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Capital Weather Gang: February, 2013

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 02/28/2013

PM Update: Meteorological winter closes on brisk, gloomy note; Al Roker’s big break

Today was emblematic of winter in a sense with a few raindrops and even conversational snowflakes in colder locations which amounted to...nothing. Temperatures were close to normal. This seasonably chilly weather stays with us Friday, with highs stuck in the 40s.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:49 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 02/28/2013

March 6 snow chances sink south

We continue to track the possibility of the development of a coastal storm during the middle of next week which, given cold air in place, could be a snow-producer. However, today’s models track the storm far enough south that the Washington, D.C. area would miss most of the precipitation.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:42 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Weather Service makes positive change: HPC to Weather Prediction Center

I’m all for simplicity. The National Weather Service (NWS) today announced it will change the alphabet-souped named “Hydrometeorological Prediction Center” (HPC) to the “Weather Prediction Center” (WPC) effective March 5.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:52 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Could a quiet sun cancel global warming?

The current solar maximum, the high point in the sun’s activity over an 11-year cycle, is the lowest in over 100 years NASA says. Scientists speculate solar activity may decline further in the coming decades. Could a quieting sun cause the climate to cool enough to stall or even reverse global warming from the build-up of greenhouse gases? Leading climate scientists say no, the effect of the sun is too small.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change, Science

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013

D.C. area forecast: Frequent clouds, rare sprinkles today; cold and sun return for weekend

Today marks the quiet end of February which has been pretty unremarkable weather-wise. March enters more pussycat than lion. The only thing noteworthy for the weekend sadly is another surge of cold taking up residence. No putting the heavy coats away just yet.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 02/27/2013

PM Update: Mild air eases on Thursday with a shower possible

In our below average temperature regime of late, today was a nice respite from the chill as temperatures rose to highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Sunshine that was plentiful early in the day has dwindled, and we’ll stick with mostly cloudy conditions tonight and probably through tomorrow.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 02/27/2013

March 6: Late game scoring opportunity for snow lovers in Washington, D.C.?

The pattern for next week or so favors cooler than average temperature, which conceivably could set the stage for a snowy rally. But a storm (or two or three) is needed. Enter March 6 - maybe.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:09 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Could it snow in Tampa, Florida this weekend?

The jet stream promises to take a huge dip this weekend, with cold air plunging deep into the Sunshine State of Florida. Since last weekend, the GFS weather model has hinted a little light precipitation might team up with the incoming stream of arctic air. There’s a very small chance this combination could squeeze out a few rare snowflakes along Florida’s central west coast Sunday morning.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:29 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Asheville, N.C.: Suffering worse snow drought than Washington, D.C.

Here’s some news that may shock snow-starved Washingtonians: we don’t have it all that bad. For all the attention that’s been given to D.C.’s longest drought without a 2 inch or greater snow event, and rightfully so, one city in the South, Asheville, N.C., is actually suffering through a longer period of even paltrier snow amounts.

By Rick Grow*  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/27/2013

D.C. area forecast: Brief taste of spring today; trending cold into weekend

If you’re craving spring like I am, today is the day to get outside. It won’t be super-duper warm, and might be breezier than some would like, but partial sun and temperatures at least well into the 50s are as nice as we’ll see for a while. Tomorrow begins a cooling trend and by the weekend we’re back to highs in the 40s with a bit of a wind chill.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  forecast, latest

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 02/26/2013

PM Update: A rainy PM commute; Wednesday is breezy, mild

A wind-swept, cold rain made for a nasty afternoon. The nasty afternoon transitions into an ugly evening but Wednesday’s outlook is the silver lining: at least partial sunshine returns and temperatures bounce back well into the 50s. It’s not a flawless forecast though, with breezy conditions and a small chance of an isolated shower.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:04 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Sequester threatens nation’s weather forecasting

Budget cuts set to take effect on March 1 could seriously compromise the ability of the National Weather Service to provide timely, reliable weather forecasts government officials and industry leaders warn. Programs and staffing to support weather forecasting are set to be slashed

By Jason Samenow  |  01:36 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government | Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Second rate U.S. numerical weather prediction: Why you should care

In this blog, I will take issue with arguments that U.S. inferior computer modeling doesn’t matter and will suggest that first-rate numerical weather prediction by the U.S. National Weather Service is crucial for the nation and of great benefit to the entire world

By Cliff Mass*  |  11:14 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Science

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Full snow moon over Washington, D.C.

