Capital Weather Gang: Environment


Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Nuclear power plant produces snow in southwest Pennsylvania

The hot steam from a nuclear power plant in southwest Pa. interacted with incoming cold air to produce snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:59 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Environment, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/20/2012

The killer London smog event of December, 1952: a reminder of deadly smog events in U.S.

Sixty years ago this month (December), London was enveloped under a toxic mix of dense fog and sooty black smoke for four days. This episode of polluted air is among the deadliest environmental disasters in recorded history.

By Steve Tracton  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, History, Environment

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 08/23/2012

All Shook Up!... One year later, a look back at the August 23, 2011 East Coast earthquake

One year ago, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered near Mineral, Va., about 80 miles southwest of Washington, caused damage in D.C. and was felt from southeast Canada to Florida, and from the East Coast westward to the Mississippi River.

By Don Lipman  |  09:45 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lipman, Latest, Environment

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Tree pollen spikes to March record high

The tree pollen count has surged into the very high range. This looks to be the highest March reading 1998-2011 for tree pollen due to an early oak surge this year.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:13 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Latest, Health

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Recent weather disasters affected 90 percent of Virginians, may become more common

Since 2006, nine in 10 Virginians and four in 5 Americans, have lived through extreme weather events ranging from unusually severe blizzards to torrential tropical storms. A new report from Environment America, tailored to local areas, warns that global warming could lead to similar disasters becoming more common in the future.

By Patricia Sullivan and Jason Samenow  |  05:17 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change, Environment

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Bicentennial of the New Madrid earthquake sequence: Can it happen again?

This winter is the bicentennial (200th) anniversary of the New Madrid, Missouri earthquakes, a series of the most powerful earthquakes to strike the eastern U.S. in recorded history.

By Steve Tracton  |  10:58 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Environment, Tracton

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Our gardens in a mild winter: the good, bad and beautiful

Let me say right off the bat, my garden does not look much different this year than any other year, except it isn’t buried under a snow drift! Why is that? Many of our plants evolved over the centuries to be more in tune with the dependable daylight hours than the more erratic temperature regime.

By David Streit  |  10:20 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 02/01/2012

When will the Virginia earthquake aftershocks end?

On Tuesday, a 3.1 magnitude aftershock centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond rattled central Virginia. The tremor could be felt as close by as the Districts west and southwest suburbs. Since the August 28 5.8 magnitude earthquake, there have been almost 50 aftershocks of at least magnitude 2.0 in central Va, begging the question: when will they end?

By Jason Samenow  |  03:54 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Environment

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Study: global warming related sea level rise poses big threat to Washington, D.C.

Global warming-related sea level rise constitutes a major threat to the nation’s capital, with the potential to inundate national monuments, museums, military bases, and parts of the Metro Rail system during the next several decades and beyond, according to a recent study published in the journal “Risk Analysis.” The study helps localize a problem that is more typically discussed at the global level, and makes clear that public officials must make decisions in the near-term in order to minimize future losses.

By Andrew Freedman  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Climate Change, Latest, Freedman, Environment, Floods

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Winter activities to keep a gardener occupied until spring

Certainly the last month has been a kind one to the late season garden with plenty of rain and relatively mild temperatures. Pansies are looking pretty good out there along with the cabbages and kales. It doesn’t look like any real cold blasts are coming any time soon either so more time to enjoy the hardy garden denizens. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some time off from the garden. But inevitably I find myself drawn to it. So what is a gardener to do this time of year?

By David Streit  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Appreciating fall, and preparing the winter garden to shine

Depending where you are in the area, the leaves are at the peak of their brilliance or falling fast! Despite the dry spells and deluges this summer, most of the colors came on pretty nicely. It is an annual delight to see those brilliant yellows of the gingko trees in Georgetown, russet beauty of the oak trees in Takoma Park and glowing oranges of the maple trees that line many of our streets throughout the area. But it is now time to focus on some of the other preparations for the winter season.

By David Streit  |  12:45 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Prepping the garden as winter approaches...

