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Capital Weather Gang: November, 2012

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 11/13/2012

PM Update: Clear and quite chilly into Wednesday

The day began on a volatile note with plummeting temperatures, wind, rain and then sleet. But conditions stabilized this afternoon and will remain tranquil though brisk into the day tomorrow and beyond.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:56 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/31/2012

PM Update: Halloween trick-or-treating weather not too spooky

Highs in the low-to-mid 50s today are considerably warmer than yesterday, but still rather cool compared to Halloween’s normal about 10 degrees milder. If you’re headed out to partake in this evening’s festivities, remember to bundle up!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Alexandria, Georgetown brace for Potomac river flooding

As the runoff from Sandy’s prolific rains washes down the Potomac river, rounds of coastal flooding in Alexandria and Georgetown will last into Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:25 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Floods

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Climate change predictions foresaw Hurricane Sandy scenario for New York City

The Big Apple was marooned by Hurricane Sandy’s stunning storm surge. But for years, forecasters saw this as a possibility in both the present and more distant future.

By Don Lipman  |  12:52 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 10/31/2012

From the devastating surge to crippling snow, Hurricane Sandy by the numbers

Superstorm Sandy slowly weakened over land Tuesday, but not before leaving behind a devastating trail of destruction across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Initial estimates suggest the powerful storm has claimed at least 51 lives and caused up to $20 billion in damage.

By Justin Grieser  |  11:10 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/31/2012

D.C. area forecast: Halloween is a ‘go’ in the wake of Sandy

A few days ago many Washingtonians wondered what would become of Halloween in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Well, Sandy has come and gone, and despite doing plenty of damage to the area and an ongoing risk of river flooding, it could’ve been much worse. So while much of the Northeast Corridor is in the midst of a long clean-up and recovery, trick-or-treating is a go for D.C. and vicinity.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 10/30/2012

PM Update: Sandy’s showers end tonight, but raw for Halloween; river flood risk

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Sandy’s center drifts north into New York state through Wednesday, weakening along the way. Although rain ends, coastal flood worries grow. Not to mention, it’s quite chilly.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:41 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Was Hurricane Sandy well-forecast? Was it over-hyped?

Did Hurricane Sandy live up to the hype? That’s a debate raging amongst Washingtonians. The record shows forecasts for this extraordinary event were quite good, although the impacts from the storm’s winds were not as bad as feared.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:35 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Circulation of Sandy continues to slowly weaken, damage being assessed

18 hours after landfall, Sandy’s circulation remains rather strong, though it’s effects are quickly diminishing.

By Ian Livingston  |  02:30 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Sandy’s remnants plague the area through the day, impacts last even longer

Sandy is spinning itself out to our northwest this morning, with central pressures rising into the 980s (millibars), which is significantly weaker than it was at landfall. However, the impacts persist across much of the northeast as well as locally.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:35 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/30/2012

D.C. area forecast: Sandy lingers today, then gradual improvement

Sandy showed us her worst yesterday through last night and now she is left to spin out a slow death pretty close by. We are still contending with rain and occasional wind gusts along with chilly air that is wrapping around the decaying low. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see some snowflakes mix in north and west of the city, particularly in the early morning. Slow improvement carries us into Wednesday with partly sunny skies late this week into the weekend. Temperatures stay toward the cool side, featuring highs in the 50s and lows in the 40s this week with some 30s possible this weekend.

By Matt Rogers  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 10:30 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Sandy continues to wallop the D.C. area well into the night; even worse elsewhere

Sandy is pummeling the area with raging winds and heavy rain, and will continue to do so for several more hours before starting to weaken late tonight. Here’s a round-up of what’s happening locally and elsewhere.

By Dan Stillman  |  10:30 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 09:10 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Sandy making landfall, rain and damaging wind continue in D.C. area

The storm formerly known as Hurricane Sandy has transitioned into an extratropical cyclone. But, that doesn’t change anything about the ferocity involved with it.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:10 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Hurricane Sandy’s winds are turning dangerous, and stay that way into the night

Hurricane Sandy has a date with the coastline. But, after that, the center keeps getting closer to the Washington area, so this whole wind storm is still kicking into high gear.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:50 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Winds increasing in D.C. area as Sandy approaches, worst yet to come

Hurricane Sandy is cranking up its fury level.

By Ian Livingston  |  03:30 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/29/2012

A strengthened Hurricane Sandy heads toward shore as conditions deteriorate on East Coast

Hurricane Sandy increased its power overnight with pressures dropping and winds increasing. While it might not technically be fully hurricane at landfall, it’s set to pack an enormous punch.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 10/29/2012

D.C. area forecast: Sandy ready to power slam the nation’s capital; downed trees, dangerous travel and power outages likely

At this point it’s pretty simple. Don’t go out if you don’t need to today. If you have to get somewhere this morning, it won’t be pleasant but you probably can if you’re careful. By around mid-afternoon, it becomes life-threatening. By now you should have your flashlights ready and cell phones charged. Many of us may lose power, and may not get it back for multiple days. Incredibly, we’ve been through this once before already this year, and we’ll get through it again

By Dan Stillman  |  09:15 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Politics

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 10/28/2012

A fiercer forecast for Hurricane Sandy’s effects on Washington, D.C.

As Hurricane Sandy draws closer (it’s now about 250-300 miles east of the Carolinas), forecasts for its effects have grown more hazardous for the Washington, D.C. metro region.

