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Capital Weather Gang: January, 2013

Posted at 10:30 PM ET, 01/31/2013

PM Update: Snow showers possible for Friday AM commute, then a wind-chilled afternoon

After yesterday’s record challenging 70+ warmth, today’s temperatures rapidly reversed course, with this afternoon readings some 30 degrees cooler. Not to mention, blustery winds have gusted frequently over 30 mph. Up next: a period of light snow and flurries arrives leading up to and just in time for Friday morning’s commute.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:30 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 01/31/2013

The 2013 Washington Weather eCalendar and wallpaper photos

For many years, I have created a paper-based Washington Weather calendar for friends, family, and a few loyal CWG readers. This year, I decided to try something new, an eCalendar that can be distributed over the Internet.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:53 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang, Photography

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Snow hunt: three chances for flurry-fests next 5 days, then milder

It’s hard to believe it was over 70 degrees yesterday. A series of clipper systems presents three chances for a little snow between now and Wednesday.

By Wes Junker  |  01:40 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms | Tags:  latest

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Summer-like winds generate mid-winter deluge Wednesday in Washington, D.C. area

A mad rush of warm, humid air from the sub-tropics triggered an unusual January episode of wind-driven rains over the Washington, D.C. metro region Wednesday night

By Jason Samenow  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Floods, Thunderstorms | Tags:  latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/31/2013

D.C. area forecast: Winds pile drive colder air in today, setting stage for Friday flurries

Showers should be out of the picture for all but the early risers today. Strong winds do a great job of drying roads off but are a pain. Looking ahead, once again mother nature taunts snow lovers with two moisture-starved systems late tonight and Saturday night. They produce likely no more than sweepable rather than the shovelable amounts.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 10:40 PM ET, 01/30/2013

PM Update: Flash flood warning for D.C. area; heavy showers and gusty winds overnight

Torrential rains, capable of producing flash flooding are likely overnight. Numerous flooded roads have been reported in Loudoun and Frederick counties as well as multiple water rescues.

By Ian Livingston and Dan Stillman  |  10:40 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Gusty showers target D.C. area for P.M. commute; wind advisory overnight

A powerful cold front is plowing towards the East Coast with a long line of showers and thunderstorms along and ahead of it. Some of this activity is severe. In the D.C. area, the mains risks are strong winds of 35-50 mph, with isolated gusts to 60 mph possible.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:15 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Squall line poses heavy rain and strong wind risk tonight for Washington, D.C. area

A lengthy line of heavy showers and thunderstorms stretching from New Orleans to Toronto will plow eastward today, bearing down on the East Coast and Washington D.C. area tonight. This squall line has the potential to produce some damaging wind gusts capable of downing trees and power lines, and leading to power outages

By Jason Samenow  |  01:25 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms | Tags:  latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/30/2013

D.C. area forecast: Another day of spring fever before tonight’s stormy cold front

Folks, this is what we call weather whiplash. What else would you call freezing rain Monday morning, highs near 70 yesterday and likely today as well, a gusty cold front tonight with a chance of thunder, and back to windy 40s tomorrow? As we settle back into a more typical winter routine Thursday night into this weekend, we’ll be watching two chances for snowflakes, though neither looks like a big deal

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/29/2013

PM Update: Wacky Wednesday for winter - big warmth, then big storms?

Judging by the day’s weather and the forecast for tomorrow, you might think it was late April. But no, it’s late January. After temperatures raced up to near 70 today, we do it again Wednesday. The spring-like day may end with a bang though, with a round of gusty showers and possible thunderstorms after dark.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  forecasts

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Wild Wednesday: Cold front brings potential for strong storms and heavy rain

A powerful system to the west and its cold front are set to bring us a wet Wednesday. There’s even a chance of some rare wintertime severe weather in the area.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:59 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/29/2013

D.C. area forecast: Tumultuous temps - big midweek warming, then they crash

The thermometers around our area are working overtime this week with plenty of wild swings expected. In fact, every day of the work week should have different temperature ranges with 50s today, 60s tomorrow, 40s on Thursday, and cold 30s on Friday again. A big jump and then big drop in temperatures typically involves a big cold front, and one is scheduled for Wednesday night with heavy rain and even lightning/thunder before the cold air returns to end the week.

By Matt Rogers  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/28/2013

PM Update: A few showers possible into tonight, also a bit of fog

After morning iciness, the area has warmed to a range between near 40 and the mid-40s this afternoon. Not quite toasty, but enough to remove any of the earlier concerns. Warmer air will continue to push in ahead of a developing storm to the west. But, we’ll also be dealing with a fair amount of clouds as well. So, it may feel a little more springlike—at least for a time—yet we’ll still have a bit of that mid-winter gloom to deal with.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Five mind-boggling images of freak Atlantic storm

What began as a weak, moisture-deprived disturbance over the U.S. late last week, transformed into a storm of incredible size and strength over the North Atlantic this weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:49 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Photography

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Thermal pollution of the atmosphere: Can it alter weather patterns and climate?