The weather has been pretty accommodating for gardeners in the past week, given the nice weekends. Moisture has been plentiful as can be seen in the map of the past two week’s rains. I have been busy getting my spots all plotted for those bushels of bulbs that have just arrived. The dormant season is approaching, but now is far from the dormant time for the gardener, so today let’s talk about getting the garden ready for winter.

By David Streit  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Musings on a fall gardening weekend...

For once, the past two weeks have been pretty uneventful. Rains have been a little light but nothing bad, save for a few heavy showers this morning. Temperatures have been near normal. Why we even have the good weather coming on the weekends now! This brings me to the week’s discussion: musings while working in the garden last weekend.

By David Streit  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Did the atmosphere signal March Japan earthquake before it happened?

Imagine how many lives would be saved if the atmosphere could detect a major earthquake 30 or minutes before it rocked the land beneath. Japanese researcher Kosuke Heki believes he may have identified such a precursor: electron counts 185 miles high in the sky, in the atmospheric layer known as the ionosphere. His research, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, shows ionospheric electron counts unexpectedly escalated beginning 40 minutes before Japan’s deadly March 11 quake.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:19 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Environment, Science

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 10/04/2011

The record-breaking Arctic ozone “hole” and global warming

According to research published in the journal Nature this week, the largest ozone “hole” on record above the Arctic opened up last winter, exposing residents of the Far North to high doses of harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can cause skin cancer and cataracts. The area of severe ozone loss extended southward from the Arctic to cover populated areas in northern Russia, Greenland and Norway.

By Andrew Freedman  |  10:55 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Climate Change, Latest, Environment, Freedman

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Fall is here, but for gardens, time to think about next summer...

If you feel like our climate has shifted to rain forest, you are not alone. The damp mild weather is not a novelty here but the persistence has been. However, for those of us close to D.C., would you believe that over the past two weeks (prior to last night), our rainfall has been nearly an inch below normal? There is probably no need to run for the sprinkler as temperatures have been mild and humidity levels high. Last time we spoke it was to prepare for spring bulb planting. Today, we go even farther into the future and think about summer bulbs.

By David Streit  |  12:15 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Fall is here, but for gardens, time to think about Spring!

Hopefully everyone’s garden survived the deluge from tropical storm Lee’s remnants. We were stuck between a rock and a hard place with all of Lee’s voluminous moisture funneling up from the south and Hurricane Katia offshore, blocking it from progressing out of the area. While the onslaught of rain was one way to break a drought for good, it was probably not the best way. Fortunately, we are drying out nicely now as it is about time for one of my favorite garden endeavors, bulb planting.

By David Streit  |  12:15 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee bruise the Chesapeake Bay

Thanks to the onslaught of tropical downpours from hurricane Irene and the remnants of tropical storm Lee, portions of the Chesapeake Bay watershed have received in excess of 32” of rain over the last two weeks according to NOAA. This rain and associated runoff have all made its way into the Bay.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Floods, Latest

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 09/01/2011

Cleaning up the garden after sloppy hurricane Irene!

I hope everyone is recovering from the wrath of Irene. Looking at some of those pictures of flooding in wetter areas up north, I would say our drought was our salvation. Having dry soils helped to keep most trees well rooted and safe from toppling, which would not have been the case if the ground had already been soaked. So I guess we can count our blessings in many ways.

By David Streit  |  03:00 PM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

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

Hurriquake: Footprint of Hurricane Irene and earthquake onslaught in Washington, D.C. region

One week. The largest earthquake in the region in 100+ years. 19 after shocks. Up to a foot of rain. 40-70 mph wind gusts. These images tell the story.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:10 PM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Environment, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:36 AM ET, 08/25/2011

DC aftershock: 4.5 magnitude quake rattles region

Yes - if you awoke to your bed shaking, you felt a legitimate aftershock from Tuesday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 4.5 magnitude quake occurred 9 miles south of Mineral, Va. at 1:08 a.m. this morning (Thursday).

