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Capital Weather Gang: December, 2011

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/31/2011

Forecast: A mild transition to the new year, then a few days of frigid

Other than a potential shower this morning (maybe lingering into the midday particularly north), we’ve got a fine weekend on tap to ring in 2012. Make sure you soak up the rays and the temperatures running a good 10-15 degrees above average, because it’s going to get significantly colder heading into the first work week of the new year. We had to get a real taste of winter at some point! And this one does not look to last long.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 12/30/2011

PM Update: Notable New Year’s weekend warmth

The close of December will be much like the rest of the month, much warmer than average. That was the deal today with temps about 10 degrees above normal. And as we ring in the New Year, mild conditions hang around for a day before bitter Arctic air crashes the party on January 2.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:20 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Five reasons to have a weather backup plan for outdoor weddings (VIDEOS)

Watch these videos to understand the consequences of not having an indoor back-up plan for your outdoor wedding...

By Jason Samenow  |  02:48 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Humor

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/30/2011

The snows of yesteryear; major winter storms of the 1700 and 1800s

As the winter unfolds, it appears (at this point) that it may not be particularly bountiful, snow-wise. That said, I thought some of the snow-lovers out there might be interested in a chronology of some our past—very distant past—December and January storms, as they affected the greater D.C. area.

By Don Lipman  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, History, Lipman

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 12/30/2011

Sea foam blizzard in England (VIDEO)

On Wednesday, along the Fylde Coast of Lancashire, England, the town of Clevelys was met by a wall of white, raging winds, near zero visibility, and drifts several feet high. The main road was nearly impassable. But temperatures were far too warm for snow. The “white stuff” in the air was sea foam. The video footage is a sight to behold.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:54 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011

Forecast: Mild set of days ahead, but cold air looms

If you like mild air, you have a few more days to enjoy it before our chill-down next week. Just dress for breezy conditions more often than not. Highs in the 50s look probable through Sunday, when we also may have a chance at 60 degrees. Sorry cold weather lovers/snow lovers, we don’t have much winter to speak of until Sunday night or Monday, when maybe a couple flakes may accompany the Arctic air barreling into our region. At least for New Year’s Eve plans Saturday night, there aren’t any weather headaches for us!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 12/29/2011

PM Update: A few more flurries possible, then warmer tomorrow

We had a bit -- and I mean a bit -- of surprise snow action today, mainly north of the Beltway. That’s headed to our east now and even a few peeks of sun are shining through today’s persistent clouds. Highs ranging from near 40 to the mid-40s are close to or slightly below normal, but with light winds most of the day it has not felt too cold out there.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:15 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Dry arctic air on the way: Is your home, nose humidified?

So far this has not only been a mild winter for the D.C. area, but also a relatively humid one compared to usual. But with an Arctic blast threatening the coldest and driest air of the season to date next week, now is as good a time as any to humidify your home and combat the symptoms of the common cold and flu.

By Dan Stillman  |  01:45 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health, 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 05:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Forecast: Still cool but a whole lot less wind; New Year’s weekend mild but Arctic blast Monday

A couple of “clippers” zip north of us in the next two days bringing snow flurries galore to the Great Lakes. But some clouds is about all we will have to show for them. The New Year’s revelers encounter no impediments to the merry making as unseasonably mild and dry weather prevails Saturday night and right on into Sunday. However, the warmth of December gets kicked out to sea on Monday as our first full-fledged Arctic blast arrives (snow not included).

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 12/28/2011

PM Update: Winds subside, but remaining cool

Wind and temperatures fairly close to normal conspired to create a wintry day today – kind of a rarity lately. Those winds have frequently gusted near 30 mph, with peak gusts up around 35 mph. Temperatures which reached highs in the mid-and-upper 40s actually dropped a bit during the afternoon as colder air continues to filter in. Winds are now waning and should continue to do so tonight, yet temperatures will remain “jacket inducing” for the near term.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:30 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 12/28/2011

January weather outlook: warmer than average, below average snow

What does a winter weather expert do when there is no winter weather to forecast? I issue an outlook for the upcoming month.

By Wes Junker  |  02:36 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

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 05:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011

Forecast: Cold winter day with strong winds, for a change

Mother Nature not-so-gently reminds us that it’s winter today with winds gusting to 30-40 mph adding a blustery chill to highs in the 40s. True to form, of this winter at least, highs rebound to near or above 50 by Friday. Late Friday night into Saturday brings a risk of a few rain or snow showers. Any chance of rain for New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day?

