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Capital Weather Gang: November, 2012

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 11/30/2012

PM Update: Lots of clouds into Saturday, warm-up by Sunday

Clouds were more pervasive than forecast today, but temperatures still managed to reached at least 50 in many spots. With marine flow into Saturday, we may remain somewhat socked in, but the opportunity for more sunshine and warmth presents itself Sunday (and especially early next week).

By Jason Samenow  |  04:53 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Study: weather forecasting science can help predict flu outbreaks

The impressive performance of state of the art weather forecasting systems led to strikingly accurate forecasts for Superstorm Sandy at long lead times. A new study finds the same technology that has led to such weather forecasting feats may help us determine when we’re most likely to catch the flu, which kills 35,000 Americans each year.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:18 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Health

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/30/2012

Jupiter to make closest approach to Earth Saturday in years

Jupiter makes it’s closest approach to Earth tomorrow, Saturday, Dec.1. It won’t be this close again until 2021.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012

D.C. area forecast: Trending warmer, but weekend marine layer may prove tricky

Slowly but surely our extra crisp mornings wane over the coming days, as daytime high temperatures also rise. It’s uncertain if it’ll be a smooth transition or if we get a cooler, cloudier flow from the east on Saturday. Even if sunshine is masked for a day, we can look into Sunday and next week, as temperatures climb near 60 and then well into the 60s.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 11/29/2012

PM Update: More sunny, partly chilly weather

Temperatures remained on the cold side of normal today, but with highs around 50, sunshine and little wind, it could certainly be a lot worse in late November. We close out in the work week (and month) in similar fashion, and maybe nudge the mercury a few degrees warmer.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:10 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 11/29/2012

NOAA to proceed with Superstorm Sandy review with other government agencies

After a false start, NOAA has issued a statement today indicating it is set to re-launch a process for evaluating its performance during Superstorm Sandy.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:53 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Tropical Weather

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Moscow sees heaviest November snow in 50 years; wintry in Germany, central Europe

A major snowstorm has brought Moscow to a standstill, disrupting road and air travel in a city that’s no stranger to harsh wintry weather.

By Justin Grieser  |  03:31 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Review: 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season in 4.5 minutes (VIDEO)

Irrespective of the statistics, the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season left its mark with severe impacts from Hurricane Isaac and Sandy along the Gulf and Northeast coasts. NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Laboratory has constructed an animation of the hurricane season - in its entirety - compressed into 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Watch it here

By Jason Samenow  |  01:38 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Atmospheric river to blast northern California with torrential rains

A deep feed of Pacific moisture is streaming into the West Coast, and is forecast to produce incredible amounts of rain and mountain snow. Around a foot of rain is forecast in northern California and southwest Oregon over the next 5 days. At very high elevations, more than 100 inches of snow is possible.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:51 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/29/2012

OPM updates inclement weather policy for federal employees

With winter fast approaching, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) this week tweaked its inclement weather procedures for federal workers in the D.C. area. The changes – announced Tuesday at OPM’s annual briefing on weather-related dismissals and closures – include a new “delayed arrival” option, while also clarifying which employees must telework in the event of a full closure.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:30 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/29/2012

D.C. area forecast: A little chill but a lot of sun today, big warmup not until Sunday

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 11/28/2012

PM Update: Staying mostly clear and chilly through Thursday

Day 19 of below normal temperatures in November is winding down, after highs reached the mid-40s to near 50 across the area. At least there was a lot of sun for much of the day! Expect another cold night with a lot of places dropping well below freezing, followed by a cool -- but not too cold -- Thursday. Fear not, a warm up is coming!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:45 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Department of Homeland Security may review Superstorm Sandy warnings

Two weeks ago, a routine National Weather Service (NWS) review of forecast and warning services provided during superstorm Sandy was halted. We have learned high-level conversations between NWS and the Department of Homeland Security motivated the stoppage.

By Eric Holthaus* and Jason Samenow  |  03:58 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Third most active hurricane season on record (tie) ends Friday

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is coming to an end. This season ended up with 19 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes. The 19 named storms ties for the third greatest number of such storms in a season on record.

By Brian McNoldy  |  01:11 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 11/28/2012

Violent tornado strikes Taranto, Italy

A large, powerful tornado hit the town of Taranto, Italy earlier today. Tornadoes in Italy happen from time to time but are less common and typically not as strong as those in the United States, and rare in late November.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:50 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/28/2012

D.C. area forecast: Lingering chill gives way to warmer weekend

Cool and dry. That’s the way November has gone so far - 3 degrees below average and 2.25” below average to date - and that’s the way it’ll finish today through Friday despite sunshine returning. The weekend starts December on a warmer note, but with rain chances virtually nil until late Sunday, and the warmth looks to hang around into midweek next week.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 11/27/2012

PM Update: Rain clears, chill remains

The nasty cold rain has departed, but clouds will only slowly trickle away from the region tonight as reinforcing cold air comes in from the north. Sunshine returns Wednesday, but it’s very chilly with temperatures some 5-10 degrees colder than average and gusty winds.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:59 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Long range look: Warm weather pattern to start December, then turning volatile

The first four days of December will at times feel more like fall than winter with above normal temperatures expected to hold sway across the region.