By Jason Samenow  |  01:36 AM ET, 08/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Latest

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 08/24/2011

Virginia earthquake: News and resources

This is a guide to earthquake coverage from the Post. More than 122,000 people in 8,269 zip codes and 159 cities responded to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) through its Web site saying they had felt the quake. The USGS received quake reports from Georgia to southern Canada and as far west as Chicago. There have been a total of four aftershocks, since the initial earthquake

By Jason Samenow  |  10:20 AM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Environment

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 08/23/2011

D.C. earthquake: Powerful tremor shakes region

U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed an earthquake struck central Virginia at 1:51 p.m.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:59 PM ET, 08/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Environment

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 08/11/2011

Moving plants can be a moving experience

I figured that while the weather took a little break from the baking we have seen all summer, this would be a good time to talk about moving plants. I have joked before that at this point in the life of my garden, I spend as much time rearranging plants as I do planting new ones.

By David Streit  |  10:30 AM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Watering tips for keeping up with our sneaky drought!

Oh what a summer this is turning out to be! If your lawn/garden looks like anything but the Mojave, give yourself a pat on the back. So what are we to do…water is the main solution at this point, plain and simple. The key is to try to make the most of the water you put down.

By David Streit  |  02:15 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 07/14/2011

Something’s eating my flowers and I like it!

All gardeners have their horror stories when it comes to caterpillars in the garden devouring their hard work. My pansies disappeared thanks to all the munching. But to my surprise, a couple weeks later the garden was aflutter with hordes of fritillaries! I was hooked on finding other ways to help promote the caterpillars

By David Streit  |  11:15 AM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Oh deer! Is it a garden or a restaurant?

If the sneaky drought wasn’t enough to worry about, two of my most dependable pests have arrived right on cue in the garden: deer and Japanese beetles. Little did I know that some of my plantings are, as a good landscaping friend stated, “their version of filet mignon”.

By David Streit  |  11:45 AM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 06/17/2011

New sunscreen regulations seek to block out misconceptions

With the summer solstice just around the corner, lathering on the sunscreen is a must for anyone heading to the pool or beach this weekend.

By Justin Grieser  |  02:30 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health, Environment, Latest

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Let your plants do the seeding!

The wonder of new seedlings each year is something I really look forward to and am happy to promote. Before you know it you will have more than enough flowers and can share with friends.

By David Streit  |  01:50 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 06/02/2011

Xeriscaping, it’s not just for the desert!

Xeriscaping. Sounds like something out of a sci-fi story. For me, it was always something I associated with rocks and cactus in the Arizona desert. Well, taking a course from the USDA a few years ago, I got a real awakening. It is not just about rock gardens, it can be adapted to any environment and can be every bit as inviting as the grandest English garden.

By David Streit  |  01:55 PM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 06/02/2011

Fireflies flashing earlier as climate warms. Are we amidst a ‘renaissance of lightning bugs’?

Summer heat and humidity aren’t the only things to have arrived early in the D.C. area this year. Early last week, Capital Weather Gang commenters reported their first firefly spottings of the season. A warming climate has fireflies along with many other insects appearing earlier in the year than they used to. Recent trends also suggest a ‘renaissance’ of fireflies might be underway, with fireflies increasing not long after scientists feared they might be disappearing.

By Ann Posegate  |  11:45 AM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Climate Change, Environment, Education, Local Climate, Nature, Posegate, Wx and the City, Latest

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/19/2011

Perfect garden combo: beautiful and edible too!

How can you beat a garden that is both beautiful and edible?! A couple of herbs that do great at filling that bill are dill and fennel. I am a spice freak, so peppers like cayenne make a great addition to the hot spots in my garden. But by far my favorites are the edible flowers! In the spring there are the pansies and violas. Another great edible is squash blossoms.

By David Streit  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Gardening in another dimension: “nanoclimate”

We all hear plenty about climate these days! Many of you know about microclimate too. One example is the urban heat island around D.C. which results in a longer frost free period; another is the infamous National Airport with its cooling river breezes (warming in winter). However, today I want to go even smaller scale. Let’s call it “nanoclimate”! It is something that nearly every gardener is going to run into at some time or another and the more you think about it the better off your plants are likely to be.