In a paper published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, scientists conclude that heat from energy use in large urban areas can collectively alter the character of the jet stream and other major atmospheric systems.

By Steve Tracton  |  02:07 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Climate Change, Latest

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/28/2013

The Knickerbocker Snowstorm: Inside insights on D.C.’s deadliest disaster

On this date in 1922, 28 inches of snow piled up in Washington, D.C., an amount never since surpassed from a single storm. The weight of the snow caused the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre - located in Adams Morgan - to collapse, killing 98 people and injuring 133.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, History, Local Climate

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/28/2013

D.C. area forecast: Icy start to wildly volatile weather week

This week’s weather, plainly stated, is kind of nuts. We start with some possible iciness this morning. Then temperature spike, climbing into the 50s Tuesday and 60+ Wednesday. After a possible round of gusty showers or even thunderstorms to close Wednesday, temperatures crash and highs are back in the 30s by the coming weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:50 AM ET, 01/28/2013

An icy Monday morning commute? Winter weather advisory posted for D.C. area

A warm front lifts through the region tomorrow and unseasonably mild air is on the way for mid-week. But before the warm air gets here, an area of light rain will fall into a pocket of lingering cold air, creating potentially icy conditions for Monday morning’s rush hour.

By Jason Samenow and Dan Stillman  |  03:50 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/27/2013

D.C. area forecast: Light freezing rain may mess with Monday morning commute

As some sunshine and afternoon highs just above freezing today continue to melt away the little snow that remains, we turn our attention to the threat of a different kind of precipitation. Light freezing rain, maybe mixed with sleet, may complicate tomorrow morning’s commute if we get enough of it. We’re above freezing by tomorrow afternoon, however, and then a big-time warm-up brings a sneak peek of spring.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/26/2013

D.C. area forecast: Heading out of the deep freeze

This waning cold spell is already the lengthiest sub-freezing period since Feb 2007, and if we manage another day at or below freezing today, it becomes the longest streak since Jan 2004.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 01/25/2013

PM Update: Snow moves away, a cold, but calm weekend awaits

Do you think today’s snow “storm” was an underachiever or about what you expected? It’s pulling away, skies are already clearing to the west, signaling a much more tranquil weekend. It stays cold, but we should end our streak of sub-freezing days, currently (at 4 days) the longest since February 5-8, 2007.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:11 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Light snow in Washington, D.C. area for PM commute (LIVE BLOG)

Areas of light to occasionally moderate snow are likely, starting around mid-afternoon in the region, lasting through the P.M. commute. Slick travel and reduced visibilities are possible. Sunny, but cold weather returns for the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:25 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Washington D.C. braces for Friday PM rush hour snow event (LIVE BLOG)

Areas of light to occasionally moderate snow are likely starting around mid-afternoon in the region, lasting through the P.M. commute. This is not a crippling storm but our advice is to allow extra time and/or leave work early. The weather clears out for the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Sun and snow at Great Falls

The clipper storm system that arrived on Wednesday night dropped about an inch of snow across much of the immediate Washington area, enough to prompt me to make a trip out to Great Falls to shoot snow.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:53 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013

D.C. area forecast: Light snow arriving this afternoon set to complicate PM commute

Light snow starting this afternoon and lasting into evening could make our commute home a bit annoying.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 10:56 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Light snow on track for Friday afternoon and evening

Examining the latest computer model data this evening, our general ideas about Friday’s snow have not changed. The best bet is around 1 inch of sweepable light snow, coinciding with the afternoon rush hour.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:56 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 01/24/2013

PM Update: Next up, Friday’s round of fluffy flakes, PM rush-style

After awakening to about one inch of snow, temperatures failed to surpass freezing for the third straight day...the longest such streak since January 22-24, 2011. We’ll make it four straight days tomorrow, and perhaps close the day with another inch of snow - just in time for the commute home.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:33 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Roller coaster ride: Warm-up next week, then cold may return in early Feb.

Up and down we go. After our coldest weather in a few years, temperatures recover into the 50s next week. But beyond that, temperatures trend down and perhaps way down by the time February begins.

By Wes Junker  |  02:24 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Friday snowfall likely light, but may coincide with PM rush hour

A weak - emphasis on weak - storm system will pass to our south Friday, probably producing a short period of light snow. Although we’re underwhelmed by the storm’s available moisture, its timing raises concerns for the afternoon and evening commute.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Classic “snow hole” model simulation for Washington, D.C. (for Friday)

You can’t make this stuff up...

