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Capital Weather Gang: September, 2012

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/30/2012

D.C. area forecast: Shower or two may spoil a fine fall day

Kind of an in-between sort of day today, with considerable clouds and the chance for a few light showers. We’ll see more in the way of sun tomorrow, but then probably cloud up as low pressure moves closer. It’s the same system that brought flooding rains to Texas yesterday, but should only produce occasional showers here as we get into Tuesday.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/29/2012

D.C. area forecast: Mostly nice this weekend, but potentially wetter into the week

It’s getting harder and harder to argue the cool season isn’t here, or at least right around the corner. Today should feature temperatures a bit below the average high of 74 at National and Dulles, but that keeps readings right near the center of comfortable. Overall, the weekend is mostly a winner, and considerably better than what might be coming in the early work week, as rain gathers off to the south and eyes the area.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 09/28/2012

Antarctic sea ice reaches greatest extent so late in season, 2nd largest extent on record

Almost two weeks ago, Arctic sea ice extent shrank to a stunning record low. Yet, at the other end of the planet, Anarctic sea ice is nearing or breaking records for largest extent.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:18 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 09/28/2012

PM Update: A few showers tonight; decent weekend shaping up

The last in a series of three summery days is in the books, as we passed the 80-degree mark yet again. But 70s are in our future for quite a while behind a cool front sliding through the area this evening. Showers are possible, but mainly from D.C. south. The balance of the weekend is dry, although a few showers may return late Sunday.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 09/28/2012

Typhoon Jelawat closing in on Okinawa, Japan; Nadine becomes hurricane (again)

Typhoon Jelawat remains a formidable storm as it passes dangerously close to Taiwan on path towards Okinawa and then mainland Japan.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:22 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 09/28/2012

Anvil crawler lightning over the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Thunderstorms over the western suburbs of Washington were very slow to move eastward last night. For over an hour, they put on a light show across the western sky. Much of the lightning came in the form of anvil crawlers which branch (or crawl) across the sky near the thunderstorm’s anvil top like tentacles.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:56 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012

D.C. area forecast: Summery air dwindles, then exits; perfect autumnal days might be few

Summertime remains somewhat in control still, but it’s arguably more tolerable than recent. As we remain in close proximity to a cold front, showers and thundershowers are possible through much of today — highest odds perhaps to our south. Saturday is a gem, most likely! But, Sunday and into the workweek the “niceness” may be punctuated by chances of cloudiness with showers. Your umbrella could only get one full day off? Stay tuned!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 10:05 PM ET, 09/27/2012

PM Update: Showers and storms weakening; more possible on Friday

For the second straight day, we’ve had a touch of summer, with highs reaching the low 80s and a little humidity. It’s remained dry, but a wave of low pressure moving in from the west promises scattered to widespread showers and storms into the overnight. The wave exits Friday, but we can’t totally rid ourselves of shower chances.

By Jason Samenow and Dan Stillman  |  10:05 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Weather community seeks commission for communicating with Congress

A panel of experts asked Congress today to create the first-ever U.S. Weather Commission to confront the costs of weather on the U.S. economy and its toll on human lives.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:36 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government, Latest

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Gusty storms possible tonight in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas

A summertime air mass has returned to the region and cold front lurks not far to the north. As the front slowly sinks south this evening and a little wave of low pressure rides along it, a cluster of thunderstorms may develop. The best chance of storms lies in D.C. northern suburbs up to around the Mason Dixon line.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:10 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Lightning blasts vehicle in Russia (VIDEO)

Cars are generally a very safe to be when there’s lightning. But they can still get struck. The video shown here, captured in Russia, provides a dramatic example.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:43 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Slate: No looming global bacon shortage

Just like the smell of bacon, news that the weather would spur “a global bacon shortage” was irresistible. And much like the nutritional value of this fried pork product, the news value was...empty.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:54 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Textbook storm explodes near Alaska

In the Gulf of Alaska, a stunning storm has blown up like a bomb.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:09 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/27/2012

D.C. area forecast: Showers possible next 4 days but plenty of dry intervals

My money is on the good rains to come later today followed by lighter and more scattered activity tomorrow. Saturday could still be salvaged as the bulk of the showers may slip to our south. I sure hope so for those outdoor weddings and so we can see the Harvest Moon that night.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 09/26/2012

PM Update: Warm and humid with spotty shower chances into Thursday

By this past summer’s standards, this afternoon’s temperatures and humidity levels were a walk in the park. But when you compare these conditions to the dry, crisp air in recent days, it definitely felt muggy. It stays this way into tomorrow, and we throw in the chance of some showers as a cold front edges closer.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:45 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 09/26/2012

Farmers’ Almanacs predict cold winter for East, warm weather in the West

Both the Farmers’ Almanac (FA) and Old Farmer’s Almanac (OFA) have released their winter outlooks. The common theme: cold east of the Rockies and warm in the West

By Jason Samenow  |  02:50 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 09/26/2012

