Capital Weather Gang: Extreme Heat


Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Federal climate report predicts spike in hot days for Washington, D.C. by mid-century

Washington, D.C. just experienced its warmest year on record, and its three hottest summers in as many years. The message from the draft of a newly released federal report? Get used to it.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:09 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, Climate Change

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 12/28/2012

Top 5 Washington, D.C. weather events of 2012

Warmth, and storms arguably boosted by that warmth, dominated local weather headlines in 2012. After a winter without a winter, we got off to a blazing start to the warm season with the toastiest March on record, and then we were unfortunate enough to deal with our third top-three hottest summer of heat in as many years.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:21 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 12/28/2012

Top 5 Washington, D.C. weather events of 2012

Warmth, and storms arguably boosted by that warmth, dominated local weather headlines in 2012. After a winter without a winter, we got off to a blazing start to the warm season with the toastiest March on record, and then we were unfortunate enough to deal with our third top-three hottest summer of heat in as many years.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:21 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 08/31/2012

Washington, D.C. ties record for most 95 degree or hotter days

At 2 p.m., the mercury met the 95-degree threshold for the 28th time this year in Washington, D.C., matching the record for the most such days set in 1980.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:25 PM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 08/14/2012

The heart-warming and heart-wrenching tales of dogs in toasty weather

Very warm weather can pose hazards to dogs, but can also prove therapeutic. During the nation’s hottest month on record in July, viral stories of the trials of several canines have evoked all kinds of human emotions from inspiration to terror to anger.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:29 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Nature, Extreme Heat, Photography, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 07/31/2012

Which July in Washington, D.C. felt hotter: 2011 or 2012?

Barring an apocalyptic freeze tonight, July 2012 should end up D.C.’s all-time second hottest month on record. Last July was a hair hotter. Did it feel that way to you?

By Justin Grieser  |  10:47 AM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, Local Climate

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 07/25/2012

100 degrees Thursday: Blissful to brutal in 24 hours, behind the weather whiplash

After suffocating humidity yesterday, a cold front kicked the offensive air mass out of town. Now we have delightful, fall-like dry air overhead - one of the more comfortable days in weeks. But by this evening, humidity starts trickling back in. And by Thursday morning, it’s a sauna once again. In the afternoon, temperatures surge to around the century mark. What’s going on?

By Jason Samenow  |  11:33 AM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 07/18/2012

More extreme heat milestones met as severe thunderstorms dot region

Triple digit heat has once again baked the metro region. Meanwhile, a cold front closing in on the area is triggering widespread severe storms to our north and northwest. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect through 11 p.m. Storms will contain heavy rain, dangerous lightning and the possibility of damaging winds to 70 mph..

By Jason Samenow and Ian Livingston  |  03:01 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 07/17/2012

Washington, D.C.: hottest location in nation

Washington, D.C. - at 10 a.m. with a temperature of 90 - is hotter than any city on the Weather Channel’s national weather map. Its closest competition? Chicago at 89.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:38 AM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 07/10/2012

NOAA scientist: 80 percent chance recent heat records due to climate change

Is climate change giving our weather just a little nudge to make setting heat records vastly more probable? That’s the opinion of one NOAA scientist.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:18 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change, Extreme Heat

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 07/09/2012

Historic heat wave in hindsight: Hottest on record in Washington D.C., hotter than 1930

Mercifully, Washington, D.C.’s 11-day heat wave is over. We’ve crunched the numbers - and by almost every measure - it ranks as the most intense in 141 years of records.

By Ian Livingston and Jason Samenow  |  01:33 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 07/09/2012

Washington, D.C. derecho storm names: Derechosaurus Wrecks and Swelter in Place

Thank you for dozens of suggestions for storm names. Lots of great, creative ideas. We’ve narrowed down the most popular choices so you can vote for your favorite. We will announce the winner Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:30 AM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/08/2012

Washington, D.C. hits 102, breaks daily record, ties mark for most straight 100+ days

Washington has extended its streak of 95-plus days to a record-setting 11 days.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, Local Climate

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 07/07/2012

Washington, D.C. breaks record high for July 7; high of 105 falls one degree short of tying all-time high

The high temperature at Reagan National Airport reached 105 today. That breaks D.C. record high for the date set in 2010, and it’s only the fifth time on record D.C. has climbed to 105 or higher.