By Wes Junker  |  03:17 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Beaver full moon tonight, smallest of year; also penumbral lunar eclipse some areas

Get ready for the full moon’s least prominent, most underwhelming showing of the year. Tonight’s full moon coincides with the most distant point in its orbit known as the apogee, which will make it appear smaller and duller than the typical full moon.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:23 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Snow falls mainly at high elevations in western Maryland, southern Pa. (PHOTOS)

As expected, the weak disturbance passing through the region this morning has been a light rain event for the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro regions.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:26 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012

D.C. area forecast: Rain or mix today; weather warms gradually towards the weekend

A cold and wet day is in store for the D.C. area! This is the type of day you wish your warm down jacket was also waterproof! It should be mainly a light-moderate rain event for most of us but I can’t rule out a rain/snow mix at times. Any snow accumulation is restricted to higher elevations in Loudoun and Frederick counties. We start a warming trend Wednesday into the weekend,

By Kathryn Prociv  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 11/26/2012

PM Update: Mainly light rain late tonight into Tuesday; some snow well north and west

Temperatures warmed a bit more than expected today, to highs near normal for this time of year. Plentiful sunshine along with light winds also came together to produce a pretty nice one as well. But when we factor in cold morning lows, today still finishes a bit below average. Conditions deteriorate heading through the evening and into the overnight, first with an increase in clouds, and then with light rain as well as some snow well to the north and west of D.C.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:30 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Back to back storms clock United Kingdom

A weather double whammy has smacked the United Kingdom (UK) with flooding rain and powerful winds. The first wave struck this weekend, with the follow-up blow last night into today.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:58 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Mostly rain for metro region tonight, Tuesday; snow confined to higher elevations west

Unless you live in Frederick or Loudoun county, at an elevation above 1,000 feet or so, do not expect to see much in the way of snow tonight and tomorrow. This is mostly a rain event.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:16 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 11/26/2012

Washington, D.C. records first official freeze of cold season, 15th latest on record

Washington, D.C.’s official observing station at Reagan National Airport (DCA) finally recorded its first freeze of the 2012-2013 cold season this morning. It was the 15th latest first freeze on record dating back to 1872.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:27 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/26/2012

D.C. area forecast: Chilly today; rain Tuesday, except some snow outlying western areas

CAPITAL WEATHER GANG | Today may be sunny, but tomorrow will bring cold rain and maybe flakes.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/25/2012

D.C. area forecast: Still on the cool side. Might we see some snowflakes fly midweek?

It’s still cool out there today, but thankfully not as blustery. High temperatures get back close to average tomorrow, before a storm threatens precipitation Tuesday into Tuesday night. Some of that precipitation could be of the wintry variety. So far it doesn’t look like a big deal, as temperatures appear a bit too warm for much in the way of anything sticking. But these things can change.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/24/2012

D.C. area forecast: Winterlike conditions return; midweek storm?

Given that we’ve already had two weeks of below normal temperatures this month, today’s return to that type of conditions should maybe be expected. The combo of cold and wind won’t feel too nice though.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 11/23/2012

PM Update: Sharp drop in temperatures Saturday, very breezy

Our short reprieve from cooler than normal temperatures ends abruptly tonight as a cold front dashes through the area. Winds pick up and temperatures tank. Saturday is likely to be the coldest day of the fall so far. Sunday remains chilly but without the wind.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:45 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 11/23/2012

Big cold front promises steep drop in temperatures, strong Saturday winds

In Duluth, Minnesota, the mercury spiked to a record of 52 degrees Thanksgiving only to be followed by 3 inches of snow and frigid temperatures in the 20s today. In St. Louis yesterday it soared to a balmy 70, now it’s 36. Soon, it will be our turn to deal with this cold front’s wrath.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:02 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 11/23/2012

Winter outlook summary: From D.C. to Boston snowy winter favored by most forecasters

By now, most meteorologists who produce winter outlooks have released them. Along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C. to Boston, there’s a common thread: most forecasters are calling for above average snowfall and below average temperatures

By Jason Samenow  |  11:42 AM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/23/2012

