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Capital Weather Gang: December, 2012

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 12/31/2012

PM Update: Cool, cloudy conditions ring in New Year; Rain or snow showers possible Tuesday

Other than some early-morning breaks, which helped to produce a beautiful sunrise, we’ve been largely locked into cloudy skies on this New Year’s Eve in the D.C. area. Highs largely in the upper 30s to lower 40s are more or less seasonable, if a little cool. Those clouds aren’t in a hurry to go anywhere over the next day. But, on the bright side, we’ll make it through tonight’s celebration without needing umbrellas or snow gear.

By Ian Livingston  |  03:10 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Reagan National Airport's misleading low temperatures

A retired climatologist reveals a stunning disparity in freezing December mornings at Reagan National Airport compared to other locations both in the D.C. area and to the south!

By Jason Samenow  |  12:50 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 12/31/2012

Top 5 international weather events of 2012

From a severe cold snap in Europe to ferocious storms from the tropics to the Arctic, extreme weather events claimed thousands of lives and caused significant economic losses around the globe in the past year. As 2012 closes, let’s take a look at the highest impact major weather events to occur outside the U.S.

By Justin Grieser  |  11:36 AM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/31/2012

D.C. area forecast: A mostly dry, chilly week to start 2013; no New Year’s Eve weather concerns

We close Washington, D.C.’s warmest year on record (2012) with temperatures close to average but open 2013 with slightly cooler than normal temps through its first weekend. We may see some spotty rain/snow showers New Year’s Day, but nothing of consequence. Then, despite highs in the 30s starting Wednesday, moisture is in short supply, shutting down snow chances.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/30/2012

D.C. area forecast: Cold, gusty winds today with a few chances for flakes this week

On the plus side today, there’s plenty of sun. On the down side, we get a good bit of wind and not a lot of warmth to go with it. Temperatures this week look to stay on the cool side, with a couple chances for some mainly conversational snowflakes New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We’re watching a more significant storm for later in the week, though it may miss to the south.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 12/30/2012

Redskins vs. Cowboys weather forecast: Bone chilling cold but diminishing winds

Good news is that gusty winds of earlier in the day will wane during the evening. Still, wintry cold should be a shock for the boys from the South. Hopefully everyone in attendance can ward off the cold by jumping up and down celebrating a bunch of Redskins touchdowns.

By David Streit  |  04:55 AM ET, 12/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SkinsCast, Latest

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

Update: Snow, mixed precipitation exit region with little accumulation

Noon Update: The back edge of the snow has reached the District where big fat flakes are falling sometimes mixed with rain and sleet. Southwest of town, precipitation has ended. Over the next 30 to 60 minutes, precipitation will exit the region entirely.

By Dan Stillman and Jason Samenow  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/29/2012

D.C. area forecast: Today’s wintry weather more a nuisance than a big mess

If you like snow, it seems like every storm in recent memory has been a nail biter. We’re battling the rain-snow line with this one, as usual.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 09:02 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Update: Wintry weather on track for near-dawn arrival

The storm set to impact us on Saturday is cruising east. It should begin to move in between about 4 and 8 a.m.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:02 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Updates

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 12/28/2012

PM Update: Light snow or mix Saturday morning into the afternoon then blustery

Temperatures today have been more or less seasonable, with highs mostly in the low 40s. The chilly air mass sets the stage for a period of snow and mixed precipitation Saturday. The wintry mix moves out Saturday afternoon and evening with cold air in its wake to close out the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:37 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Minor snow event likely for D.C. area Saturday morning, coating to a couple inches possible

Since the crippling Commutageddon storm of January 26, 2011 (almost two years ago), snow events in Washington, D.C. area have - without exception - been minor, producing no more than 1-3 inches in the area. Saturday morning brings yet another of these relatively inconsequential opportunities for light snowfall.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:30 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Thursday’s mountain wave clouds in the Mid-Atlantic

As strong westerly winds (gusting over 40 mph in spots) roared over the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains Thursday in the wake of the Boxing Day storm, wave-like cloud formations developed in lengthy streaks over the Mid-Atlantic

By Jason Samenow  |  01:17 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 12/28/2012

Top 5 Washington, D.C. weather events of 2012

Warmth, and storms arguably boosted by that warmth, dominated local weather headlines in 2012. After a winter without a winter, we got off to a blazing start to the warm season with the toastiest March on record, and then we were unfortunate enough to deal with our third top-three hottest summer of heat in as many years.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:21 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest, Extreme Heat

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/28/2012

D.C. area forecast: Calm Friday; Light snow, mix and rain likely on Saturday

We have a chilly but relatively seasonably cold period of temperatures ahead. And yes, some snow is possible for our winter weather lovers. Luckily, it’s not looking too disruptive or treacherous for traveling, but some slick spots particularly north and west of the city seem to be on the table. After that, we do get some sunshine to accompany our cold air mass. Is that some solace?