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Sky puts on December dusk show

As today’s storm pulled away and the sun sunk, memorable rainbow sunset for the District was created.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:34 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 12/27/2011

PM Update: Rain ends; windy, chilly Wednesday on the way

Rain, heavy at times earlier today, is moving away from the region, after dropping generally 0.4-0.8” (some locally higher totals near/over 1”). High temperatures, ranging from the 40s to low 50s, gradually fall off when a cold front moves through tonight, clearing us out for a cool and windy Wednesday.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:45 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Weird Christmas weather: Australia tornadoes and unusual warmth in UK and South Pole

While large parts of the U.S. experienced serene Christmas skies, violent thunderstorms tore through parts of Victoria in Australia. Meanwhile, temperatures spike to record or near record levels in Antartica and the United Kingdom.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:55 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Winter 2011-12 better for golfing than sledding or skiing so far

If you want winter weather in the Lower 48, maps showing regions covered by above and below normal temperatures around the globe aren’t very encouraging.

By Greg Postel  |  01:40 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Top 5 extreme weather events of 2011 in the U.S. from tornadoes to wildfires

In a year marked by a relentless assault of extreme weather, several events stand out. Some, like the tornado that leveled Joplin, Missouri on May 22, were extraordinarily devastating and deadly. Others, such as the “Snowtober” storm that buried the Northeast under a crushing load of heavy, wet snow were downright freakish. In a typical weather year, one might expect a few extreme events like these.

By Andrew Freedman  |  10:49 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Climate Change

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Forecast: Rain today, but dry balance of week

Forty-plus temperatures today coincide with a round of sometimes moderate to heavy rain especially this afternoon. Showers taper off this evening, and colder weather returns tomorrow. Wednesday’s temperatures in the 40s are close to normal, but windy weather chills the “feels like” temperature to the 30s instead. Gradual warming and mainly dry weather then holds into the start of the holiday weekend, but rain could edge back into the area by later on New Year’s Day.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/26/2011

Forecast: Sunny Boxing day, Tuesday torrent, then tranquil

Welcome to the one year anniversay of the Boxing Day blizzard, known locally as Nomageddon, as the snow skipped over Washington. This year, it’s not even a close call for any snow, with high pressure and sunny skies. No snow Tuesday either (most likely), just rain. Then a dry stretch begins Wednesday.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/25/2011

Forecast: No lump of coal for Christmas

Merry Christmas from us here at CWG! Well, if we’re not destined to have a white Christmas, we’ll just have to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye in the only way we can, with gorgeous weather. Of course, that means there’s no avoiding the in-laws due to the “weather” this year. Looking ahead, a potent area of low pressure threatens a good dose of rain Tuesday.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/24/2011

Forecast: If we can’t have a White Christmas, this weekend might be the next best thing

This is a difficult forecast to give because we know so many want to see snow for the holiday. Perhaps we can at least take solace in knowing that many places with much higher odds of seeing a White Christmas – like Norfolk, Ct. at 79% v. D.C.’s 9% – won’t be seeing one this year either. And, it’s going to be pretty nice as far as a winter weekend goes around here. So, savor the time with family, as well as the presents along with good food, and at least try to also enjoy the weather!

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/23/2011

PM Update: Prepare for a pleasant holiday weekend

It was cooler today than it’s been but not quite cool. Temperatures reaching highs near 50 and into the low 50s were remarkably steady through much of the day owing to the counter-effects of cooler air spilling in on a gusty northwest wind and a bit of sunshine still warming the atmosphere. And those winds have been gusty -- up near 30 mph or so across the area this afternoon. Thankfully they’ll begin to dwindle toward more manageable levels this evening.

By Ian Livingston  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Washington, D.C. Christmas weather history

The National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va., serving our region, put together an excellent overview of Washington, D.C. Christmas weather history, including white Christmas information. I republish it here and wish our excellent NWS office - which will work right through the weekend - the happiest of holidays...

By Jason Samenow  |  01:36 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Who’s getting a White Christmas in the U.S.?

It’s become abundantly clear that Washington, D.C. and much of the East Coast will not have a White Christmas this year. But who will?