By Jason Samenow  |  01:27 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Humor

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 01/24/2013

First widespread snowfall of 2013 in Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

For once this 2012-2013 winter season, a snow event behaved as advertised in the Washington, D.C. area - with amounts meeting and, in a few places, exceeding forecasts.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:49 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/24/2013

D.C. area forecast: Flakes end early but still numbingly cold, next snow chance late Friday

While a few flakes in the air early may warm the hearts of snow lovers, wind chills bite with a vengeance. We are not likely to get above freezing until Saturday at the earliest, a stretch we haven’t suffered through since 2005. The snow event on late Friday looks light. The rest of the weekend is nicely sunny but still unrelentingly cold.

By David Streit and Jason Samenow  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 10:30 PM ET, 01/23/2013

PM Update: Winter weather advisory tonight into Thursday AM, light accumulation possible

Coming off our coldest morning in almost four years, today’s high at or around 27 degrees in D.C. is as cold as, or colder, than we’ve seen in the last two winters. While the “deep freeze” presses on, a small clipper system is set to produce some light snow across the area tonight into early tomorrow. No big accumulation expected, but with temperatures as chilly as they are, anything that falls shouldn’t have trouble sticking.

By Ian Livingston and Dan Stillman  |  10:30 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Friday’s fickle storm: Will snowflakes fall or fail?

Since early in the week, models have trended drier with the amount of snow forecast for the D.C. area Friday afternoon, with some showing none at all. But, overall, most models simulate a least a little snow for the region and “a little” is what we think is most likely.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:40 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Fast moving “clipper” may produce dusting to inch of snow overnight; a few AM slick spots possible

A moisture-starved, but energetic ripple in the atmosphere will zip across the Mid-Atlantic tonight, producing areas of snow showers. Given very cold temperatures near 20 degrees, every fluffy flake will stick.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/23/2013

East Coast ice box: coldest weather in years freezes big cities

Along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C. to New York City, the mercury plunged into the single digits and teens Wednesday morning - the coldest readings witnessed in years.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:23 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Cold, U.S. Weather

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Nuclear power plant produces snow in southwest Pennsylvania

The hot steam from a nuclear power plant in southwest Pa. interacted with incoming cold air to produce snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:59 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Environment, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/23/2013

D.C. area forecast: Biting cold sticks around with a little snow possible tonight and Friday

Whatever you did yesterday to battle the cold, you’ll want to do it again today. We’ll see a bit less wind today, but wind chills are still stuck in the brutal teens. Temperatures warm only slightly tomorrow and Friday. And to make things even more wintry we’ve got two opportunities for snow - tonight and Friday. Neither looks terribly impressive, but light accumulations are possible.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 01/22/2013

PM Update: Coldest night in about four years ahead, more subfreezing weather Wednesday

The last time Washington, D.C. experienced low temperature below 15 degrees was March 3, 2009 (low of 14). Tonight, the mercury may plunge to levels a degree or two colder than that. Wind chills may flirt with zero, or a few degrees below. The thermal recovery Wednesday is modest, with afternoon temperatures stuck in the 20s.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:40 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Some snow on Friday remains possible and even a dusting late Wednesday night

Two possible snow events are on the horizon. The first is a weak disturbance or “clipper” which could bring a dusting as it crosses the area late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. A more significant storm may impact the area during the day on Friday.

By Wes Junker  |  01:57 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Putting an Arctic cold blast in perspective in Washington, D.C.

Since there was not much winter last year, this Arctic blast will be the worst in at least two years. Is it more than that? We provide some goalposts to watch going forward.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Cold, Local Climate

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/22/2013

D.C. area forecast: Winter works overtime with cold blast and Friday snow chance

Well. Apparently winter is trying to seriously make up for lost time this week by hitting us hard with a strong Arctic air mass, whipping up the wind chills to a most unpleasant level, pushing overnight temperatures to levels not seen in at least two years, and even queuing up a possible winter weather maker for Friday.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 01/21/2013

PM Update: Coldest air in over two years blasting into region; single digit wind chills Tuesday

It turned out to be a relatively mild Inauguration Day, with mid-40s in the District to around 50 degrees just south of town. It will be at least a week until it is this warm again as arctic air is on the brink of spilling into the area. Highs hold in the 20s Tuesday and wind chills will be in the single digits and teens!

By Jason Samenow  |  04:42 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Inauguration weather: Chilly day turns very cold tonight, chance of flurries mainly late

It’s a brisk one in Washington, D.C., but those headed out for President Obama’s second inauguration festivities are fortunate the bitter cold air holds off until tonight and tomorrow.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Snow or frozen mix quite possible Friday

By Jason Samenow  |  01:44 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/21/2013

D.C. area forecast: Chilly inauguration weather, late flurries, then bitter cold midweek

The Arctic invasion began last night, but the chill in the air on this Inauguration Day is nothing compared to what’s coming. A second, more bitter blast of cold air arrives tonight that holds temperatures below freezing until late in the work week. This is the coldest air in more than two years. The cold air may partially retreat Friday just in time for the next storm system.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 08:55 PM ET, 01/20/2013

International Space Station captures Washington, D.C. from space for inauguration

Coinciding with Inauguration weekend, NASA’s International Space Station has been flying over Washington, D.C., grabbing stunning imagery in the process

By Jason Samenow  |  08:55 PM ET, 01/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Space, Photography, Government

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 01/20/2013

Inauguration weather update: Chilly but big cold waits until night; late day snow showers?