By Dan Stillman and Ian Livingston  |  05:40 PM ET, 07/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Local Climate

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 07/06/2012

The longest, strongest heat wave: D.C. records 9th straight 95+ day

For the 9th straight day, Washington, D.C. has met or exceed 95 degrees. In 141 years of records, this is a first. And the streak is likely to be extended to 11 after Saturday and Sunday. This record is just one of countless extraordinary heat records established over the course of the last three summers.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:49 PM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, Local Climate

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/06/2012

Air-conditioning: Modern-day luxury or summertime necessity?

If you were among the many D.C. locals who suffered without A/C for a day or more, you’ll likely agree that surviving summer without it is nearly impossible. It makes us wonder how earlier generations coped during the dog days of summer before the invention of indoor cooling.

By Justin Grieser  |  12:30 PM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 07/05/2012

Worst heat wave ever? Washington, D.C. ties record for most straight 95+ days, more coming

In terms of the duration of a punishing heat wave, the current spell has arrived at historic levels. For the 8th straight day, the temperature has reached at least 95 degrees in Washington, D.C. - tying 2002, 1993, and 1988 for the most such days on record.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:47 PM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, Droughts, Local Climate

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Washington, D.C. shatters all-time June record high, sizzles to 104

Mark Richards, weather observer at Reagan National Airport, says the temperature at 2:48 p.m. hit 104, blowing by the old June record of 102 set on June 9 in both 1874 and 2011. We are now experiencing D.C.’s hottest June temperatures in 142 years.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:50 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Extreme Heat

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Can pets take the heat? Tips for keeping your dog or cat cool

With the second heat wave of the summer underway and heat indices rising into the 100s this weekend, it’s time to give our pets a little extra tender love and care.

By Ann Posegate  |  02:24 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, Nature, Posegate

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/29/2012

Disproportionate June record heat in last 25 years in Washington, D.C.

The saying goes that records are meant to be broken. Today’s record of 101 at Reagan National Airport. may be threatened.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:18 AM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 06/29/2012

Heat advisory upgraded to excessive heat warning in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas

The National Weather Service has upgraded today’s heat advisory to an excessive heat warning for Washington, D.C. and Baltimore and close-in suburbs. Temperatures are likely to be hotter than anticipated previously, prompting the more serious alert.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:25 AM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Historic heat wave arriving in East; monthly, all-time records in the balance

A heat advisory has been issued Friday for the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro regions. Our region is on the northern edge of the excessive heat dome, which marks the dividing line between very hot and extraordinarily hot conditions.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:30 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Extreme Heat, Local Climate

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Massive heat wave moving east, excessive heat watch Friday for D.C. and Baltimore areas

A heat wave of historic proportions, linked to the “epic” wildfire in Colorado, is coming for D.C.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:14 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Local Climate, Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Colorado wildfires: Hot, dry conditions stoke firestorm (PHOTOS)

Multiple wildfires continue running rampant in Colorado and the devastating combination of record hot June temperatures and state-wide drought are partly to blame.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:56 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Extreme Heat, Droughts

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Record setting heat wave roasts Rockies (Denver), Plains, heading east

A historic heat wave, which has broiled the Rockies and Plains in recent days, is on its way east and southeast. By Friday, 18 states in the eastern third of the nation may experience highs above the century mark.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:13 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Extreme Heat

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Heat wave nears conclusion in mid-Atlantic and Northeast, hundreds of records fall

After two to three days of blistering heat from Richmond, Virginia to Portland, Maine, a cold front closes in that will bring cooler, less humid conditions by the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:50 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Extreme Heat, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Department of Labor urges heat safety for outdoor workers; heat advisory thru Thurs.

The heat advisory for the Washington D.C. and Baltimore regions has been extended to cover the overnight hours tonight and Thursday through 10 p.m. On Thursday, another scorcher is expected, with afternoon temperatures in the upper 90s to near 100 and heat indicates around 105. Hot day time temperatures represent a particular hazard for outdoor workers. In response, the Department of Labor has launched a campaign to confront the risks posed by extreme heat.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:15 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, Government

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Washington, D.C.: hottest spot in the East

Once again, Washington, D.C. finds itself at the epi-center of a heat blast torching the eastern U.S. At noon, D.C.’s 93 degrees was at least 5 degrees warmer than southern cities like Miami, Atlanta, Raleigh, New Orleans and Houston.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:05 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Extreme Heat

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Heat advisory issued for Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the entire Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro regions from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:18 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Hot weather lurks for Washington, D.C. next week

Long range computer models agree hotter, stickier times are around the corner.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:24 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 05/31/2012

Refreshingly cool start to June forecast in eastern U.S., Washington, D.C.