Super typhoon Jelawat to threaten Okinawa then Japan

Following super typhoon Sanba that ripped across Okinawa and then into South Korea, super typhoon Jelawat is also eyeing Okinawa before a possible encounter with Japan.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:11 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012

D.C. area forecast: New weather pattern puts an end to perfection

We’ve been treated this September to a number of near-perfect days more like October - cool mornings and comfortable afternoons with brilliant sunshine and virtually no chance of rain. But starting today we regress, with more typical September weather featuring a stalled front and daily shower chances.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 09/25/2012

PM Update: Sunny stretch draws to close; warm with shower chances into Wednesday

Our stretch of uninteresting, but unbeatable weather ends today after sunshine and delightful mid-70s this afternoon. High clouds are now streaming in and will gradually lower and thicken into tomorrow. But tomorrow isn’t all bad, with a push of warm air into the region and just scattered rain chances.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:40 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Weather a factor in looming global bacon shortage

Global weather conditions are taking their toll on the artery-clogging guilty pleasure known as bacon.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:25 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Never-die Nadine lingers near the Azores, to live another several days as tropical storm

For more than a week, tropical storm Nadine has been located within 600 miles of the Azores islands, and is in no hurry to leave the area.

By Brian McNoldy  |  02:15 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 09/25/2012

2012 vs . 2011 tornadoes: A study in contrasts

What a difference a year makes. The 2012 tornado count through Friday (757) is less than half 2011’s staggering total (1692).

By Jason Samenow  |  12:54 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/25/2012

Weather-Ready Nation open house at the National Weather Service in Sterling

The weather was spectacular for the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather-Ready Nation open house event that occurred at the NWS Sterling office this past weekend.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Government, Capital Weather Gang

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 09/25/2012

Fantastic photography on fall’s first days in Washington, D.C.

The first few days of fall have featured beautiful blue skies with the occasional high clouds to add color and texture for sunrises and sunsets.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:25 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012

D.C. area forecast: Comfortable today, showers and 80s sneak attack tomorrow

Our post-summer season is continuing to work out fairly nicely with high temperatures frequently in the comfortable 70s. Today is no exception, although clouds increase later today. We’ll hit a brief roadbump tomorrow as temperatures pop into the low-to-mid 80s. Some showers are possible tomorrow and that risk continues into Saturday as a cool front gets tangled up in our area. Sunday may finally break free with more sun.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/24/2012

PM Update: Keeping the nice weather streak going

Temperatures continue to run below average, but given what that means here at the surface with highs in the upper 60s to near 70, it’s a rather pleasant “chill.” After another night of cool readings tonight, we’ll see warmer conditions tomorrow, but it’ll still be squarely in the “nice day” range.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 09/24/2012

Record-breaking water temperatures off mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts

We already knew January-June land temperatures in the Northeast were warmest on record, now NOAA tells us temperatures in nearby coastal waters were also record-setting.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:13 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Climate Change

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 09/24/2012

Key GOES-13 weather satellite goes dark

The NOAA weather satellite that tracks weather systems over eastern North America and the Atlantic ocean no longer has eyes on our skies.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:06 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Technology, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 09/24/2012

A sobering take on Arctic sea ice (VIDEO)

The Arctic sea ice extent - as it reached its minimum September 18 - shattered the 2007 record low minimum, covering just half the area it did on average from 1979-2000. The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media produced an excellent video on the implications, worth a view...

By Jason Samenow  |  12:14 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 09/24/2012

The equinox sunrise and its reflection in Washington, D.C.

CAPITAL WEATHER GANG | A time-lapse video shows the sunrise reflected on the Vietnam Memorial.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:59 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012

D.C. area forecast: Good-looking days to open up fall’s first week, but may turn damp midweek

The overwhelming majority of days this month have been sun-filled and fantastic. So let’s keep it going. We’ll do that through Tuesday but Wednesday into Thursday I must introduce the chance of some showers. The Friday through Sunday period is a tough forecast. It may end up fine but I worry the pattern might favor chilly, damp conditions - at least part of the time.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/24/2012

Nationals vs. Brewers weather forecasts: Sunshine and near 70

It doesn’t really get better for a fall matinee. Sun, fun, and 70 degrees.

By Matt Rogers  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/23/2012

D.C. area forecast: A fine stretch of fall days

After several days of autumn bliss, another cold front may bring rain on Wednesday.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/23/2012

Redskins vs. Bengals weather forecast: Fine conditions for fall football

The weather will do its part to make for a great game. However, breezes may be noticeable, gusting to near 20 mph at times.

By David Streit  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SkinsCast, Latest

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/23/2012

Nationals vs. Brewers weather forecast: Perfectly pleasant for fall ball

Is there anything better than September baseball? (Other than October baseball?) Regardless, its a beautiful day to get to the ballpark.

By Brian Jackson  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 09/23/2012

UnitedCast: A chill in the air at RFK

It’s a chilly evening, but spending it chanting and cheering should do plenty to keep you warm.

