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2017-18 Winter Report

April 10, 2018
Snowy Road on March 22, 2018

Despite some significant cold spells, the winter of 2017-18 was our second one in a row featuring low snow totals. Interestingly, the biggest snowfalls this past season along the Blue Ridge of Northern Virginia occurred in March and December, not January or February. After waking up to a coating of snow on the deck yesterday,…

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Blackwater Falls State Park Sled Run

April 8, 2018
Blackwater Falls State Park Sled Run

This was a somewhat disappointing winter for snow lovers in the northern third of Virginia so we took the girls to Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia last month. The funny thing is when Gretchen and Cara were getting on the conveyor belt ahead of us, the attendant told them to be sure to…

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2018 Railroad Calendar

December 27, 2017
2018 Railroad Calendar

In case anyone still needs a calendar for 2018, I made a railroad photography calendar that showcases the scenic Norfolk Southern B-line between Manassas and Front Royal, Virginia. Calendars are available here.

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First Snow of the Season

December 12, 2017
Ready at the Top of the Backyard Hill

Last Saturday, December 9th, 2017, we had our first snowfall of the season. I measured 4″ of snow in the backyard during the late afternoon. It was nice because the trees were pretty but the roads weren’t too bad. My girls enjoyed the day riding saucers down the back yard hill: Also since railroad photography…

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Total Solar Eclipse

August 26, 2017
Totality reveals the sun's corona.

This is a new section of the blog Beyond Virginia to showcase vacation pictures taken outside my home state of Virginia. Last week, we combined a visit with my in-laws in Tennessee with a day-trip to Madisonville, TN for the total eclipse. It was a hot day and we fought a lot of traffic to…

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2016-17 Snowfall Report

March 19, 2017
Cara made a snowman with the last of the snow on 3/18/2017.

Since I started keeping track of snowfall here in 2009-10, this was the least snowy winter I’ve measured. Nothing in December was followed by a series of small snowfalls in January and February. There was one promising snow storm in March, but even that underperformed versus forecasted totals. I doubt we’ll get any more snow…

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