By Jason Samenow  |  12:43 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Holidays, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Comet Lovejoy awes NASA astronaut aboard International Space Station

When International Space Station commander Daniel Burbank caught sight of comet Lovejoy streaking through space, he could not believe his eyes.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:41 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Overnight rain drops about an inch

The best kind of rain drenched the soils last night, falling mainly between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., completely avoiding rush hour commutes. An average of about 1” muddied up the region with the heaviest amounts north and west of the District.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:38 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Forecast: One more mild day, with wind, before a more seasonable holiday weekend

We know some want it to be cooler. The good news is after today’s mild readings — temperatures are headed closer toward our average highs in the mid-40s. Hopefully that helps keep you in the holiday spirit. Think of the bright sides of no snow, especially if you have to travel. Even next week we should have a good deal of sunshine and continued 40s to near 50 for temperatures. Cheers to fair (but breezy) weather!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/22/2011

PM Update: Burst of rain tonight, some Friday sun

Tonight’s rain will be of the polite variety: commencing after the evening commute and ending before Friday morning’s commute. It will rain hard though. After the rain, it’s a bit cooler but increasingly sunny as we close out the work week and ready ourselves for the holiday weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 12/22/2011

How unusual is this December warm weather?

December is on pace to finish in the top 10 warmest on record in the region.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:01 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

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 10:17 AM ET, 12/22/2011

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By Jason Samenow  |  10:17 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Forecast: Cloudy, mild first day of winter; rainy tonight and a mainly dry Christmas weekend

The weather is pretty much on the traveler’s side as we enter the Christmas home-stretch. Sizeable showers tonight should hold off until after most commuting is done. Last minute shoppers are in luck with minimal rain chances Friday and Saturday. For those dreaming of a white Christmas, the problem is an approaching storm system is likely to be too far south to deliver the moisture.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 09:03 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Record-setting warmth at Washington Dulles and Baltimore-Washington International airports

A mid-evening surge of mild air has pushed high temperatures at Dulles and BWI airports into record territory.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:03 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 12/21/2011

PM Update: Temperatures near record warmth, rain moving out

Despite today’s gloomy cloud canopy, temperatures were remarkably warm. The high temps of 60 and 59 at BWI and Dulles airports were just a degree off their records for the date. Rain showers, mainly light (totals generally 0.1-0.2”), will gradually depart early this evening. Another unseasonably mild day greets us tomorrow.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:40 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Christmas snow? Probably no!

A few media outlets have started hyping the potential for a snowstorm either on Christmas eve or Christmas day. The Capital Weather Gang disagrees.

By Wes Junker  |  02:46 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Weather, storms to spur Christmas holiday travel troubles

A series of storms tracking across the country promises to cause disruptions for holiday travelers. Fortunately, these storms will not produce crippling snow amounts or widespread dangerous thunderstorms. But they will produce enough inclement weather to pose a nuisance in the Rockies, the South, and East Coast between Thursday and Christmas Day.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:35 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Winter solstice – and other interesting sun facts – explained

If you’ve grown weary of short days and are looking forward to more sunlight, you won’t have to wait much longer. Tomorrow is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, bringing us the shortest daylight period and longest night of the year.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:03 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy, Local Climate

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Forecast: Chance of rain today? Yes. Cold Rain? No. Christmas storm? Maybe so.

Somewhat remarkably, given we’re just a few days from Christmas, any raindrops today are warm ones with highs making a run at 60. But then again, mild has been the story of this winter so far, with cold snaps brief and not terribly bone-chilling. Mild weather sticks around through Friday with another round of rain possible Thursday night. What about the Christmas weekend?

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Photos: Beautiful scenes of snow in Germany

I stumbled across a series of beautiful images of snow from western Germany.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:30 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Photography

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 12/20/2011

PM Update: A few warm Wednesday showers; Christmas snow?

Temperatures overachieved today, running about 5 to 8 degrees above where they were forecast, which is also about 5 to 8 degrees above average. Believe it or not, it’s another 5 or so degrees warmer Wednesday. Although you won’t need heavy jackets, you will want the umbrella as a few showers are around. And what’s this about snow on Christmas?

By Jason Samenow  |  04:05 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Mild finish to December for much of U.S.

In so many places around much of the country where it’s supposed to be cold and snowy, it’s not, it hasn’t been, and won’t be for a while.

By Greg Postel  |  02:11 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Satellite climate data at 33 years: questioning shaky claims that downplay global warming

Scientists make some questionable claims about what satellite data shows regarding the warming planet, prompting other climate scientists to note their long track of research errors.

