The fourth blizzard in six years is about to hit Washington, D.C., if the bureaucrats at the National Weather Station are correct.
If 15 or more inches of snow pile up in the nation's capital, the blizzard will rank in the top 10 of blizzards ever recorded in Washington, stretching back to 1850.
Three of the top 10 blizzards occurred in this century!
Indeed, six of the 10 worst have happened since 1979.
Now what is with the sudden big snows in Washington?
Blame Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy Junior, a trust fund liberal who has found fame and fortune as a global warming huckster. On September 24, 2008, he doomed Washington to record snowfalls when he wrote a column in the Los Angeles Times that said there would never be big snows in Washington again because of Exxon!
In Virginia, the weather also has changed dramatically. Recently arrived residents in the northern suburbs, accustomed to today's anemic winters, might find it astonishing to learn that there were once ski runs on Ballantrae Hill in McLean, with a rope tow and local ski club. Snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don't own a sled. But neighbors came to our home at Hickory Hill nearly every winter weekend to ride saucers and Flexible Flyers.
In those days, I recall my uncle, President Kennedy, standing erect as he rode a toboggan in his top coat, never faltering until he slid into the boxwood at the bottom of the hill. Once, my father, Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy, brought a delegation of visiting Eskimos home from the Justice Department for lunch at our house. They spent the afternoon building a great igloo in the deep snow in our backyard. My brothers and sisters played in the structure for several weeks before it began to melt. On weekend afternoons, we commonly joined hundreds of Georgetown residents for ice skating on Washington's C&O Canal, which these days rarely freezes enough to safely skate.
Meanwhile, Exxon Mobil and its carbon cronies continue to pour money into think tanks whose purpose is to deceive the American public into believing that global warming is a fantasySince the Los Angeles Times published that column, Washington has suffered two of its 10 worst blizzards. At any rate this would be the fourth snowstorm of 10 inches or more to hit Washington since RFK Jr. wrote that. In its history, Washington has had only 25 such snowstorms.
Maybe now they should call their NBA team the Washington Blizzards.