Skies cleared, and Monday night’s full snow moon delivered for photographers lined up at the National Mall to watch its ascent.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:12 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Red sky at morning in Washington, D.C.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor take warning.There is often truth in the old adage.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:18 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/26/2013

D.C. area forecast: Raw and rainy this afternoon into tonight; briefly mild tomorrow, then colder

A major storm system that delivered a blizzard to the Southern Plains aims to bring big rains to our area later today and tonight, triggering a Flood Watch. Warmer weather arrives tonight and especially tomorrow, before another round of cold weather returns late this week into the weekend.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 02/25/2013

PM Update: Quiet before the storm; flood watch Tuesday afternoon and evening

Afternoon readings in the mid-40s to near 50 were pretty close to where they should be this time of year. Add in a good deal of sun throughout the day, as well as light winds, and it was pretty decent overall. Savor the calm while it lasts, we’ve got a rainy one ahead tomorrow.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Full “snow moon” and International Space Station in this evening’s sky

The moon officially became full at 3:26 p.m. EST and will rise tonight 6:07 p.m. We double our cosmic pleasure, as just as the moon is rising, the International Space Station will zip across the northern sky.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:53 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Thawing and freezing: will the winter’s volatile weather kill off the stink bugs?

Is it possible that our last January thaw and refreeze harmed the stink bugs? Can extreme temperature changes during the winter season impact an entire stink bug population? I asked two entomologists who specialize in stink bugs for answers.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:31 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Nature

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Crippling blizzard strikes Plains for second straight week

The second in a pairing of back to back blizzards is slamming the Southern Plains with blinding snow and raging, tropical-storm force winds. Blizzard warnings stretch from western New Mexico through the Texas panhandle and into southern Kansas.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:42 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/25/2013

D.C. area forecast: Crisp start to chillier than normal week; rainy Tuesday; Wednesday’s warmest

By the end of the work week we’re into March, but the February portion of this week is actually milder. The warmest day of the week is Wednesday, the wettest Tuesday, and the sunniest may well be today. The coldest stretch is probably Friday to Sunday, when highs struggle to crest 40.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/24/2013

D.C. area forecast: Becoming sunnier and warmer before Tuesday storm

Much improved over yesterday’s cloudy drizzle-fest! A drier air mass moves in today with increasing sun. The down side is a gusty wind from the northwest that adds a chill despite warmer highs. Sunshine sticks around through Monday, but our next storm moves in early Tuesday and may start with a light wintry mix.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  forecast, latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/23/2013

D.C. area forecast: Some rain around today, but blue skies return for Sunday

We’ve got at least a moderately unfriendly Saturday ahead weatherwise, but the good news is it won’t be a heavy rain washout. Plus, sunshine returns in abundance tomorrow and lasts into Monday. Since the pattern remains active, our break won’t last too long. If you’re like me and yearning for spring: in D.C., this is our last day with an average low of freezing or less (you’ve still got almost 3 weeks near Dulles).

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 02/22/2013

PM Update: Raw tonight, possibly icy in colder suburbs, rainy Saturday, sunny Sunday

All in all, the close to the work week was pretty miserable, with a mixed bag of very light precipitation, and temperatures near freezing. Any precipitation during the evening rush is spotty, but a little iciness cannot be ruled out in our colder suburbs. A period of steadier rain, possibly starting off as freezing rain in those colder locations, develops early Saturday. Sunday, we clear out and warm up.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:54 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Historic U.S. drought will continue into spring and summer, experts say

Nearly five months after expanding to cover the greatest area on record, the devastating drought of 2012 continues to spread woe across the central and western U.S. And, according to climate researchers, severely dry conditions will persist throughout the spring and summer.

By Rick Grow*  |  01:10 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Droughts, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Huge Midwest storm fizzles before reaching Washington D.C.