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 12/27/2012

PM Update: Winds settle down, remaining chilly

Our wind-chilled day notwithstanding, temperatures today still averaged on the warm side of normal. Amazingly, only two days this December have had below average temperatures. Friday may be one of the rare cooler than normal days this month, but diminishing winds will take an edge off the chill.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:59 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 12/27/2012

2012: a year of electrifying weather photos in the Washington, D.C. area

I have selected 20 interesting photographs from 2012 that have either appeared on our Capital Weather Gang blog or Flickr page. Most of the photographs were taken in the District but a few were shot in Maryland and Virginia.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  04:19 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Local Climate

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Some Saturday snow possible, then cold

Another possible winter weather event looms on the horizon for early December 29. Yet again, the Washington area is expected again to be near the line between rain and snow.

By Wes Junker  |  02:41 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 12/27/2012

Done deal: Washington, D.C. to complete warmest year on record in 2012

2012 was a year of crazy weather in Washington, D.C. from the nearly snowless winter to the summer’s scorching heat and high energy derecho to Superstorm Sandy. But the year will have yet another asterisk next to it for achieving perhaps the most remarkable milestone: warmest on record.

By Matt Rogers  |  11:25 AM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Climate Change

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/27/2012

D.C. area forecast: Walloping winds will dry area off, more wintry weather headed our way Saturday

Anybody feel like they are in a car wash? First we were deluged with a sloshing of white stuff, now comes the big blow dry. Winds gusting to 45 mph require a bit of caution. Next, we turn our attention to potential wintry weather on Saturday and this one looks a little more snow prone but a switch to a rain mix could hold down accumulations. In any event, it should all be gone by Sunday night in time for the big Redskins game.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 12/26/2012

PM Update: Rain, wintry mix ending, howling winds return Thursday with sun; Saturday snow?

Today’s rainy, “sleezy” (mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain) storm is moving out, leaving multi-colored skies in its wake. Clearing will be slow and some patchy shower activity remains possible overnight. Some icy spots are possible north and west of the beltway. On Thursday, we clear out, but it’s very windy, with gusts to 50 mph possible.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:18 PM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 12/26/2012

Update: Heavy rain into tonight around D.C.; ice far west and northwest suburbs

Most of the immediate metro area has changed from snow and ice to rain, but pockets of freezing rain continue in the normally colder areas. Mainly rain, heavy at times, continues through 6-10 p.m. or so. It’s a cold, miserable rain - the worst kind - with temperatures holding in the low-to-mid 30s - maybe to near 40 southeast of town.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:45 PM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/26/2012

Update: Wintry mess to change to heavy rain this afternoon

From the I-95 corridor, including the District, out into our northern and western suburbs, snow, sleet and freezing may have created messy, slick travel this morning - especially with most roads untreated. This wintry mix will gradually transition to heavy rain late this morning and afternoon, first along the I-95 corridor and eventually working its way towards our far western suburbs.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Updates, Latest

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 12/26/2012

D.C. area forecast: Wintry mix to heavy rain today, then windy tomorrow; Saturday snow?

Quite an active weather pattern we find ourselves in. The first storm moves through today with a wintry mix changing to rain, heavy at times this afternoon into evening. Tomorrow brings a gusty, blustery day. And then we repeat the pattern with a storm threatening some snow or mixed precipitation Saturday, followed by a windy Sunday.

By Dan Stillman  |  04:45 AM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 12/25/2012

Tracking Wednesday and weekend storms with wet and wintry potential

We’re watching two storms that are making for an interesting Christmas-to-New Year’s Day forecast period in the nation’s capital. Neither storm appears to a be a blockbuster, but each could present at least low to moderate impacts locally. The first storm arrives tomorrow, with the next one aiming for Saturday-Saturday night.

By Dan Stillman  |  03:10 PM ET, 12/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/25/2012

D.C. area forecast: Dry today, but next storm arrives tomorrow; snow chance this weekend

Christmas Day offers some atmospheric peace on our part of the earth with drier weather. But we start seeing signs of the next big weathermaker by tonight as clouds roll back into the picture. Tomorrow brings mostly rain, but look out for mixed precipitation in especially the far western to northwestern suburbs mainly in the morning. Slow clearing on Thursday and another break on Friday precede a potential weekend winter storm that has a better chance to deliver snow to the area

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 12/24/2012

PM Update: Mix of precipitation moves out; slow clearing for Christmas

Many parts of our far northern and western suburbs will enjoy a White Christmas thanks to the 1-2 inches of snow that fell today. Elsewhere, it was mostly just a sloppy mix that amounted to bare ground. The precipitation winds down this evening, to be followed by cloudy, foggy conditions into Christmas Day. Christmas afternoon promises partial sunshine before the next storm approaches with more mixed precipitation concerns.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:41 PM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 12/24/2012

Update: Light snow, wintry mix moving through Washington, D.C. area Christmas Eve

Radar shows light snow and flurries have advanced into the immediate metro region and our legions of Twitter reporters provide ground truth. Snow is falling throughout northern Virginia, Prince George’s county, and flurries have also been spotted in the District and Bethesda. This activity will continue to advance into our northern suburbs in the next hour.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:40 PM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 12/24/2012