By Brian Jackson  |  04:50 AM ET, 09/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, UnitedCast

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/22/2012

D.C. area forecast: Autumn starts mild, but p.m. showers and thundershowers herald cooler air

We welcome fall today on a somewhat summery note. However, autumnal conditions won’t be too far behind the official start, as we ride a bit of a temperature roller coaster this weekend. The fairly sharp change in temperatures is ushered in by a cold front pushing through. Out ahead of that, we could see some gusty showers and thundershowers blow through later today. Then it’s pure glory once again.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/22/2012

Nationals vs. Brewers weather forecast: Warm for a fall game, rain chances up late

Most or all of the game should end up dry, but as we get past 4 p.m. or so, chances that showers or t’showers move in grow to about a coin flip. Otherwise, just a touch of humidity out ahead of the front, but not too bad.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NatCast

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 09/21/2012

PM Update: Summery Saturday, fall-like Sunday, showers in the middle

The work week ended beautifully with lots of sun and temps cresting near 80 degrees. The weekend presents two very different types of days. On the first “official” day of fall Saturday, it’s summer-like, with highs 84-88. On Sunday, fall fully expresses itself with cooler, breezy conditions. The transition occurs late Saturday, when a cold front produces possible showers and thunderstorms.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:45 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 09/21/2012

25-year anniversary of Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Montreal Protocol was signed to phase out substances that deplete the ozone layer.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:04 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 09/21/2012

National Weather Service open house this weekend; visit Capital Weather Gang booth

If you’re a weather enthusiast in the Washington, D.C. area, you’ll want to make time to attend our local National Weather Service office’s open house in Sterling, Va. this weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:30 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang, Government

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Autumnal equinox brings first day of fall Saturday morning

Say hello to fall: the 2012 autumnal equinox occurs this Saturday, September 22 at 10:49 a.m. (EDT).

By Justin Grieser  |  12:59 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Science, Astronomy

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Shrinking Arctic ice and the wicked backlash on our weather

Heat waves. Drought. Flooding. Cold spells. Wildfires. The climate system is changing before our very eyes, and there is no more glaring proof than the record-shattering loss of Arctic sea ice this summer

By Jennifer Francis  |  11:06 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/21/2012

D.C. area forecast: A superb summer swan song

Even though it’s all about over, a taste of summer returns for today and tomorrow, so grab hold while you can! Enjoy time on the water, for instance, before we see a breezier and cooler, autumnal regime return for Sunday into Tuesday. Besides a few possible gusty showers or storms late Saturday, we’ve mainly got fair weather on tap through the period despite some shifts in temperature.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Nationals vs. Brewers weather forecast: Just about perfect

Enjoy little in the way of weather worries. “Cool” after sunset might not feel as cool as recent evenings thanks to increased humidity.

By A. Camden Walker  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NatCast

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 09/20/2012

PM Update: A touch of warmth for summer’s final day Friday

Today was simply magnificent with brilliant blue skies and about perfect afternoon temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s. A modest chill returns tonight before temperature rebound, cresting above 80 on astronomical summer’s last day.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:40 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 09/20/2012

What the heck is a fire tornado?

A frightening video of a so-called fire tornado setting ablaze the Australian outback is spreading like ... So how did we explain this phenomenon?

By Jason Samenow  |  02:24 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Science

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Grading our summer outlook: we captured the scorching hot big picture

Taking together our monthly predictions, our overall temperature prediction and some of our more fun predictions, we get a solid B grade for our summer outlook.

By Matt Ross  |  01:11 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang, Local Climate

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 09/20/2012

Hurricane season outlook for the second half, and the latest on Nadine

We’ve already had 14 tropical storms, 8 hurricanes, and 1 major hurricane this season, but most signs point to a generally quieter period coming up compared to what we’ve seen so far.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:26 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 09/20/2012

Spectacular September sunrise in Washington, D.C.

PHOTOS | On the equinox, the sunrise aligns with the monuments and landmarks on the Mall.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:14 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/20/2012

D.C. area forecast: Enjoy the season’s finest today, weekend starts warm then cools big time

Fall officially arrives on Saturday afternoon but it takes until Sunday to truly feel the part. In the meantime, I would heap accolades on a day like today, but you know it is actually normal for this date. But we all know normal is not the norm around here! The only showers to dodge are likely overnighters Saturday. Then back to ideal fall weather with a real chill in the air by Monday morning.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 09/20/2012

Nationals vs. Dodgers weather forecast: Perfect evening for a Nats win

A light jacket might be nice for late in the game, but they don’t get much better than this. Enjoy and cheer like you mean it!