D.C. area forecast: Unlike shopping, weather pretty peaceful today; Arctic chill on tap tomorrow

You have one more weather day where you can burn off those Thanksgiving calories with outdoor activities and no cold temperatures to deal with. Breezes pick up by tonight and turn into full blown Arctic winds for Saturday into early Sunday. It won’t be until Monday that the atmosphere can start returning us toward more average, seasonal conditions—thanks to southerly flow ahead of a disturbance nearing us by Tuesday. Any mild air probably won’t last long though.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/22/2012

D.C. area forecast: Mild sunshine to be thankful for next two days, cold blast on Saturday

This is no turkey, just one great day to head over to grandma’s house or get out and jog, bike, shoot hoops or whatever before eating way too much. For all you “mall-sters” the weather tomorrow could not be better, so shop away. A rude awakening lies ahead for the weekend with an Arctic blast on Saturday.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 11/21/2012

PM Update: A sunny and delightful Thanksgiving and Black Friday

The pesky ocean storm finally pulled far enough away for sunshine to take over today. Despite the sun, chilly flow from the north held temperatures at near average levels - reaching the mid-50s for highs.We’ll do modestly better than that over the next two days as the northerly flow gradually transitions to more southerly.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:31 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Without polar satellites, forecast for Superstorm Sandy would have suffered European analysis finds

They scan the globe in pole-to-pole loops and feed important information into models for forecasting the most dangerous storms. But later this decade, a gap in these polar-orbiting satellites is foreseen. Could that prove costly for weather predictions?

By Jason Samenow  |  02:52 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Technology

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/21/2012

Leading forecaster Judah Cohen favors harsh winter for Washington, D.C., East Coast

Meet seasonal forecaster Judah Cohen. Cohen relates the amount of snow cover and its rate of advance in Siberia in October to temperatures during winter in North America. The more snow in Siberia and the faster it increases, the colder it’s likely to be in the eastern U.S. This October, snow came down fast and furious in Siberia and, thus, Cohen is bullish about a harsh winter for the eastern U.S.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

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

D.C. area forecast: Terrific travel weather here, there, and most everywhere east of the Rockies

Mother Nature comes through in the clutch today with nearly ideal pre-Thanksgiving weather not just here in the D.C. area, but for the vast majority of the country with the exception of the stormy Pacific Northwest. Locally, the story is much the same for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. No storm threats this weekend, but it does turn breezy and much colder.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 11/20/2012

PM Update: Sunshine to make its return Wednesday

Not since Saturday have we experienced appreciable sunshine due to northeasterly flow driven by an ocean storm. That storms moves far enough away for sunshine to make its comeback Wednesday as temperatures slowly trend upwards as we approach Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:51 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 11/20/2012

History does not support a terribly snowy winter in Washington, D.C.

Based on limited data, there’s no precedent for a blockbuster snowy winter given predicted conditions this year. But the record offers promise for at least a little snow.

By Wes Junker  |  02:59 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 11/20/2012

Thanksgiving travel weather forecast: Unusually tranquil over much of U.S.

Unless you’re headed to the Pacific Northwest, travel weather conditions through Thanksgiving will be excellent throughout the U.S.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:59 AM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012

D.C. area forecast: Cloudy today, but nicer tomorrow into Thanksgiving and Black Friday

A weather system well offshore throws clouds back our way today, but at least we stay dry and temperatures inch up just a bit higher than Monday. A brief burst of warmer-than-normal temperatures arrives on Turkey Day lingering into Black Friday. A cold front brings below normal temperatures back for the weekend though, reminding us that December is not that far away.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 11/19/2012

PM Update: Ocean storm helps keep periods of clouds around into Tuesday

A storm off the southeast coast has helped keep our skies mixed today. Periods of sun have been most prevalent over northern and western parts of the area, though many have seen at least a little this afternoon. Highs in the low-and-mid 50s are just a touch below normal, but mild morning lows may mean the end of our latest colder than normal streak.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:45 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Mt. Rainier, Washington forecast: 80-108 inches of new snow through Wednesday

Through Wednesday, NWS is calling for 80-108 inches of snow on Mt. Rainier, including 36-42 inches by this evening.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:15 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Thanksgiving week coastal storm: what happened to it?

This time last week, we wrote about the possibility of a storm for the Mid-Atlantic. Judging by the tranquil forecast for much of the region, you may wonder, what ever happened to that storm?

By Jason Samenow  |  03:28 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Weather to turn more volatile next week, but no sign of snow

Could the pattern be changing to one decidedly more wintry as December approaches? I can only say maybe. Yes, our shots of cold will inevitably become more intense, but their staying power is in question - and the storm track may be too far north for snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:58 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Does a cold November into December mean a cold winter? An extreme example of the opposite

Temperatures so far this month have averaged 4 degrees below average in Washington, D.C. year. Around this time of year, especially when cold weather occurs, we often hear people say something like, “If it’s this cold now, how much worse will the rest of the winter be?”