After the sweltering 90+ days on Monday and Tuesday, many feared it was a harbinger of a brutal summer. Not so fast. The latest data and projections signal cooler than average weather for the first 10 days or so of June across the eastern U.S.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:13 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Extreme Heat

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Early season heat: the most dangerous kind

When stifling heat and oppressive humidity smack us down mid-summer, it certainly poses a hazard. But this suffocating combination sucks the life out of us the most when it strikes early.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:53 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Extreme Heat, Health

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 05/09/2012

CWG readers predict 42 90+ days in Washington, D.C. by the fall

More than 200 readers entered our game to forecast the number of 90+ days at Reagan National Airport. The average number predicted was 42.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:41 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang, Extreme Heat, Local Climate

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Washington, D.C. summer 2012 weather forecast: Brutally hot again, and dry

After 2010 and 2011 produced the two hottest summers on record back to back, I am sure almost everybody is hoping for some relief this summer. Unfortunately, we don’t think that will be the case.

By Matt Ross  |  10:59 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Extreme Heat, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Predict the number of 90+ days in Washington, D.C. coming this summer

It may not seem like it now, but trust us, 90+ days are coming. How many do you think we’ll have this summer? Average is 36. Enter your prediction.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:58 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Mind-boggling warm weather records swell in Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast

The record warm weather in the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast continues to destroy century old records by unthinkable margins. Let’s take a tour of some of the latest unfathomable records...

By Jason Samenow  |  03:20 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Extreme Heat

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Midwest, Great Lakes basking in unprecedented warm weather for March

The current spell of warm weather in the Upper Midwest is not just breaking but obliterating records which have stood for more than a century. The warmth is so intense in some areas, high temperatures have reached mid-summer levels while it’s still winter. The longevity of the heat is as impressive as its intensity: temperatures have run some 20 to 45 degrees above normal for 6 to 10 straight days in some areas.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:41 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Extreme Heat

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Back door cold fronts kick heat out of mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes

A remarkable 593 record highs were tied or broken from the East Coast to the Upper Midwest Thursday (compared to just 2 record lows) and record warmth is possible again in some of these same areas again today. But from the northern mid-Atlantic to the Great Lakes, temperatures are 10-25 degrees colder today than they were yesterday. In both regions, sneaky cold fronts have oozed south, placing a temporary halt on this historic March heat wave.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:43 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  U.S. Weather, Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Historic record warm weather brings summer to central and eastern U.S.

Temperatures more characteristic of June have broken hundreds of temperature records over the last several days and promise to continue into the next week in many areas. In some places, temperatures have been an eye-popping 30-40 degrees above normal, nearing or surpassing the warmest temperatures ever recorded so early in the season.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:35 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Extreme Heat

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Grading our summer outlook

Hopefully the pleasant autumn weather of late has helped purge another brutal summer from your memory.  Unfortunately, we are here to remind you one last time before we can get on with the business of looking ahead to winter.  Here is a quick recap of our summer outlook. Although we did predict all three summer months to be warmer than normal, there will be no back patting.  With the second hottest summer on record, rivaling 2010, we missed the mark. 

By Matt Ross  |  11:42 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang, Extreme Heat, Local Climate

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 08/16/2011

Climate scientist cautions against reading too much into this summer’s extreme heat

The heat this summer has been relentless in many parts of the country, particularly in the South Central states, where Oklahoma and Texas had their warmest months on record in July. In fact, as previously noted on this blog, Oklahoma’s statewide average temperature was the warmest monthly statewide average temperature ever recorded in the United States during any month. To learn more about how the extreme heat this summer may shed light on what we can expect as the world warms due to climate change, I turned to Noah Diffenbaugh, a researcher at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment.

By Andrew Freedman  |  11:30 AM ET, 08/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Freedman, Climate Change, U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 08/05/2011

Relentless heat still baking south and south central U.S. – mid-Atlantic catches a lucky break

Record-setting heat has been the “hot” topic of conversation across much of the country this summer. Nearly 9000 heat records were set in July, and parts of the south central U.S. (including the state of Oklahoma) and mid-Atlantic (including Washington, D.C.) had their hottest months on record. For the mid-Atlantic, relief has arrived - at least for the short term. Yet much of the southern and central U.S. continues to bake in record heat, extending impressive streaks of triple-digit days in some locations.