Dangerous severe weather outbreak possible in South Christmas Day

A violent outbreak of severe weather is possible across the deep South Christmas Day. Damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes - a few of which may be strong - are possible.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:14 PM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Wintry mix approaching from southwest; some snow may accumulate in colder suburbs

A weak weather system coming up from the southwest has already produced a mix of snow, sleet and rain in central Virginia. This area of mixed precipitation should reach the Washington, D.C. metro area this afternoon.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:28 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/24/2012

D.C. area forecast: Afternoon/evening wet snow or mix; calm Christmas, then stormy

Christmas week brings with it the most active winter weather of the season with three opportunities for precipitation of various types. We begin with the chance of snow or a rain/snow mix for the second half of today. A stronger storm brings mostly rain Wednesday (Boxing Day), but precipitation could start off as some sort of frozen mix west of town. Then, on Saturday, a third system may bring rain, snow or a mix.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 09:41 PM ET, 12/23/2012

Update: Christmas Eve wet snow likely

Conversational “ambiance” snow Christmas Eve? It’s looking more and more likely around the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore regions

By Jason Samenow  |  09:41 PM ET, 12/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 12/23/2012

Stormy but snow hard to come by Christmas week

Three rounds of precipitation are on tap for Christmas week but snow may prove to be elusive.

By Wes Junker  |  03:17 PM ET, 12/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/23/2012

D.C. area forecast: Calmer and not as cold today; multiple storms to watch

CAPITAL WEATHER GANG | The precipitation in coming days will likely be more wet than white.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 12/22/2012

Update: Christmas Eve and December 26 winter storm threats

The Snow Potential Index returned today, and that means snow chances are on the table again. Just in time the holidays.

By Ian Livingston  |  02:07 PM ET, 12/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Updates

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/22/2012

D.C. area forecast: Wind advisory today, then nicer; Christmas Eve system?

CAPITAL WEATHER GANG | Strong wind gusts could down trees and cause power outages today.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 12/21/2012

PM Update: Winter blows in right on time; flurries this evening, very windy Saturday

Through today, all but two days this month have been warmer than normal. But once it officially became winter early this morning, temperatures dropped as if mother nature hit a switch. Strong winds and even a few snowflakes have accompanied the chill. Blustery weather continues Saturday, before winds relent Sunday.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:05 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Wind advisory Saturday for Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas

Winds have howled today with gusts to 35 mph, but they’ll rage tomorrow, with gusts up to 50 mph. Given the intensity of wind predicted, the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the entire Washington, D.C. and Baltimore regions from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:51 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 12/21/2012

December 26 winter storm chances grow; wintry precipitation Christmas Eve?

Two weather systems are expected to impact the area next week, a weak one late Christmas Eve into early Christmas morning with a stronger one expected on Boxing day, December 26. Each has the potential to bring winter weather to portions of the area but each also could end up primarily as rain.

By Wes Junker  |  01:26 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 12/21/2012

Christmas travel weather: wind and snow spell trouble in some spots

Today into Christmas Eve, many people will take to the roads and the sky for holiday travel. On the plus side, the worst of Thursday’s blizzard is over, but very strong winds and pockets of snow on the storm’s backside will create hazards in the eastern third of the U.S. through late Saturday.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:24 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/21/2012

D.C. area forecast: Coldest-feeling, windiest weather we’ve seen this season

Hunker down but grab the gloves and scarf if you must venture out this weekend. Winter is going to make itself known over the coming days. There is even a chance of a few flakes for Christmas? While we watch the weather for next week, please stay safe and use caution in those winds (especially if driving) throughout the near-term.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 12/20/2012

PM Update: Heavy showers tonight, becoming windy; blustery Friday

After a relatively tranquil and mild stretch of weather, it becomes volatile tonight and eventually wintry. A powerful cold front drives through the region bringing a period of heavy showers and gusty winds. On Friday, conditions remain windy and unsettled with variably cloudy skies and a chance of rain showers that could mix with snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:33 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Monster storm brings blizzard to Upper Midwest, tornadoes to South

A massive early winter storm is producing hazardous weather from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. A blizzard has paralyzed parts of Midwest while severe thunderstorms - some spawning tornadoes - have rumbled through the South

By Jason Samenow  |  04:35 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Hazardous wind event possible Saturday; strong winds tonight and Friday too

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for the entire Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro regions for during the day Saturday.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:56 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Winter Solstice 2012: Myths and facts about the shortest day of the year

The world won’t end on December 21, but the 2012 winter solstice is still on the astronomical calendar.

By Justin Grieser  |  12:54 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/20/2012

The killer London smog event of December, 1952: a reminder of deadly smog events in U.S.

Sixty years ago this month (December), London was enveloped under a toxic mix of dense fog and sooty black smoke for four days. This episode of polluted air is among the deadliest environmental disasters in recorded history.

