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Old 01-19-2009, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Inception
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I have lived in Richmond and Hampton Roads and experienced winters in both areas. I would say the toughest months are between January and mid March. If I remember correctly, it rains quite a bit in March during some years. In a long winter, the temps can stay low even through April. The wind chill factor can be a beast.

Still a NOVA/VA winter is nothing compared to the New England states.
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Burke, VA
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I was pumping gas at the corner of 236 and Backlick Rd. in 1980, before the electronic credit approval. One February day, my ballpoint pen froze solid. You really couldn't have any skin exposed.
Oh come on! Winters in NoVa are really quite a joke, but I think we have a lot of transplants from the South and so they consider anything below 60F to be freeeezing.

I lived in Illinois (Chicago and downstate) for near a decade, and from October - April it is unbearably COLD COLD COLD, as in if you spit it will freeze before hitting the ground! Here in DC I never need to wear gloves/scarf/earmuffs/puffer/leg-warmers/double-socks the way I did in the Midwest, and I believe last week the temp. was -11 degrees in Chicago (Yes, NEGATIVE) so I can't see why everyone's always complaining about the cold DC winters. Plus, here the cold only last 2 months tops.
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:02 PM
 
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It's funny, I was looking through my Annandale High School yearbooks (1965-1969) the other day.

What struck me were the dozens of photos with snow in them. The pictures did not focus on the snow (no mention of it in the captions)....it was just that the photo happened to have been taken in the winter. In many of the photos, school was obviously in session....much less snow would close schools now.

Anyway, I don't know why, but it used to be colder and snowier around here. And the snow stayed around a while instead of melting in a day or two.
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:08 PM
 
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When was the last time we had a blizzard? 2000?
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:53 PM
 
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It's funny, I was looking through my Annandale High School yearbooks (1965-1969) the other day.

What struck me were the dozens of photos with snow in them. The pictures did not focus on the snow (no mention of it in the captions)....it was just that the photo happened to have been taken in the winter. In many of the photos, school was obviously in session....much less snow would close schools now.

Anyway, I don't know why, but it used to be colder and snowier around here. And the snow stayed around a while instead of melting in a day or two.
I'm sure the heat island effect has had some impact on this area. Even a 2-3 degree rise over the last 50 years can have a significant impact. Especially since this area teeters on the colder Northeast winters vs more mild southern winters.
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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are we going to get some snow this winter or what?
Jan is almost over...
The last few winters have generally been terrible up here. 2008 was just downright terrible. We last saw snow stick to the ground on December 5th, 2007 in the city of DC and that was only an inch if that. I thought DC got a good bit of snow before I came up here. I have heard that it usually never really snows in December and January but in February and early March is when it really snows. The last time we had a February event was around Valentine's day in 2007. I know most people don't like snow but man. I want some badly.

I did live in Chicago for one winter. DC just simply does not compare even on it's coldest day of the season. Chicago has temps that do not even hit 0 at times during the season in the middle of the afternoon WITH the wind (albeit calm). And they get a lot of snow.
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I don't know if this is the thread where I posted that I thought "this was the year to get bombed" obviously that didn't happen, but I honestly can't remember when it was so windy so often! I am OVER it.
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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I'm not a fan of winter, but understand that Va does have winter
What's the weather like in the winter? How long does the cold last?
What time is sunrise and sunset?
I love clear sunny days. Is winter full of dark overcast days or lots of sun?
Thanks everyone
Just about every state except So. Cal or Southern Florida has a bit of winter.
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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Where are you from? That will factor in how "harsh" you find Virginia winters.

I moved to NoVA from Georgia. There was a lot more snow than I was used to but it was cyclical. Some years lots of snow (by my calculations, as a southerner). Some years, not so much. I did find, however, that every single winter was marked by at least one decent snowfall.

Sunrise & Sunset really aren't wildly different than they were in parts of Atlanta. Maybe a little earlier. You can find a Farmer's Almanac or sunrise/sunset page with Google and put in a zip code to get specifics.

I moved away from Virginia after 14 years back down to the south, in no small part because I did not like the winters. Virginia is on the very edge of what I would consider 'acceptable' for winter weather. I now know I could not handle living much farther north. It is not, however, anything like Boston or NYC. It's a good "starting place" for figuring out how much you can take colder weather.
Virginia is the South, is it not?
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