By Jason Samenow and Ian Livingston  |  11:15 PM ET, 10/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 10/28/2012

Hurricane Sandy and Washington, D.C.: Detailed storm timeline, maps, and frequent questions

Today, forecasts have converged on one scenario for Hurricane Sandy’s impact on Washington, D.C., and it’s severe. In short, between Sunday night and Tuesday, we can expect 4-8” of rain and a long period of sustained winds above 35 mph with peak gusts over 60 mph. This will inevitably result in flooding and power outages.

By Jason Samenow and Dan Stillman  |  06:00 PM ET, 10/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 10/28/2012

Prepare pets for Hurricane Sandy

Conditions are starting to deteriorate in the mid-Atlantic and will soon in the Northeast, but it’s not too late to make some last minute preparations for your pets.

By Ann Posegate  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nature

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 10/28/2012

Cause for concern: the 7 most alarming Hurricane Sandy images

Hurricane Sandy is gearing up to bring ashore a smorgasboard of hazardous weather: rip-roaring winds, flooding rain, crippling mountain snow, and a potentially devastating storm surge in some areas. This storm will impact 50-60 million people says NOAA. The images here tell the story.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:15 AM ET, 10/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/28/2012

D.C. area forecast: Sandy looms large; biggest impact Monday into Tuesday

An in­cred­ibly large Sandy continues to creep closer to its seemingly inevitable impact, but in the meantime we’ll squeeze in one more relatively calm day. If you have any last-minute storm prep to do, get it done TODAY.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 11:09 PM ET, 10/27/2012

Hurricane Sandy: Raging winds and high water to leave mark on Mid-Atlantic

Reading through blogs and recent statements from the National Weather Service, I’m presently most impressed by two things about Sandy: 1) Its incredible size and its associated wind field 2) The amount of water it’s going to push ashore at the beaches

By Jason Samenow  |  11:09 PM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 10/27/2012

Hurricane Sandy: Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about how bad Sandy will be, when, and how to prepare.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 PM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 10/27/2012

Washington, D.C. braces for Hurricane Sandy: the bad and the ugly storm scenarios

Confidence is now high that the monstrous and menacing Hurricane Sandy will bring serious to severe wind and rain to the Washington, D.C. metro region.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:41 PM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 10/27/2012

Hurricane Sandy still poised to deliver a historic blow to the northeast U.S.

Sandy remains a minimal hurricane, but it’s huge and the low category level won’t match impact.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:09 AM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 10/27/2012

Today is the day to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Today is THE day to get ready for Sandy. Sunday into Sunday night will offer the chance as well although rain chances increase and winds slowly ramp up during that time. The worst part of the storm, increasingly, looks to be from Monday through Tuesday in the Washington, D.C. area.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:49 AM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/27/2012

D.C. area forecast: Weather trends worse on Sunday as Sandy approaches

Sandy is still lurking off to the south and not much has changed with the forecast for its arrival. The bottom line is you should move to complete any preparations for the storm, whether it be the risk of prolonged power outages or otherwise. Fortunately for those looking to salvage some fall revelry this weekend, today is passable at the least, and without many concerns. Conditions start to noticeably trend downward tomorrow, and it gets worse into the work week.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 11:40 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Sandy begins transition into hurricane nor’easter blend

Sandy is still a hurricane this evening, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. But the National Hurricane Center says it is evolving into a new type of storm.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:40 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 10/26/2012

PM Update: Hurricane Sandy approaches; weekend forecast remains somewhat tricky

We’ve been pretty socked in with clouds all day thanks to this pesky marine layer that seems to be enjoying its stay overhead. But, temperatures still made it to highs near 70, which is certainly nothing to complain about. Any breaks here and there are likely to fill back in heading into the night, and we’ve got a near repeat tomorrow before Hurricane Sandy starts to close in on Sunday.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:45 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Will Hurricane Sandy rain on Marine Corps Marathon?

Some good news: some of the latest model guidance suggests rain from Hurricane Sandy won’t arrive until after the Marine Corps Marathon planned for this Sunday. And winds will be just starting to slowly increase.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:05 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Will Hurricane Sandy produce snow?

Hurricane Sandy is likely to be one of those rare tropical beasts that produce snow. In the Mid-Atlantic region, southwest Virginia and West Virginia have the best chance of receiving accumulating snow from this storm.

By Wes Junker  |  03:01 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Tropical Weather, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Washington, D.C. will not escape Hurricane Sandy: latest storm scenarios

There’s virtually no chance the Washington, D.C. region will escape the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. The only question remaining is: how bad will it be?

By Jason Samenow  |  01:32 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/26/2012

Hurricane Sandy on collision course with mid-Atlantic and Northeast

As of this morning, hurricane Sandy’s peak winds have dropped to 80 mph (Category 1 hurricane), but that absolutely does not mean the threat to the eastern U.S. has decreased. Quite the opposite, in fact. It is forecast to re-organize and strengthen on its inevitable approach to the East Coast.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 10/26/2012

What should we name Hurricane Sandy?

A debate has been raging in social media streams about what to call Sandy.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:37 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 10/26/2012

Hurricane Sandy may be unprecedented in East Coast storm history

WEATHER GANG | With computer models locked in on the eventuality of a punishing blow for East Coast from Hurricane Sandy, analyses suggest this storm may be unlike anything the region has ever experienced.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:55 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/26/2012

D.C. area forecast: Mainly benign weather presents the calm before Hurricane Sandy’s impact

We must pay careful attention to impacts from Sandy anywhere from about late Sunday into Tuesday. It may get dicey, but we aren’t yet sure which of the two most likely scenarios is likeliest. It has probably come down to either a significant impact from a storm hitting to the north, or even worse if it’s closer. Stay tuned.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 10:12 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Models trending south some with Hurricane Sandy track, mid-Atlantic strike threat increasing

A number of afternoon model forecasts shifted Hurricane Sandy’s track south and suggest the risk of direct strike on the mid-Atlantic is increasing.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:12 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 10/25/2012

PM Update: A round of AM fog Friday before PM sun; NWS weighs in on Hurricane Sandy and D.C.