By Justin Grieser and Jason Samenow  |  11:15 AM ET, 08/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 08/02/2011

Will August be as hot as July in Washington, D.C.?

After a record hot July, should Washingtonians be dreading what’s to come in August? The good news is that August is usually cooler than July. The average temperature in July is 79.8 compared to 78.1 in August. But it can still be scorching. Take, for example, August 1980 which set monthly records for both average temperature (82.8 degrees) and the number of 90+ degree days (22). That made August of 80 only slightly less sweltering than July 2011, with an average temp of 84.5 and 25 90+ days

By Jason Samenow  |  03:15 PM ET, 08/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, Local Climate

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 08/02/2011

Severe U.S. drought sets another record; costs to U.S. economy upward of $1.5 billion

Instead of receding during this sizzling, humid summer, the intense drought that has ensnared much of the southern tier of the nation during the past several months has only intensified, reaching record levels during July. According to new data, the area of the country covered by “exceptional drought” conditions was the largest since such records began more than a decade ago.

By Andrew Freedman  |  10:30 AM ET, 08/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Droughts, Extreme Heat, Freedman, U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 08/01/2011

Extreme July weather: hottest ever in D.C., Philadelphia, and Austin; record wettest in Chicago

Washington, D.C. wasn’t the only city to suffer through a record hot July. Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Atlantic City did too. In the south central U.S., Austin and Wichita Falls, Tx. as well as Oklahoma City, Ok. experienced record hot months. And along the northern fringe of the heat bubble, Chicago was deluged with its wettest July on record.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:00 PM ET, 08/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 08/01/2011

July 2011: The hottest month in Washington, D.C. history

Congratulations D.C.-area readers. You have just experienced -- or tolerated, survived, and suffered -- the hottest month in recorded history. We did it last July too, but this time we soared just over another degree on average to achieve an incredibly toasty 84.5F at Washington Reagan National Airport. That’s 4.7 degrees hotter than the new 1981-2010 normal or 5.3 degrees hotter than the old 1971-2000 climatological baseline. Also, it is slightly hotter than a normal July for Houston, TX and slightly cooler than a normal July for Dallas, TX. It’s like we were living in a whole different part of the country.

By Matt Rogers and Ian Livingston  |  10:40 AM ET, 08/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/29/2011

Record heat: where’s the best and worst place to be?

As hot as it is, it begs the question, where are the best and worst places to be?

By Jason Samenow  |  12:30 PM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 07/29/2011

The eerie parallels between Snowmageddon 2010 and Sweat Ceiling 2011

The crippling Snowmaggedon blizzard of February 5-6, 2010. The punishing Sweat Ceiling heat wave of July 21-23, 2011. At face value, these two extreme events could not contrast more. But it may surprise you how much these Washington, D.C. weather behemoths share in common. Let me walk you through the striking similarities....

By Jason Samenow  |  11:15 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Snowmageddon, Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 07/29/2011

July 2011 to become the hottest month ever in Washington, D.C.

After last summer’s record-breaking heat, perhaps it seemed like we may have to wait a while to get back to those levels again. Sadly, not so! Thus far, this July has beaten July 2010 on almost every heat metric and it’s now poised to become the sole leader for hottest month ever in D.C. Yuck?

By Ian Livingston  |  09:00 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Local Climate, Latest

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Heat advisory issued for for Friday; heat indices of 105-109

No surprise, here, but the National Weather Service has made it official: A heat advisory is in effect for Friday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., for the entire metro region. High temperatures from the upper 90s to low 100s will produce heat index values of 105 to 109. A heat advisory is not as extreme as an excessive heat warning, which was in effect last Friday, when heat indices exceeded 110. But tomorrow’s combination of heat and humidity could still produce heat-related illnesses or worse, so take it easy, drink plenty of fluids, and cool off in air-conditioned environments.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:20 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 07/28/2011

Get me off this airplane! Heat wave hostage

If you travel by air a lot you probably have a story or two about being stuck on a plane waiting to take off. Recently, regulations have been put in place that limit tarmac strandings to only three hours.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:00 AM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/27/2011

Sweat Ceiling, the sequel: Next bout of extreme heat and humidity nears

Although the current heat wave, defined as any stretch of at least three consecutive days at or above 90, has reached its tenth day, the drop in humidity since yesterday has provided a reprieve of sorts. Smitten by today’s low humidity, Twitter follower @aimster215 wrote: “Today=best 90 ever.” But tonight, the sinister southerly wind returns, amping up the humidity Thursday through Saturday. How and hot and humid are we talking about? When will it end? And what’s causing the heat?

