Capital Weather Gang: Extreme Cold


Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 04/02/2014

2013-2014 winter: Arctic attacks from start to finish across the D.C. region (season statistics)

Average doesn’t necessarily tell the full story of this cold season - rather, it’s the extremes - which occurred early and often.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:46 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Recaps

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Not again: Dulles and BWI set record lows for March 27

Temperatures that made it into the teens and 20s this morning were way below normal. They set records locally and across the East Coast.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:05 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Enough already: Dulles Airport sets another record low

The temperature at Dulles Airport plunged to 19 degrees this morning, breaking the old record of 21 from 1984 for the date.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:09 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Red hot fishing in record cold weather: Secrets from an award-winning angler

Since early January, fisherman Stephen Miklandric has caught 69 citation fish in six different species!

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Sports

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/05/2014

Snowed in and iced over: North America and U.S. about as frozen as ever so late in winter

By multiple metrics, the amount of snow and ice over the Lower 48 states, Great Lakes, and North America are in historic territory.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Extreme Cold, Latest, Snow, U.S. Weather

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Baltimore and Dulles have coldest March mornings on record

Baltimore’s low of 4 degrees was colder than any low temperature recorded over the last 141 years.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:33 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Dulles ties record low; coldest day in D.C. since January 29

The mercury settled down to a frigid 10 degrees at Dulles Airport this morning, tying the record set in 1993.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Scientists: Don’t make “extreme cold” centerpiece of global warming argument

Climate scientists are pushing back against the notion global warming could mean more extreme cold.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:28 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Extreme Cold, Latest

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Polar vortex chill exterminated 95 percent of stink bugs in Va. Tech experiment

This spring, you may see and smell fewer of those foul stink bug pests, and you can thank the polar vortex.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:17 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Nature, Polar vortex

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/28/2014

January 2014: the coldest in decades in D.C. by many counts

January will go into the books as well below average for temperatures, but the average really only tells part of the frozen story.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Spike then crash: Today’s wild temperature ride in D.C.

Polar pain is coming. I promise. But, first, we enjoy a little warmth. Through noon or so.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Extreme Weather, Latest

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Fire and ice: A spectacular D.C. sunrise and the frozen Potomac River (PHOTOS)

Did you see the sunrise Saturday morning? It was one of those rare, surreal sunrises in which the sky appears to be on fire.

By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston  |  09:52 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Photography, Seasons, Sunrises

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Frigid blast AGAIN next week, possibly stormy in early February

Extreme cold is expected to dominate during the next week as disturbances zip by to our north but drag down more arctic air in their wake. Then the pattern may moderate, but turn more stormy.

By Wes Junker  |  12:58 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Long range

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Dulles Airport drops to -2, coldest temperature since 1996

An arctic air mass and fresh snowpack allowed temperatures to plummet overnight, especially away from the city.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:12 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 08:54 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Snow to wind down, temperatures to plummet; wind chill advisory

Once the snow ends, the big story is going to be the combination of cold and wind and subzero wind chills.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:54 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Polar vortex d j vu: How cold and for how long?

We can’t yet say if it will be as intense as the cold around January 7, but we have high confidence that once the cold arrives it will stay for a lengthy time period.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:27 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Polar vortex, Snow

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Return of the polar vortex: Cold, at times downright frigid for end of January; increasing snow chances

The upcoming weather pattern is very similar to the pattern during the first week of January, but promises to stick around longer.

By Wes Junker  |  02:44 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Long range, Polar vortex, Snow

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Great Falls ice at polar vortex sunrise (PHOTOS and VIDEO)

The combination of ice-coated rocks and the rising river mist lured me to Great Falls to photograph an Arctic air mass sunrise.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:33 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Photography, Polar vortex

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014

This is what happens to your body in cold weather

Capital Weather Gang’s A. Camden Walker explained symptoms your body shows when it’s adjusting to the cold.

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Health, Latest

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Polar vortex of 2014 lackluster compared to past cold waves

The unremarkable nature of this cold snap highlights the silliness of arguments that it somehow debunks global warming.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest

Posted at 10:24 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Polar vortex: The grand finale

The polar vortex was a weather content generating machine. Here’s some material that’s circulated around the vortex, that you may have missed...

By Jason Samenow  |  10:24 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Polar vortex

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Where exactly did Washington, D.C.’s cold air come from?

Seeing the path of today’s cold air over D.C. will send shivers right through you.

By Wes Junker  |  03:13 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Polar vortex delivering D.C.’s coldest day in decades, and we’re not alone

Low temperature records were smashed locally and across the eastern U.S. this morning. It remains bone-chillingly cold through tonight.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate, Polar vortex, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 01/07/2014

A deep dive into the polar vortex

The polar vortex is not some mysterious or cataclysmic feature. It is really just a large air mass that is extremely cold.