We expect little precipitation from the storm which crushed the Midwest with heavy snow

By Jason Samenow  |  10:47 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, U.S. Weather

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 02/22/2013

D.C. area forecast: Cloudy with spotty mixed precipitation today; wet Saturday, nicer Sunday

Today, we start cloudy, but by late morning some very light precipitation could start overspreading the area. Patchy mixed precipitation is possible through the afternoon, but some areas see little. The weekend looks wet on Saturday, but sunshine returns by Sunday. An active pattern continues into next week.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  09:30 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 09:55 PM ET, 02/21/2013

PM Update: Staying cold, with clouds and possible wintry mix Friday

Despite sunny skies, our chilly stretch of weather continued today, with gusty winds and temperatures struggling to reach 40. Tonight into Friday, we lose the wind and sun, but keep the chill. Around mid-morning Friday, we tack on a bout of sleet and/or snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:55 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Winter warming accelerates in Maryland and Virginia since 1970

Prior to 1970, temperatures in Maryland and Virginia had been more or less flat over the course of the 20th century. But since that time, they have climbed sharply, warming about 2.5 degrees F - part of an abrupt steepening in the rise of nationwide winter temperatures.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:12 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change, Local Climate

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Remnants of massive Midwest storm may make for sloppy Friday PM commute in D.C.

A piece of the large Midwest storm will survive its trek east, spreading a bit of moisture over the cold air in the Mid-Atlantic Friday afternoon. As such, we’re expecting a period of light frozen precipitation, coinciding - unfortunately - with Friday’s PM commute in Washington, D.C.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:27 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Can D.C. dream the impossible dream of breaking the snow drought this winter?

History says we have about a 50-50 chance of getting 2 inches or more snow before winter ends.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:32 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013

D.C. area forecast: Wintry cold today, perhaps a light wintry mix late tomorrow

Yet again we play the frozen precip tango. This dance gets underway late tomorrow and for northern suburbs it could whirl into the night. However, for the city and points south this is likely to be more like a brief tap dance. While slick spots are possible Friday, the system looks moisture-starved. The real precipitation arrives on Saturday, all or mostly rain, to wash the salt away.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 02/20/2013

PM Update: Chilly air in no hurry to depart

With our average high nearing 50 and our average low at freezing and soon to rise above, there’s no way around it being kind of cold out there compared to normal. No real sign that changes in any major way right away either. At least we’ve got plenty of sun to enjoy during the day! I’m soaking up that Vitamin D whenever I can.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:15 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Rare snow in the desert: Arizona storm suspends PGA golf event (PHOTOS)

A wound-up weather disturbance is producing unheard of amounts of snow in the southern Arizona desert.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:40 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Clouds and flurries stream into Washington D.C. and Baltimore regions from Great Lakes

Readers in Howard and Baltimore counties have spotted snow flurries, and long wave-like cloud streaks have lined up from the lee of the Appalachian mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. These weather features are brought to us - at least in part - from Lake Superior, about 1,000 miles away.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:33 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Does the “less snow, more blizzards” global warming theory hold up in Washington, D.C.?

Does it seem like snowfall is exhibiting manic behavior - lashing out with paralyzing blizzards one winter and retreating with piddling dustings the next?

By Jason Samenow  |  11:19 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Climate Change, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/20/2013

D.C. area forecast: Today’s windy chill doesn’t get much better tomorrow

As we head deeper into February with March just around the corner, warmer weather can’t be too far behind. But for now through at least the end of the work week, winter cold is here to stay, made worse by today’s chilling winds that ease only slightly tomorrow. Besides a flurry or snow shower today, our next chance for precipitation waits for Friday into Saturday.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  forecast, latest

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 02/19/2013

PM Update: Wind-whipped cold for Wednesday

Gloomy clouds, a brief bout of mixed precipitation and then rain held temperatures in the 40s today, despite winds from the south. Now a cold front is pressing through the region, which will dry us out but turn it even chillier for the day Wednesday with a strong dose of wind.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:37 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 02/19/2013

When is the average last date of measurable snow in Washington, D.C.?