Morning low clouds and fog finally relented early this afternoon, as sunshine took hold and temperature rose to near 70. We have similar circumstances tomorrow as the marine layer returns and likely hangs tough into the afternoon.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:53 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Experts sound alarm on Hurricane Sandy, likely to be worse than 1991 “Perfect Storm”

As Hurricane Sandy whips the western Bahamas and models reach consensus that this storm is destined to slam the Mid-Atlantic and/or Northeast, many trusted voices in the weather community are urging residents to begin preparing.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:25 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Hurricane Sandy scenarios for Washington, D.C.

It’s becoming increasingly likely Washington, D.C. and the surrounding region will feel effects from Hurricane Sandy. The question becomes: how severe? Scenarios range from a historic storm with widespread damaging winds and flooding to just some blustery showers.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:54 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 10/25/2012

Hurricane Sandy becomes stronger and larger than expected

Overnight, Hurricane Sandy experienced a stunning increase in size and intensity. Sandy is presently heading for the western and central Bahamas. Then comes the likely encounter with the Mid-Atlantic and/or Northeast U.S. Sunday-Wednesday.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:38 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 10/25/2012

Overnight models still indicate blockbuster storm threat from Hurricane Sandy

Forecast model still suggests Hurricane Sandy will come ashore sometime next week.

By Wes Junker  |  09:41 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/25/2012

D.C. area forecast: A partly sunny Thursday but all attention focuses on Sandy’s weekend approach

The next two days, morning low clouds and fog notwithstanding, are very pleasant. I just hope we don’t have to pay the price for this. Several models are projecting a track for hurricane Sandy up the coast close enough to at least give us some very strong winds Sunday night and Monday. Some runs hit us with some hefty rains as well. However, there are still some respected hurricane models that take it far enough northeast to spare us.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:15 AM ET, 10/25/2012

Mega-storm threat growing for mid-Atlantic and Northeast early next week from hurricane Sandy

There is a consensus forming in weather forecast models that Hurricane Sandy is unlikely to go out to sea. Instead, it more likely will merge with a strong fall cold front and transition into a powerhouse, possibly historic mid-latitude storm along the mid-Atlantic and/or Northeast coast Sunday through Wednesday.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:15 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 10/24/2012

PM Update: Record heat today cools back down to just warm on Thursday

It’s about as toasty it gets this time of year out there today, with highs reaching the 80s across most of the area. In fact, D.C. tied a record high of 84 last set in 2001. While most eyes remain on Sandy for concerns into the weekend and next week, things remain very tranquil and pretty mild around here for the next few days.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:45 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Wall clouds viewed Friday night in Washington, D.C. area during surprising storms

Last Friday night, several rotating “supercell” thunderstorms developed unexpectedly from northern Virginia through southern Pennsylvania.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 10/24/2012

Sandy strengthens to hurricane on approach to Jamaica; odds of East Coast impact grow

As of 11 a.m. this morning, Sandy’s maximum sustained winds reached 80 mph, becoming the season’s 10th hurricane. This large, strengthening system may threaten the East Coast of the U.S. although there is a chance the storm turns out to sea before reaching the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:20 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/24/2012

D.C. area forecast: Sitting pretty into Saturday; then an impact from Tropical Storm Sandy?

Our October warm spell peaks today with highs near or past 80. Temperatures may even challenge record highs for the date. We’ll cool off some for tomorrow and Friday, but it’s still quite nice! As we get later in the weekend and into early next week, the forecast depends more and more on the still uncertain track of Tropical Storm Sandy.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 10/23/2012

PM Update: Near record warmth over 80 degrees possible Wednesday

Considerable cloud cover could not keep temperatures from rising into the upper 70s today thanks to warm, southerly flow. Winds become out of the west tomorrow. All that does is increase sunshine, allowing temperatures to best today’s levels - cresting over 80 degrees in many spots.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:30 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Tropical storm Sandy scenarios: Northeast smash or out to sea most likely

Some computer models continue to simulate a crushing storm for early next week near or close to the East Coast. The explosive storm develops as tropical storm (or hurricane) Sandy merges with a powerful cold front charging towards the East Coast late this weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:57 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Tropical Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Sun unleashes intense X-class flare; active sunspot region rotating towards Earth

The sun belted out the most powerful type of solar flare Monday night, known as an X-class flare. It was the latest in a flurry of 4 flares spewed out by the sun since the weekend. Fortunately, it was not directed at Earth.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:23 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Space, Latest

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Tropical Storm Sandy threatens five different countries in coming days, including U.S.

Just six hours after the initial advisory on tropical depression 18 yesterday morning, it was upgraded to tropical storm Sandy, the 18th named storm of the season. Sandy is projected to become a hurricane and more models suggest it will threaten the U.S. compared to yesterday. But it will impact Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and the Bahamas first.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:32 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/23/2012

D.C. area forecast: Nice and warm through the week

Our warm weather week continues with temperatures popping strongly in the coming days to the upper 70s and even low 80s. The good news is that we keep our humidity relatively dry. With November knocking on the door, this may be one of our last chances to enjoy weather quite this warm. By the latter part of the weekend, the combination of an approaching cold front and possible influences from tropical storm Sandy offer cooler conditions and increasing shower chances.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sterling, Loudoun County, Sports

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 10/22/2012

PM Update: A few clouds on Tuesday, but otherwise staying nice

We’ve started the week with amazing conditions, and that’s the general story for many days to come. Today’s highs near and past 70 are running a few degrees above normal, but compared to what’s ahead it might still be a bit cool. A warm front passing through with some clouds tomorrow is the only real “weather” we have to deal with for a while.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:50 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Monster East Coast storm next week or big miss?