By Andrew Freedman  |  12:24 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change, Freedman

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Deadly blizzard socks Southwest, southern Rockies and Great Plains

A dangerous combination of powerful winds and blinding snow raged through the Southwest, Southern Rockies and Great Plains Monday and Monday night.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:59 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Forecast: Cloudy with slight shower risk today; unsettled into Christmas

An active weather pattern brings lots of weather systems through our area between now and Christmas. The skies are frequently complicated with clouds that occasionally deliver rain. The best rain likelihoods are tomorrow, Thursday night, and Friday morning. The weekend sees the arrival of another storm system and while temperatures should be a bit colder, it doesn’t seem cold enough for a white Christmas delivery.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/19/2011

PM Update: Clouds, a chance of rain... get used to it

Highs near 50 and some sun. After this weekend’s chill it was a nice reprieve. After all, if it’s not going to snow: it might as well be mild! It looks like we stick with generally above average temperatures for much or all of the work week, though this might be our nicest day of the bunch. Hopefully you enjoyed that sun today, as it might be hard to come by much more before Christmas.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Blizzard rolling into southern Plains

A potent area of low pressure ejecting from the Southwest promises to bring a dangerous combination of wind and snow to parts of the Southern Plains.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:26 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Tropical storm Washi kills hundreds in Philippines; may be 2011’s deadliest storm to strike globe

On Friday night, the compact but deadly tropical storm Washi swept across the central and southern Philippines killing hundreds and scores remain unaccounted for. Thousands are homeless.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather, International Weather

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Two years ago: Washington, D.C. crippled by Snowpocalypse

What a difference two years makes. While today it’s sunny with a high near 50, on this date in 2009,Washington, D.C.’s biggest December snowfall on record paralyzed the region. In all, 16-24” fell.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:53 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, History

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Forecast: Sunny Monday, and generally mild week before Christmas; a few chances for rain

The weekend had a wintry feel, but like all of the other cold shots this season, it was fleeting. Milder than average temperatures are back today and persist through a good part of the week (though I woudn’t call it warm). An active southern storm pattern generates mostly rain chances Wednesday, Thursday night and, perhaps, Christmas weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/18/2011

Forecast: Winter chill doesn’t last long

Despite today’s increasing sun, we’re still on the cold side, especially compared to what we’ve seen for most of the month so far. That’s about to change, though, with another quick warm-up to start the work week. As temperatures go even higher toward midweek, so do rain chances.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/17/2011

Forecast: Feelin’ wintry with a breeze today and a few flakes possible tonight

Over half way through the month, we’re running higher than 3 degrees above normal to date. “Chilly” ones like today and tomorrow should come in close enough to average not to have any major impact on the overall departure thus far. We’ve had it pretty easy for sure, and that makes the return of December-like temperatures in the 40s quite palatable, even for someone who likes warmth. Tonight we might even see a snowflake or two!

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 12/16/2011

PM Update: Chance of rain, sleet, light snow tonight mainly south of D.C.

Temperatures have remained steady or slowly fallen today, as a colder airmass oozes into the region. At the same time, a weak wave of low pressure is approaching from the southwest. This combination produces a chance of a little light rain and/or snow tonight, mainly in southern Maryland and northern neck of Va. The rest of the weekend is mainly dry and chilly.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:05 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Comet Lovejoy survives sweltering encounter with sun

The newly discovered comet Lovejoy defied the odds Thursday, enduring an apparent suicidal journey very near the sun’s simmering surface.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:25 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Space, Latest

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 12/16/2011

What is Washington, D.C.’s weather like in December? Breaking down norms and extremes

Winter is here, especially if you follow the meteorological calendar which defines it as December through February. Whether you believe the season starts on the 1st of this month, or you follow the astronomical calendar which brings it along during the final third, the month heralds the start of the coldest time of year.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:42 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Atlantic storm slams France, Europe; beaches cargo ship

Only a week after a fierce storm struck northern Britain, another powerful low pressure system is trekking across western and central Europe today, bringing hurricane-force winds, heavy rain, and high-elevation snow to parts of France, Germany, and several other countries.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:10 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Forecast: Cooler with increasing clouds, a shower tonight? A few flakes possible Sunday a.m.

We have a few patches of potentially oh-so-slightly unsettled weather tonight and late Saturday night to get through before a sunnier, calmer Sunday through Tuesday. Temperatures are pleasant today, except for a breeze which will last through tomorrow when temperatures struggle to rise as high. After today, we may not see the 50 degree mark until Monday, but that’s not so bad considering average highs in the mid-and-upper 40s. Always dress in layers, this time of year! We’re on a small roller coaster too.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011

PM Update: Showers moving out, turning cooler

Temperatures had a nice little spike today, reaching the low 60s, better than 10 degrees above average. Only some scattered mid-to-late afternoon showers blemished this spring-like day. The showers are moving out while more wintry air will slowly stream in. Friday is dry and seasonably chilly.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Almost certainly no snow Friday night in D.C., maybe flurries Sunday morning