For Reagan National Airport, the 1981-2010 average last date of measurable snow (defined as at least 0.1”) is February 24 – right around the corner.

By Justin Grieser  |  01:15 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Rain favored over snow in storms for next week; a more snow-friendly pattern around March 1?

Spring is rapidly approaching and the average temperatures are starting to rise in response to the sun. But could a change in storm track gives increase snow prospects to close February?

By Wes Junker  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/19/2013

D.C. area forecast: Brief mix to rain today, blustery Wednesday; next storm by late Friday

In what has become an all too predictable routine this winter, we warm up just enough today to get rain (rather than snow - except for a possible brief mix at the onset) before we turn colder and drier. Below average temps dominate Wednesday to Thursday before a new storm approaches late Friday. There is a chance enough cold air holds for mixed precipitation Friday night before changing to rain which lingers into Saturday. Drier weather returns for Sunday.

By Matt Rogers  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/18/2013

D.C. area forecast: A chilly week but no big storms

For the most part, it’s cooler than average this week with highs generally around 45 or cooler. But it’s appearing increasingly likely another week will pass without meaningful snow. Both rounds of precipitation, Tuesday and Friday, probably produce small amounts with the liquid form favored over the solid. Snow lovers, the window for us to cash in is closing.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/17/2013

D.C. area forecast: Blustery Sunday with biting wind chill, then a calmer Presidents’ Day

Again this winter’s trend of cold or precipitation, but not together, rears its (ugly?) head this week. Today brings the cold and gusty winds, but not much more than a few flurries or snow showers. We warm up a bit just in time for our next round of precipitation, which may start briefly as a wintry mix early Tuesday but should end up mostly rain. Then we dry out by Wednesday as winter’s chill returns.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/16/2013

D.C. area forecast: A chilled holiday weekend with some snowflakes here and there

We’ve got snow in the forecast, but nothing like what we saw on Presidents’ Day weekend in 1979 or 2003. Yet, after a mild last few days, we’ll certainly be feeling the return to wintry conditions the next couple.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 02/15/2013

PM Update: Cold front to bring sharp drop in temps, but not much, if any, snow for weekend

Sunshine overachieved today, and so did temperatures, climbing up to near 60 degrees. A cold front zips through the region this evening with showers and falling temperatures. Yes, some areas north and west of town may see rain transition to snow before ending. The weekend is breezy and colder but likely without meaningful precipitation.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:06 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Report: Weather satellite gap, climate change among biggest threats facing Federal government

Every two years the Government Accountability Office highlights the top 30 challenges facing the Federal government in its “high risk list”. A looming gap in the coverage of weather satellites and climate change are the newest additions to this list says the GAO in a report released Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:02 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Climate Change

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Tonight’s snow odds flaking out; watching Saturday wave for second chance

The weather system passing through the region tonight promises more rain than snow, with accumulation prospects weak. A second wave developing Saturday could put down a stripe of snow, but probably east and northeast of the immediate D.C. area.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:48 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Surprise attack: Meteor explodes over Russia hours before giant asteroid flyby (VIDEO)

Today’s big celestial show was supposed to be the 150-foot wide asteroid 2012 DA14, closing within a razor thin margin of Earth, but passing safely (at 2:24 p.m. ET). But a very large, meteor or “fireball” stole its thunder, violently blowing up as it entered the atmosphere over central Russia, producing a shockwave that shattered windows, rocked buildings, and injured hundreds.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:57 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/15/2013

D.C. area forecast: Late-day showers transition to some snow tonight; wintry weekend

Today’s relatively benign, increasingly cloudy, and mild conditions could turn interesting late tonight as rain showers transition into snow showers—perhaps even a band or two of accumulating snow for some. Behind the cold front this afternoon’s temperatures do tumble and make for a more wintry weekend.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 02/14/2013

PM Update: Mild Friday ahead before evening cool down, round of precipitation

Valentine’s Day has proven to be pretty sweet with mostly sunny skies, light breezes, and highs near 50. There are no weather worries for lovers out on the town this evening and most of Friday looks fine too. However, by late in the afternoon, a little light rain could break out as our next weather system moves in.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:03 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Friday night could bring round of sneaky snow

A little storminess may develop along a cold front pressing through the region Friday night offering the next opportunity for rain and snow. Some accumulation cannot be ruled out but this is a particularly tricky situation to forecast.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:36 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Earth to narrowly escape collision with asteroid 150 feet wide Friday

Early Friday afternoon, planet Earth will be buzzed by an asteroid some 150 feet wide, identified as 2012 DA14, as it intersects Earth’s orbit just 17,500 miles above our heads.