By Don Lipman  |  10:30 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Lipman, History

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/19/2012

D.C. area forecast: A dry week which slowly warms up before weekend chill

The busiest travel week of the year may work out to be the quietest weather week of the year. A convenient coincidence! Temperatures are more or less seasonable, mainly in the 50s for highs although 60+ is possible Thanksgiving and Black Friday before a drop in temperatures for the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/18/2012

D.C. area forecast: Still cool, but slightly warmer each day with 60+ possible by Thanksgiving

High pressure to our north does a nice job defending our area from showers associated with a storm system off the coast through tomorrow. Highs continue to run a bit below average through Monday, but aren’t all that bad for November. We’ll warm a few degrees Tuesday and Wednesday but pick up a shower chance, too. How about Thanksgiving?

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 11/18/2012

Redskins vs. Eagles weather forecast: Cool out there, but some sun helps

The sky forecast is better than it once was, as we should see a good deal of sunshine. Temperatures mixed with a light breeze still calls for some bundling up.

By David Streit  |  04:55 AM ET, 11/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SkinsCast, Latest

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 11/18/2012

United vs. Dynamo weather forecast: Some sun early, but cool for the hotly contested playoffs

Nothing to keep attendance down weather-wise today as the United fight the Dynamo for a spot in the MLS championship game! Do dress warmly though, as a chill will set in as the sun goes down.

By Brian Jackson  |  04:50 AM ET, 11/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  UnitedCast, Latest

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 11/17/2012

D.C. area forecast: Tranquil through the weekend and into next week

We’ve piled up quite a number -- lucky 13 on the way today -- of cooler than normal days this month, and there’s no real warmth around the corner. The main difference going forward is that normal readings are now dipping closer to the temperatures we’ve been seeing, so it won’t be quite as cold on the departure scale. Other than the cool air, mostly benign weather remains the story for a while.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:05 AM ET, 11/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/17/2012

Help wanted: National Weather Service seeks financial chief to institute “employee reductions”

The National Weather Service (NWS) has a key job opening: Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Buried in the announcement for this critical vacancy lies a surprising revelation: it seeks an applicant to carry out the task of reducing the NWS workforce.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 11/16/2012

PM Update: A sunny, chilly weekend lies ahead

In 12 out of 16 days this month, including today, temperatures have been cooler than normal. The November average temperature is running about 4 degrees below average. The weekend brings no appreciable change to this chilly weather regime but sunny skies should brighten spirits.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:03 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 11/16/2012

Global drought changed little last 60 years: a problem for global warming predictions?

An oft-referred to global warming projection is an increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts. But averaged over the globe, a new study published in Nature finds little change in drought over the past 60 years.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:43 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Droughts, Climate Change

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 11/16/2012

Leonid meteor shower tonight, tomorrow morning: shut off the lights and look up

The Leonid shower in November has potential to be interesting, but this is a year of low strength.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  10:06 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/16/2012

D.C area forecast: Ending the week on a sunnier note, but still chilly

Clouds could break a bit today, and especially tomorrow, so enjoy it while we can get it. We know fall can provide cloudiness to go with that extra darkness. Temperatures in this chilly air mass could struggle through early next week. And it is only on Sunday into early Monday that we have slight chances of a few raindrops. Boring weather, eh? Just bundle up!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 11/15/2012

PM Update: Clouds give way to clearing, remaining seasonably chilly into Friday

A blanket of clouds capped temperatures at below average levels once again today, with highs struggling to reach 50. That cloud deck will erode tonight and we get ample sunshine to close out the work week. Temperatures, however, remain on the cool side of normal.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:04 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Winter musings for Washington, D.C.: Evaluating snow prospects

Winter is approaching, time to start talking about what might drive the winter pattern to enhance or decrease this winter’s snowfall.