By David Streit  |  04:50 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 09/19/2012

PM Update: A taste of October, but warming up starting Thursday

Even though we’ve had our fair share of cooler than normal days in the last few weeks, today felt a bit chilled after yesterday’s tropical humidity. All in all, a beautiful one around here, but those temperatures only topping out in the upper 60s and low 70s are more typical of the second week of October. An autumnal night is ahead, with slightly warmer temps showing up tomorrow.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:25 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Arctic sea ice extent reaches record-shattering minimum

On Sunday, by an area about the size of Texas, Arctic sea ice extent shrunk below the previous record low established September 18, 2007.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:40 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change

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 05:00 AM ET, 09/19/2012

D.C. area forecast: Feelin’ like fall today, then warmer before weekend cold front

As we often see this time of year, there is a silver lining to stormy days like yesterday - the gorgeous stretches of fall weather that follow. Today through Friday is a perfect example with sunshine and pleasant daytime highs in the 70s to near 80. A cold front brings rain chances back at some point during the weekend.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/19/2012

Nationals vs. Dodgers weather forecast: Delightful for doubleheader

Superb weather for this doubleheader from start to finish. It will be cooler than we’re used to so wear pants and consider a sweater or light jacket.

By Dan Stillman  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 09/18/2012

PM Update: Clearing skies tonight then a tranquil fall-like Wednesday

The region endured a blast of strong to severe storms, but fortunately, no widespread damage or power outages. Some showers may linger through mid-evening, then we gradually clear out. Wednesday should be spectacular, though a bit cooler than we’re used to.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:36 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 09/18/2012

Damaging winds, possible tornadoes threaten D.C. area

Severe weather is expected today as a strong early autumn cold front sweeps through the area. Damaging winds, torrential and tornadoes are possible in thunderstorms that develop along and ahead of the front.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:47 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/18/2012

D.C. area forecast: Windy and stormy today, much nicer tomorrow

Mother Nature is turning on the spigots to keep September rains on track, and she is working very efficiently this time. Unfortunately, the rains may accompany severe storms this afternoon or early evening (stay tuned for updates). Although his muggy air mass is not welcome, we clear it out by late tonight to make for a much better day tomorrow. The balance of the week into the weekend is mostly dry and cool, but we may have some more showers Sunday.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/18/2012

Nationals vs. Dodgers weather forecast: Showers, storms likely

Very active pattern this evening with frequent rains could challenge the completion of this game.

By Matt Rogers  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/17/2012

PM Update: Rain chances on the way up; quite stormy tomorrow

We’re almost getting used to these highs in the 70s, which is a good thing as averages have now fallen to there. Thanks to plenty of clouds today, afternoon temperatures are running a few degrees below normal, but I doubt there are too many complaints! Clouds should continue to thicken heading into the evening, and showers are also approaching from the south and west.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Severe storms with damaging winds, torrential rain possible Tuesday

For the second time in the past 10 days, a powerful early fall cold front will blast through the region.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:00 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Red sprites, blue jets, and elves: What are these mysterious, elusive phenomena?

Today, although still quite enigmatic and elusive, red sprites, and their cousins, blue jets, and elves, are revealing some of their secrets.

By Don Lipman  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Lipman, Science, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/17/2012

A beautiful Washington, D.C. sunrise: Sunday, September 16

I drove to Rosslyn early Sunday morning and within minutes the sky just popped with color. Instantly, I remembered why I shoot sunrises.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/17/2012

D.C. area forecast: Clouds build today; stormy Tuesday, more fall splendor beyond

We’ve just concluded an incredible 8-day streak with no rain, little humidity and extaordinarily comfortable temperatures. We keep the comfy temps and even the rain holds off most of today, but it turns stormy tonight and especially Tuesday. Then we start another stretch of great weather Wednesday, but a notch cooler than what came before.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/16/2012

D.C. area forecast: A splendid Sunday, then increasing clouds and rain chances

Clouds and rain are on the way, but we’ve got more than enough time to squeeze out another gem to close out the weekend. Even a good part of Monday may not be bad despite more clouds. A cold front (with low pressure developing along it) brings rain chances starting tomorrow afternoon, though the best odds for steadier, heavier rain should wait until Tuesday.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/15/2012

D.C. area forecast: A blissful weekend, but turning stormier after

Today and tomorrow are the last days with average highs 80 or above until May 31st for D.C. It’s prime “awesome day season” for sure. We’ll live up to that idea today, and most likely tomorrow. Afterwards, a strong cold front approaches as a storm system develops along it. That combo promises rain for the region. Happily, murkiness wants to focus on the workweek rather than the weekend. And for that, we can be doubly thankful while out enjoying the next two days.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:59 AM ET, 09/15/2012

United vs. Revolution weather forecast: Perfection?

The weather’s so good, all we gotta do is focus on getting a win.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:59 AM ET, 09/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  UnitedCast

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 09/14/2012

PM Update: Clouds through tonight; then a sunny, sparkling weekend

You know you’re living large when the “worst” day of the week is one like today. Clouds and a touch of humidity stick around through tonight before we clear out late setting up an exceptionally nice mid-September weekend. Look for lots of sun, low humidity, and comfortable temps.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:03 PM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 09/14/2012

Violent super typhoon Sanba threatens Okinawa, South Korea

Super typhoon Sanba, with peak winds of 155 mph, continues on its collision course with Okinawa and, eventually, South Korea. It’s positioned about 440 miles south of Kadena Air Force Base on Okinawa and moving north at about 13 mph. Strong winds could affect Okinawa as soon as Saturday evening local time.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:44 PM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 09/14/2012

The unmistakable increase in Northern Hemisphere summer temperatures

If you ever questioned summers are trending hotter, a NASA visualization offers compelling evidence to abandon such doubts.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:10 PM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 09/14/2012

September gardening: the solution is di-vine

The solution to the dead spots in my garden came to me as I looked out my window at the flocks of hummingbirds: annual blooming vines.