By Steve Tracton  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, History, Environment

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012

D.C. area forecast: Dry start but stormy finish today, strong winds buffet area Friday

The winter storm in the Midwest is nothing but a rain maker for us tonight but a potent one. The real story is strong winds in its wake on Friday and lingering into Saturday. This will challenge any decorations you have outdoors, so consider yourself warned! Temperatures finally return to seasonable levels and with the windchill, brrr!

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 12/19/2012

PM Update: Another mild day in the books; seasonable with shower chance late Thursday

This December, a day filled with lots of clouds isn’t too noteworthy as it seems to be the norm. Still, as we sit in the darkest time of year, those clouds aren’t doing us any favors. Folks to the southwest of D.C. have been a bit luckier with clearer skies. Either way, sky cover didn’t do anything to keep us from having another warm one for this time of year, though gusty breezes might have tricked you into thinking highs clustered near the mid-50s were cooler.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Blizzard pummeling eastern Rockies and western Plains eyes Upper Midwest

A major winter storm in the eastern Rockies and Plains will shift towards the Great Lakes Thursday, producing heavy snowfall, strong winds and dangerously low visibilities

By Jason Samenow  |  03:55 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  capital-weather-gang, U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/19/2012

December warmth in D.C. and its signal for temperatures the rest of winter

It’s been one of the warmest Decembers on record, and likely to finish that way. What does the mean for January and February?

By Ian Livingston  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Three year anniversary: Snowpocalypse of December 18-19, 2009

What did Washington D.C. look like three years ago? For the most part, it looked much the same as today except for one small matter: D.C. was buried under 16 to 24 inches of freshly fallen snow.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/19/2012

D.C. area forecast: Still mild, but with cold and windy weather closing in

December in D.C. is running just over seven degrees above normal so far, and today’s highs well into the 50s will only increase that number. While we don’t see a deep freeze in the immediate future, temperatures do slip a little tomorrow, and then a showery cold front late Thursday sends them down to seasonal levels Friday through the weekend. Gusty winds accompany the temperature drop as well.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 12/18/2012

PM Update: A sunny, mild Wednesday in a mild month

Behind a so-called cold front, temperatures surged into the low 60s today, more than 15 degrees above normal in most spots. Clearing skies tonight allow it to cool off quite a bit, but with abundant sunshine tomorrow and a notable lack of cold air in the eastern U.S., we bounce right back well into the 50s.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:11 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 12/18/2012

White Christmas tracker, December 18: Are snow chances hopeless in Washington, D.C.?

We’re now a week from Christmas Day - within the range models begin to have some accuracy and the details of weather systems start to take shape. Yesterday, we said White Christmas odds were down. Today we can’t quite say they’re out.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:05 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Holidays

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 12/18/2012

The fiscal cliff and weather forecasts

Could falling off the fiscal cliff harm weather forecasts? The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) projects related budget cuts at NOAA and NASA would lead to thousands of lost jobs and jeopardize satellite systems critical to weather prediction.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:30 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 12/18/2012

November marked 333 straight warmer than “normal” months worldwide

November 2012 is the latest in a seemingly endless streak of warmer than average months around the globe. We are one third of the way to 1,000 straight warm months.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:34 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/18/2012

D.C. area forecast: Mild with decreasing clouds, breezy; colder by Friday and weekend

Our warm-dominated December continues through Thursday with temperatures managing to reach the 50s when we should be seeing only 40s. Low temperatures are also running to the warm side, but all of this is forecast to change by Friday as a more vigorous cold front returns area conditions back to seasonally cold levels.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 12/17/2012

PM Update: Dense fog tonight, possible showers; partial clearing, breezy on Tuesday

It’s been a murky day with an abundance of clouds and fog. Northeast Maryland remains pretty socked in and fog may re-develop elsewhere before the front comes in and mixes the air up late tonight. Today’s highs near 50 and into the low 50s remain warmer than normal for this time of year, a trend set to continue for at least a while longer. 

By Ian Livingston  |  05:26 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 12/17/2012

White Christmas odds fading, but more winter-like temperatures loom in long range

A white Christmas looks unlikely this year and odds are probably below the historical average of 10 percent.

By Wes Junker  |  04:13 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Holidays

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Evan rips through Fiji as its strongest cyclone on record

Cyclone Evan, after devastating Samoa late last week, tore across Fiji Monday (local time) leaving behind a trail of destruction.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:22 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Two spacecraft, Ebb and Flow, to crash into Moon Monday evening

NASA’s twin moon-orbiting probes - Ebb and Flow - have reached the end of their lives. They’ve literally run out of fuel so they will be intentionally run into the ground.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:48 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Capital Weather Gang’s Daily Digit turns 3

Capital Weather Gang’s daily digit celebrates its third birthday this week. From the 2009 December snowstorm to the 2012 derecho, record heat, and then Hurricane Sandy, our daily digit has been telling the (subjective) story of D.C. area weather for three years now.