By Steve Tracton  |  11:27 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Space, Tracton

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 02/14/2013

“Car-topper” snow event leaves glaze of morning ice on some roads

Wednesday evening, from northwest to southeast, rain transitioned to snow before ending around 10 p.m.. Accumulations ranged from a coating on grassy areas and car tops around the District to half an inch to one inch in Loudoun and Frederick counties.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:52 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Recaps, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/14/2013

D.C. area forecast: Lovely mild sunshine today, holiday weekend cooler; snow Friday night?

Today is not a bad day for an afternoon stroll with your valentine. Despite clouds tomorrow, little should fall from the skies, not even an asteroid zipping by. In fact, the only weekend precipitation comes Friday night in the form of rain and/or snow. Then a blast of wintry cold takes hold with below normal temps and wind chills in the 20s. But the cold doesn’t hold as our wimpy winter continues to the bitter end.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 09:40 PM ET, 02/13/2013

PM Update: Snow and rain exiting after light accumulation north and west

Snow and rain exits west to east now through around 11 p.m. Many places north and west of the District have received a light coating mainly on grass and elevated surfaces, with a small road accumulation in the far north and west suburbs. A few slick spots are possible in the morning but school delays are unlikely.

By Ian Livingston, Jason Samenow and Dan Stillman  |  09:40 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Washington, D.C. falling deep into dungeon of snow futility

With 3.5 inches of snow combined in the last two winters, Washington, D.C. will have its least snowiest two year period on record if more accumulating snow doesn’t fall through April.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:16 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Local Climate

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Hurricanes vs. nor’easters. What makes them different?

If hurricanes and mid-latitude cyclones often physically resemble each other so closely and are both characterized by areas of low pressure and cyclonic (counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere) winds, what makes them different?

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:30 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather, Science, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/13/2013

D.C. area forecast: Rain showers today may change to a little snow tonight

Hopes for snow lovers are down again, though not completely out, with no significant snowfall on the horizon. Meanwhile, I’ve got bad news for those who would like to hang on to the relatively mild temperatures - a cold front is poised to put an end to them in time for the holiday weekend. At least there’s no big storm to disrupt travel locally.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 02/12/2013

PM Update: Rain develops Wednesday, may change to snow late

Semi-springlike today, semi-winterlike tomorrow. After nearly touching 60, temperatures return closer to seasonal norms Wednesday. At the same time, low pressure approaches from the south, bringing rain, which may mix with and change to snow late in the day.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:11 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Capitol-henge and other winter views of Washington, D.C. landmark, State of the Union 2013

Is it fitting that - near the date of the President's State of the Union address - photographer Phil Yabut captured the sun rising through the columns of the Capitol transforming it into a golden dome?

By Jason Samenow  |  04:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Rain to possible snow Wednesday PM, accumulation iffy

Here we go with another messy, complicated and underwhelming prospect for snow in the D.C. area.

By Wes Junker  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Riveting, terrifying chase video of violent Hattiesburg, MS tornado; no deaths a miracle

I’ve viewed a lot of tornado videos over the years, but the one shown in this post from Hattiesburg, Mississippi is the most dramatic and close-up I’ve seen.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Government

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 02/12/2013

The Megalopolitan Blizzard of February 10-12, 1983

On February 11-12, 1983 a blizzard swept up the Eastern Seaboard, burying an area from Virginia to the Northeast U.S. under a blanket of very heavy snow.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:40 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, Local Climate, Winter Storms, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/12/2013

D.C. area forecast: Sunshine returns with wet weather Wednesday, maybe ending as snow

