PCS Orders To Fort Belvoir? Enjoy The Ever Changing Weather

As native of the Northern Virginia area I've had a chance to see most of the extremes that have hit the area.  Blizzards and hurricanes we've had a few.  Sometimes you can even get three seasons in one week.  As a military spouse I've also had the opportunity to experience the weather in a few other choice locations and learned a thing or two about how weather forecasters throw around terms that don't necessarily make sense unless you've never lived anywhere else.

When you hear the term "monsoon season" when you live in the Far East you know what that means.  However when you later move to Arizona and you hear the weather guessers use the  term "monsoon season" you think they are off their rockers.  Trust me they aren't the same.  In Europe the definition of "oppressively hot" is far different than spending August in Little Rock Arkansas and hearing that same term used.  It is indeed "oppressively hot" in Little Rock!

So when it comes to the seasons in Northern Virginia I've learned to ignore what the calendar might say and have come up with my own definition to know when we've gone from one season to another.


Cherry Blossom in Washington DC


When the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom around the Tidal Basin and you can't move for everyone stopping to take pictures then you know that spring has officially arrived.








 DC Fireworks on July 4th

Summer is here when you see the fireworks exploding around the Washington Monument and you hear the National Symphony Orchestra playing the 1812 Overture.

















Fall Leaves At Burke Lake Park

If you sense a change in the air and the leaves on the trees strut their brightly colored leaves like proud peacocks then fall has arrived.








 Winter has arrived in Northern Virginia

Winter is the easiest season of all to spot.  In fact you don't even have to open your eyes to know it has arrived.  When your radio goes off in the morning and you hear the news that cars are sliding on the ice at the Springfield interchange, a veteran of the seasons in the area knows just what to do.  Turn off your radio, pull the covers back over your head and wait until the Cherry Blossoms bloom again before you get up!




The great news is that Northern Virginia has all of the season to offer both visitors and residents alike to enjoy.  So forget what the weather forecasters have to say and make up your own seasonal calendar.  You will be just as accurate and maybe even more so than they are!  

If relocating to Northern Virginia is in your plans in the near future give Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group a call at 703-346-2213.    I'd be glad to help you navigate not only our four seasons but the home buying process as well.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsCindy Jones • February 12 2013 04:48PM


Cindy, now that's a series of definitions I can live with.  With all of the hullabaloo about the shifts in weather you'd think the world was coming to an end, but ironically, I've seen it all before.  When I was growing up, we just called it weather.  It's cold in winter, hot in summer, warm in spring and starting to get chilly in the fall.  Pretty simple.  Sometimes it snows, and sometimes it doesn't.  Sometimes it rains, and sometimes it doesn't, etc.  It's weather.  8-)  I like your version. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 6 years ago

Cindy ...I agree with Mike .....Great post and have a great night in Northern Virginia!

Thanks for all your comments on my posts! I really appreciate it!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) about 6 years ago

Cindy, I love the four seasons too. I never get bored with just one. Great information on your area.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 6 years ago


I love going down to the Tidal Basin when the Cherry Trees are in bloom. Can't wait.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 6 years ago

Amazing talent the Army has to pick places that "seasons" mean vastly different things in different States lol :)!  Take Texas for instance...Winter time is now and it gets ALL the WAY DOWN to ehhh, 50ish lol, (just kidding, I think one day or maybe two it got to 30 degrees at like 3 in the morning).  

Monsoon season in Georgia is a site to behold..in fact, if a Rain and thunderstorm hit while you are driving you better pull over, one cannot see.  

and Iraq...well that's a whole kind of HOT you don't want to experience.  Sorry...off I went down memory lane for some places that I have been while in the Army lol :).  

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 6 years ago

Cute Cindy, Very Cute!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 6 years ago

Mike-only hurricanes had names when we were kids and as you saw snowstorms were snowstorms and we all go out to shovel.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 6 years ago

You're welcome Rob your posts are always comment worthy.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 6 years ago

Thanks Debbie.  Though there are days when I'd like to trade in the cold for a warm beach.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 6 years ago

Rich-I love to walk the tidal basin in the spring, crowds or not it's beautiful.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 6 years ago

Brenda-you found all the winners when you were in the Army.  

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 6 years ago

THanks Bobbie glad you enjoyed it.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 6 years ago

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