Capital Weather Gang: Recaps


Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Snowquester: The pictures tell its story best

Snowquester, for all its maddening quirks and unfulfilled promises, was quite the photogenic storm. Five different images tell the story of this big snow tease, and make an indelible impression on our collective minds.

By Rick Grow*  |  03:28 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Snowquester: when forecast information fails

The best forecast for Snowquester was one we could not issue with a straight face, and one most Washingtonians would have ridiculed: Rain, sleet, and/or snow likely — heavy at times — with snow accumulations of 0-14 inches.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:38 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Recaps

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 02/14/2013

“Car-topper” snow event leaves glaze of morning ice on some roads

Wednesday evening, from northwest to southeast, rain transitioned to snow before ending around 10 p.m.. Accumulations ranged from a coating on grassy areas and car tops around the District to half an inch to one inch in Loudoun and Frederick counties.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:52 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Recaps, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Incredible imagery from the February 8-9, 2013 New England Blizzard

The early-February blizzard will go down as one of the largest ever in parts of the northeast. We’ve gathered some of the best satellites, radars and more.

By Ian Livingston and Kathryn Prociv  |  10:34 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Recaps, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 12/03/2012

November recap: First cold month since October 2011 in D.C., 6th driest (tie) on record

November 2012 for Washington, DC can best be described as a notably cool and dry month.

By Matt Rogers  |  02:07 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 10/01/2012

September: 11th straight warmer than normal month in D.C., wetter than normal first time in 2012

The month was wetter than normal in D.C., marking the first time that’s happened during a month this year.

By Matt Rogers  |  11:33 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 09/19/2012

What happened to the tornadoes Tuesday?

Air in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast was on the cusp of spinning, but tornadoes never showed.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:22 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Recaps

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 09/19/2012

September 18 thunderstorms in Washington, D.C.: Garden-variety or severe?

We had briefly gusty winds, heavy rain, but nothing severe. I do know that other areas had damaging winds, however. In your area, were the storms garden-variety or severe?

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:49 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Recaps, Photography

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 06/30/2012

Derecho: Behind Washington, D.C.’s destructive thunderstorm outbreak, June 29, 2012

Between 9:30 and 11 p.m. Friday night, one of the most destructive complexes of thunderstorms in memory swept through the entire D.C. area. Packing wind gusts of 60-80 mph, the storm produced extensive damage, downing hundreds of trees, and leaving more than 1 million area-residents without power.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:15 PM ET, 06/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Recaps

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Microburst! Inside the explosive storm that blasted D.C., Md. (Photos/video)

The setup was simple Friday (June 22) evening. A cold front would clash with a blistering hot and humid air mass parked over the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The atmosphere had all the fuel it needed to trigger some severe thunderstorms. It did that, and damaging winds, torrential rain, and hail raked a narrow area that spanned from Bethesda, Md. through northern Washington, D.C into Landover, Md.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Recaps, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 06/08/2012

Is that a tornado? Wall, scud, shelf and other scary looking clouds

During last Friday’s thunderstorm outbreak, a number of images were passed around as tornadoes that were clearly not tornadoes. Let’s examine a few of the most common scary looking clouds that sometimes are mistakenly called tornadoes.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:39 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Latest, Thunderstorms, Recaps

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 06/04/2012

June 1 severe weather outbreak: 9 tornadoes confirmed in Maryland (VIDEO)

The National Weather Service continues working on post storm surveys for the severe weather that tore through the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas on June 1.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:19 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Recaps, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 06/02/2012

June 1 severe weather outbreak: rainfall totals and storm reports around Washington, D.C.

What a wild day yesterday! By my count, the National Weather Service forecast office in Sterling issued 23 tornado warnings, 33 severe thunderstorm warnings, and 8 flash flood warnings between 2 and 10 p.m.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:34 AM ET, 06/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Recaps, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/21/2012

A year after the Joplin tornado disaster

One year ago tomorrow, Joplin, Missouri was impacted by a most-feared EF-5 tornado with winds over 200 mph. When the early-evening storm was through, and skies began to clear, the devastation left behind by was brutally apparent. Joplin has recovered significantly, if irregularly, in the year that’s passed since the tornado.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, Latest, Recaps, Thunderstorms, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 02/21/2012

How accurately was Sunday’s no show snow predicted?