By David Streit  |  10:28 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Gardening

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2012

Forecast: Warmth today, showers possible tonight, then more autumnal awesomeness

You must get outside this weekend. Hike, bike, run, camp... anything. Just allow tonight’s cold front to warm us up today, usher in some clouds, and a few potential showers tonight. Then we’ve got an entire weekend of lovely outdoor (activity-enabling) conditions. However, is our streak of amazing weather getting too dry for too long? That was your garden asking.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 09/13/2012

PM Update: A wonderful end to the wondrous work week

The weather can’t find a way to do anything wrong this week. Tomorrow brings a slight increase in warmth and humidity levels, but it’s still very pleasant. A weak cold front approaching the area poses no problem, with just some high clouds during the daylight hours.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:08 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Close asteroid encounter tonight exposes potential hazard

A newly discovered asteroid - called 2012 QG42 - approaching the Earth will reach its minimum distance from our planet tonight (Sept. 13-14). However, be assured there is no reason to panic, at least this time.

By Steve Tracton  |  02:04 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Space, Latest, Tracton

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Monster super typhoon Sanba aims at Okinawa and South Korea

A large, dangerous typhoon has rapidly gained strength in the western Pacific.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:15 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather, International Weather

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Death Valley holder of world’s hottest temperature; previous Libyan record invalidated

For exactly 90 years, it was thought El Azizia, Libya had recorded the world’s hottest temperature, a blistering 136 degrees on September 13, 1922. Not so. A team of atmospheric scientists has concluded the reading is bogus after a comprehensive review

By Jason Samenow  |  10:04 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Forecast: Just another day in paradise, weekend looks heavenly too

Why in the world are you reading this? Get out and enjoy this bliss while it lasts! The great thing is it may indeed last right through the weekend. If we time it right the only showers to mar our week of wonder may slip by nearly unnoticed Friday night. The weekend beckons us to the hiking and biking trails, football stadiums or just a walk in the park. Enjoy!

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 09/12/2012

PM Update: Another cool night and a splendid Thursday

Our awesome stretch of weather continued today with highs just a touch warmer than they’ve been the last few, but still well within spectacular range. Highs right around 80, supported by still low humidity levels and lots of sun, made it one to savor. And, there’s more of that tomorrow as well!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:50 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Cool snap coming into central and eastern U.S. next week?

Computer models looking out about a week from now are advertising the arrival of unseasonably chilly air in the Midwest, a piece of which could make it to the East Coast by late next week.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:01 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Dry ice snow flakes appear to fly on planet Mars

New NASA research provides convincing evidence that there are snowflakes in the clouds on Mars and that they find their way to the ground.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:54 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 09/12/2012

NASA drone spies on tropical storm Nadine

Nadine is on a projected path that threatens no land area, but a NASA field campaign is taking full advantage of Nadine to get deeper insight into how hurricanes develop and intensify.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:38 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/12/2012

D.C. area forecast: Day 4 of fabulous with more on the way

For those keeping score, today is day 4 in a row of sweet weather bliss. We’re a lock for a 5th day of this stuff tomorrow, and Friday doesn’t look too shabby either. The weekend brings a different pattern, and a good deal of uncertainty as far as the forecast goes.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 09/11/2012

PM Update: Stupendous weather stays put

Behold the beautifully boring weather. High pressure has the East Coast deep in its grip, sustaining the sunny, dry conditions for a few more days. The lone complaints may arise from this evening’s chill. A few spots outside the beltway to the north and west may dip into the 40s.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:59 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Storming the Manassas Battlefield Park, Saturday, September 8

On Saturday, September 8, I made a trip to the battlefield and video recorded a line of storms moving into the area.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  04:40 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Photography

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Tropical depression 14 forms, Leslie batters Newfoundland, Michael fades

Today starts the second half of the Atlantic hurricane season following yesterday’s calendar peak. It’s been an extremely busy season thus far, almost 50 percent more active than normal.

By Brian McNoldy  |  02:46 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 09/11/2012

9/11 weather: 2012 conditions closely resemble 2001

On the 11-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, today’s weather conditions bear remarkable similarity to those on that tragic day.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:20 AM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, History

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012

D.C. area forecast: A work week’s worth of nice days!