By Rick Grow  |  10:34 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Extreme Cold, Latest, Polar vortex

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 01/07/2014

D.C. area forecast: Icebox today, coldest since 1996; then gradual moderation to a warmer weekend

A powerfully painful arctic air mass cuts through our region today as the ballyhooed polar vortex passes by to our north early this morning

By Matt Rogers and Jason Samenow  |  10:15 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Forecasts

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 01/06/2014

The polar vortex in no way disproves climate change

Countless records will be set through Tuesday. Yet they mean nothing about the existence of climate change, its severity or its consequences.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:35 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Extreme Cold, Latest

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 01/06/2014

D.C. turning downright cold: the plummeting 24-hour temperature forecast

The next 12 hours, in particular, are going to make for a wild ride, with temperatures and wind chills dropping close to 30 degrees from current levels

By Jason Samenow  |  02:36 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Crazy cold: Polar blast likely to rank among D.C. area’s coldest in decades

While the Arctic air mass moving in won’t have major staying power, its coldest day will be remembered among the most frozen in recent history.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Coldest air in years set to grip the Nation’s Capital: Protect yourself, pets, and home

With the most dangerous wind chills expected tonight and tomorrow morning, here are some tips for dealing with the cold...

By Kathryn Prociv  |  09:47 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 01/05/2014

North Pole invades U.S.: 10 bitter, bone-chilling visuals

The polar vortex is crashing into U.S. territory, delivering the coldest weather to the Lower 48 in decades.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:30 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/05/2014

With deep freeze coming, now is the time to protect against frozen pipes

If you are a homeowner and haven’t already taken action to protect your pipes from freezing and bursting, now may be a good time to do so.

By Dan Stillman  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/03/2014

An astonishing, dangerous cold snap is about to descend on the U.S.

Some of the coldest air in years, if not decades, is poised to pour into the U.S., with mind-boggling low temperatures.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Severe cold coming in two fierce blows, Friday and Tuesday

Some of the coldest weather the Washington, D.C. metro region has witnessed in recent years, and possibly decades, is set to arrive in two punishing blasts

By Jason Samenow  |  01:31 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 01/01/2014

How much snow and how cold Thursday night and Friday?

We’re expecting a dusting to a couple inches of snow Thursday night - but new data coming in tonight means possible changes. Our running commentary on the new data...

By Jason Samenow  |  11:15 PM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 01/01/2014

Thursday night snow likely, then punishing wind and cold Friday

A complex weather system marching into the Thursday night and the cold in its wake will bring the D.C. area its most extreme combination of winter weather of the season.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:36 PM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 12/31/2013

Snow Thursday night? Maybe. But the bigger deal is likely two shots of bitter cold

We’re certainly in store for the coldest air of the season so far, and possibly the coldest weather we’ve seen in a number of years.

By Wes Junker  |  02:25 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/31/2013

Sudden stratospheric warming: could it lead to a very cold January in D.C.?

A phenomenon known as a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event is unfolding, and this is sparking some conversation about how cold the pattern in the United States could get in the weeks ahead.

By Rick Grow  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Extreme Cold, Latest

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Snow risk increases for late Thursday; mega-cold shot next week?

The risk of snow has grown for late Thursday. Very cold air may follow the storm, and a second, more fierce cold blast is possible next week.

By Wes Junker  |  03:17 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 12/13/2013

136 below: Shockingly low temperature report from Antarctica, but not a record

The -136 temperatures recently sensed in Antarctica are interesting data points about how cold it can get on Earth, but can’t be used as historical benchmarks.

By Dennis Mersereau  |  10:48 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, International Weather, Latest, Science

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Current pattern draws comparisons to historically cold December 1983

As much as this December seems unusually cold - and it is, at this early stage - it could be worse

By Rick Grow  |  10:15 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, History, Latest, Local Climate, Long range, Seasons

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 11/25/2013

The coldest November weather in decades in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore

If you’re 25 or younger, you’ve never experienced weather this cold in November in the D.C. and Baltimore areas.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:45 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 11/23/2013

Arctic blast: Five weather hazards you should be aware of

A brief description of five hazards related to the incoming arctic blast: Extreme cold, strong wind, wind chill, wildfire potential and upslope snow.

By Jeff Halverson  |  01:48 PM ET, 11/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Wind

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Abnormal cold to close November: possibly coldest in decades

The Arctic air ahead has a chance to be about as intense as anyone has seen in November around here in quite some time.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:30 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Arctic express: Coldest air since last February arriving Sunday

A powerful front will slice across the eastern U.S. Saturday, leaving behind the coldest air since mid-February last winter.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:57 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Coldest November weather in five years

The last time it was colder than this in November in Washington, D.C. was 2008.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:36 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Major autumn cold blast possible for eastern U.S., D.C. in 7-10 days

Brought to you, in part, by typhoon Wipha, much of the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. is due for a taste of late fall or early winter conditions.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:38 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Extreme Cold, Latest