This is snow. Meteorologists can explain the exact cause, this water vapor condensed into ice crystals that fall daintily to earth from the clouds. But where in the meteorology textbooks does it say that an entire winter’s worth has to fall in one day?
Our only consolation – we weren’t alone. Snowstorm Jonas was like a party with about 80 million people invited. Attendance was obligatory. Dress was ski resort casual. Unless you were Tian Tian at the National Zoo, cozy in his natural panda fur coat.
One question. Why does the word meaning the study of weather have an astronomical term – “meteor” – as its base? Must look into that one.