Inauguration Day is closing in and the weather?... well, it doesn’t look all that bad, at least for the morning through mid-afternoon.

By Dan Stillman and Jason Samenow  |  05:30 PM ET, 01/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/20/2013

D.C. area forecast: Cold inauguration weather with chance of snow showers, then turning truly frigid

After a couple lovely days of bright sun and yesterday’s welcome warmup into the mid-50s, today’s cold front is the first step toward this week’s dramatic cool down. It’s a gradual process, so Inauguration Day shapes up as seasonably cold with a chance of snow showers or flurries, before the real cold strikes Tuesday and Wednesday. Get ready for gusty winds and wind chills near zero.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 01/19/2013

National Weather Service official offers rationale for faulty storm watch

James Lee, the meteorologist in charge at the Sterling NWS office, sent me an email describing the rationale for the controversial watch storm watch issued Wednesday. I give him the last word...

By Jason Samenow  |  12:53 PM ET, 01/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/19/2013

D.C. area forecast: Inauguration weather turns colder after a moderately mild weekend

Pre-inauguration festivities should mostly go off without any weather worries this weekend, as we are greeted with plenty of sun and temperatures close to — and warmer than — what we’d usually expect at this point in January. Colder air begins to bleed back into the region with the first frontal passage on Sunday, and that sets the stage for a cold but not frigid Inauguration Day. It’s just the start though as Arctic air invades for our return to work.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 01/18/2013

PM Update: Modest weekend warm-up before Inauguration cold blast

The sun was a sight for sore eyes today, but the chill was a bit of shock. Temperatures held in the 30s with a blustery wind from the northwest. Winds ease some and the mercury rebounds some Saturday. Then a big cold front sweep through Sunday, with moderate temps but a ramp up in wind speeds.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:13 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Inaugural beacons: Jupiter and the moon convene Monday

Take a break from the inauguration hoopla. While dancers sway to the music at Washington’s inaugural balls on Monday the cosmic couple Jupiter and the fattening moon deliver a heavenly waltz: They are less than a degree apart.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  04:36 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Inauguration weather forecast for Washington, D.C., and what to wear

The Arctic floodgates open Sunday, sending a rush of chilly air towards Washington, D.C. just in time for President Obama’s second inauguration.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:33 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Inauguration

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 01/18/2013

National Weather Service’s head-scratching Winter Storm Watch for Thursday’s non-storm

The National Weather Service decision to issue the watch, in my view, was flawed. It misled and confused the public, and likley contributed to needless expenditures for salt/chemical treatment of roads.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:12 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Government

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 01/18/2013

The Washington D.C. snow hole: version 3.0

It struck in the winter of 2010-2011, last winter was like one big giant snow hole, and, it’s back, back again. Here’s 2012-2013’s version of the Washington, D.C. snow hole.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:59 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Humor

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013

D.C. area forecast: Temperatures on a small roller coaster, before plummeting next week

Breezes and windy conditions over the coming days may demand keeping scarves and gloves handy at times. Next week, find hand warmers (not just gloves) if participating in Inaugural festivities. What about in between, for this weekend? Breezes interfere with otherwise mild 40s—even some 50s—yet we should have decent chances of sunshine to help negate any wind-chill factor.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 01/17/2013

PM Update: Light mixed precipitation to fade away, very chilly Friday

The chance of meaningful precipitation in the immediate Washington, D.C. metro region is pretty much over as dry air has fought off the storm passing by to our south. Yes, some patchy light mixed precipitation is possible this evening (rain, sleet and/or snow), but with temperatures above freezing, few problems are expected. Colder air filters in overnight, with a wintry chill to close out the work week Friday.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:19 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Winter weather advisory dropped, still chance of rain and snow thru this evening

The National Weather Service has discontinued its winter weather advisory for most of the Washington, D.C. metro area. Nevertheless, some light snow may fall in the metro region this evening.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Why today’s storm isn’t a big snow producer for Washington, D.C.

Today’s storm effects in D.C. will bear little resemblance to the paralyzing January 26, 2011 “Commutageddon” event and there are good meteorological reasons for it.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:37 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, History

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 01/17/2013

Mixed precipitation and wet snow possible later today around D.C., low accumulation chances

Irony: a power-packed storm whitening the landscape of Mississippi and northwest Alabama this morning will struggle to produce meaningful snow in Washington, D.C. today. Our longest period on record without at least 2 inches of snow stands to continue.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:18 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/17/2013

D.C. area forecast: Significant snow likely to stay south of city today, Inauguration chilly

CAPITAL WEATHER GANG | The farther south you are, the better your chances of seeing heavier snow.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 10:54 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Thursday snow update: Minor accumulation possible, best chance from D.C. south

After looking at the latest model information, tomorrow’s iffy chances of accumulating snow are still just that.