A few computer models have conjured up a large storm for the mid-Atlantic or Northeast states.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:44 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Fall foliage photos from northern Maryland

Cool nights and sun-filled days — a recipe for some excellent leaf peeping. This ideal weather pattern, for viewing foliage now into high color across northwestern parts of the D.C., area should continue for much or all of the rest of this week. Color is also increasing quickly to areas south and east including the immediate area as well.

By Ian Livingston  |  01:13 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 10/22/2012

Tropical storm Sandy likely on the way, possible East Coast encounter next week

There are two areas of disturbed weather across the Atlantic basin: one in the southwest Caribbean, and one in the middle of the ocean far from land. While both disturbances are expected to intensify, the one in the Caribbean - likely to be named Sandy - could potentially affect the East Coast of the U.S. next week.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:25 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/22/2012

Fall color at Arlington National Cemetery

Temperatures may be warm for the season, but fall hues can be seen around District.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/22/2012

D.C. area forecast: Exceptionally good weather next 5-6 days, 80+ midweek?

Washington, D.C. area weather through Saturday - at least - should be stellar. Each and every day likely features sunshine and mild temperatures. Midweek, we even feel a touch of Indian summer - with highs potentially exceeding 80 Wednesday and Thursday. We may cool modestly Friday into the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/21/2012

D.C. area forecast: Warming up into a bright, beautiful week ahead

A developing area of high pressure becomes large and in charge this week, and that means we’re mostly high and dry weather-wise. Gradual warming brings us from the 60s today to a shot at 80 by midweek. So, if you’re not yet wholly ready to give yourself over to autumn’s chill, then you’re sure to enjoy this forecast!

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/20/2012

D.C. area forecast: Slight weekend cooldown to near normal, then warming

This weekend’s weather is going to bring near-normal temperatures to the area along with abundant sunshine. That spells fantastic conditions for any outdoor activities. It really only gets better heading back into the work week as well. Better if you like warmth, that is! Bottom line: One of the nicest weather stretches we can ask for is lining up quite well with all that foliage heading toward high color, or even peak out west.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:59 AM ET, 10/20/2012

United vs. Crew weather forecast: Awesome autumn evening

Maybe a remnant and waning breeze, but otherwise no weather worries of note. Grab some cool-weather gear!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:59 AM ET, 10/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  UnitedCast

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/19/2012

PM Update: Clouds to depart after early evening storms, mostly sunny weekend inbound

It took its sweet time, but this morning’s stubborn cloud deck eventually broke apart this afternoon. Temperatures responded by popping into the low-to-mid 70s. A few evening showers/storms are possible before clouds entirely move out later tonight setting up a sunny, but slightly cooler weekend behind today’s front.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Fantastic fall foliage sneaking into Washington, D.C., peaking in the mountains (PHOTOS)

Patchy, but vibrant fall colors are rapidly emerging in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area. And one need not travel far to the north and west to experience autumn foliage at its prime.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:46 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Capital Weather Gang gives D.C. Council winter outlook preview

On Monday, the Capital Weather Gang was invited by the D.C. Council to provide testimony about what kind of weather to expect this winter at a hearing on the city’s winter weather readiness. Matt Ross, lead author of Capital Weather Gang’s winter outlook, offered his preliminary thoughts about what to expect.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:23 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 10/19/2012

Bits of Comet Halley: This year’s Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Going deep into antiquity, ancient sky gazers saw the comet we now call Halley. In modernity, you can see Comet Halley’s bits and pieces this weekend as they light up the night October 20-21 when you behold the annual Orionid meteor shower’s peak.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  10:31 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Space

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/19/2012

D.C. area forecast: Warm with showers possible today; cooler weekend, then turning warmer

Tolerate this day of unsettled conditions with some rain! After the front finishes limping through the region tonight... well, just you wait! Sunshine returns, accompanied by periodic, crisp breezes and pleasant temperatures. All of this for several days! If you are a fan of fall, get ready to celebrate the season!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 10/18/2012

PM Update: Overnight storms, gusty winds, then long reign of sunshine

Today’s clouds and mild southerly winds presaged the arrival of a dynamic cold front tonight. A batch of showers and thunderstorms will accompany this front, with possible gusty winds. The rain clears out by Friday mid-morning, marking the start of an extended stretch of sunny days.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:43 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Tropical storm Prapiroon and a von Karman vortex street

A massive swirl and a “street” of mini-swirls. These vortices in the western Pacific adjacent to one another are examples of a decaying typhoon and a phenomenon known as a von Karman vortex street.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:06 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather, Science

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/18/2012

NOAA winter outlook: Big uncertainty due to fickle El Nino

Since the summer, forecasters have called for El Nino to develop this fall, but so far, it has defied such predictions. El Nino’s baffling behavior has left NOAA forecasters scratching their heads and unable to make a solid call about what kind of winter to expect over large parts of the United States.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  U.S. Weather, Latest, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 10/18/2012

NOAA participation in climate conference in limbo due to lack of travel approval

An annual NOAA-sponsored climate prediction conference that has existed for 36 years may be significantly disrupted as NOAA officials have yet to authorize travel to the meeting, which is supposed to begin Monday.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:44 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/18/2012

D.C. area forecast: Mild today with possible evening storms; slightly cooler, sun-drenched weekend