After yesterday’s rain showers, we only get a one day time-out with sunshine before another weather system affects us. As of now, temperatures look warm enough to keep the precipitation as rain tomorrow afternoon, but tomorrow evening into night could find some transition over to snow especially north and west of the city. Quiet weather closes the work week before a cold blast and slight chance of snow this weekend.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 02/11/2013

PM Update: Clouds part for a mostly sunny Tuesday

The cool-air “wedge” won for much of the day across much of the area, but it gave in a bit this afternoon as high temperatures range from the low 50s to as high as near 60 where sun has been more plentiful. Unlike today, where only a lucky few saw lots of sun, tomorrow should bring us all a good dose of that glowing sky orb.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:55 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Pre-Valentine’s Day storm looks more wet than white; weekend storm?

Could we have a white Valentine’s Day? The odds don’t look so good.

By Wes Junker  |  02:05 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Bill Nye “the science guy” fumbles storm explainer

To educate viewers on the science of the recent mega-blizzard that socked New England, MSNBC’s Craig Melvin brought onto his program noted “science guy” Bill Nye . What followed was the one of the most flawed discussions of meteorology I’ve ever witnessed on a national network.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:36 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Media

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/11/2013

D.C. area forecast: Mild, showery start to week but it trends colder, small snow chances

The week begins on showery but mild note, before a series of cold fronts eventually send us back into the deep freeze. Low pressure riding along the second front on Wednesday could offer some pre-Valentine’s Day rain and/or snow or pass harmlessly south. The third front - of true Arctic origin - brings a stronger cold blast Saturday. Whether it produces a round of storminess is a big question mark.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/10/2013

D.C. area forecast: Monday morning rush looking wet; could midweek storm bring anything white?

Our weekend closes on a high note today as partial sun doesn’t have to compete with whipping winds. Things head back downhill late tonight as rain showers arrive and threaten a soggy Monday morning commute. By midweek we have another system moving our way. Could this one be more white than wet?

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 02/09/2013

Wicked Winter Wonderland for Northeast, especially New England

The season’s biggest storm so far is finally starting to ease out of the Northeast, leaving a wasteland from New Jersey to Maine.

By Matt Rogers  |  12:29 PM ET, 02/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/09/2013

D.C. area forecast: Windy conditions behind New England blizzard; milder start to next week

We didn’t get anything from the blizzard compared to New York City and New England, but we are dealing with its effects still today. The main impacts will continue to be wind and colder temperatures. Those winds should subside heading into and through tonight, but cold reaches its peak as skies clear. Fear not! Warmer air arrives for Sunday and through at least early next week.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 10:20 PM ET, 02/08/2013

PM Update: Very windy tonight and a blustery Saturday as Northeast storm explodes

As the Northeast blizzard winds up overnight, it may throw back a few rain or snow showers. But the main effect of the potent storm will be driving winds, gusting over 40 mph at times through Saturday. Temperatures will be quite chilly too in the storm’s wake, holding in the 30s Saturday. Sunday’s more tranquil, with moderating temperatures.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:20 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Will Washington, D.C. ever see “real” snow again?

With the Northeast blizzard on center stage, I’m repeatedly getting the question: will it ever snow - more than a dusting - in Washington, D.C. again?

By Jason Samenow  |  04:00 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Northeast blizzard: The science behind the storm

“Phasing streams” will lead to a meteorological bomb that will release vast quantities of snow.

By Wes Junker  |  02:36 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Science, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 02/08/2013

Northeast hunkers down for major blizzard; Boston area possible snow bullseye

Snow has begun in New York City, and final preparations are underway up the coast into southeast New England as a likely historic winter storm closes in. The latest model simulations continue to bury Boston under a debilitating dump of wind-driven snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:29 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 02/08/2013

D.C. area forecast: Morning wintry mix becomes rain, possibly ending as snow

While cities to the northeast like New York City and Boston get clobbered with snow, we’ll mainly have the storm’s collateral damage of strong winds an cold air for a couple days. After today’s wintry mix to rain event passes, we ramp up the winds tonight and much of tomorrow. We also notch down the temperatures. Sunday and onward brings an upward trend in temperatures. You might soon be able to put away gloves and scarves for a bit?