After a largely snowless season, last week there was considerable build-up for the possibility of snow Sunday. But with the exception of Springfield and points south, there wasn’t even a dusting. Some have questioned whether forecasts were overblown for Sunday’s event. But we want to let the record show our forecast was for little or snow in the immediate metro region, starting Friday night.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:26 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Recaps

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Without a trace: why no snow in D.C. yesterday?

Our forecast for at least “conversational flakes” around the District yesterday was a bad one. What went wrong?

By Jason Samenow  |  10:07 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Recaps, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Very mild, dry January concludes, but month falls outside 15 warmest

The winter of 2011-2012 has taken on a completely different character compared to the previous few winters which started off cold. After the 6th warmest December on record (tie), January 2012 concluded with an average temperature 4.8 degrees warmer than normal (1981-2000 normal), the 17th warmest on record (tied with 1876).

By Matt Rogers  |  11:21 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Recaps, Local Climate

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 01/21/2012

Icy mix ends but refreeze tonight; snow/ice totals and photos

The first widespread accumulating snow and ice event of the 2011-12 winter is over. Although the mix of precipitation stuck to area roads and created slippery conditions overnight into this morning, major problems were averted as the storm coincided with light traffic volume.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:26 PM ET, 01/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 01/10/2012

The overachieving snowfall of January 9, 2012

What was predicted to be a non-accumulating mix of snow, sleet and light rain turned into a surprising mostly snow event Monday, producing a trace to two inches across the region. Officially, National Airport received 0.6”, Dulles 0.5” and BWI airport 0.4”.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:55 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest, Recaps, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Top climate change stories of 2011

2011 was an extraordinarily turbulent year for the climate system. The U.S. saw a series of record busting extremes, from a devastating tornado season to an epic drought. The fusillade of extreme events kept global warming in the public conversation even as it slipped to the bottom of the public’s list of concerns in the face of a grim economy. Studies and developments in the emerging area of extreme event attribution top the list of the top climate change stories of 2011.

By Andrew Freedman  |  02:41 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Climate Change, Freedman, Latest, Recaps

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Warmest December since 2001, also wet

December 2011 offered a stark contrast to the last few winters. Following on the heels of a top-ten warm November, we also have a top-ten warm December. This year ties 1923 for sixth place with an average temperature of 45 degrees.

By Matt Rogers  |  10:26 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Recaps, Local Climate, Latest

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Top 5 extreme international weather events of 2011

Earlier this week, we looked at the top five extreme weather events to impact the U.S. this year. Not confined to any particular borders, Mother Nature also brought extreme conditions to other parts of the world in 2011, including deadly storms, flooding and prolonged drought. Globally, extreme weather events were responsible for tens of thousands of deaths, not to mention billions of dollars in damages. Let’s take a look at the top 5 extreme weather events to occur outside the U.S. in 2011.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:55 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Climate Change, Droughts, Floods, International Weather, Latest, Recaps, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 12/28/2011

2011 in Washington D.C.: Warm with extreme weather aplenty

Following 2010’s weather extremes in Washington, it seemed unlikely 2011 could rival it. Yet somehow it came close.

By Jason Samenow and Ian Livingston  |  11:09 AM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 12/08/2011

The record breaking rain storm of December 7, 2011

Wednesday’s storm had it all: heavy mountain snow, raging wind, and severe thunderstorms in the Virginia Tidewater and southern Maryland. But it was truly exceptional as a rain-producer, and the wettest day Washington, D.C. has ever experienced during the cold season spanning November to March.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:52 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest, Recaps, Floods, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 11/01/2011

October recap: Cooler, wetter, snowier than normal

Looking back at October, the freakish snow event that hit the Northeast hard and grazed our region stands out most. The region experienced its first marginally measurable snowfall in October since 1979.

By Matt Rogers  |  02:07 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest, Recaps

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Yesterday’s storms: Ground-shaking thunder, plus controversy in College Park

Yesterday’s storms didn’t produce much in the way of damage in the immediate metro area. But they did produce a confirmed tornado near Quantico, put on a thunder and lightning show for many, and stirred some controversy at the University of Maryland in College Park.