By Jason Samenow  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Local Climate, Latest

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 07/25/2011

Heat wave 2011: humidity the stunning hallmark

The intense heat wave of 2011 will long be remembered for its brutal combination of high heat and humidity. The geographic extent of the heat wave was highly unusual, with temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater stretching — and heat indices much higher than that — stretching from Texas to North Dakota, and eastward all the way to Maine.

By Andrew Freedman  |  10:30 AM ET, 07/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  U.S. Weather, Latest, Freedman, Climate Change, Extreme Heat

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 07/23/2011

D.C. breaks record high for the day... any storms?

The heat has been terrible again today, though thankfully the humidity has been lower than yesterday so the heat index has been more forgiving - to around 110 compared to Friday’s 120+. D.C. has broken its record high for the date, with National Airport reaching a high of 102 at 3:38 p.m. So far, no storms have affected the immediate metro area, but a few strong storms could still develop in spots into this evening.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:05 PM ET, 07/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Local Climate, Latest

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Shock forecast deja vu: Big heat wave possible late next week in Washington, D.C.

If you detest the heat, cover your eyes and don’t look at the series of maps above One of our best long-range forecast models, known as the Euro, predicts a big heat wave repeat this time next week. The simulations above show 2 p.m. temperatures in the neighborhood of 95-100 degrees Thursday through Saturday around Washington, D.C. 100+ readings are seen over central Virginia into North Carolina.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:30 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Heat wave bakes East Coast, Washington D.C. at epi-center

The core of the heat wave that has broiled much of the eastern two thirds of nation this week concentrates on the East Coast today, with the most extreme levels focused on the mid-Atlantic. The combination of near-record heat and oppressive humidity will produce heat index values of 115-120 from Richmond to Philadelphia. NOAA reports 132 million people in 29 states and Washington, D.C. are under heat advisories or excessive heat warning today.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:20 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Second hottest night ever (tie) in Washington, D.C.

Reagan National Airport dropped to a mere 83 degrees this morning, which - barring a cooling thunderstorm this evening - will set a new record high minimum temperature for the date. Even more impressive, that steamy 83-degree low (assuming it stands) would tie for the second warmest low all-time in Washington, D.C. (since records began in the late 1800s).

By Jason Samenow  |  09:50 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Extreme Heat

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 07/21/2011

Is this heat wave special?

Readers, radio show hosts, and even meteorologists are questioning whether this is an unusual heat wave. I keep hearing this is just typical July heat. No it’s not. Let me explain...

By Jason Samenow  |  04:00 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/21/2011

Heat questions and answers, and video overview

I just did a live online video, discussing the heat and answering questions sent in by readers/viewers. You can watch the video in this post and read answers to questions I did not get to.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 07/21/2011

The origins of the heat index and why it’s important

Questions have arisen as to whether the heat index is a legitimate scientific measure. It is. There’s truth in the saying, “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”

By Jason Samenow  |  10:30 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health, Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Heat wave 2011: Vote for best name

Thanks to all of our blog readers, Twitter followers, and Facebook fans, we received an overwhelming number of suggestions for naming this heat wave. We were blown away by all the compelling, creative names submitted. A team of Capital Weather Gang contributors sifted through them all and we have narrowed them down to a half dozen finalists. Vote for your favorite in this post.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:20 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, Capital Weather Gang

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 07/20/2011

What are Washington, D.C.’s records for heat index and dew point?

Over the last few days, I’ve blogged about heat index values of 130 or higher in parts of Iowa and Minnesota and dew points (a measure of humidity) over 80 (any dew point over 70 means really high humidity). Has the District seen heat and humidity readings reach these levels?