There’s been some “chatter” in the weather world about snow in the region Friday night. Admittedly, we bumped our Snow Potential Index to 1 given the possibility. But, frankly, I don’t see it happening. And it’s actually somewhat more likely we’ll see snow Sunday morning, just flurries though.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:52 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Two devastating graphs for D.C. snow lovers

Data plotted on two graphs paints a pathetic picture for Washington, D.C. snow lovers this winter.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:35 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Media, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Weather gifts for the holiday season

We frequently get asked what gadgets, books, and more we’d recommend for the weather enthusiast. In this post, each of the Capital Weather Gang members offers an idea or two.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:35 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Media

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Forecast: Cloudy but mild, light showers likely late; seasonably cool weekend ahead

The weather pattern is still pretty wimpy for winter but it does make it easier to get all those holiday errands done. Despite clouds and a few showers temperatures run well above normal today. More seasonable cold returns for the weekend and a little disturbance to our south is almost close enough to give us the chance of a snowflake Friday night but I would not stay up for it.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 12/14/2011

PM Update: Lots of clouds before a little bit of rain

If you don’t mind clouds, today was not such a bad one -- particularly if you also like a bit of mild air. Highs near 50 most spots are above average for the time of year, and that at least means we don’t have to bundle up too much to wander around outside. Clouds are still a big part of our lives through tomorrow, and a cold front ushers in a risk of showers by late in the day as well.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:15 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Capital Weather Gang interview with Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel

Watch the Washington Post’s Jason Samenow interview Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore, in Washington, D.C. to commemorate his 25 years covering weather.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:49 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Media, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/14/2011

White Christmas news and views

Capital Weather Gang’s winter weather expert yesterday became the grinch who announced White Christmas odds in D.C. are even lower than usual this year. Does he still think that today, do others agree, and is global warming changing the odds of a White Christmas?

By Jason Samenow  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Media, Climate Change, Local Climate

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Two stunning December sunsets and two more

Aside from the record-setting deluge a week ago (December 7), the weather has beenas placid as it gets for December this year. Interesting weather photo opportunities have thus been slim, except if you’re into sunsets. Two of our Facebook fans, Jack Toomey and Chris McNulty captured two jaw dropping examples!

By Jason Samenow  |  11:32 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Forecast: Mild-mannered with more clouds

At some point this winter, maybe Mother Nature will hit us with her best shot. For now, though, 4 out of 5 days with highs in the 40s (Dec. 8, 10, 11 and 12) is the most she’s been able to muster, and she doesn’t appear ready to fire away with anything worse anytime soon.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 12/13/2011

PM Update: Increasing clouds, but still dry, kind of mild

Our short three day stint of below average temperatures is complete and 50-degree temperatures have returned. While we lose the cold temperatures, we gain clouds, which move in tonight and stick around tomorrow and Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:30 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 12/13/2011

For large part of U.S., winter on hold

With a sustained polar-air delivery unlikely anytime soon, a relatively mild weather regime is expected to remain entrenched across much of the Lower 48 for the next one to two weeks at least.

By Greg Postel  |  02:52 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 12/13/2011

What about Santa, the elves, and snow? Assessing white Christmas odds in Washington, D.C.

Santa and his elves have commissioned the Capital Weather Gang to take an early look at the snow potential for the week leading up to Christmas in Washington, D.C.

By Wes Junker  |  12:48 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Holidays, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight, but moonlight - again - to interfere

The Geminid meteor shower, one of the year’s top night light shows, peaks tonight. But due to a nearly-full moon, the meteors will be somewhat more difficult to see. Nevertheless, NASA expects a decent showing between 10 p.m. local time and sunrise (on December 14)

By Jason Samenow  |  11:10 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Forecast: Sunny and slightly warmer today; staying dry for most of week

Sunny skies are the story today with slowly-warming temperatures. Clouds increase tomorrow, but temperatures should gradually trend warmer in advance of Thursday’s cold front. Mild conditions linger on Friday with colder weather returning on the partly cloudy weekend. Weekend temperatures should be in the 40s for highs and 20s-30s for lows with a slight chance of a Saturday morning shower.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 12/12/2011

PM Update: Another chilly night, followed by a milder day tomorrow

It wasn’t too bad a start to the work week today, perhaps a bit chilly still. Highs that ranged from the low-to-mid 40s most spots are already about to head back downward as the sun begins to set. It won’t be quite as cold as recent nights tonight, but pretty much everyone should expect another freeze -- even National, which is now “piling” them up!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:30 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 12/12/2011

U.S. sees most severe precipitation extremes on record in 2011 (so far); link to “superjets”?