By Dan Stillman  |  10:54 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 01/16/2013

PM Update: Clouds and sprinkles overnight, with snow around on Thursday

Clouds, clouds, clouds… forever? Seems that way. They’re definitely not going anywhere over the next day or so. The good news is the light off-and-on sprinkle or light rain regime we’ve seen during the day is trying to push east, though it might not be the speediest process east and south. Tomorrow’s snow threat? It’s complicated.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:15 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Washington D.C. snow forecast for Thursday, January 17: accumulation map, timeline

A wound-up storm passing to our south combined with some modestly cold air streaming in from the north provides the opportunity for some snow in Washington, D.C. Thursday. The most likely timing for precipitation spans from late morning through early-to-mid evening. The afternoon and evening rush hour *may* be impacted by snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:33 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 01/16/2013

A possible tricky snow situation for Thursday’s evening rush hour around Washington, D.C.

A storm passing to our south may give the area a period of snow tomorrow afternoon and evening. Precipitation could start in the morning across the far southwestern suburbs. The storm has the potential to produce shovelable snow accumulations but also has the potential to skirt us to the south giving us only light precipitation or even none at all.

By Wes Junker  |  12:44 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 01/16/2013

Winter storm watch for D.C. area Thursday and Thursday night

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of the Washington, D.C. area Thursday and Thursday night for the potential for more than 5 inches of snow. Our opinion is that this is premature and overdone, and that current available information does not support this forecast.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:42 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/16/2013

Washington, D.C. presidential inauguration weather history

What are typical weather conditions on Inauguration Day in the nation’s capital? And which years had the warmest, coldest, wettest or snowiest ceremonies?

By Justin Grieser  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/16/2013

D.C. area forecast: Snow chances increasing for Thursday; Inauguration Day chill awaits

Suddenly, this week’s weather has gotten interesting. Not so much today, which is mostly a repeat of yesterday’s damp and dreary chill. But tomorrow could be a different story. Models have been trending north with a storm that was originally poised to bypass us to the south, raising the possibility of some wet snow Thursday into Thursday evening. Things quiet down Friday into the weekend, with a cold shot arriving just in time for Inauguration Day.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 01/15/2013

PM Update: A chilly rain through midday Wednesday, some ice at high elevations

Tired of the gray skies and damp conditions? Hold out another 24 hours and then the weather gradually improves. In the meantime, we deal with a healthy amount of rainfall, with maybe a bit of iciness at high elevations well to our west.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:47 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 01/15/2013

A cold, borderline frigid inauguration week is expected

Seasonal temperatures are expected for the remainder of this week. But an arctic front arrives Sunday, feeding cold air into the region for inauguration week.

By Wes Junker  |  03:24 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Inauguration

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Globe experiences 10th warmest year on record in 2012

The Earth has apparently entered a new climate regime in which it is locked into warmer than normal temperatures. In 2012 - the temperature of the globe rose above the long-term average, joining the 35 years preceding it.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:02 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Washington, D.C. can’t buy snow

Even as temperatures trend colder in our nation’s capital, the snow shows no sign of coming.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:14 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, International Weather, Local Climate

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Knickerbocker snowstorm: The final performance

The Knickerbocker Theater’s orchestra was playing when the theater’s roof collapsed under the weight of a record-breaking snowstorm. This is the tragic story of the orchestra’s final performance.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:49 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, History

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/15/2013

D.C. area forecast: Rain and clouds continue to conquer; clearing by late tomorrow

Our relentless dreary, dense, overcast overhang dominates today and much of tomorrow, with frequent rain shower chances too. Areas to the far north and west suburbs may contend with some mixed precipitation issues, especially tonight, but no major concerns are expected. Clearing should come late tomorrow afternoon with reasonable weather (for January) by Thursday and Friday.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 01/14/2013

PM Update: Clouds reign, with rain showers likely through Tuesday

Another cloudy day under our belts -- seems like the main story of winter so far. Temperatures that peaked near 60 earlier today have fallen back through the 50s and into the 40s across the area as cooler air filters in from the north and northwest. While the first of a number of potential batches of rain largely missed to the south today, you should get your fill in the coming period.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:25 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Record cold in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel mocks media coverage

The mercury in Los Angeles tanked to its lowest level in 22 years, bottoming out at a daily record low of 34 degrees this morning.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:24 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Arctic blast may blow in for Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C.