By Jason Samenow  |  02:20 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Heat wave heads east after historic high humidity hits Minnesota

Today alone, 141 million Americans are under heat advisories or heat warnings from the Midwest to the Ohio Valley. That’s after 78 million were afflicted by extreme heat Tuesday over an area the size of Mexico. By far, the most impressive heat and humidity records yesterday fell in Minnesota, where Minneapolis had its most humid day on record.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:55 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 07/20/2011

Name the July 2011 heat wave

Some folks hate the extreme weather name game, but many have a lot of fun with it. So we’re now officially accepting suggestions for a name for this heat wave, affecting not only the D.C. metro region, but also about half the U.S. population according to NOAA.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:40 AM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 07/19/2011

Shock forecast: NOAA predicts heat index of 116 in Washington, D.C. Friday

NOAA has upped its peak heat index prediction for D.C. Friday to a stunning, sweltering 116 degrees. Remarkably, it predicts there is a 90 percent chance it will reach at least 110 and a 100 percent chance of at least 105.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:30 PM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 07/19/2011

90 degree days in Washington, D.C.: Yearly, seasonal and monthly averages and extremes

Even though the average high temperature never quite reaches 90, Washington hits at least 90 36 times in an average year. Of course, this average comes from some pretty wide swings, like going from 11 such days in 2004 to 67 in 2011. Find out just about everything you need to know about 90s in D.C., and let us know if there is something we’re missing!

By Ian Livingston  |  01:20 PM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/19/2011

Excessive heat watch Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Thursday afternoon and evening for the Washington, D.C. metro region.. High temperatures are forecast to reach the upper 90s to around 100 degrees, with heat index values of 105 to 110.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Stifling heat wave continues over Midwest while spreading east

While setting hundreds of new heat records, the most notable aspect of the current heat wave gripping the central U.S. and spreading east is the associated humidity. In the upper Midwest Monday, the combination of heat and humidity brought widespread heat index values of 110+, with numerous 120 degree readings. The peak heat index occurred in Knoxville, Iowa, which reached a suffocating 131 degrees.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:10 AM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, U.S. Weather

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 07/18/2011

Heat wave and hot weather guide

This page contains basic information about extreme heat events, heat safety, local cooling center information, and heat weather forecast information and data.

By Capital Weather Gang  |  07:00 PM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 07/18/2011

How hot this week? You predict...

This morning, I forecast: “Thursday through Saturday are most likely excessively hot and humid with highs Thursday 98-102, Friday 99-104, and Saturday 99-103.” I noted the record highs for those three days are are 104, 103, 101. This morning’s Global Forecast System model projects highs of 100 Thursday, 103 Friday, and 96 Saturday. The all-time record hottest temperature in D.C. is 106. In this post, readers can fill out a poll to fill out their pick for the hottest temperature and heat index this week.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:00 PM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 07/18/2011

Massive heat wave scorches central U.S. and expands east, as drought continues in South

A life-threatening heat wave is scorching a vast stretch of the country, from Texas to North Dakota, with temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and heat indices soaring as high as 126 F. The heat event will last all week, with the hottest weather slowly moving eastward into the mid-Atlantic by Wednesday, and sticking around into the weekend.

By Andrew Freedman  |  10:50 AM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, U.S. Weather, Droughts, Climate Change, Freedman, Latest

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 07/14/2011

Massive heat wave eyes Midwest, East Coast

This weekend, a huge dome of heat will envelop the central part of the country, stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Canadian border. And by early next week, the heat will spread towards the East Coast. Computer model forecasts indicate this is likely to be a long-lived, dangerous mid-summer heat wave.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:15 PM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Heat advisory Tuesday, storm threat tonight

A heat advisory has been issued for the metro region from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday. High temperatures are likely to reach the upper 90s to around 100. Factoring in the humidity, it is projected to feel as hot as 102 to 106. Before this heat takes hold, a complex of thunderstorms, with a long history of producing damaging winds, could impact the region tonight

By Jason Samenow  |  02:15 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 07/05/2011

June 2011: Tied for third hottest on record in Washington, D.C.

While not as hot at the record-shattering 2010, summer got off to a historically steamy start in Washington, D.C. Averaging more than four degrees above average, June 2011 tied with 1943 as the third hottest on record.