By Wes Junker  |  03:52 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 11/15/2012

AccuWeather celebrates 50-year anniversary

AccuWeather, the State College, Pa. based weather forecasting company, turned 50 years old today. It’s a company that I’ve criticized occasionally, yet deeply admire for its passion in providing useful, entertaining weather information and its innovation.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:43 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Media

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 11/15/2012

The whole truth about Superstorm Sandy and climate change

The inconvenient truth on climate change and Sandy falls in the middle of two extreme views.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:12 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/15/2012

D.C. area forecast: Thin cloud cover keeps it cool today, weekend rain chances fade

Good leaf raking weather abounds the next few days with calm winds and crisp, dry conditions. The potential late weekend storm is looking too far into the ocean to be of major concern. Hopefully, it won’t push too many clouds over us Saturday night so we can watch the Leonid meteor shower. The new string of below normal days is with us for the duration but nothing too painful.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 11/14/2012

PM Update: Today’s chill persists into Thursday

It’s not too often under lots of sunshine in mid-November that temperatures struggle to get past 50, but that was the story of today with afternoon readings rising mainly to the mid-and-upper 40s. We don’t have any major warm-ups to talk about, but at least the weather stays pretty tranquil other than the extra chill.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:30 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Thanksgiving week ocean storm may miss Washington, D.C. but batter coast

More and more, it appears the effects from a likely storm next week will be confined to the shore rather than inland areas along the East Coast. This means the Washington, D.C. area may end up rain-free, but the risk of coastal flooding and beach erosion once again looms for Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beach areas.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:00 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 11/14/2012

About face: U.S. tornado activity near low point in modern record

After one of the busiest years for tornadoes in 2011, tornado numbers in 2012 have come crashing down to historic lows.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:02 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 11/14/2012

State of the stink bugs (poll)

Here’s a poll to assess the stink bug situation in the Washington area this year. Compare the stink bug encounters where you live to the past year.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:04 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Nature, Nature

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Aurora radiate in northern night skies following burst of solar wind (PHOTOS)

On Tuesday night, an “energized solar wind” produced conditions prime for aurora at northern latitudes.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:55 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Space

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/14/2012

D.C. area forecast: Colder pattern settles in; next storm on the horizon?

Our winter outlook is out, and you still have a chance to predict how much snow we’ll get between now and mid-April. In the short term, we find ourselves in a cool but mainly sunny lull between weather-makers, with yesterday morning’s cold front long gone, and the next chance of precipitation not until Sunday.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Total solar eclipse in northern Australia (Watch live)

As we speak, northern Australia is experiencing the last total solar eclipse until March, 2015.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:23 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Space, Latest

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 11/13/2012

How much snow will fall this winter? You tell us; And announcing the 90+ degree forecast winners

We’ve released our winter outlook and reported on winter outlooks from other sources. Now it’s your turn to predict how much snow will fall.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:55 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Now that was a cold front!

Between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Monday night, a powerful fall cold front cut through the region like a knife. In that short span of time, temperatures plunged 12 to 15 degrees. All the while, rain pounded the turf and winds rocked, gusting to 35 mph or higher. Said front is now heading offshore.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:11 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 11/13/2012

Winter outlook 2012-13 for Washington, D.C.: near normal cold and snow

It is time for our annual winter outlook. The easiest prediction is that it will be colder and snowier than last “non-winter” which had near record seasonal warmth and low snowfall. But we do not expect this to be an epic snowy winter.

By Matt Ross  |  10:10 AM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Winter Storms, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/13/2012

D.C. area forecast: AM showers and much cooler today, then a dry stretch

We find a powerful cold front carving through our region this morning. Showers could be moderate intensity in spots this morning as they slowly edge east. We clear out this afternoon to set up for a cool and dry rest of the week. The weekend might be muddied a bit now by a disturbance and rain/cloud chances on Sunday.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 11/12/2012

PM Update: Say goodbye to the warmth; cold front brings showers and chillier air

Hope you enjoyed our second day of temperatures 70 degrees, as it’s all about over. A strong cold front approaching from the west brings showers overnight and into the morning, along with considerably cooler air. In fact, daytime readings look to be about 20 degrees chillier tomorrow compared to today. And that air mass sticks around for the rest of the week, with only some moderation as we move forward.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Coastal storm may develop Thanksgiving week

For the third time in less than a month, another coastal storm may affect the Mid-Atlantic. This time a storm may brew in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:52 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Venice flooding swamps 70 percent of city

Sunday’s tide in Venice, Italy reached it sixth-highest level since 1872 as strong winds funneled water up the Adriatic Sea. Up to 70 percent of central Venice was flooded according to Italian news reports. Photos show businesses, homes and tourist sites inundated with water.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:18 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  International Weather, Latest, Latest

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Rock Creek with peak color

The color in Rock Creek Park Saturday morning was spectacular. I spent a few hours photographing the Rock Creek from the Taft Bridge to Peirce Mill.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:33 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/12/2012

D.C. area forecast: Mild and cloudy Monday, drying out Tuesday, cooler through late week

Today will be the week’s warmest day. We’ll have lots in the way of clouds today, but they depart Tuesday morning.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

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

D.C. area forecast: Veterans Day warmth lasts through Monday, then comes a showery cold front

The fantastic weather continues with bright sunshine today and temperatures trying to touch 70 in some places both today and tomorrow. Showers threaten by Monday night, and Tuesday has a totally different feel as a cold front keeps the rain chances going and knocks highs back down into the 50s.