Computer models are starting to come into agreement that a powerful cold front will drive across the eastern U.S. this Sunday, sending temperatures plummeting just in time for President Obama’s second inauguration Monday, January 21.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:31 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Inauguration

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Federal climate report predicts spike in hot days for Washington, D.C. by mid-century

Washington, D.C. just experienced its warmest year on record, and its three hottest summers in as many years. The message from the draft of a newly released federal report? Get used to it.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:09 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Extreme Heat, Climate Change

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013

D.C. area forecast: Showery start to week as it trends colder

If the lack of sunshine and springlike warmth this past weekend was a disappointment, I don’t have much good news to offer about the weather this week. It starts off damp and gray and when sunshine finally returns Wednesday or Thursday, temperatures have cooled to mid-winter norms. The pattern turns mostly dry after Wednesday - although we need to watch a storm system to our south Friday.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 01/13/2013

Behind today’s busted forecast: the wedge always wins

We had talked about it for days. A big push of southerly air at high altitudes was supposed to warm us up today - big time. Instead, a very shallow layer of cool air or a “wedge” got stuck and proved too much to overcome, obliterating earlier forecasts for highs in the 60s or even near 70.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:33 PM ET, 01/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/13/2013

D.C. area forecast: April-like warmth today despite stubborn fog; tricky forecast through midweek

The atmosphere is having a major identity crisis. We are entering what is, on average, the coldest week of the year, yet highs today should reach at least near 60, even with fog and clouds. A weak cold front moves in tonight and then may linger close to our south. The result is a cooler Monday and much cooler midweek with some showers and mixed precipitation possible.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/12/2013

D.C. area forecast: Fog to yield to springlike warmth, eventually...

Today’s fog may well put up quite a fight, stalling the sun’s emergence. When the fog finally burns off, temperatures spike but that may require some patience. Sunday’s the warmer of the two weekend days with 70 degrees not out of the question in our southern suburbs. We cool down Monday with likely rain showers

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 01/11/2013

PM Update: Dense fog into Saturday, then warmth springs free

It was a raw, cold day, with maximum temperatures only managing the mid-40s. A blanket of fog moves in overnight. Once it finally burns off Saturday, unseasonably warm air bursts onto the scene through Sunday.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:05 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 01/11/2013

Experts divided on weather and flu link

Flu has reached widespread levels in 47 states. Does cold, dry weather lead to the flu outbreaks? The cold not so much. Dry weather may play a role, although it’s controversial.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:59 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  capital-weather-gang, Health, Latest

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 01/11/2013

Coldest weather in 28 years hits China

While Australia simmers, China shivers.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:40 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Washington, D.C. inauguration weather forecast: early look suggests chilly conditions

President Obama’s second inauguration is 10 days away, close enough in range to start examining the big picture weather pattern.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:02 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Inauguration, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/11/2013

D.C. area forecast: Chance of showers today before a warm weekend

We’ve got a murky and San Francisco-like day ahead with showers likely during the afternoon and evening. Those clouds aren’t in a hurry to leave over coming days either, but warmth will build through the weekend. All that juicier air fueling the warmth won’t allow for temps to fall far at night, though it will help promote that cloudier feel. If I could highlight the best potential day, it’s Sunday. Get outdoors if you can!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 01/10/2013

PM Update: Some Friday showers precede big weekend warm-up

A solid dose of sunshine and a verifiable lack of arctic air elevated today’s temperatures into the mid-50s. Tomorrow, a warm front moving through drapes clouds over the region holding temperatures back a bit. And it brings a chance of rain showers. But the payoff this weekend will be sweet.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:53 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Snow fences: Do they still serve a purpose?

Are these decidedly low-tech, old-fashioned structures still as valuable today?

By Don Lipman  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Australia braces for more blistering heat after record busting spell

Four of Australia’s hottest 10 days on record have occurred this young calendar year and another punishing round of heat is on the way.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:21 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Climate Change

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Snow blankets parts of Middle East, Jerusalem (PHOTOS)

Four to six inches of snow fell in Jerusalem Wednesday night into Thursday morning, snarling traffic and closing schools and government offices.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:48 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013

D.C. area forecast: Lots more sun today but real warmth patiently waits for weekend

The weather should be a little better behaved today with shower chances nil. While warmer than normal, the fun “throw off your jacket and head for the park” weather is sensibly reserved for this weekend. While 60s are not record breaking material, they will provide a perk in the middle of winter. Oh who am I kidding, what winter? .

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/09/2013

PM Update: Clouds decrease tonight, and a decent Thursday is ahead

This was a tricky forecast day, with much warmer temperatures largely ending up confined just to our south. Abundant clouds, and even some light showers, impacted large part of the area. This helped keep temperatures in check. Even though it was cooler than forecast, readings in the mid-40s to the low 50s are still a good bit above average.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Which is more pathetic? Winter, or the Wizards (POLL, 2013 edition)

Here we go again. Another meteorological winter is almost halfway in the books and we are faced with a familiar question: Which is more pathetic so far?... this winter’s lack of snow?... or the hapless Wizards? Here’s your chance to vote...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Humor, Local Climate

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Advice to snow lovers: Move to higher ground! Why higher elevations get more snow.