By David Streit  |  11:30 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Local Climate, Gardening

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Wonderful Earth Day tribute: Inspired video of the Earth and sky

Check out thetruly inspired video in this post called the Mountain. Recorded in El Teide, Spain, it is an incredible tribute to the beauty of the surrounding landscape and the sky above.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:35 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Photography, Latest

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Confessions of a gardening meteorologist

I figured now was as good a time as any to make a few resolutions since this is New Year’s time for gardening. To do this, I am going to take you along on some of my recent adventures in the garden. Trust me, this hurts me more than you! I loved having a few weeks to be the teacher and sage about gardening, but it is time for some humility. In fact, I will share some learning experiences and if they remind you of some aha moments of your own, please share. That way, we all benefit.

By David Streit  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Latest, Gardening

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/07/2011

April showers bring...April flowers!

Since we last spoke two weeks ago, we have been below freezing and well up into the 80s... Yep, it is springtime in D.C.! I mentioned a time or two that getting down a bed of mulch right now sure helps to even out those temperature extremes and protect all those wonderful plants now just coming to life.

By David Streit  |  10:45 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Environment, Gardening

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Spring blooms busting out, weather is fine

The vagaries of spring are upon us. Temperatures up to 80 one day and down to 30 a few days later are the kind of roller coaster conditions that we can expect for a few weeks. Fortunately for we gardeners this is weather that our plants can stand up to...probably better than us.

By David Streit  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Cherry Blossoms, Environment, Gardening

Posted at 08:22 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Image of day: Japan dries out

Although snow and rain fell over Japan yesterday, complicating the tsunami and earthquake clean-up effort, satellite imagery (above) shows the responsible storm pulling away to the northeast over the Pacific. In the storm’s wake, flow from the northwest and high pressure is building in.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:22 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Science, Environment

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Animation of the dozens of Japan earthquakes

The YouTube video belows shows a time lapse of all of the earthquakes that occurred between March 9 and March 14. The “big one” occurs at one minute and 17 seconds into the video. The tectonic flurry is jaw-dropping.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Science

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Are nuclear reactors vulnerable to solar storms?

The subject of nuclear power plants and solar storms was not what I planned for the second part of the series: Space weather: Are we ready for a solar strike? But, in light of of the nuclear disaster in Japan, caused by loss of external and backup electrical power needed for the reactors’ cooling system, it occurred to me that renewed discussion on the safety of nuclear power ought to include concern about the prospects of widespread and long-lasting outages from solar storms.

By Steve Tracton  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Science

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Risk of nuclear radiation in U.S. from Japan low

Some have raised the question whether nuclear radiation from Japan could be transmitted by upper level winds across the Pacific and reach the U.S. West Coast or Alaska. The answer is possibly, but not in sufficient quantities to pose a meaningful risk to public health.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Science, Environment

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Video of day: Tsunami wave height animation

This animation shows the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research’s wave height estimation for the March 11, 2011 tsunami that started off the coast of Japan and has placed the entire Pacific basin on alert.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:00 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Science

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/11/2011

The “SuperMoon” and the Japan earthquake

On March 19, the moon’s orbit will make its closest approach to Earth in 18 years while at the same time be in full phase. Such a coincidence has been named a “SuperMoon” by astrologer Richard Nolle. As entertainingly chronicled by John Metcalfe over at TBD, Nolle predicts all kinds of weather and natural hazard mayhem, including strong earthquakes, in conjunction with the Supermoon. So the questions that emerge are: 1) Is there any legitimate science linking the Supermoon and extreme natural hazards? and, 2) Did the upcoming Supermoon play a role in this morning’s horrific earthquake in Japan?

By Jason Samenow  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Science

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/11/2011

The tsunami’s path and progress to Hawaii, California, Oregon and other U.S. sites

The extraordinary earthquake that devastated parts of coastal Japan this morning has triggered tsunami activity currently propagating across the Pacific ocean. At the same time, a flood of information is pushing through cyberspace that could easily overwhelm anyone seeking the basic facts. Let’s break down what we know based on information from sources we trust.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Science

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Spring into action, gardeners!