By Kathryn Prociv* and Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

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

D.C. area forecast: Beautiful Saturday and Sunday, and warm through early week

After 12 days of below average temperatures, we should change our fortunes today with readings rising near and above normal. That’s just the start as far as the next few days go as well, with both tomorrow and Monday featuring even milder conditions. A storm system to the west progresses toward the area by Tuesday, bringing with it a threat of rain as well as a return to cooler temperatures.

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

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 11/09/2012

PM Update: Warmer weekend awaits

If the longest cold snap since Snowmageddon has kept you cooped up inside the past couple weeks, it’s time to come out of hibernation. While today’s highs in the mid-to-upper 50s are still a few degrees below average, they are a step in the right direction. Even warmer stuff is on tap tomorrow and especially Sunday.

By Dan Stillman  |  03:30 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Did Superstorm Sandy blow away peak fall color in Washington, D.C.?

By Jason Samenow  |  01:05 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Latest, Photography

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Top reader photos: Superstorm Sandy

Throughout Superstorm Sandy, a stream of excellent photos documenting the storm’s impacts flowed through our Flickr page. I thought I’d share a few here.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:53 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Washington, D.C. cold stretch: Longest since Snowmageddon, but nearing an end

Washington, D.C. is on its way to completing its 12th straight day of below normal temperatures, matching the longest streak since Snowmagedon.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:33 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest

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

D.C. area forecast: Cold air retreating for several days, but for how long?

Air that won’t whip us around or chill us to the bone like it’s winter? Let’s take it while we can get it! Enjoy a string of milder days with blue skies, and retreating breezes. Our next cold front ushers a change for us around mid-week next week, but pretend for the sake of this wonderful holiday weekend, that I didn’t even mention it...

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 11/08/2012

PM Update: Chilly into Friday, but winds gradually diminish

Today defined blustery with high temperatures in the low-to-mid 50s (still several degrees below normal) and winds sustained at 15-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph. We’ve started a warming trend, but it’s an incremental one. Tonight still feels pretty wintry before we can appreciate the diminished winds and sunshine Friday afternoon.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:47 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 11/08/2012

October cooler than average across U.S., breaking streak of 16 straight warm months

After 16 straight months of above average temperatures in the Lower 48 states, October ended the streak. NOAA reports the average temperature was 0.3°F below average for the month.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:04 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 11/08/2012

NOAA calls off El Niño forecast

So much for having El Niño conditions this winter. NOAA has walked way from its forecast for meaningful warming of the tropical Pacific ocean - which sometimes leads to stormy conditions across the southern U.S. and snowy winters in the Mid-Atlantic.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:52 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Science

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Nor’easter brings record snow to Northeast, 8 days after Superstorm Sandy

The powerful Nor’easter is pulling away from New England, leaving behind record snowfall totals from New Jersey to Maine.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:24 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/08/2012

D.C. area forecast: Sunshine returns today, above normal temps by the weekend

The sun returns for an extended engagement starting today. However, what really gets my attention is an end to a nearly two week string of below normal temperatures starting this Saturday. That is just the beginning as some areas will take a shot at 70 by Sunday and Monday. So for those of you with the long weekend, plan something outdoors.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 11/07/2012

PM Update: Evening sprinkle or snowflake possible; slight warming tomorrow

While substantial snow has failed to materialize, it’s feeling pretty wintry out there. Highs in the low-and-mid 40s are a good 15 or more degrees below normal for the date. Plentiful cloudiness and a few patches of light precipitation continue into the evening, but besides bundling up, local weather concerns of note are few.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:30 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Nor’easter battering Northeast coast one week after Superstorm Sandy

From Delaware to Massachusetts, heavy precipitation, high seas and gusty winds are lashing the coast. From Baltimore to the southwest, impacts from the storm abruptly cutoff.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:53 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

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

Prospect of snowflakes has declined in Washington, D.C., now just 50/50

The morning models have come in weaker with their simulations for today’s developing Nor’easter. This means for the Washington, D.C. area our chances of seeing much more than conversational snowflakes have dropped. Even areas up towards Baltimore, where winter weather advisories are up, may get fringed by the storm and miss out on accumulating snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:11 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 11/07/2012

National Weather Service: Just say no to Athena

The National Weather Service has officially rejected the Weather Channel’s new winter storm naming scheme asking employees not to use the terms in forecasts and statements.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:39 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Media, Government

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/07/2012

D.C. area forecast: Breezy chill and a wintry mix today; much warmer this weekend

Don’t think anyone voted for this weather. It’s cold and windy today, and the culprit is a Nor’easter trying to clip us with some rain, likely mixed with snow. Some areas could even see a light accumulation if the snow falls heavy enough for a time. Cold winds linger tomorrow, but marked improvement arrives Friday, and the weekend is looking quite nice!