Let’s get the not so good news over with first: there is one big storm out over the Midwest aiming a line of showers/storms our way this evening. A few could produce strong winds. We are not talking derecho here, but just be careful. Beyond this evening, sunshine and mild temperatures hold through the weekend.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 10/17/2012

PM Update: Glorious weather stays mild into Thursday ahead of gusty shower threat

Today featured near-perfect fall weather, and mild conditions aren’t in a hurry to leave. Our high temperatures this afternoon in the mid-60s to near 70 could even move upward a bit tomorrow before a front moves into the region. The front, being driven by a powerful storm heading east across the country, promises to bring a gusty shower threat that probably holds off till tomorrow evening or night.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:45 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Cold front may bring strong storms late Thursday

An energetic autumn front will close in on the Washington, D.C. metro region Thursday afternoon and evening, bringing the possibility of strong to isolated severe thunderstorms.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:18 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Possible fireball seen over Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Tuesday evening

Tuesday night, around 7 p.m., several witnesses report seeing a fireball streak across the sky in the Washington, D.C. region.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:30 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Back from the dead: GOES-13 satellite returns to active duty

In late September, a key NOAA weather satellite for monitoring storms over the Eastern U.S. and western Atlantic ocean failed. But yesterday, NOAA announced its engineers had restored the satellite - known as GOES-13 - to full operation.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:27 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/17/2012

D.C. area forecast: Very nice through the weekend, except for brief interruption

Two key reasons why October often brings super-nice weather are: 1) Average high temperatures are in the sweet spot; and 2) Weather systems tend to scoot on by realtively quickly. We’ll see both factors at play over the next several days, with fine weather today into tomorrow, interrupted by a brief period of possible showers late tomorrow into early Friday, then clearing out nicely for the weekend.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 10/16/2012

PM Update: Sweet Wednesday sunshine

Today’s sunshine was glorious, but when the wind whipped around, there was a bit of a chill in the air, especially with maximum temperatures only up to around 65. Tomorrow we take away some of the wind, and add some warmth. The end result? Just about perfect weather conditions.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:22 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Warmest September on record for globe (tie)

In 143 years of September records, only September 2005 could match the past month for warmth averaged around the globe. September 2012’s global temperature was 1.21 degrees (F) above the 20th average, tied for the warmest on record.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:21 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Opening of NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate Prediction: potential game changer in forecasting

The ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday (October 15) marked the official opening of the NOAA’s new world-class center dedicated to advancing the state of weather and climate science and transitioning research findings to improved weather forecasts and related information.

By Steve Tracton  |  02:36 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/16/2012

Knickerbocker snowstorm: Miss Agnes Mellon and her date to the theater

Agnes Mellon went on a date to the Knickerbocker Theater on the evening of January 28, 1922 during a record-breaking snowstorm. A few minutes after the featured movie began, the theater’s roof broke free from the brick walls and crashed to the ground.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/16/2012

D.C. area forecast: Totally terrific Tuesday through Thursday with showers by Friday

After a hodge-podge Monday, we are now treated to three perfectly fine autumn days. High pressure-induced sunshine dominates our story today, tomorrow, and Thursday before the next weather system arrrives for Thursday night and Friday. The weekend is setting up to be another nice period with highs mainly in the comfortable if not slightly cool 60s.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/15/2012

PM Update: Cold front passage ends shower threat; serene weather returns Tuesday

Highs up near and just past 70 today are a bit warmer than we’d usually expect in mid-October, and when you factor in the humidity, it was a fairly un-autumnlike day. Showers and thundershowers that have plagued the area off-and-on will soon come to an end as a front pushes east through the rest of the region by evening.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 10/15/2012

Hurricane Hazel: A look back at the 1954 disaster 58 years later

Usually, this blog tends to focus on historical weather events in their major anniversary years, e.g., 25th, 40th, 50th, etc. But Hurricane Hazel (October 5-18, 1954) was a storm of such epic proportions on the East Coast - and in the D.C. area - that really any year is worth a look back at its fury in one way or another.

By Don Lipman  |  02:30 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/15/2012

Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic jump: From start to finish, a nerve-racking, exciting feat to behold

Captivated spectators called it audacious and awe-inspiring. Critics dismissed it as a publicity stunt. Yet it’s hard not to admire what Felix Baumgartner accomplished yesterday afternoon.

By Justin Grieser  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/15/2012

Hurricane Hazel set Washington’s wind speed record; linked to fatal hurricane hunter crash

By mid-October the chances of a hurricane hitting the mid-Atlantic region are almost zero. It’s time to begin worrying about extratropical cyclones. Fifty-eight years ago on On Oct. 15, 1954, Hurricane Hazel set the sustained wind speed record at Washington’s National Airport. It eventually merged with an extratropical cyclone, and indirectly led to two Canadians being onboard the only hurricane hunter airplane to crash in a storm since hurricane flying began during World War II.

By Jack Williams  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Tropical Weather, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/15/2012

D.C. area forecast: Gusty showers today, followed by fantastic fall week

A cold front rushes through the region today, with downpours and even strong gusts of winds. Then, smooth sailing through Thursday with sunny, mild mid-October weather. Another front punches through the area Friday, setting up what should be another great autumn weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/14/2012

D.C. area forecast: Ending the weekend with a warm-up; Monday showers?

While the warmth will remain tomorrow, showers are likely as another cold front comes through.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 10/14/2012

Redskins vs. Vikings weather forecast: Some sun keeps it mild and dry

The sometimes gusty breeze could be a nuisance, but muted sun should be enough to keep things on the mild side with no rain worries.