By A. Camden Walker  |  09:55 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 02/07/2013

PM Update: Winter weather advisory western areas Friday morning for wintry mix

A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow develops late tonight from the beginnings of a massive winter storm. The slop of precipitation transitions to rain Friday. Accumulating frozen precipitation is likely limited to the morning hours well west and north of the beltway, where a winter weather advisory has been posted. Precipitation moves out Friday afternoon, as winds begin to rip.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:00 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 02/07/2013

National Weather Service names Louis Uccellini director

Reeling from recent controversies over its budget and an exodus in senior leadership, the National Weather Service looked from within to establish some stability. Today it appointed 24-year NWS veteran Dr. Louis Uccellini as its next director.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:13 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 02/07/2013

New England blizzard: Two feet of snow possible from East Coast bomb, Boston may be ground-zero

Confidence continues to grow that Boston will face a major to historic blizzard Friday into Saturday. New York City may also experience a period of blizzard conditions, but questions remain about how much precipitation falls as snow. Washington, D.C. will likely just get grazed by rain and, perhaps, a little wet snow at the onset.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:01 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013

D.C. area forecast: Clouds today, possible wintry mix tonight, rain Friday

We get to witness the birth of a major storm late tonight that will hammer eastern New England. We deal with more mild effects. I would not be surprised to see a period of mixed precipitation here tonight. Most areas should switch over to rain before sunrise. The weekend starts out windy and colder but warms up nicely by Sunday.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 02/06/2013

PM Update: Calm, quiet and mostly clear overnight; trending cloudy on Thursday

It was nice to see plentiful sun today, no? Compliment that with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 40s, and a sometimes gusty wind was the only real negative (unless you’re looking for that elusive snow). We’ve got a calm night ahead, and that continues into tomorrow along with increased cloudiness.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Boston, eastern New England may get blitzed by crippling blizzard Friday into Saturday

A storm moving up the East Coast Friday will explosively strengthen, potentially dumping paralyzing quantities of snow in eastern New England late this week. Questions still linger about exact amounts, but current model simulations suggest totals easily exceeding one feet are a strong possibility.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:26 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Moscow, Russia crippled by historic snow

According to news reports, Moscow has endured its snowiest winter in a century, with 216 centimeters so far, or slightly over 85 inches.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:12 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/06/2013

D.C. snow drought: It’s worse than you think

Washington, D.C. has now gone a record 742 days without a 2”+ snow event. We’ve been treated to frequent snow in the air of late, just not any of significance. A truly tormenting tease if you’re longing for snow fun.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/06/2013

D.C. area forecast: Nicest day of the work week today; late-week wintry mix?

It seems the seemingly endless supply of flurry or dusting-producing clippers has indeed come to an end. To mark the occasion, we get to enjoy one day of soul-warming sun today before clouds increase again tomorrow. Thursday night into Friday brings the threat of some mixed precipitation, and then the atmosphere calms down again for the weekend, when highs could flirt with 50 by Sunday.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 02/05/2013

PM Update: Quiet, sunny weather for Wednesday, finally...

After days and days of wild temperature fluctuations and flurry threats, Wednesday finally delivers some “normal” weather. We’ll have sunshine and seasonal temperatures.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:22 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Volatile weather pattern *could* turn snowier by Valentine’s Day

The last several weeks have been a roller coaster ride alternating between cold and warm periods but the cold has yet to produce any significant snowstorms. By around Valentine’s Day, the pattern may become a little more promising for snow lovers.

