While D.C.’s winter has been a major bust when it comes to snow, amateur local weatherman and Facebook celebrity, Jay’s Wintry Mix, still has some hope for a snowstorm late this weekend!
Weather affects the D.C. area in so many ways: traffic sucks when it rains. Traffic sucks when it snows. Traffic sucks when it … well, traffic just sucks. But at least if we have some heads-up about what to expect, we can try to plan accordingly. Local weatherman Jay’s Wintry Mix (whose real name is Jay Hatem) is not a real weatherman, but he’s darn good at predicting the weather anyway. Plus, Jay’s always there for us, morning, noon, and night, and especially when something wonky is happening with the weather.
Jay’s interest in forecasting winter weather was piqued in 2000, when the D.C. area unexpectedly got walloped by a foot of snow. Determined never again to be let down and caught unawares by the “real weathermen,” he started following weather models. He got some advice from several friends who worked for weather agencies and soon found it was easy to predict the weather using a variety of tools and online models. Sharing his accurate predictions with friends and family over the years became his passion.
In 2009, a friend of his suggested he might want to take his passion one step further. She urged him to set up a public Facebook page, and Jay’s Wintry Mix was born. Today the page has almost 35,000 trusted fans and followers (myself included), who put a whole lot more stock in what Jay has to say than any news meteorologist!
The page has gained a steady fan base for a number of reasons. First, because Jay’s always right. (I’m a little biased. I love him). Second, because Jay posts multiple times a day whenever there’s an inkling of a storm on the horizon. That communication is CLUTCH for winter storm lovers. His favorite weather model is the European model, which “has the most computing power,” and it comes out daily at 12:45 a.m. When there’s a storm a brewin,’ he STAYS UP, just so he can analyze it and post his forecast. (In the days before the 2016 blizzard, Jay said he would sleep only two hours a night so he could keep up with all of the information! Now that’s dedication).
Another reason, in this fan’s humble opinion, that the page is so popular is that it’s become a community. The community exists of mostly snow-lovers, people who desperately want that powder — and not just a little of it, a mountain of it! These are the Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, and Snowzilla junkies, and their crackhead snow commentary is hilarious.
A byproduct of Jay’s open communication, and his own obvious snowstorm addiction, is that many times the hopes get built up by the release of one weather model and then promptly dashed by the next. Here are some GIFs recently posted by fans after their snow bubbles were burst this past Tuesday night.
Jay’s most recent post, at noon today, says the D.C. storm we all hoped to see late this weekend is looking like a bust, but he’s still holding out hope for a “miracle.” This, again, was met with lots of fatalistic GIFs, and people who hoped to miss work on Monday are dropping into the fetal position like flies! Nevertheless, rain or shine, snowy or balmy, local weatherman Jay’s Wintry Mix is always there for your weather fix and a good belly-laugh. Check out the page, set up notifications, kick back, and enjoy the ride!
Are you itching for a snowstorm or ready to ditch the snow shovel for a sand shovel? Tell us about it in the comments!