By David Streit  |  04:55 AM ET, 10/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SkinsCast, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/13/2012

D.C. area forecast: Cool today, but warming up Sunday ahead of next front

After a frosty and frozen night, we see the first signs of warmer times today even though it stays rather cool. A shift in wind to the south and southwest ahead of a large central U.S. storm brings us an above average temperature regime at least into Monday. Another front arrives as we begin the week, but the air behind it doesn’t appear as cold as what we got dealt with yesterday’s. The next (or first if you missed it) freeze is probably a while off.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 10/12/2012

PM Update: Freeze warning north and west of D.C. tonight, then a fine fall weekend

A cold front has passed through, bringing not much more than an increase in wind from the north and northwest, for now. Those winds are also funneling in enough cold air to bring a frost and freeze threat to a sizeable chunk of the north and west parts of our area. The end of the growing season appears to have arrived for quite a few people west of I-95.

By Ian Livingston  |  03:45 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/12/2012

Patty forms as hurricane season enters its second maximum; and the latest on GOES-East

Update from the tropics: Hurricane season enters its second maximum, and the latest on GOES-East.

By Brian McNoldy  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 10/12/2012

Beautiful weekend for checking out increasing fall foliage across mid-Atlantic

As temperatures drop, more and more leaf colors are emerging.

By Dan Stillman  |  01:33 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/12/2012

First freeze of fall in the Washington, D.C. area is typical by mid-October

As we head deeper into fall, the first freeze of the season is around the corner. For some spots it could come as early as tonight, while others could historically stay freeze-free well into —or even past—November.

By Justin Grieser and Ian Livingston  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/12/2012

D.C. area forecast: After possible first freeze for some tonight, our weekend slowly warms

Dry, sometimes windy, but slowly warming. That’s our trend for the upcoming weekend. And that is despite a couple cold fronts darting through D.C. over the next five days. We have more of this ahead in the coming weeks, as the atmosphere transitions from summer to winter, and the jet stream again enters our region. It’s back from its summertime vacation in Canada!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 10/12/2012

Nationals vs. Cardinals weather forecast: Time to ice the Cards

This late evening playoff game may be chilly, so opt for bringing a jacket. Let’s send the Cardinals home for the season!

By A. Camden Walker  |  04:55 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NatCast

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 10/11/2012

PM Update: More crisp nights, sunny days; fall in full swing

Autumn has hit its stride. While unexciting for weather forecasters, we’re now in the midst of a stretch with ample daytime sunshine and clear, cool nights. We actually warm up a bit Friday compared to today, but Friday night the bottom drops out, prompting the freeze watch in our colder north and west suburbs.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:26 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Freeze watch north and west of Washington, D.C. Friday night

Cold high pressure settles over the mid-Atlantic Friday night, setting the stage for widespread freezing conditions in Washington, D.C.’s colder north and west suburbs.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:42 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 10/11/2012

International Space Station to zip across Washington, D.C.’s skies tonight

Between 7:35 and 7:40 p.m. tonight, be sure to look up. The International Space Station (ISS), flying at altitude of about 220 miles up, will cruise through the clear autumn sky and make a pretty close pass to our nation’s capital.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:40 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Space, Astronomy

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Opposite but unequal: Record high Antarctic sea ice versus record low Arctic sea ice

Antarctic sea ice reached a record high extent of 7.51 million square miles in late September, about 20,000 square miles above the previous record from 2006.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:08 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/11/2012

D.C. area forecast: Brisk start, mild finish, sun all around; a fine fall weekend is a cinch

Believe it or not, we are headed into another beautiful stretch of weather that should last us all the way through the weekend. Some of the colder suburbs could actually see a touch of frost tomorrow night so consider bringing in the tender potted plants. Highs in the 60s and 70s are a fine trade off and rain is not a concern until Monday at the earliest making your pumpkin picking delightful.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Nationals vs. Cardinals weather forecast: Sunny weather’s a hit and we need plenty of them!

A jacket would be a good idea, especially since the sun sets before the end of the game. Let’s hope it isn’t the end of the playoffs.

By David Streit  |  04:55 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

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

PM Update: Cold front brings freshly chilled air

It was a beautiful day in its own right, but when you factor in what we’ve seen the past few it’s extra glorious (unless you’re a Nats fan). After some morning low clouds, we’ve seen plentiful sunshine across the area, and that helped temperatures reach the upper 60s to near 70 for highs. A cold front moving in from the west will put an end to our warm-up, but conditions should remain fairly peaceful regardless.

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

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 10/10/2012

Study: Arctic ice loss may be making North America weather more extreme

A new NOAA-led study suggests declining Arctic sea ice may be favoring extreme, fluctuating weather patterns in North America, which may assert themselves even more in the coming decades.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:36 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/10/2012

Knickerbocker snowstorm: The story of David H. Lyman, Jr. and his family

A mystery surrounding the grave of a 17 year-old boy in Congressional Cemetery, killed in the Knickerbocker Theater disaster, prompted me to undertake a long and fascinating research effort to find the boy’s family and uncover what happened to the boy and his family after the collapse of the theater’s roof.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, Latest, Winter Storms

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

D.C. area forecast: Nicer weather arrives today and should stick around, too

Despite clouds this morning, sunnier and warmer times are close at hand. In fact, by the time the Nationals take the field this afternoon, we should have a good deal of sun shining down and temperatures well into the 60s. Eventually we may hit 70 later today, and it’s a generally pleasant forecast straight through the weekend.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 10/10/2012

Nationals vs. Cardinals weather forecast: Warming up with no rain worries

No rain delays like they saw up at Camden Yards earlier in the week. We break free of the cloudy skies just in time for the first-ever playoff game at Nationals Park. Enjoy!