The Nice Day campaign is in full swing. High pressure and its trusty surrogates (sunshine, light breezes, comfortable temperatures, and low humidity) are scoring record-high approval ratings based on the latest polling. There is a strong chance that each day this week could earn a Nice Day badge, creating quite a post-summer rally. The issues become more cloudy by the weekend as rain chances sneak back into the debate. However, the change would likely find support from the rainfall deficit reduction advocates, so everybody wins with this weather.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 09/10/2012

PM Update: A cool night followed by a terrific Tuesday

This is the type of day you want to bottle up and save for use in the middle of summer or middle of winter. Highs mainly in the mid-70s are a bit cooler than normal, and if you spent some time outside in the shade, you might have felt a quick chill when the breeze kicked up. We’ve got a fall-like night ahead, with another day of highs mostly in the 70s on Tuesday.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:45 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Third hottest summer on record in Lower 48

The heat in August couldn’t match July’s record-smashing intensity across the continental U.S.. But the summer as a whole - spanning the entire June-August period - ranked 3rd hottest on record, NOAA reports today.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:24 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Climate Change

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 09/10/2012

“Confirmed” tornado in Fairfax county was flawed second hand report

Despite reports of a ‘confirmed’ tornado, officials say there’s no indication a twister struck the area.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:02 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 09/10/2012

The stunning sunset after Saturday’s storm in Washington, D.C.

Ian Livingston showed us dramatic skies in his multimedia recount of Saturday’s severe thunderstorms. But the heavens appeared even more spectacular after the storms passed, as the sun set, the showers waned, and the clouds scattered.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:44 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 09/10/2012

Ominous storm clouds invade a Saturday afternoon on the National Mall

Severe thunderstorms impacted the D.C. area on Saturday, causing numerous wind damage reports. The storms were as photogenic as they were intense.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:42 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/10/2012

D.C. area forecast: Beautiful work week ahead but a questionable weekend

September can offer some of the finest weather of the year in Washington, D.C. and this week it will deliver just that. We’ll have days of sparkling, warm sunshine without the humidity and crisp, comfortable nights. But late in the work week, it turns a bit more humid and a front *might* get hung up over the region for the weekend, bringing rain chances.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/09/2012

D.C. area forecast: Cooler and drier for a splendid Sunday and beyond

This is what we’ve been waiting for all summer! A little taste of fall is in the forecast with much cooler and drier air moving into our area in the wake of yesterday’s stormy cold front. High pressure settles in as we head into the work week, keeping conditions mild and dry for the foreseeable future.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/09/2012

Nationals vs. Marlins weather forecast: Sunny day on the diamond

After yesterday’s 2.5 hour rain delay, it doesn’t get much better than this at the ballpark. Near perfect conditions to enjoy a drink and a half-smoke at Nats Park today.

By Brian Jackson  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 09/08/2012

Severe storms, confirmed tornado roll through D.C. area.; more tranquil weather moving in

Severe storms that rolled through the D.C. area downed trees and power lines, spawned a confirmed tornado, and left thousands without power. The severe threat is now diminishing with gorgeous warm fall weather on the way.

By Dan Stillman  |  12:33 PM ET, 09/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/08/2012

D.C. area forecast: Damaging storms possible today before a fall preview arrives

Our summery conditions of late are about to be given the boot by a strong cold front. Unfortunately, that means strong to severe afternoon storms are a pretty good bet across much of the area. While this isn’t looking on par with the derecho in June, it has the potential to end up being more significant than many storm events around here. If you’re heading out, particularly this afternoon or evening, please do pay close attention to the weather. When thunder roars, head indoors. The good news is, it’s going to turn amazing once we’re behind the front.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/08/2012

Nationals vs. Marlins weather forecast: Storm risk increases during game

Some sun should be around as the game gets underway, and there’s a decent shot that we get through it all without any bad weather. However, a line of potentially damaging storms could be knocking on the door by game’s end. Prepare for the possibility of it to arrive while out, just in case.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NatCast

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 09/07/2012

PM Update: A sultry, stormy Saturday; Sunday is sensational

Today’s reduction in humidity hardly registered. It remained uncomfortably sticky as highs got up close to 90. It’s a similar situation Saturday before a powerful cold front brings a line of potentially severe thunderstorms into the region late in the afternoon and evening. We’re rewarded with a picture perfect Sunday.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:07 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Risk of severe thunderstorms Saturday in Washington, D.C., mid-Atlantic and Northeast

The streak of soupy days ceases Sunday, but a line of severe thunderstorms Saturday may be the price to pay for the incoming rush of autumn air.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:41 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms

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

Moving beyond the limitations of hurricane categories and the Saffir-Simpson scale

Voices within the meteorological community are coming together to stress that the National Hurricane Center must come up with new and innovative ways to communicate the hazards posed by hurricanes, emphasizing the limitations of the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:10 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Why were hurricane categories established? Behind the Saffir-Simpson scale

Most of us are familiar with hurricane categories which rate storms on a 1-5 scale, known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. What was the motivation for the scale’s development?

By Jack Williams  |  12:08 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 09/07/2012

From tropical disturbance to hurricane: To be or not to be?