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 11/06/2012

PM Update: Unseasonably cold with rain/snow mix late Wednesday

Today’s high temperatures only managed to reach the mid-to-upper 40s across the region. At Reagan National, the high of 48 was the coldest Presidential Election Day on record (since the late 1800s). With cold air in place and a Nor’easter developing Wednesday, a wintry mix of precipitation is possible during the second half of the day.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:07 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 11/06/2012

First snowflakes of the season possible in Washington, D.C. Wednesday

The Nor’easter poised to batter coastal areas from the Delmarva to New England may just graze the Washington, D.C. metro region. But with unseasonably cold air in place, any precipitation the storm throws back at us may contain snowflakes.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:23 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Nor’easter still poses threat for areas ravaged by Superstorm Sandy

Last night, some of the computer models suggested Wednesday’s Nor’easter may develop far enough offshore to spare New York and New Jersey from the brunt of the storm. Unfortunately, this morning’s models have nudged the storm closer to the coast again, putting back in play the possibility of an unwelcome blow for areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Washington, D.C. election weather history

Election Day weather varies widely from one year to the next, and pundits like to speculate how the weather might affect voter turnout. In the D.C. area, the weather won’t cause any problems for today’s presidential election – though it will be a bit cooler than in recent years.

By Justin Grieser and Don Lipman  |  10:21 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012

D.C. area forecast: Tranquil, chilly election day; Nor’easter to likely graze or miss region

Although today’s weather may feel a bit chilly, it looks great for heading out to the polls to vote! Onto Wednesday, the much-discussed Nor’easter may end up just missing us. Even so, with clouds, unseasonably cold temperatures and a fading chance of rain and/or snow, it’s still probably the week’s worst day. Once the Nor’easter exits northeast on Thursday, high pressure builds in Friday with clearing conditions and warmer weather just in time for the weekend.

By Kathryn Prociv* and Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 11/05/2012

PM Update: Widespread freeze tonight, followed by a chilly Election Day

This cool pattern lives on, but at least we saw a decent amount of sunshine during the day. Even with the sunshine, highs only managed to rise into the upper 40s and low 50s across the region. We don’t have any warmer than normal air on the immediate horizon, and tonight’s looking like the coldest of the year for most spots. We’ll follow that up with a chilled Election Day.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:45 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Storm, flood and high wind watches issued ahead of Nor’easter in Sandy-stricken areas

As two waves in the atmosphere merge off the Mid-Atlantic coast, one from the north and one from the south, a major Nor’easter will rapidly develop Wednesday. High winds, rough seas, and coastal flooding are a threat from the Delmarva Peninsula into New England.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:23 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Freezing warning for entire Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro areas tonight

For most of us, say goodbye to the growing season. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for the entire Washington, D.C. metro region from midnight to 9 a.m. Tuesday.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Model backs off Nor’easter snow potential for Washington, D.C.

The European model, the model that did such an outstanding job predicting the track of Sandy, had for several consecutive simulations, forecast snow, late Wednesday afternoon into the night in the Washington, D.C. area. But - in a stunning turn of events this afternoon - has backed off its snowy forecast.

By Wes Junker  |  01:41 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Will weather affect Election Day results for President and Congress?

The latest weather maps show relatively quiet weather across much of the U.S. Election Day. It is is unlikely to have a meaningful effect on outcomes this year.

By Don Lipman  |  11:18 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Lipman, U.S. Weather

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

D.C. area forecast: Cold through Friday with midweek coastal storm threat

Ever since Hurricane Sandy’s approach, temperatures have been colder than normal in the region. That remains the case through midweek as another storm makes a run at the area. How much precipitation we get from this storm is unclear, but - at least in our colder spots - some wet snowflakes are a small possibility late Wednesday. By the weekend, we start to warm up a bit.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 11/04/2012

Election week Nor’easter to likely pound coastal areas, question marks inland

There is now consensus among computer models that a strong fall Nor’easter will begin forming election night and then move up the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast Wednesday and Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:27 PM ET, 11/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/04/2012

D.C. area forecast: Staying cool ahead of potential midweek storm; could it really snow?