By Dan Stillman  |  04:55 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 10/09/2012

PM Update: Some sun finally returns Wednesday, warmer

Count yourself among the many if you’re sick of this unseasonably cool, cloudy weather. But just in time for the Nats return to D.C. and first home playoff game in 79 years, the sun should make an appearance as the mercury warms to near normal levels. Coincidence? I think not.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:18 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 10/09/2012

NWS employees barred from attending major weather conference at last minute

One day before one of the nation’s biggest annual weather conferences, approximately 80 National Weather Service employees were told they could not travel.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:46 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Media

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Warmest January-September on record in U.S.

The first 9 months of 2012 were the warmest on record in the Lower 48 by a wide margin. The average temperature during this stretch was 3.8 degrees (F) above normal, and a full 1.2 degrees above the previous record (set in 2006), dating back to 1895.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:38 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Climate Change, U.S. Weather, Latest

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

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner ready to skydive from edge of space Tuesday morning

Skydiving from 23 miles above Earth is certainly not for the faint of heart. That’s what 43-year-old Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner will set out to accomplish this Tuesday morning (Oct. 9).

By Justin Grieser  |  01:10 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/09/2012

“Fireball” lightning in Florida (VIDEO)

Last Friday, a thunderstorm exploded over Naples, Florida giving Rita Krill a show she won’t soon forget.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

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

D.C. area forecast: More clouds, some drizzle today; better tomorrow

After one more day today of late November normal highs, we expect to surge into the upper 60s and low 70s tomorrow. Mostly highs in the 60s with cool nights persist into the weekend, but there is a chance for another round of 70s by Sunday ahead of another weather system. And after some drizzle and light showers today and tonight, we should stay mostly dry through the balance of the week.

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

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/08/2012

PM Update: Showers off and on through the night; cool and damp Tuesday

Another chilled October day is coming to a close, and we’re set to cap it off with an increased shower threat. Highs that have ranged from near 50 to the mid-50s are about as cold as you’ll see this time of year -- for instance, D.C.’s record low maximum temperature for the day is 54 in 1910 (we’ve hit at least that today). The good news is clouds will keep temperatures from really plummeting tonight, though showers will ensure it’s rather raw.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Supernumerary rainbow at sunset in Virginia

While I was driving north on Route 29 Sunday evening I saw a sight that I’ve rarely observed, a sunset rainbow. As I photographed, I noticed multiple, stacked rainbows.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:51 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 10/08/2012

MLB playoff weather: Orioles vs. Yankees game could get rained out

An upper level disturbance running up the spine of the Appalachians is likely to produce rain showers late this afternoon well into the evening around Baltimore.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:23 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/08/2012

D.C. area forecast: A cool Columbus Day with late rain; improvement mid-week

A cold front brings November-like chill, but temperatures will return to the 70s by midweek.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/07/2012

D.C. area forecast: Suddenly chilly, showery before gradual warming

A cold front brings November-like chill, but temperatures will return to the 70s by midweek.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 10/07/2012

Redskins vs. Falcons weather forecast: A pretty raw day with chilly temps and shower concerns

Not much good news on the weather front but a win would forgive all. Plan on bundling up and waterproofing.

By David Streit  |  04:55 AM ET, 10/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SkinsCast, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/06/2012

D.C. area forecast: Strong cold front to end mild streak; cold and wet Sunday

This weekend is a tale of two months, neither of which we’re currently in. Today’s highs are more like those we might expect in late September. Tomorrow we might have daytime temperatures like those we’d typically see in early December. Between the two is a strong cold front that kicks through this afternoon, followed by a little storm system passing by behind it. Rain associated with the storm promises to make tomorrow’s chill rather raw.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 10/05/2012

PM Update: A satsifying Saturday but Sunday is cold and raw

There’s no question: even with the chance of an afternoon shower, Saturday is the day to be outside this weekend. Sunday turns unseasonably cold, with rain likely, especially in the morning.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:50 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 10/05/2012

Sunday forecast trends colder; wet snow possible in Md., West Va. mountains

Ready for a shock to the system? The temperature Sunday afternoon may be nearly 40 degrees colder than Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:19 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 10/05/2012

Fall foliage starting to show in Virginia, Maryland mountains

In fairly short order, the leaves will commence their annual color transformation.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:15 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 10/05/2012

El Nino may fizzle and fall short of hype

El Niño or La Nada? That’s the question scientists are wrestling with as the predicted warming of tropical Pacific waters has fallen short of expectations.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:10 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

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

D.C. area forecast: A little more warmth before a chilly blast

Much-deserved, our week ends fairly spectacularly with sunny skies, decent temperatures, and lower dew points — gone, that persistent muggy feeling we’ve experienced lately.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 10/04/2012

PM Update: A fine fall Friday awaits

Very gradually, the clouds and sticky air have departed today, setting up a nice close to the work week. A pleasant evening is followed by an enjoyably warm and not too humid Friday afternoon. Soak it in, as colder air waits in the wings.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:31 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Help wanted on meteorologically important island of Gough, if you can find it

Interested in one of the coolest jobs in the world?You would have to apply to work on the island of Gough (can you find it on a map?), which is extremely isolated but matters for weather forecasting.