Through November, 2011 has experienced the most extensive coverage of severe drought and abnormally wet conditions on record.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:57 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/12/2011

New climate study reveals “true global warming signal”; warming continues unabated

A new study clearly shows that contrary to a key argument put forward by climate change skeptics, global warming has continued unabated since 1998. The paper strips out the influence of natural climate factors from the most widely-used temperature datasets, revealing what the researchers call “the true global warming signal”, which they say is mostly due to human activities.

By Andrew Freedman  |  12:17 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change, Freedman

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Washington D.C.’s first official freeze of the 2011-2012 winter, third latest on record

Temperatures hit freezing over the weekend, and this morning’s low of 19 at Dulles Airport was the coldest there since February 12.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Forecast: Mild for mid-December, mostly dry week ahead

Sunday’s high in the low 40s was the coldest since late October and perhaps the coldest for some time to come. A warmer than average weather pattern hangs tough for much of the upcoming week. It’s mostly dry too with the exception of part of Thursday and perhaps the tail end of next weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/11/2011

Forecast: Cool and dry to trend warmer

That sun sure feels warm coming in through the window, but step outside and you’re in for a shock. Speaking of shocks, you might notice a few more surprises from light switches, doorknobs, etc., thanks to our very dry air mass helping to put a static charge into the air. That’s the deal we get for the next few days as high pressure holds and we get lots of sun and plenty of cool conditions. By mid-week, we get a little bit of warmth back, but rain chances come along with it by late on Wednesday.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 12:05 AM ET, 12/11/2011

Skinscast: Sunny and seasonably cool

Chilly and dry. Dress in layers, have gloves and a hat available, and you’ll be sure to be comfortable.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:05 AM ET, 12/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, SkinsCast

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/10/2011

Forecast: Winter makes a weekend visit to the area, then turning milder into the work week

On this day in 1978, D.C. recorded its third latest official -- parts of the city get one before National Airport -- freeze of the cold season on record. And finally, thanks to the chilliest air mass of the season so far, we appear primed to head there tonight. But first, we’ve got a good deal of sun and also a moderate breeze to deal with today. Temperatures are downright chilly as well, even when considering our average high is now in the 40s.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 12/09/2011

PM Update: Season’s coldest air arrives for weekend, but sunny

Friday closed off the work week in style with mostly sunny skies and highs near 50. A moisture depleted cold front moves through tonight, setting up a cold, but not frigid, early December weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday feature high temps about 5-10 degrees below average, no better than 45 degrees. Abundant sunshine will take an edge off the chill.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:45 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Nike Weatherman shoes by Kevin Durant: a hot, electrifying forecast for your feet

If you thought the Air Jordans were the rage when they were released in 1985, wait until you get wind of the Nike Weatherman KD IVs.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:15 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Media, Humor

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Stink bug season 2011-12: If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em?

Last December, I wrote a post about stink bug weather and tips for keeping the bugs out of homes and businesses. A year later, the battle against the stinky pest continues.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Nature

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Western U.S. states to see unusual total lunar eclipse early Saturday morning

While the East Coast misses out, residents in central and western states will catch a unique total lunar eclipse Saturday morning.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Space

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Forecast: Milder today then a cold, dry weekend

We’ve got one milder day to savor before we turn cold tomorrow - but at least we’re dry with a good deal of sun through the weekend. Decent consolation for highs in the 40s tomorrow through at least Monday, right? If you can make it until Tuesday, we’ll have a shot at the 50-degree mark again!

By Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 12/08/2011

PM Update: Dry and seasonably chilly

For the first time since November 19 (18 days ago), temperatures averaged below normal today, only reaching the mid-40s after morning lows in the mid-30s. Tonight and tomorrow, the cold air moderates slightly, bringing us back to near normal levels. But chillier than average air is back for the weekend. It’s dry for the entire stretch.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:45 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Violent storm strikes Scotland

Winds of hurricane forced lashed northern Britain today, prompting school closures and triggering tens of thousands of power outages.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:46 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 12/08/2011

NOAA satellite system funded, but at what cost? Other important programs may suffer

After an extraordinary outreach campaign, NOAA was ultimately successful in obtaining the majority of increased funding requested in its 2012 budget to keep the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program on track. But the Congressional authorization for increased funding of JPSS has some unpublicized consequences.