By Matt Rogers  |  01:35 PM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Local Climate, Latest

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Extreme temperature swings: midnight heat burst in Wichita; mercury tanks in Chicago, Minneapolis

Since June began, no doubt the 1400-plus new heat records set across the U.S. have impressed. But consider the following: between midnight and 1 a.m. Thursday morning, the temperature in Wichita, Kansas spiked from 81 and 101 degrees. Yes- the temperature ROSE 20 degrees in one hour in the middle of the night, passing the century mark. To the north, across the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest, there were some remarkable - though not nearly as dramatic - temperature declines.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:00 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 06/10/2011

Washington D.C.’s record hot June day (tie): 102 degrees on 6/9/2011

Hot on the heels of Wednesday’s 99-degree record high at Reagan National Airport, Washington’s official observation station, the mercury spiked to 102 degrees Thursday, equaling the record for the date set in 1874. The 102-degree reading also matched the warmest temperature reached in the month of June since records started being kept in 1871.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:11 AM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Your questions about the hot air

In today’s Weather Gang Lab video, I took a couple questions that readers/viewers sent in about the heat. But several didn’t make it into the show, so I thought I’d answer them in this blog post.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:06 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Latest, Latest

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Heat wave peaks along East Coast today

After more than 300 record highs were broken or matched Wednesday from the Midwest to the Northeast, the core of the latest U.S. heat wave focuses on the Northeast. North and west of Chicago and Detroit, the worst of the heat is over as a cold front has pushed southeastward.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:10 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 06/08/2011

Global warming as a heat wave enhancer

Any time it’s hot or hotter than average, the subject of global warming invariably arises. The usual question I hear is: Is this global warming (or climate change)? The answer I give is that global warming is not causing hot weather but almost certainly intensifying it.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:43 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Climate Change, Extreme Heat, Latest

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Heat wave and poor air quality grip East Coast

On Tuesday, more than 200 high temperature records (and about 100 record high minimum temperatures) were set mainly in the Midwest. Minneapolis surged to 103, its hottest day since July 31, 1988 and the second hottest June temperature on record. Today, the dome of hot air shifts East, with record heat a possibility from the Ohio Valley into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Philadelphia and New York City may threaten existing records of 95 degrees. And Washington, D.C. and Baltimore may also approach record highs of 98 and 97 (from 1999).

By Jason Samenow  |  11:36 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Sultry heat or frigid cold: which is worse?

Everyone’s complaining about the hot weather, but is it really so bad? Would you rather we return to last December when it was persistently cold, dry, and windy and (snow lovers) we got mainly shut out in the snow department? Let us know what you think by voting in our poll.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 10/28/2010

Consecutive record warm mornings

Afternoon highs in the 70s - though mild - have been nothing out of the ordinary; record highs are in the 80s. But the tropical flow ahead of the giant Midwest storm has flexed its muscles after dark holding nocturnal temperatures at historically warm levels. The low Tuesday morning at Reagan National was only 63 degrees, tying the record high minimum from 1971. On Wednesday (yesterday), the low was a balmy 68 besting the record high low of 66 in both 1920 and 1977.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:35 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Extreme Heat

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 09/24/2010

DCA shatters record of 94, soars to 99

Reagan National's (DCA) record high today is 94 (from 1970). The hottest it's ever been (since records began) after September 23 is 96. Will we match or best either of these benchmarks?

By Jason Samenow  |  03:00 PM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Extreme Heat

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/24/2010

Dulles breaks 90-degree record

D.C.'s official weather station -- Reagan National Airport -- is still three 90-degree days away from breaking the 90+ record of 67 set in 1980. But the deed is done out at Dulles Airport. Thursday's high of 93 at Dulles not only tied the record high for the day, but put Dulles over the top for most 90+ days in a year.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Extreme Heat

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 09/23/2010

Weather Channel: D.C. had worst summer in U.S.

Of all this country's great cities, Washington, D.C. suffered through the worst weather conditions this summer according to The Weather Channel (TWC). Our Nation's Capital beat out Little Rock, AK (2), Des Moines, IA (3), Brownsville, TX (4), and Los Angeles, CA (5) for this unenviable distinction.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:45 PM ET, 09/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Extreme Heat, Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 08/10/2010

How hot will it get today?

So far this summer we've tied or broken four daily records at Reagan National (DCA): June 24: 100 June 27: 99 July 7: 102 July 24: 101 Today's record of 98 from 1943 is certainly in reach -- but it's not a given.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:40 AM ET, 08/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Extreme Heat

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 07/24/2010

Records fall, and it feels close to 110

* Hottest day in hottest summer: Full Forecast * * Excessive Heat Warning expanded to entire area thru 10 p.m. * * It's so hot (news story) | Post Local coverage | Heat Tips | UnitedCast * * Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | Tropical Tracking * *...