As meteorologists and coastal residents track the tropics, they wonder if a fledgling disturbance is to become a major, destructive hurricane or a harmless wave of breezy showers.

By Steve Tracton  |  11:21 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather, Science

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/07/2012

D.C. area forecast: A little more heat and humidity on the way, but autumnal bliss awaits

Muggy air exists along with more shower and storm chances through early weekend, but if we’re lucky change arrives by Sunday. Is it the last gasp of true summer swelter? It hopefully should end the unique weather forecasting challenges lately, as we enter a more predictable, stable regime of air by the workweek. Comfortable air alert! It’s looking pretty sweet. So be ready to enjoy next week, for sure.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/07/2012

Nationals vs. Marlins weather forecast: Pitching may encounter a slight, breezy headwind

Comfortable game overall, and the breeze may make pitching tricky. Shower chances, albeit low, may peak around game startime. Pretty likely it’s dry though.

By A. Camden Walker  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NatCast

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 09/06/2012

PM Update: A few evening storms; slightly less humid Friday, but hot

Morning showers and perserving afternoon clouds capped high temperatures in the mid-80s. But it was miserably humid. An isolated thundershower is possible this evening before a slight downtick in humidity and cloud cover on Friday. But it’s plenty hot, probably 90+ degree day number 53 of 2012.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:02 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 09/06/2012

A miserable week for weather forecasters in Washington, D.C.

We take pride in getting the forecast right most of the time. Occasionally, we’ll mess up a forecast on a given day and then recover. But this week, starting Monday - more or less - we’ve hit an extended slump.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:02 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Weather Checker

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Thunderstorms and low-hanging clouds in the Austrian Alps (PHOTOS)

Weather enthusiasts would agree that there’s just no taking a break from staring at the sky – even when on vacation. That’s just what I did last month while traveling through France, Switzerland, and Austria for a family wedding.

By Justin Grieser  |  02:35 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Photography

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Michael: first major hurricane in super active Atlantic season; Leslie drifts towards Bermuda

Hurricane Michael unexpectedly blew up last night, becoming the 7th hurricane and the first major, category 3 storm of the Atlantic 2012 season. The only seasons on record that reached 7 hurricanes sooner were 1886 and 1893.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:48 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Weather: a hot topic for the next Administration

In the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac and its toll on New Orleans and the northern Gulf Coast, one thing is clear: weather has got to be on the national agenda.

By Nancy Colleton  |  10:09 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Forecast: Still pretty tropical today with a few thundershowers

Relief from this heat is on the horizon, but, unfortunately, not until Sunday. Until then, the warmth will be impressive for this time of year, running nearly 10 degrees above normal. The tropical mugging we have suffered gradually weakens. While some thundershowers are possible today, the real fireworks are Saturday evening when a strong cold front barrels through. By Sunday and Monday...highs in the 70s...yum

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Nationals vs. Cubs weather forecast: Weather conditions are just as hot as the team

Well, heat beats cool and drizzly, just dress light and keep the cold soda coming!

By David Streit  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 09/05/2012

PM Update: A few storms in southern suburbs; hot and still humid tomorrow

Even though it felt like it might rain at any minute given all the moisture in the air, we’ve managed another day without more than a handful of spots getting doused. However, in the city and to the south and east, some heavy downpours and frequent lightning have occurred and remain possible this evening. Tomorrow’s another warm and humid day, with a slight chance of showers/storms.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:20 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Leslie upgraded to a hurricane, on path towards Bermuda

Tropical storm Leslie added 5 mph to its peak wind speed (up to 75 mph), becoming the 6th hurricane in the Atlantic in the 2012 season. It’s positioned 465 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and slowly headed in that direction. It may be in the island’s vicinity Saturday or Sunday.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:42 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Best of weekend lightning photos in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland

The start of September was electrifying at a whole new level.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:23 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Photography

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Lightning viewed from above the clouds in Virginia from Washington, D.C. bound plane

Flashes of lightning were seen Sunday night on a Dulles-bound United Airlines flight.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:18 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/05/2012

Tropics: Leslie and Michael strengthen, while Isaac may come back for an encore

The extremely active 2012 Atlantic hurricane season continues. Leslie and Michael are swirling in the open sea, while a piece of Isaac’s remnants might regenerate into tropical storm Nadine.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 09/05/2012

Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech moved indoors due to thunderstorm threat

President Barack Obama’s convention speech is changing venues due to “possible severe weather”.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:38 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 09/05/2012

Nighttime muggies in Washington, D.C.: record warm overnight temperatures

This swampy air mass is making it hard to cool down at night. On Tuesday, record high minimum temperatures were tied or established at all three local Washington/Baltimore airports. See the above graphic.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:47 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 06:15 AM ET, 09/05/2012

D.C. area forecast: Still swampy with a risk of heavy soakers

For those tired of this tropical air mass that’s taken up residence here in the D.C. area, there is light at the end of the tunnel - in the form of drier and cooler air next week. Until then, we’re stuck with moderate to high humidity, highs approaching and above 90, and a daily risk of showers and storms.