By Wes Junker  |  03:12 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms | Tags:  latest

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 02/05/2013

National Weather Service review finds faults with June derecho forecast

A review of the National Weather Service’s forecasts for the June 29, 2012 derecho finds it was unsuccessful in providing long-lead times for the thunderstorm complex that produced a trail of destruction from Indiana to the Mid-Atlantic coast. The report praised the NWS’ short-term issuance of warnings, but stressed they should contain stronger language for conveying the urgency in such violent storm events.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:41 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Snowmageddon: When three years ago seems like an eternity (VIDEO)

Snowmageddon is entrenched in the memories of those who lived through it. Judging by the number of times I get the question “when is the next big snowstorm coming?”, it seems many are hungry for a repeat.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:25 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Snowmageddon, Winter Storms

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

D.C. area forecast: Trending milder as flurry-fest fades

Our flurry finale is tonight and it doesn’t look like much right now. Temperatures are trending warmer in the coming days as we take another winter break from recent colder conditions. We still need to watch a possible weather system on Friday, but otherwise, the weekend is looking seasonal to warmer-than-normal with dry weather and some sunshine.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 02/04/2013

PM Update: Some light snow around this evening into overnight; cloudy, not as cold Tuesday

It’s been another cold day around here, with highs topping out mainly in the mid-30s across the region. Skies that have been filled with lots of clouds temporarily showed a bit more clearing this afternoon, but clouds thicken back up as the next clipper pushes in during the evening. Snow? You probably know our “dusting to a bit more” story by now!

By Ian Livingston  |  05:10 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Some snow possible for P.M. commute; Washington, D.C. is dusting central

Late this afternoon, another clipper sweeps into the D.C. area, with areas of snow, starting right around the PM rush hour.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/04/2013

January 2013: 5th warmest and 5th wettest since 2000

What a difference a year doesn’t make as January 2013 looked a whole lot like January 2012 for the final numbers. It was only 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit colder and .34 inches wetter than last year.

By Matt Rogers  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Great Falls transformed: From frosty to flooded

From frosty falls to flooded falls in a little over a week’s time. A photo and video comparison.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:07 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Nature | Tags:  latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013

D.C. area forecast: Clipper mania continues with more bouts of snow showers

Snow has sprayed but failed to stay and lay since Friday. It’s the same deal for the start of this week until this flaky pattern breaks down, and it slowly trends milder during the second half of the week. By that time, any weather systems passing by produce rain showers not snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/03/2013

D.C. area forecast: So many snow chances, so little to show

In case you haven’t noticed, winter 2012-13 is the winter of the quick-hitter. So far, we’ve seen several of these fast-moving, minimal accumulation systems move through. Now we have three more shots in the next three days as a train of upper-level disturbances threatens to add fractional snow accumulations to this winter’s well-below-average total. By midweek snow chances are on their way out as highs try to break into the 40s.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 02/02/2013

D.C. area forecast: Mostly miniature snow threats line up one after another

Whether you’ve savored every chance of snow, or have been left longing for more than a small dose, we’re staring down a number of additional Alberta Clippers in the coming period. Our clipper pattern is also supportive of a generally cooler than normal regime, at least for the short term. Although our averages are slowly on the way up, we’re still not far from our climatological coldest time of the year, and you’ll certainly notice that today and in the time ahead.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:15 PM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 07:27 AM ET, 02/02/2013

Groundhog Day 2013: No shadow for Punxsutawney Phil, so spring is around the corner

Groundhog Phil failed to see his shadow in the town of Punxsutawney, Pa.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:27 AM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Humor, Latest, Nature

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 02/01/2013

PM Update: A wintry Groundhog Day and Super Sunday with snow flurries

For the next few days we’re locked into a wintry pattern, with colder than normal temperatures and possible bouts of snow showers and flurries. This snow will be mainly of the conversational variety, but a heavier band here or there could lay down a quick dusting and cause a few slick spots.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:33 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 02/01/2013

The sculptor and the magic snow machine

Last Thursday, while most of the Washington, D.C. area awoke to a miserly half inch of snow, I awoke to find 24 inches in my front yard.

By Walter Crain  |  12:12 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Humor

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/01/2013

Clipper drops quick dusting to 1 inch of snow in Washington, D.C. area (PHOTOS)

A fast moving ripple in the atmosphere produced bands of gusty snow showers early this morning. In some places, the wind-whipped snow fell heavily for a brief time, icing over roads.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:11 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Photography | Tags:  latest

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 02/01/2013

D.C. area forecast: Some early morning snow followed by a windy chill

Snowflakes this morning could snarl the commute and leave spots with a coating to an inch or so.

By A. Camden Walker and Ian Livingston  |  08:25 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

 

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