By Justin Grieser  |  09:32 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/17/2012

D.C. area forecast: Shower chance late today, remaining mild until late week

A warmer than average pattern persists this week until a big cold front blasts through the region Thursday into Friday. Then, a seasonably chilly weekend. We see two rounds of showers this week: late today and again late Thursday with that big cold front.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/16/2012

D.C. area forecast: Plenty of clouds with occasional shower chances next few days, but no big chill

A couple different low-pressure systems keep rain chances in the forecast into Tuesday. There is some optimism for today, though, as any showers are likely to be on the light side and may pass quickly. Our best chance for more significant rain comes later tomorrow and tomorrow night.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/15/2012

D.C. area forecast: Clouds begin return today, shower chances not far behind

Compared to the rest of December so far, the last two days were a real treat with barely a cloud to be seen. If you’re seeking more sun, it may be on short supply. With some luck, we’ll get some breaks and thinner clouds will let that light shine through at times today, but that’s the best we do in the next few. A couple shots at rain are up ahead as well, just don’t plan on any major relief for long-term deficits in the region.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 12/14/2012

PM Update: Split weekend - dry, Saturday; showery Sunday

Today’s news from Connecticut cast a dark shadow on a brilliant, sunny day. Highs were several degrees above normal into the low 50s. We may have a few more clouds Saturday, but it’s dry and warmer than average for another day. On Sunday, it stays mild but showers are possible, especially into the afternoon.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:47 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 12/14/2012

White Christmas tracker: December 14

D.C.’s odds of a White Christmas strikes me as a trivial topic in light of today’s news, but we promised daily updates, so here goes... The odds of White Christmas in Washington, D.C. continue to be close to average, or around 10 percent.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:04 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Holidays

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/14/2012

National Weather Service proposes revised language for simplifying winter weather statements

Watch. Warning. Advisory. To weather buffs who have long paid attention to winter weather statements issued by the National Weather Service, these words have a clear and specific meaning. But NWS has found many in the public don’t understand the distinctions between these terms and has developed an alternative approach for communicating winter weather hazards.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Winter Storms

Posted at 06:15 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Geminid meteor shower amazes night sky watchers

An onslaught of Geminid meteors dashed through the cloudless skies Thursday night and early Friday morning, putting on a dazzling spectacle.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:15 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012

D.C. area forecast: Limited-time offer on sunshine, expiring again soon

Grab the sunshine while you can! It may not last past Saturday (morning?), so get outside. Even with impending clouds and showers into Sunday and early next week, we don’t have much to worry about considering what December can bring. Mainly a somewhat bright couple days turning into that drab December we have gotten familiar with this year. But don’t get me wrong, we need the rain. Luckily, heavier showers may come our way soon.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 12/13/2012

PM Update: A clear, cold night precedes a sunny, seasonable Friday

Standing in the shade today, it felt like winter. Standing in the sun, it felt like late fall. Tonight’s there’s no escaping the chill, but tomorrow there’s more than enough sun to go around if you step away from the shadows. Temperatures will be even slightly milder than today’s highs near 50.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:40 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 12/13/2012

White Christmas tracker, December 13

Today we must downgrade chances of a White Christmas in Washington, D.C. area as the potential for a combination of cold air and storminess appears somewhat less promising than previous days.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:41 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Holidays

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Meteorologist fired after responding to Facebook comment on her hair

After disparaging remarks about her hair-style were posted to Facebook by a viewer, TV meteorologist Rhonda Lee fired back. That action, and others, say station management, resulted in the termination of her on-camera position at KTBS-TV in Shreveport, La.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Media

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Geminid meteor shower reigns tonight, thanks to a cosmic rocky road

In many ways, Thursday night’s peak of the Geminid meteor shower will rock.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  09:36 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 12/13/2012

The Weather Channel introduces index for rating winter storms

First it gave them names, now it’s assigning them numbers. In its continued aggressive push to help viewers identify and understand storms, the Weather Channel this morning is unveiling a new numeric system for rating the impact of winter storms.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:02 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Media, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/13/2012

D.C. area forecast: In the clear until clouds/showers return Saturday night for extended stay

Search out those shades, as the sun is back through Saturday and not very high in the sky as solstice approaches in barely a week. Temperatures are reliably in the 50s through the weekend. Clouds and showers move back in by Sunday and linger through much of the next week like in-laws at the holidays!

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

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

PM Update: Standard December weather, with more sun on Thursday

We can’t seem to buy a truly sunny day around here, and today was just another example of that. Afternoon temperatures mainly in the mid-and-upper 40s are pretty close to normal, if perhaps a touch cool in spots. Winds, while not a major issue, have helped temperatures feel about 5-10 degrees colder throughout the day. With some luck, we’ll get some real sunshine tomorrow!

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

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 12/12/2012

White Christmas tracker, December 12

We’re now within two weeks of Christmas, but as to whether there will be snow on the ground in Washington, D.C., we’re no more confident.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:56 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 12/12/2012

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco stepping down in February

NOAA’s leader, Jane Lubchenco, announced this morning she is leaving the agency at the end of February (2013)

By Jason Samenow  |  11:23 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 12/12/2012

How often does Washington, D.C. have a White Christmas?