It feels a lot more like early December out there than early November as we remain well on the cool side of normal for this time of year. Even when the sun comes out, an influx of cold air from the north still keeps temperatures from making much headway. Come midweek, a coastal storm system brings a chance of rain and, yes, the potential for our first snowflakes of the season.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

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

Redskins vs. Panthers weather forecast: Brisk and dry

You may need to huddle together as the weather today gives a cool reception. Showers are blocked far to the south.

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

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 11/03/2012

Midweek Nor’easter poses interior snow, coastal flood risk

There’s reasonable model agreement that low pressure will develop off the Southeast or mid-Atlantic coast late Tuesday and move north, producing a range of effects from the mid-Atlantic to Northeast Wednesday and Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:41 PM ET, 11/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/03/2012

D.C. area forecast: Chilled conditions continue; storm threat holds off until mid-week

We should still be seeing temperatures near and above 60 for highs this time of year, but there’s no sign of readings that mild anytime soon. We’ve got more of the same from recent days ahead, except for what should be increased sunshine peeking out of the gray. The region is still locked under an upper-level low-pressure regime though, so cloudiness is possible at times, and we’ll have to watch for storm development by the end of the forecast period.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:59 AM ET, 11/03/2012

United vs. Red Bulls weather forecast: Cool for gametime, but let’s hope the United are hot

We’ve been waiting five years for a return to the playoffs, and fortunately the weather won’t pose a problem. It’s bordering on cold (or maybe there for some of you), so bundle up!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:59 AM ET, 11/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  UnitedCast

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 11/02/2012

PM Update: Some sunshine returns for the weekend, finally - but still chilly

What a week! Can you believe last Saturday was the last time we had considerable sunshine? Both weekend days promise at least partial sun, but it will be cold, with highs struggling to escape the low 50s. That’s about 10 degrees below normal.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:12 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Nor’easter *may* bring Sandy-stricken areas rain, coastal flooding next week

Some computer models continue to advertise the possibility of a nor’easter next week which would bring a new round of wind, rain and high seas.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:20 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 11/02/2012

October 2012: Third wettest and third warmest of the 2000s in Washington, D.C.

October 2012 was the 12th month in a row of warmer-than-normal monthly temperatures at Washington National Reagan Airport (DCA).

By Matt Rogers  |  02:17 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Daylight saving time ends November 4 as Northern Hemisphere enters darkest quarter of the year

As November begins, evening daylight is increasingly in short supply. Soon the sun will set even earlier as daylight saving time (DST) ends this Sunday. On November 4, we shift our clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. local time, which offers a welcome extra hour of sleep but also more evening darkness.

By Justin Grieser  |  12:59 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 11/02/2012

Superstorm Sandy packed more total energy than Hurricane Katrina at landfall

In modern records, Sandy’s total energy ranks second among all hurricanes at landfall higher than devastating storms like Hurricane Katrina, Andrew and Hugo.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:17 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012

D.C. area forecast: Breezy, brisk, and cloudy end to the week

It is chilly enough over the coming days to contemplate a scarf, at times, with your coat before afternoon high temperatures in the 50s make us a bit more comfortable. We’ll get used to it soon enough though. Several days of below average temperatures should acclimate us relatively quickly to the cold-season’s growing presence!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 11/01/2012

PM Update: Raw and cool repeat Friday

November arrived in late November-like fashion with gray skies and chilly temperatures. We might even squeeze out a few light rain showers this evening. For the most part though, it’s just cloudy and cool and stays that way through a good part of Friday.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:04 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 11/01/2012

New Nor’easter may hit East Coast next week

Another storm is exactly what the mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast don’t need. But the European Centre Medium Range Forecast (EURO) model is forecasting exactly that this time next week.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:02 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 11/01/2012

The National Hurricane Center’s strikingly accurate forecast for Sandy

Almost five days prior to landfall, the National Hurricane Center pegged the prediction for Hurricane Sandy, correctly placing southern New Jersey near the center of its track forecast. This long lead time was critical for preparation efforts from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast and no doubt saved lives.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:22 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 11/01/2012

If Hurricane Sandy had come south: the dramatic storm surge scenario for Washington, D.C.

What if Hurricane Sandy had tracked 300 miles south, making landfall in Va. instead of Atlantic City?

By Jason Samenow  |  11:43 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Floods, Tropical Weather

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Sandy’s floodwaters at Great Falls

When you open your car door at the Great Falls parking lot and immediately hear a loud roar, then you know the Potomac River is flowing mighty fast.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:03 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012

D.C. area forecast: The chill lingers through the weekend, even as clouds gradually diminish

November is not feeling kind this year. The first 5 days are likely to run consistently 5 to 10 degrees below normal. Clouds are only going to gradually relinquish control but shower potential is minimal at least. There is only a chance for frost on our pumpkins, most likely northwest of town this weekend.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

 

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