By Steve Tracton  |  12:55 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

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 05:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Forecast: Sunshine returns but warmth does not

With last night’s snow mostly a no go, the only thing left to show for our flirtation with winter is a chilly day. Our recent spate of warm spells is not likely to come back soon as we are going to have to settle for more typical winter fare. The good news for weekend shoppers is that the weather is not one of the many challenges facing them. Sunshine is in firm control.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 10:35 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Wettest day in D.C. November-to-March history; Snow mostly a no show

This storm has brought a bit of everything to the region, including heavy rain to the tune of around 2.90” and counting at Reagan National Airport, making this the wettest day on record that D.C. has seen in any month from November to March. Will cold air streaming in from the north and west come fast enough to change the rain to snow before the precipitation moves out around midnight to 2 a.m. from west to east?

By Dan Stillman  |  10:35 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 08:40 PM ET, 12/07/2011

PM Update: Periods of heavy flooding rain to change to wet snow before ending overnight

Waves of rain keep on coming and that will continue through the evening as a low pressure system organizes to our south while rapidly heading to the northeast. Temperatures that were near 60 this morning have fallen back into the 40s well north and west of the city to the low-and-mid 50s elsewhere. More cold air is coming, but it will continue to be a race between it and the quickly departing moisture feed later tonight.

By Ian Livingston  |  08:40 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Flood warning issued due to relentless rain; some snow likely late tonight as cold air filters in

A flood warning for urban areas and small streams has been issued through 8 p.m. for the greater Washington D.C. area

By Jason Samenow  |  02:18 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Floods

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 12/07/2011

NOAA: 2011 sets record for billion dollar weather disasters in the U.S.

2011 has established a new benchmark for extreme weather in the U.S. NOAA reports that the U.S. has experienced the most billion dollar weather disasters on record this year.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:01 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Government

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Accumulation map, timeline, FAQs for minor snow event, significant rainfall

Let’s get real folks: this storm is more about the rain than it is about the snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:39 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Forecast: 1-3” of rain through evening; may end as low-impact wet snow tonight

Remember our minor snow event back on Oct. 29? We’ve got a similar situation tonight with colder air moving in as precipitation prepares to exit. There’s potentially enough of an overlap to produce a light snow accumulation late tonight, mainly on grass and especially the further north and west you go from the District. The NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the northern suburbs and is calling for 1-2” there. Before then, this rather juicy storm system produces as much as 1-3” of rain through evening. A Flood Watch is in effect this afternoon through late tonight.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 12/06/2011

PM Update: Rainy, gradually turning colder; wet snow holds off until late Wed. night

It was a dark, damp, gloomy day, but at least mild temperatures around 60 prevented it from being downright raw. That’s not the case tomorrow, as temperatures fall while rain increases in intensity. Flooding is even possible. Then snow enters the equation as Wednesday night wears on.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:40 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Heavy rain to likely end as snow Wednesday night; sloppy accumulations far N & W suburbs possible

The snow threat remains for Wednesday night but, for most of the region, the event will probably be a minor one.

By Wes Junker  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Wednesday night snow potential: other view points

Meteorologists and media outlets have been posting their thoughts on Wednesday night’s snow potential, so I thought I’d pull them together and offer some commentary.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:04 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Media, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Weather pattern overview: Colder air coming East but only briefly

From Raleigh to Boston, a taste of winter-like temperatures arrives by the weekend, but a warm-up is likely next week.

By Greg Postel  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Forecast: Warm and wet could turn white Wednesday night

All good things must come to and end, and our recent stretch of dry and relatively warm weather is no exception. Starting today, the forecast turns significantly wetter through the midweek. While we’ll still enjoy the warmth today, that’s on its way out Wednesday. As the temperatures drop, the showers do not, leaving us with our next chance of snow Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 12/05/2011

The Arctic Oscillation, going to extremes

Wondering why it’s been so warm the last couple of weeks? Check out the phase of the Arctic Oscillation.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:41 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 12/05/2011

PM Update: Gray and gloomy settles in, rain showers to follow

Hope you savored any sun you saw this morning, as our opportunities to see more will be few and far between into the mid-week. The good news – if you like that sort of thing – is that temperatures are mild and precipitation is not yet a factor. We’ve got another “warm” one tomorrow, but rain also enters the picture. Then we trend downhill on temps, potentially introducing some snow concerns by early Thursday.

By Ian Livingston  |  03:45 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Snow is possible early Thursday morning

There is potential for snow in the Washington area early Thursday morning but the forecast is cloaked in uncertainty.