Last seen in 2009, an official White Christmas in D.C. doesn’t come along all that often on average. Learn the odds, and find out which years saw snow on the ground or in the air.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:13 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Holidays

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

D.C. area forecast: Cool and dry next few days before weekend shower threat

To be honest, I thought Mother Nature would come up with something more memorable for 12/12/12 than a near-average winter day. The only real mystery today is exactly how much sun we see, whereas tomorrow we’re more sure to see plenty of it. Temperatures warm a bit Friday and Saturday before our next chance of showers arrives.

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

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

PM Update: Partly cloudy and seasonable into Wednesday

Today’s sunshine, while only partial, was a welcome change from almost two straight days of fog. And the drop in temperature was relatively gentle. We have more partly cloudy and tranquil weather as we reach the mid-point of our work week.

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

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 12/11/2012

White Christmas tracker, December 11

This is the second installment of our White Christmas tracker that we introduced yesterday. We’ll run this every week day through Christmas Eve. It’s a daily update on the potential for snow on the ground Christmas Day using computer models.

By Dan Stillman  |  03:50 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 12/11/2012

New storm to watch as pattern points to colder weather

The long-term forecast is a low-confidence one, as it often is. But there is a storm to watch as colder air threatens to move in.

By Wes Junker  |  02:40 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 12/11/2012

NOAA commissions Sandy assessment team to review NWS performance

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a statement today saying it has commissioned a team to assess National Weather Service performance leading up to and during “Hurricane/Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy.”

By Dan Stillman  |  01:22 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Latest, Government, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Newly discovered small asteroid just misses Earth; next up is much bigger 12/12/12 asteroid

As if 12/12/12 wasn’t curious enough of a date already with the whole Mayan-doomsday-but-not-really thing, there’s also the dicey issue of tomorrow’s relatively close encounter with the huge (nearly three miles long) 4179 Toutatis asteroid, expected to pass within 4 million miles of Earth. As the author of this story puts it, “On the scale of the cosmos, that is a very close shave.”

By Steve Tracton  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Space, Tracton

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

D.C. area forecast: Cooler and drier weather for balance of work week; showers Sunday

Finally a break from the dreary, dank darkness of the past few days. We dry out, but we cool down closer to normal for the time of year. A weather system to the southeast Wednesday may throw back some clouds but otherwise we see a mainly clear, cool period into Saturday. A rainy weather system takes aim for our area by early Sunday.

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

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 12/10/2012

PM Update: Cold front brings showers and gusty winds tonight; cooler but seasonable tomorrow

Though it’s been anything but a sunny day around here, showers have largely been stuck to the northwest of the immediate D.C. area. A cold front approaching the region will finally start to push showers across the whole region as we head into evening. By the time they end late tonight, cooler air will be taking up residence.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:45 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 12/10/2012

White Christmas tracker, December 10

Today, I’m introducing the first day of the White Christmas tracker. We’ll run this every week day through Christmas Eve. It’s a daily update on the potential for snow on the ground Christmas Day using computer models.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:07 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Behind 30 hours of fog: warm air moving over cold ground, “advection fog”

Since Saturday night, widespread fog has covered large parts of the Washington, D.C. metro region. The explanation is pretty simple: the ground has been relatively cold compared to the air trying to sneak into the area.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:04 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Science

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

Snowstorm buries Minneapolis, Northern Plains

Minneapolis received a daily record 10.5 inches of snow Sunday as a strong early winter storm carved a path across the Northern Plains and western Great Lakes

By Jason Samenow  |  10:33 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

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

D.C. area forecast: Warm surge today before typical December chill most of week

The week begins unseasonably mild - maybe record challenging, but showers late could play spoiler. Then, a cooler, quieter weather pattern settles in for the remainder of the work week. The next chance of rain waits for the weekend, probably late Saturday into Sunday.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

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

D.C. area forecast: Cool, damp and gloomy today; warm tomorrow, with thunder late?

The word of the day is “gloomy.” With showers around and maybe some fog, too, temperatures go nowhere fast. But that changes as a warm front moving through tonight sends tomorrow’s highs well above average. The warmth is short-lived, however, as a good chance of Monday evening showers and possibly some thunder usher in cooler air more akin to the season.

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

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 12/09/2012

Redskins vs. Ravens weather forecast: Cloudy and seasonably cool with a shower threat

This one has trended cooler, but you won’t have to bundle up a ton at least. With a little luck showers stay away or aren’t too numerous by game time, even if drizzle or mist persist.

By David Streit  |  04:55 AM ET, 12/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SkinsCast, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/08/2012

D.C. area forecast: Warmer today, cooler and showery Sunday

Average highs are now in the 40s, and we stay in that range until the last week of February. Today’s probably considerably warmer than that, but our temperature roller coaster brings us back nearer normal tomorrow before another jump up on Monday. After that? Cooler again. Still, no really cold air in sight. Perhaps the most annoying part of the forecast ahead is the abundant cloud cover. At this time of year, we can really use all the light we can get!