By A. Camden Walker  |  02:54 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Tidal Basin storm panorama and a derecho video comparison

Last Thursday evening, I returned to the site of my Derecho storm chase. A line of thunderstorms were slowly moving east and I hoped to capture some lightning photos and video with the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:02 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 10/04/2012

Snow in Northern Plains as cold shot charges towards East Coast

The front is headed east and will bring a radical change to the weather in the Washington area.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:03 AM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/04/2012

D.C. area forecast: Fog, showers depart, drier air moves in before big Sunday cold push

The dry air is on its way today but really takes until late in the day to convince us that it is here to stay. Tomorrow has nice day written all over it with a warm sun and low humidity. A mega-cold front coming out of the Midwest may hold off long enough to salvage most of Saturday. But Sunday looks like a bust with highs lucky to make 60 and possible showers.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/03/2012

PM Update: Mild with passing clouds and a slight shower risk into tomorrow

It ended up a bit cloudier today than expected, but that has not kept temperatures down much. Highs near and just above 80 are well above average for the date, and with humidity levels running high, it certainly doesn’t feel much like fall. We’ve got some more mild times ahead for the rest of the work week. Enjoy -- if you’re into that sort of thing!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Technology

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 10/03/2012

AccuWeather reiterates: above normal snowfall for Washington D.C. and Baltimore this winter

AccuWeather said it in August and they’re saying it again: The region’s in for a bigger snowfall.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:12 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Media

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Nadine joins rank of Atlantic longest-lived storms; tropical depression 15 forms

Active for the past 21 days, Nadine has earned a spot among the top-five longest-lived tropical cyclones in Atlantic history going back to 1851.

By Brian McNoldy  |  12:30 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 10/03/2012

TV weathercasters criticize unilateral action by The Weather Channel on storm naming

TWC’s failure to coordinate with the rest of the meteorological community on storm naming is being viewed by many as self-serving and not in the interest of coordinated weather communication.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:54 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Media

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/03/2012

D.C. area forecast: Warming up once clouds clear, that is until weekend cold front

Yesterday it was downpours that messed with the morning commute, and today it’s fog. Once we break into some afternoon sun, though, things are looking mild and mostly nice through Friday. The uncertain timing of the front means a low-confidence forecast in terms of when it might rain this weekend

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 10/03/2012

Nationals vs. Phillies weather forecast: Regular season closes on a warm note

The morning clouds should show some breaks during the afternoon. Any sun will help temperatures warm nicely into the 80s. Signing off for the regular season. We’ll see you back here for the playoffs!

By Dan Stillman  |  04:55 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 10/02/2012

PM Update: Showers diminish, then fog, then warmth

In some locations, rain overachieved today and, in most, temperatures underachieved. Take Dulles Airport, which received 2.26” of rain - a daily record - and has only warmed to 66 degrees, about 10 degrees below the forecast. Much warmer air is coming, but with clouds and fog around into the Wednesday morning, we won’t feel it in full effect until the afternoon

By Jason Samenow  |  05:24 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Marketing professional slams Weather Channel storm naming initiative

One of the more convincing criticisms of the Weather Channel’s new storm naming initiative I’ve encountered originates from Chris McMurry, public relations director for MGH, a Maryland-based advertising agency. His thoughtful blog post - headlined “At the Weather Channel, It’s Marketing First, News Second” is worth reading.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:32 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Media, Latest

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Stacking anvil crawlers over Washington, D.C.

After Thursday’s storm chase, I decided to stack some of my lightning photos together to check out the view.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Weather Channel to name winter storms: a publicity and power play with possible value

The Weather Channel (TWC) announced today it will begin naming significant winter storms. It’s a bold but arguably arrogant move, because - in a sense - TWC is announcing it is the nation’s guardian of major winter weather events.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:10 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/02/2012

D.C. area forecast: Showers, higher humidity today with 80s for Wed-Fri

Scattered showers today and tonight are not a constant situation, and should clear out by tomorrow, The humidity lingers with just a slow reduction into Thursday and Friday. Temperatures should reach at least 80 until a weekend cool front approaches. Possible showers late Saturday should end Sunday when it likely turns cooler.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 10/02/2012

Nationals vs. Phillies weather forecast: Scattered showers

Warm and a bit humid with spotty showers, but no washout weather.

By Matt Rogers  |  04:55 AM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/01/2012

PM Update: Showers likely overnight and into tomorrow

After a beautiful start to the day, clouds have crept into much of the area, and they’ll continue to thicken and lower moving into the evening. Highs reaching near or above 70 are a bit cool for the beginning of October, but not too far from normal. We’ve got a mild and humid air mass heading in as a storm passes to our west. Rain is on the way too, but it might not end up being a lot.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Weekend snow? Doubt it.

CWG | A model has simulated snowfall for this weekend, but the likelihood of flakes falling is slim.

By Ian Livingston  |  03:56 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Prominent harvest moon watches over Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

The full moon closest to the fall equinox is known as the harvest moon. It just occurred Saturday night this past weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:16 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Typhoon Jelawat slams Okinawa, and mainland Japan (video)

With sustained winds to 87 mph and gusts to 137 mph, typhoon Jelawat raked Okinawa Saturday.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:06 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Solar storm produces northern lights in Maryland

A long filament of solar material erupted into space September 27, triggering a strong geomagnetic storm on earth Sunday.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:48 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy, Space

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

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

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

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

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/01/2012

D.C. area forecast: Mild for much of work week, showery Tuesday; cooler weekend?

October is here and the air has that feel this morning. But a warm front moving through the region Tuesday - complemented by showers - will return temperatures closer to early-to-mid September norms for much of the work week. Cooler air knocks on the door over the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 10/01/2012

Nationals vs. Phillies weather forecast: Showers possible but probably playabe

This game will have the feel of a game played anytime from early June to early September. Very pleasant mid-to-upper 70s for the balance of the game.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:55 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, NatCast

 

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