By Wes Junker  |  02:12 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/05/2011

AccuWeather, WeatherBug, ABC7 update winter outlooks

Capital Weather Gang released its winter outlook in early November, and Thursday winter weather expert Wes Junker updated our outlook for December. In short, for the winter we’re predicting near to slightly below normal snowfall and near normal temperatures. Over the last few days, several other outlets have tweaked their outlooks, which more or less continue to be consistent with our outlook predictions.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Media

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Unusual winter weather may be connected to rapid Arctic climate change, report warns

Rapid Arctic climate change, with its associated loss of sea ice and ecological impacts, may already be influencing weather and climate patterns in the Northern Hemisphere.

By Andrew Freedman  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Climate Change, Freedman, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Forecast: Mild and damp early week, then colder

In many years of late, December 5 has meant snow and/or cold. Departing from recent history, this Dec 5 is mild and precipitation free. Rain showers enter the picture later tonight and especially Tuesday and Wednesday. By Thursday, cold air bleeds in and, depending on track of a storm system moving through, an outside chance we deal with precipitation types besides rain. Drying out and cold Friday through the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/04/2011

Forecast: Winter chill still a no-show for now

With high pressure still in control, and light winds bringing up milder temperatures from the south, our weekend closes out quite nicely. To pay for the pleasure, we’ll have to tolerate increasing clouds as we get into the new work week. Temperatures, though, stay mild until a cold front brings colder air for the mid-to-late week.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 11:40 PM ET, 12/03/2011

SkinsCast: Mild and dry, good football weather

These are pretty excellent conditions for early December: partly cloudy skies and mid-to-upper 50s. No chance of rain.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:40 PM ET, 12/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SkinsCast, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/03/2011

Forecast: Mainly mild weather persists

We’re just days away from falling to average high temperatures in the 40s, and about two weeks from an average low of freezing or below (in D.C. as measured at National Airport), but we continue to face pretty benign conditions for now at least. Today should be the only one of the next few where we’re close to average -- then the story, as it has been, goes back to “warmer than.” Hard to complain too much I guess, even as a snow lover, as we don’t usually pile it on this early anyway.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 12/02/2011

PM Update: A fine early December weekend awaits; seasonably cold tonight

We climbed back into above normal territory today with highs reaching the mid-50s. Behind a weak cold front, we slip back down to near normal temps Saturday, before stepping back up to slightly milder conditions to close out the weekend. No rain to worry about but some increase in clouds on Sunday.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:09 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Can the snowy December 5 date deliver in 2011?

From 2002-2009, December 5 was dealt the hot hand for snow lovers. Will it snow on that date this year?

By Jason Samenow  |  01:53 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Wind storm diminishing in West, but strong gusts linger in Southern California

The winds from storm that caused widespread damage from southern California to western Colorado have gradually diminished. However, gusty Santa Ana winds are expected to ramp back up today in some of Los Angeles’ surrounding mountains.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:46 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Arctic air poised to strike U.S. next week, but core may miss mid-Atlantic and Southeast

Blasts of frigid air are expected to strike the U.S. next week but may spare the Southeast and mid-Atlantic from the core chill.

By Greg Postel  |  10:57 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Forecast: Above normal temperatures today and much of the near future

After we get through just a bit of breeze-chilled air later today and tonight, we have a mostly splendid, sunny, and somewhat mild weekend ahead of us. It isn’t even until Monday that we see substantial cloud cover to amplify any Seasonal Affective Disorder that’s probably setting in for some folks. By Tuesday, we have a chance of rain again -- and we probably could use it after a dry November. But in the meantime, get out as often as you can this weekend, and don’t sleep in too much either, since the sun sets early these days!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 12/01/2011

PM Update: Clear as clear can be; cold night, mild Friday afternoon

Talking about starting the month with a clean slate, the region enjoyed 100% sunshine today. That helped temperatures climb into the low 50s, just about average for the date. Skies remain cloud-free tonight into Friday when temperatures edge back into warmer than average territory.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:09 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Nice, but dry November departs; 9th warmest on record

November 2011 will be remembered as a dry and warm month. In fact, the 9th warmest on record.

By Matt Rogers  |  02:20 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Massive wind storm batters West

A wind storm producing gusts exceeding hurricane force has spread across six western states. High wind warnings and wind advisories are currently posted in parts of California, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:40 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 12/01/2011

December outlook: below average snow likely

The start of December is upon us and it’s time to start sniffing for snow.

By Wes Junker  |  10:54 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Forecast: A sunny welcome to the first day of meteorological winter

Meteorological winter (December through February) starts out abnormally normal today! Seasonable highs, forecast for today, are quickly slipping to the 50 degree mark. We should best that most of the weekend. These sunny weekends are getting to be a good habit, so plan your outdoor ventures now. For you snow lovers, I fear there will be a bit of a wait.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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