In this post, I will break down a couple of reasons why our neighbors living on higher ground often have the better chance of seeing significant snow while the rest of us are left wanting under a cold rain or mix. Then, I’ll look back at how elevation played a key role in snow accumulations for three minor winter events in late December.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013

D.C. area forecast: Temperatures up, heating costs down through the weekend

It’s hard to say we are “due” this warm-up given the winter hasn’t been particularly cold to begin with. That said, it’s been plenty cold enough for sweaters and heavy jackets, so I’m still inclined to view highs in the 50s and 60s over the next several days as a welcome reprieve from the season’s more typical chill.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 01/08/2013

PM Update: Wednesday warmth after a quiet overnight

Today’s highs mainly in the near 50 to low 50 range are running about 10 degrees warmer than normal this time of year. And, there’s more warmth where that came from. A south and southwest breeze along with a few passing clouds are really all we’ve got to pay attention to over the next day.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:50 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 01/08/2013

After warm-up, a trend toward colder weather expected by later next week

Cold air will be plunging into the middle of the country early next week, and that air will slowly edge east toward the D.C. area

By Wes Junker  |  03:17 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 01/08/2013

U.S. experiences warmest and second most extreme weather year ever recorded in 2012

NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) officially crowned 2012 the warm weather king today for the Lower 48 states, and by a lofty margin. The average temperature was 55.3 degrees F, one full degree above the previous record set in 1998 and 3.2 degrees F above the 20th century average.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:02 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/08/2013

Record heat in Australia fuels wildfires as temperatures soar over 100ºF

The new year is off to a record-hot start in Australia, where blistering heat and wildfires have torched southern and eastern parts of the country. Yesterday, Australia’s average high temperature set an all-time record. Along Australia’s southern coast, temperatures have reached as high as 48ºC (119ºF). Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology reports that this is the first time Australia has ever recorded five consecutive days of temperatures above 39ºC (102ºF).

By Justin Grieser  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/08/2013

D.C. area forecast: Nice weather continues during winter hiatus; even warmer this weekend

For those of you who were tiring of our near normal cold temperatures over the past two weeks, this forecast is definitely for you. A warmer flow pattern is setting up that should build to an impressive crescendo this weekend as highs reach up well into the 60s. Outside of showers on Friday and again maybe Sunday, the pattern is mostly a dry one too.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/07/2013

PM Update: Mainly clear and staying mild

Clouds that persisted through last night, and into this morning, caused at least some minor forecast headaches resulting in temperatures a little higher than initially expected today. Still, we ended up a touch cooler than yesterday with highs mainly in the mid-and-upper 40s. More in the way of milder air is ahead tomorrow, and that’s the general story to come.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Hurricane Sandy, protecting America, and bipartisanship beyond a hug

AUSTIN, Texas—Let’s hope bipartisan cooperation after Hurricane Sandy doesn’t stop at the Governor Christie and President Obama hug. Unfortunately that may be an uphill battle given the failure by Congress to act more quickly on Hurricane Sandy relief, but it shouldn’t be. The simple truth is the better Americans can prepare for extreme events, the less we’ll need to pay in relief. Both parties should understand that and want to do something about it.

By Nancy Colleton  |  01:40 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013

One wild storm: A look back at the ‘Blizzard of ‘96’

In early January 1996, at the tail-end of the second government shutdown in as many months due to a budget stalemate (sound familiar?), the federal government was forced to extend the 22-day shutdown for another week - this time because of a massive East Coast blizzard. It was known as “The Great Furlough Storm” and ultimately as the “Blizzard of ’96,” and began in the D.C. area late Saturday evening, Jan. 6, 1996.

By Don Lipman  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013

D.C. area forecast: Don’t let a cooler Monday fool you, much warmer air is coming

Temperatures head back down today compared to yesterday, but the overall story for the week is a mild one. With normal daytime readings nearing their lowest point for the year, it looks like we’ll be putting up some big positive departures in coming days. Besides a few potential showers late week, which are likely to be light if they happen, there’s not much of wintry note on the immediate horizon.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/06/2013

D.C. area forecast: A couple typical winter days, then a nice warming trend heading into midweek

Besides maybe a flurry or sprinkle early this morning and/or tonight, it’s not looking good for precipitation chances through Wednesday. If it’s not going to snow, we might as well get rid of the cold. Indeed, that’s exactly what we’ll do, as a significant warming trend is in the forecast for our midweek.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 01/06/2013

Redskins vs. Seahawks weather forecast: Layer up for the cold air and a hot game

Been a while since the Redskins played in January! Game time temps aren’t too cold, but still cold enough to bundle up. At least with a packed house everyone should be able to huddle up and stay warm.