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 12/07/2012

PM Update: Mild Saturday, chilly, damp Sunday, clouds throughout

After some spotty morning showers, we dried out this afternoon but clouds hung around. The cloud cover capped temperatures around 50. We get a warmer push Saturday, and maybe a touch of sunshine, but by Sunday a cool, damp scenario sets up.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:13 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Reflections on the NWS Sandy assessment and hurricane warning controversies

Telling commentary in the wake of controversies over NWS’ handling of its hurricane warnings during Superstorm Sandy from various compelling sources,

By Jason Samenow  |  04:48 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Latest, Government, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Strengthening Typhoon Bopha may strike Philippines second time, this time in north

Typhoon Bopha is responsible for at least 500 deaths in the southern Philippines, and it may not be done inflicting damage on the storm-ravaged country. Some track forecasts show it reversing course, potentially affecting the northern Philippines in about two days.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:03 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/07/2012

Can lightning help predict tornadoes? A D.C. area case may shed some light

At this week’s annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting, geophysicists from Johns Hopkins University presented a poster featuring findings on lightning activity as a possible precursor to a tornado in the area.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:45 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  capital-weather-gang, Latest, Thunderstorms, Science

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012

D.C. area forecast: Cool but seasonable today, and not much sunshine ahead

“Not very pretty at all” is how we might summarize the coming days. At least temperatures at or above average help negate the dreariness, arguably. Tomorrow should be our warmest day of the weekend, so try to enjoy that mild aspect! Does anyone have vitamin D they can spare, to ward off the Seasonal Affective Disorder? Tuesday may be our next day of dominant sunshine, ugh!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 12/06/2012

PM Update: Clouds increase, temperatures edge upwards

For the first time this month, temperatures were below average today, with highs only reaching the low-to-mid 40s. Winds from the southerly direction slowly bring in some milder air Friday, but incoming clouds put a cap highs around 50 degrees. We can’t entirely rule out some sprinkles or patchy light rain.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:15 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 12/06/2012

NASA Blue Marble? Black Marble? Which do you prefer? [POLL]

Through the years, NASA has revolutionized how we see the planet, capturing beautiful full-disc images. Vote in our poll about your favorite.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:43 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Warmest year on record in U.S. almost assured

Unless unprecedented cold suddenly sweeps down from the Arctic overtaking much of the Lower 48, the warmest year on record is an inevitability.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:26 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Climate Change

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Studies differ on climate change and warming severity, researchers trade jabs

Two heavyweight climate scientists have published very different ideas about how much the Earth is going to warm in the coming decades. And neither has much regard for the other’s estimate - casting light on a long-standing, thorny issue in climate science.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:41 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Baltic blizzard disrupts travel across Sweden; cold strengthens across Europe

In Sweden, a strong Baltic storm dumped up to 1.5 feet (40 cm) of snow and brought blizzard conditions to central and eastern parts of the country on Wednesday.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:37 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012

D.C. area forecast: A ton of sun today, but warmth waits for weekend with clouds, spotty showers

The return to a colder than normal day today should be short-lived as seasonable readings return tomorrow and then another spate of warmth through the weekend. However, there is a catch this time; lots of clouds and some spotty light showers. Not bad for the shoppers in the crowd but any outdoor light hangers should check the radar first.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 12/05/2012

National Hurricane Center proposes looser criteria for issuing hurricane warnings

Facing criticism over the fact it did not issue hurricane warnings during Superstorm Sandy, the National Hurricane Center has proposed looser criteria for posting these advisories.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:20 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Tropical Weather

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

PM Update: After another mild day, cooler tonight and Thursday

Much of the area set high temperatures overnight before cooling a bit around sunrise, then slowly climbing again throughout today. Afternoon readings in the 50s to near 60 are still above normal, though not quite as much as our really warm days of late! You’ll certainly notice the cooler air filtering in as we get into the evening, and we’ve got a colder than normal day tomorrow, but that doesn’t look to last long as warmer air is already on the horizon.

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

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Satellites unveil Black Marble and spy on the moon

The Suomi NPP satellite from NOAA and NASA has released “unprecedented” nighttime views of the Earth the partner agencies revealed today.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:33 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Photography

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Atmospheric road blocks keep weather pattern warm for much of Lower 48 U.S.

After another warm day in the Washington, D.C. area with temperatures nearly 20 degrees above average in some spots, I decided to do some digging: if we don’t have the cold air, then where is it?