By Dan Stillman  |  10:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Thunderstorms, Recaps, Latest

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 08/29/2011

Recap: Hurricane Irene’s rain and wind in Washington, D.C.

Around the Washington, D.C. metro region, Irene behaved largely as predicted (at least by the Capital Weather Gang), raking the I-95 corridor and points east with wind and rain, with steadily diminishing impacts as you headed west towards Loudoun and Frederick county.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:30 AM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest, Recaps, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 04/29/2011

April 27-28, 2011 tornado outbreak: Numerous tornadic storms impacted the D.C. region as well

Nearly 40 tornado warnings were issued across the broader NWS Baltimore/Washington area on April 27-28. Some even produced tornadoes.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:18 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Recaps, Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 10/14/2010

Grading our 2010 summer outlook

It was, as most everyone surely knows, a historically hot summer replete with shattered records throughout. Suffice to say, we didn't forecast the hottest summer on record or a tie for the most 90-degree days in a year. But for a seasonal outlook, we did pretty darn well.

By Matt Ross  |  01:15 PM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Recaps, Recaps

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

Recap: April was a sweet month

T.S. Elliot's oft-quoted line "April is the cruelest month" failed to hold true for the D.C. metro region in 2010. More often than not, the weather was dry, warm, and tranquil rather than rainy, cold and tumultuous. In fact, 23 out 30 days were dry and about 2 out of every 3 days featured above average high temperatures. Overall, at Reagan National Airport, the temperature was 4.7 degrees above average for the month -- the 5th warmest on record. Rainfall was about half of average making for the driest April since 1991.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 08/06/2009

July Recap: After Cool Start, Summer Gets Real

* Heat on Horizon: Full Forecast | NatCast | Later: Life of a T-Storm * July's unusually cool and comfortable beginning might have had members of the Real World house in Dupont Circle thinking, "Hey, summer in D.C., not so bad after all." Eventually, though, summer stopped acting polite and...

By Dan Stillman  |  10:30 AM ET, 08/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Recaps, Recaps

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/09/2009

Grading Our 2008-09 Winter Outlook

* Showery Tomorrow: Full Forecast | Will Misleads on Climate * An early-March snowstorm made cross-country skiing possible on the Mall. But the 5-8" of snow wasn't enough prevent the D.C. area from finishing winter with well below-average snowfall. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose. Even as April is off to...

By Matt Ross  |  10:45 AM ET, 04/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Recaps, Recaps

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/16/2008

Recap: Summer 90 Degree Days

Back in May, we asked Capital Weather Gang readers to predict how many 90 degree days there would be at Reagan National Airport (DCA) during meteorological summer (which spans June 1 to August 31). The results are here: more at twiigs.com... How many 90 degree days did DCA actually record?...

By Jason Samenow  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 08/10/2008

Recap: July Weather was Nearly Normal

By Charlie Wilson, Guest Contributor As we take a look back at July, one thing is clear: there was little in the way of unusual weather across the region. No huge heat waves, no record cold ... just characteristic, muggy mid-summer weather. What follows is a summary of the weather...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  11:05 AM ET, 08/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 07/01/2008

June Recap: Spectacularly Stormy

Storm reports in Md. during June. Courtesy NOAA's Storm Prediction Center What did June 3, 4, 7, 10, 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, and 30 have in common at Reagan National Airport (DCA)? Thunderstorms occurred on all of these days. In fact, thunderstorms happened twice on June...

By Jason Samenow  |  10:30 AM ET, 07/01/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:54 PM ET, 06/09/2008

Recap: Hot But Not Historic

No doubt it was hot today, but temperatures fell shy of records for the date. The highs at the local observing stations were as follows: Reagan National Airport: 96 (record 102 from 1874) Dulles International Airport: 94 (record 96 from 1999) Baltimore/Washington International Airport: 94 (record 98 from 1933) One...

By Jason Samenow  |  07:54 PM ET, 06/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/09/2008

Region Battered by Heavy Rains, Wind, Tornado?

*Damage, Flooding Reported After Storms* Trees down. Lights and power off. Numerous reports of flooding, wind damage and road closures. Over 2.5 inches at Reagan National Airport since last night. Oh, and there's that issue of a possible tornado in Stafford County. Just your average night in the D.C. metro...

By Jamie Jones  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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