By David Streit  |  04:55 AM ET, 01/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SkinsCast, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/05/2013

D.C. area forecast: Snow or rain showers possible overnight, but mainly worry-free days ahead

Though sunset has now reached the 5 p.m. or later slot for the first time since early November, we’re still sliding into our lowest average temperature period over the next week or two. So, if you’re not enjoying the “cold,” there’s not much room to complain as we’ve experienced pretty close to what we should be seeing this time of year. The next several days are mainly precipitation free, but first we have a possible really light snow and rain risk tonight.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 01/04/2013

PM Update: A chilly weekend; slight chance early Sunday light snow or rain

We had enough sunshine today for temperatures to reach seasonable levels in the low-to-mid 40s. We also saw sunset wait until 5 p.m. for the first time since November 8 (days are growing longer). The weekend is a chilly one and a little disturbance swinging by late Saturday night into Sunday morning might produce a little light rain or snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:21 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 01/04/2013

World’s biggest weather conference to see huge drop in National Weather Service attendance

Starting this Sunday, January 6, more than 3,000 meteorology professionals will convene in Austin, Texas for the American Meteorological Society (AMS) annual meeting. But the National Weather Service (NWS) representation at the meeting will be its weakest in years.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:29 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 01/04/2013

U.S. and northern hemisphere snow cover reach “record” highs, so what?

Too much is being made of recent snow cover records established in the U.S. and northern hemisphere.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:52 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Winter weather in hiding through mid-January: any hope for snow?

Temperatures have hovered near normal in Washington, D.C. in the New Year, but snow lovers - no doubt - are disconsolate over a snow drought which has reached record duration.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/04/2013

D.C. area forecast: More sun than not today and into the weekend

The word boring comes to mind, but so does worry-free. Weather this tranquil deserves some credit, especially if it attempts to throw our way more sunshine than cloud cover through much of the period. Despite potential Sunday clouds, we should break back into more sun by Monday. If it were colder, I would think we lived in the tundra!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 01/03/2013

PM Update: Continued cold and quiet

Today was D.C.’s coldest since February 12 last year and first day with highs only in the 30s this winter. We have cold 20s tonight but should bounce back to 40 or so Friday. These temperatures are ever so slightly below average.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:44 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/03/2013

2012’s surreal record warmth in the U.S.

It’s amazing to watch 2012 warm weather records stream in at national, regional and local scales

By Jason Samenow  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Washington, D.C. in longest recorded drought without 2 inch or greater snow event

We now have a running stretch of 708 days without a 2 inch or greater snowfall, the longest span on record dating back to the late 1800s.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:27 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Capital Weather Gang, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/03/2013

D.C. area forecast: Seasonable winter chill and sunny skies today last through weekend

Wintertime temperatures are in place for the next 5 days for a change. However, the sunshine is in full control, so snow lovers will have to make plans for their favorite ski resort. The dry weather should aid all those weekend errands and make for a good evening for the big Redskins game on Sunday.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 01/02/2013

PM Update: Remaining seasonably chilly through Thursday

We’re now into the period with the coldest average high temperatures of the year, so it’s maybe no surprise that today was one of the chilliest we’ve seen this winter. Highs mainly in the mid-to-upper 30s are running a few degrees below normal, but given the sunshine and mostly light winds, it could be worse! If you were a fan of today there’s good news: we do it again tomorrow.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:45 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Quadrantids: first meteor shower of 2013 tonight

Late tonight, and I mean late: the Quadrantids meteor shower will peak with up to 50-100 or so meteors streaking through the sky per hour. The best viewing time will be between about 3 a.m. and dawn.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:59 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Space

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Long range: Warmer than normal temperatures returning, snow chances low

Next week, a warming trend is expected with the high temperatures slowly climbing from the mid-40s on Monday into the 50s by Friday or Saturday.

By Wes Junker  |  01:25 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 01/02/2013

December 2012: Very warm close to record warm year in Washington, D.C.

December marked the 11th warmer-than-normal month of the 2012 calendar year and helped cement Washington, D.C.’s 2012 status as the warmest year on record. The month closed as the sixth warmest December on record.

By Matt Rogers  |  11:27 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/02/2013

D.C. area forecast: Mother Nature not sharing Washington’s flair for the dramatic

While lawmakers have started the new year with a flurry of fiscal cliff activity, it seems Mother Nature is interested in no such drama. In fact, our weather through the weekend is about as quiet as can be. A little chilly to start, yes. But no serious deep freeze and no significant storms, either.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/01/2013

D.C. area forecast: New Year, same old cold and clouds; no significant snow in sight

2013 begins as 2012 ended with clouds, cold temperatures, and also a slight risk of a light rain or snow shower. The balance of the week is a little better with dry weather, but still expect mainly seasonal to colder-than-normal temperatures. The weekend also looks dry with maybe a bit warmer weather on Saturday, but then colder and breezier again on Sunday.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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