By Kathryn Prociv  |  01:29 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Washington’s Blimp Snowstorm of Dec. 4-5, 1921

Has anyone heard of Washington’s Blimp Snowstorm of 1921? It was the first snowstorm of the 1921-22 winter season, dropping 4.5” of snow as the Navy made its first blimp test with a newly discovered inflammable gas called helium.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, History

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

D.C. area forecast: Breezy today and cooling down briefly, but no real cold air in sight

After two days of highs near 70 to the low 70s, we’re a bit cooler today, but still plenty warm enough that we don’t need to worry about one of those infamous December 5th snows. We’ll cool off to near average tomorrow and Friday, before warmer air makes a major comeback on Saturday. A warm front brings uncertainty to the Sunday forecast.

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

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 12/04/2012

PM Update: Showers possible late tonight, not as warm Wednesday

Despite more clouds than sun, the unusually warm air mass over the eastern U.S. propelled temperatures into the low 70s for a second straight day. A cold front tonight brings an end to the unseasonably mild conditions, but verifiably chilly air holds off until Wednesday night.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:55 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Celebrities headline 2013 Showtime series on climate change

Showtime is trumpeting a “documentary event” on its network slated for 2013 that will provide in-depth perspectives on climate change. Called Years of Living Dangerously, the series will involve some of Hollywoods top producers and several A-List actors

By Jason Samenow  |  04:41 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change, Media

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Warm weather floods Lower 48 states

With the exception of the Canadian border region of the northern Plains, the entire contiguous U.S. is experiencing above to much above normal temperatures today.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:57 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

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

Typhoon Bopha socks southern Philippines, death toll at least 40

Super typhoon Bopha smashed into the southern Philippines island of Mindanao early this morning with estimated sustained winds of 160 mph and torrential, flooding rains.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:55 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/04/2012

D.C. area forecast: Nice wow-weather continues today, cools tomorrow

Like yesterday, we see more pleasant 70s again today. However, today’s record of 76 set in 1998 may be a stretch. A cold front arrives late tonight with maybe a few showers to turn temperatures downward again. But guess what? Another round of warming (into at least the 60s) returns for the weekend with possibly some additional showers.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 12/03/2012

PM Update: Record warmth today, with another shot at 70 tomorrow

As noted earlier, we soared to a new record high in D.C. today thanks to readings rising near and past 70 across the area. You can’t ask for much better weather if you’re headed out to the Redskins game tonight, or if you’re just enjoying an evening outing to the porch. Best part for warmth fans? We do it all again tomorrow.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:05 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Long range look: Pattern to remain warmer than normal next two weeks

The weather during the next two weeks is again expected to average above seasonal norms which would have the highs averaging in the upper 40s and the lows in the low-to-mid 30s.

By Wes Junker  |  04:27 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Washington, D.C. sets new December 3 record high, soars to 71 degrees

At 2:50 p.m., Reagan National Airport’s temperature climbed to 71 degrees, breaking the old record high of 70 set in 1950.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:35 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Beastly super typhoon Bopha bears down on Philippines (IMAGES)

Packing winds to 160 mph, equivalent to a category 5 hurricane, super typhoon Bopha is hours away from landfall in the southern Philippines. It is targeting the Philippine island of Mindanao. The storm is traveling west-northwest at about 15 mph and should make landfall early Tuesday morning (between 20 UTC December 3 and 0 UTC December 4) local time.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:20 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Tropical Weather

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 12/03/2012

November recap: First cold month since October 2011 in D.C., 6th driest (tie) on record

November 2012 for Washington, DC can best be described as a notably cool and dry month.

By Matt Rogers  |  02:07 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/03/2012

The controversial National Weather Service Sandy assessment: inside the story

NWS had started an assessment process for Hurricane Sadny to be co-led by AccuWeather senior vice president Mike Smith but abruptly stopped it and decided instead to do an assessment led by only government officials. There is some material worth sharing.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012

D.C. area forecast: Springlike start to first week of meteorological winter

November was decidedly colder than normal, but cold air is scarce for December's first full week. In fact, we start the week with temperatures 10-20 degrees above normal before returning closer to average by Thursday. Any precipitation we see is rain, with chances highest early Wednesday and Saturday

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 12/03/2012

Redskins vs. Giants weather forecast: Feeling more like an early-season game

By this time of year we can have some rather chilly weather, especially after sundown. Not this time! You’ll still probably want some layers at least, as it gets a bit cooler as the game goes.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:55 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SkinsCast

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/02/2012

D.C. area forecast: Trending warmer into December

We’re on our way to warmer weather starting today. Once skies brighten later this morning, temperatures get a nice little jump. But it’s early in the work week that we’ll see the warmth really come into its own, with a shot at 70 by Tuesday. With rain chances tending toward the nighttime hours, it’s not a bad way at all to start December!

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/01/2012

D.C. area forecast: Clouds may plague our Saturday; temperatures up into early week

Welcome to meteorological winter! One thing for sure: It won’t feel too wintry the next few days. In fact, today probably ends up the “worst” of the bunch. Even with that billing, it won’t be too bad out there as temperatures end up right around where we’d expect them for the date. While readings continue to rise tomorrow into early in the work week, our largely dry pattern of late also persists. This all means we won’t have too much to concern ourselves weatherwise for the in the near future.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

 

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