By Jason Samenow  |  01:00 PM ET, 07/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/23/2010

Saturday: Perfect timing to set a D.C. record

Usually when we talk about threatening record highs this time of year, the bar is set pretty high. 98, 99, often the the low 100s is what it takes to tie or set a record. It just so happens that tomorrow's date, July 24, carries the month's lowest record high temperature for Washington, D.C. -- 96 in 1987

By Dan Stillman  |  11:00 AM ET, 07/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 07/23/2010

Just how hot tomorrow?

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By Jason Samenow  |  09:00 AM ET, 07/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 08/10/2009

Hazy, Hot, Humid: Think Snow!

* Possible Record Heat Today: Full Forecast * * Heat Advisory Noon to 8 PM (except far N&W: map) * * Weather Gang Live Chat About the Heat: 2 p.m. * Temperatures: Current area temperatures. Powered by Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Hover over and click icons for more...

By Steve Tracton  |  12:30 PM ET, 08/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 08/10/2009

Summer Swelter Hits Washington

* Possible Record Heat Today: Full Forecast * * Heat Advisory Noon to 8 PM (except far N&W: map) * * Weather Gang Live Chat About the Heat: 2 p.m. *...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  10:30 AM ET, 08/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/28/2009

Heat Wave By the Numbers

* Heat for 1 More Day: Full Forecast * 3: The number of record highs tied or broken in as many days at Dulles Airport since Saturday 92: The record high temperature at Dulles airport each of those 3 days, and the high at Reagan National on Sunday 97: The...

By Jason Samenow  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/29/2008

How Do You Like Your Humidity?

Discomfort Discussion Capital Weather Gang reader Dave sent us an email asking: Why isn't humidity included as part of regular forecasts? The "detailed" forecasts from [the National Weather Service, NWS] make no mention of humidity, and this seems like an important aspect. I don't have a good answer to this...

By Jason Samenow  |  11:00 AM ET, 07/29/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/24/2008

Can You Take the Heat?

Wx and the City By Ann Posegate Squishy, gushy, ooey-gooey, slimy-whimy, and disgusting. This is how a group of fourth-graders described the process of dissecting clams on a field trip I helped to teach on the Anacostia River last year. For some reason, these are the first words that come...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  12:30 PM ET, 07/24/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Extreme Heat, Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/13/2008

East Coast Heat Wave Death Toll Over 30

As we cautioned before our most recent heat wave started -- heat kills, particularly early in the summer season. The Associated Press is reporting the heat wave that spanned last Saturday through Tuesday killed more than 30 people on the East Coast, 15 of those in Philadelphia. Seven heat-related deaths...

By Jason Samenow  |  10:45 AM ET, 06/13/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/10/2008

"Hot" Songs

Whenever it's hot, three songs pop into my head: 1) The Heat is On, from the movie "Beverly Hills Cop", performed by Glenn Frey (1984). Best lyric: The pressure's high/Just to stay alive/'Cause the heat is on 2) Hot in Herre, by Nelly (2002). Best lyric: It's gettin' hot in...

By Jason Samenow  |  10:45 AM ET, 06/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Extreme Heat

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 06/09/2008

Really, Really, Really Hot: Live Chat at 2:30 p.m.

The Capital Weather Gang's Steve Tracton will host an online chat about the current heat wave at 2:30 p.m. Join him on the online chat page and bring all your questions about this broiling heat. How long will the heat last? See our full forecast through the weekend, and NatCast...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  12:35 PM ET, 06/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat, Extreme Heat

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 06/08/2008

Today's Steamy High Temperatures

It was hot today, but no new records were set locally. Here are the high temperatures from the three official reporting stations: Reagan National Airport: 96 Dulles International Airport: 94 Baltimore/Washington International Airport: 93 To the south, Richmond, Va. set a record high of 100. It was Richmond's second straight...

By Jason Samenow  |  07:06 PM ET, 06/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/06/2008

Heat and Power Outages: A Deadly Combination

*Excessive Heat Watch Saturday morning through Monday afternoon* Extreme heat kills hundreds of people in an average year -- more than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined according to NOAA. The best (and most obvious) way to prevent heat-related illness and/or death is to spend time in an...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extreme Heat