Notwithstanding the current and recent deluges, planting time is fast approaching. I always like to keep an eye on the map of average temperatures over the past several weeks. It is a good rule of thumb for monitoring soil temperatures in the garden. We have risen above the 40 degree mark and that signals the beginning of plant awakening in our area.

By David Streit  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Cherry Blossoms, Environment, Gardening

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/10/2010

NOAA imagery: Pollution over China

Massive plumes of the gas nitrogen dioxide can be seen hovering in the troposphere (low atmosphere) above China.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 07/22/2010

Did melting ice cause D.C. earthquake?

The news rang out across the nation: Mild earthquake shakes D.C. area. A real earthquake it was -- not the rumblings so often emanating from "inside-the-Beltway" political battles. Although the largest earthquake in the area since tracking of such began in 1974, it was minor in intensity (3.6 on the Richter scale) and no injuries or damage were reported. But, could there be more to this?

By Steve Tracton  |  11:15 AM ET, 07/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Environment, Environment

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/06/2010

'Be air aware' this week

Sunday kicked off Air Quality Awareness Week, an annual observance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Weather Service to encourage citizens to "be air aware." It couldn't come at a better time.

By Ann Posegate  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Environment

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/29/2009

Green Your Routine Mid-Atlantic Style

* Flash Flood Watch From Noon to 8 p.m. | Full Forecast * * Car vs. Tornado: What Should You Do? | Obama's Hurricane Week * By Pamela Szatanek, Guest Contributor You don't have to drive a hybrid or become a vegan to go green. Admit it, some of these...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 05/26/2009

Congress Ponders National Climate Service

A significant shakeup may soon take place within the federal government's weather and climate programs, as the House Science and Technology Committee is scheduled to consider legislation on June 3 that would establish a "National Climate Service" within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Climate Service would head...

By Andrew Freedman  |  11:50 AM ET, 05/26/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Environment, Environment, Environment

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/28/2009

Greenpeace Protest Ties Up Traffic; Not So Green

* Full Forecast: Heat to Retreat | Heat Wave by the Numbers * By climbing a 140-foot crane and unfurling a large banner around sunrise yesterday, seven Greenpeace protesters made their "Stop Global Warming" message heard loud and clear to 17 environmental leaders from around the world -- and in...

By Dan Stillman  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Environment

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/22/2009

No Separating Weather From the Environment

* Full Forecast | NatCast | UnitedCast | Changes in Hurricane Scale * * Live Chat on Climate Change w/ CWG's Andrew Freedman (11 AM) * Weather and the environment are inextricably connected, yet often seen as separate. Weather is part of our environment -- really, there's no separating the...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:45 AM ET, 04/22/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Environment

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/12/2008

Update on D.C.'s Stormwater Management

Wx and the City Yesterday, the Potomac Conservancy released a report (PDF) on the health of the Potomac River, in which it gave the national river a whopping D+ rating. The main culprit to this near-failing grade? Stormwater runoff. In September, I described what happens to D.C. rainfall when it...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:30 AM ET, 11/12/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Environment, Environment

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/22/2008

Freedman: Hot Weather, Heated Political Rhetoric

With high gas prices this summer, a bitter political debate erupted regarding drilling for oil and gas in offshore areas in order to increase the supply of gasoline and lower prices at the pump. Since climate change is inextricably tied to how we generate and use energy, it's worth briefly...

By Andrew Freedman  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/22/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Environment, Environment

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 06/18/2008

Sun Paradox: Getting Your Daily Dose of D

Wx and the City By Ann Posegate, Guest Contributor In a work-a-holic city of idealists and intellects (oh, and then there are the politicians) - it's tough to feel justified in taking a short break to head outside during the beautiful weather we're having (where was this weather all spring?)....

By Capital Weather Gang  |  10:30 AM ET, 06/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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