By Dan Stillman  |  06:15 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 06:10 AM ET, 09/05/2012

Nationals vs. Cubs weather forecast: Early shower? Otherwise kinda muggy.

The focus for any showers or storms slides south and east of the area during the evening, but could see a pre-game or early-inning shower or thundershower before that happens.

By Dan Stillman  |  06:10 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 09/04/2012

PM Update: A few evening showers, better chance Wednesday, very humid

The rains predicted from Isaac’s remnants have underperformed - for the most part - but the humidity has not. A thick, muggy air mass holds in place through tomorrow when we probably have our best chance of scattered showers and storms. This is due to an approaching cold front which will serve as a focus for all of this moisture.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:42 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Obama and Romney on climate change science

With the race to the White House heating up, it raises the question: where do the presidential candidates stand on global warming? In short, Obama is a global warming “believer” but has provided little substance to back his conviction and seldom talks about it. Romney, on the other hand, presents a wavering, sometimes mocking assessment on the severity of the issue.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:31 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Electrifying start to September on the National Mall

PHOTOS | A trip to photograph the refurbished reflecting pool turned into a stormy ad­ven­ture.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Third hottest summer, 5th warmest August, warmest year-to-date in Washington, D.C.

While the June-August period ranked as the third warmest, the month of August ranked fifth.

By Matt Rogers  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/04/2012

D.C. area forecast: High humidity with roving rains from Isaac’s remnants

This very humid, late-summer, Isaac-enhanced air mass stuck over our area creates a complicated precipitation forecast. This particular air mass can trigger heavy showers and sometimes thunderstorms essentially at any time to drench your activity. And we are stuck in this soup until this weekend when a big cold front sweeps the area. So be prepared for more rain risks and sometimes heavy downpours.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Nationals vs. Cubs forecast: Muggy, warm with chance of heavy showers or storms

Tropical air mass means be prepared for random heavy showers or storms at any time. The higher risk is during the evening hours.

By Matt Rogers  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/03/2012

D.C. area forecast: Bouts of heavy rain, possible flooding thru Wednesday from Isaac’s leftovers

The deluge in the District and southern Maryland Sunday was just the beginning. Through the middle of the week, wave after wave of heavy rain is possible as Isaac’s remnants slowly trudge through the region. More instances of localized flooding are likely before we gradually dry out late week.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 09/03/2012

Monumental lightning strikes over Washington, D.C. skyline (PHOTO)

How often do you see three cloud-to-ground lightning bolts against a backdrop of four of Washington, D.C.’s iconic landmarks: the Lincoln, the Jefferson, the Washington Monument and the Capitol?

By Jason Samenow  |  11:11 AM ET, 09/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/03/2012

Nationals vs. Cubs weather forecast: Good chance for showers and storms

It’s not a guarantee, but showers and storms are likely (60 percent chance) to develop during the game. Delays and even postponement are on the table, although there’s a chance they get the game in.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 08:14 PM ET, 09/02/2012

Heavy rain, flooding hit Washington, D.C., more possible into Monday

A very heavy thundershowerr has developed over Washington, D.C. and stalled. In the last hour, torrential rain has produced 1-2” in parts of the District, especially the northern two-thirds.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:14 PM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 09/02/2012

Lightning near Mt. Vernon Square in Washington, D.C. Saturday night

The atmosphere was juiced Saturday night. Hot, humid air had pushed temperatures into the mid-90s during the afternoon, and the sultry air lingered deep into the evening. Meanwhile, storms began firing up along a stationary front sprawled over the region. They were loud and they were electric. Craig Hudson was ready with his camera to seize the moment.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:17 PM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/02/2012

D.C. area forecast: Isaac’s moisture brings significant rain chances through midweek

The remnants of Isaac continue to head our way, and high humidity settles in for an extended stay.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/02/2012

Nationals vs. Cardinals weather forecast: Scattered showers and storms could douse and delay

It’s a warm and muggy one at the ballpark. Scattered showers and storms are likely across the D.C. area. Not a sure bet they’ll soak the stadium, but definitely have the rain gear handy.

By Brian Jackson  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/01/2012

D.C. area forecast: Meteorological fall starts toasty and humid, and an increasing rain risk lurks

50 days of 90 degrees or higher, 28 of which were 95 or higher... it’s nice to finally put meteorological summer (Jun-Aug) behind us! Now we say another unofficial good-bye to summer this weekend, and while temperatures will “cool” thanks to more clouds and rain chances, there’s no major hint of fall in the forecast just yet. Today is maybe the pick of the next three for doing things outdoors, simply because rain chances are relatively low. It’s not going to be the most pleasant time during the day though.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 09/01/2012

Nationals vs. Cardinals weather forecast: A bit of July in September

Unless you’re a fan of baking in the sun, be glad this isn’t a midday game. Heat and humidity probably call for an extra beer (plus lots of water!). If there’s a t’shower, it’ll be isolated.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:55 AM ET, 09/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NatCast

 

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