these routes to allow unimpeded curb-to-curb salting or plowing.  

Illegally parked vehicles are subject to a $250 fine and additional fees for towing and storage at an impoundment lot. The Department of Public Works will no longer relocate vehicles in the neighborhoods.  To locate a towed vehicle, call (202) 541-6083.  

The District has identified parking spaces at the DC USA rental center located at the corner of 14th Street and Park Road in northwest for people who are unable to find on-street parking. The entrance to the garage is located on Park Road. Parking is free in the garage until noon tomorrow, Saturday, February 13. 

Residents are also reminded to clean sidewalks and are being asked to assist with the removal of snow around fire hydrants, catch basins, and drains around properties.

Status of Roads in Park View

February 11, 2010

Luray Place, looking west from Park Place

After walking the entire extent of both Warder Street and Park Place this morning, I’d say from what I’ve seen Warder, Park Place, Rock Creek Church Road, Irving, and Kenyon are all passable. I won’t say they are good, but at this time there are no cars blocking them and at least one lane is able to be used. Added to this, Park Road looks passable between Georgia Ave. and Warder.

There are a few issues with cars double parked or even blocking what would be the second lane on Park Place (see example below), and of course, the side streets haven’t been hit and I wouldn’t say they are usable.

State of Park Place south of Kenyon

Then and Now: Washington Snowball Battles

February 9, 2010

Senate pages in snow ball battle at Capitol, 1/2/25Dupont Snowball battle

(Click on images for larger versions — left image from Library of Congress; right photo by flickr user zugaldia)

Washington has had its share of snowball battles this season, but they are nothing new. The historic image above documents a snowball battle by Senate pages on the grounds of the Capitol that occurred on January 2, 1925. The image above to the right shows the snowball fight that occurred on Saturday, February 6, 2009, at Dupont Circle amid the historic storm that Washington is still digging out of. Over 2,000 people participated in the Dupont Circle battle.

More Snow on Tuesday: Just When You Thought it was Over

February 8, 2010

The following was just sent out by the Alert DC service. I’m not thrilled that the forecast snow totals have been increased.

UPDATE: National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for D.C., effective noon tomorrow to 7PM Wednesday. All parts of the forecast that were just sent remain the same, except the projected snow totals HAVE BEEN INCREASED TO 10-20″.

The previous Alert DC stated:

The National Weather Service has issued an updated Winter Storm Watch for another winter storm. The storm is currently forecast to arrive around 2-3PM Tuesday, and will last through Wednesday late afternoon. The updated forecast now calls for at least 8″ snow, with over 10″ quite possible. The NWS Storm Prediction Center currently shows a 10-40% chance of the storm generating over 12″. The D.C. Metro area is close to the south edge of this storm, so to some degree the storm totals will depend on the exact path of the storm. Temperatures will start near freezing, but will drop into the mid-upper 20’s during the storm. Wednesday high is 33-36. Winds will be 15-25 MPH with higher gusts. A Winter Storm Warning is highly likely to be issued later today. Please get emergency supplies before the storm strikes, as driving will become even more hazardous after the storm begins. Please also secure all loose objects on your property.

Snow Emergency Lifted, DDOT Planning for Tuesday Storm

February 8, 2010

DDOT issued the following release today updating residents on where they are in getting the City back to normal.

District Crews Continue to Dig Out
While Looking Ahead to Tuesday Storm

Residential Streets Continue to be a Priority
Snow Emergency Lifted as of 9:30 am

(Washington, D.C.) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, along with DDOT Director Gabe Klein, and DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr., assured residents today that crews will continue to salt and plow neighborhood streets as a new snow storm threatens the DC area. The National Weather Service is forecasting 5-10 inches of snow for the District beginning on Tuesday afternoon. Mayor Fenty also lifted the snow emergency at 9:30 am today.

“As our crews head into their seventh shift we are now looking at another large system coming towards the District,” said Mayor Fenty. “Our current deployment is ahead of schedule but this new storm will impact our cleanup efforts. We will continue in the residential neighborhoods today and throughout the week as we anticipate more snow accumulation will need additional attention.”

The District’s deployment plan allows for major roadways to be plowed to pavement within 36-48 hours and those goals have been met as lanes on the majority of the city’s major routes were down to bare pavement on Monday morning. Crews are focusing efforts on neighborhood streets throughout the day today and on Tuesday. Snow team leaders will assess conditions as the new system approaches and preparations on already cleared streets will begin.

Crews were focusing efforts on salting and plowing continuously to clear residential streets within 60 hours of the end of the storm. This new storm system may impact that schedule as crews will need to pull back to main arteries, National Highway System roadways, bridges, and hilly areas to pre-treat in anticipation of more accumulations. (more…)

Snowy Views Around Park View

February 8, 2010

Georgia Ave. View to toward the south from New Hampshire Ave.

In looking around the neighborhood yesterday, things were pretty rough. Many roads were hardly plowed, people who were attempting to drive were getting stuck, and I found one car in the middle of the intersection of Warder and Otis just sitting there with no driver.

The only real way to get around was to walk in the street despite the City’s plea to do otherwise.

Still, there were signs of life. Rock Creek Market and Safeway were open for business. Most surprisingly — largely because it was Sunday — there was even work being accomplished at the CVS site.

So, I thought I’d share some views from around Park View just in case you weren’t able to get out yet.

View east on Rock Creek Church Rd from the 700 block

Construction continues at CVS Despite Snow

Snow Elephant on the 600 Block of Park Road

Snow Totals Around 20″ in Park View

February 6, 2010

As the snow was winding down, I took a reading in Reservation 321A (the park located at Rock Creek Church Road, Park Place, and old Park Place). While the angle is a bit off in the photo, it read very close to 20″ or just shy of it.

If you took a reading of the snow totals in your area, I’d be interested in knowing what those totals were as well.

In looking at the top ten historically significant snowfalls going into this storm, this one easily will rank at number three if it doesn’t nose out the number two storm.

1. January 27-28, 1922 … 28 inches
2. February 11-13, 1899 … 20.5 inches
3. February 18-19, 1979 … 18.7 inches
4. January 6-8, 1996 … 17.1 inches
5. February 15-18, 2003 … 16.7 inches
6. February 11-12, 1983 …16.6 inches
7. December 19-20, 2009 … 16.4 inches
8. February 15-16, 1958 … 14.4 inches
9. February 7, 1936 … 14.4 inches
10. February 16-18, 1900 … 14.3 inches

Including our current storm, and dropping number ten above (which will no longer be in the top ten), I find it interesting that four of the top ten snowfalls have occurred in the last 14 years.


Blizzard of 1922: Knickerbocker Theater Disaster

February 6, 2010

While we are still getting snow in the current Blizzard, I thought folks might find this footage from YouTube showing the 1922 Knickerbocker Theater Disaster of interest.

You can read more about the Knickerbocker Theater, and the 28 inches of snow that lead to the disaster, here>>

What may be of interest to Park View residents, the Knickerbocker Theater was design by architect Reginald W. Geare and became one of Harry Crandall’s theaters. Geare also designed Park View’s York Theater for Crandall. In the case of the York the builders were Kennedy Brothers.


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