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Capital Weather Gang: March, 2013

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 03/31/2013

Nationals vs. Marlins weather forecast: Somewhat mild for opener, chance of a shower

Temperatures right where they should be for the first day of April. Don't be surprised if a few showers pass on through at some point

By Dan Stillman  |  09:41 AM ET, 03/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/31/2013

D.C. area forecast: April showers arrive a day early. Will any linger for Nats Opening Day?

Unfortunately, the best of the weekend has definitely passed us by. Those out early searching for eggs may stay dry for a time, but showers likely move in before long. Tomorrow we warm up nicely for Opening Day, though a breezy cold front threatens a lingering shower or two before colder air settles in.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/30/2013

D.C. area forecast: Saturday nicer than Sunday, but mild air wins through Monday

If you're headed outside today, plan on being accompanied by many others. It's going to be rather beautiful! Enjoy the sunshine and temperatures near 60. We keep the mild temperatures around for a few more days, but Easter showers may provide a few annoyances.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 03/29/2013

PM Update: Sunny Saturday, gray Sunday with spotty showers

Temperatures edged closer to normal today, but for the 10th straight day fell short. Cool breezes from the northwest and considerable afternoon cloudiness capped highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Saturday promises sunshine and the nicest day we've seen in while, but Sunday looks a bit dreary.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:32 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Freezing cold March sets records across Europe

Cold March sets records across Europe

By Justin Grieser  |  01:17 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Cherry Blossoms in the nation's capital: How has the weather affected their blooming dates?

As the city's National Cherry Blossom Festival continues, I thought I might trace how recent weather changes have affected the blooming dates of the Tidal Basin's "Somei-Yoshino" cherry trees.

By Don Lipman  |  10:58 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cherry Blossoms, History, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/29/2013

D.C. area forecast: Enjoy the outside time while the getting is good

Sunshine today looks even brighter tomorrow! Now is the time to thaw out a bit, and get outside, before we cool down again.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Incredible North Atlantic storm spans Atlantic Ocean, coast to coast

I'm not sure I've ever seen a storm this big before.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:36 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Imagery, Latest

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 03/28/2013

PM Update: Not as windy, not as chilly Friday; massive storm in North Atlantic

Here we are at the end of March and, for the last several days, achieving 50 degrees has been a struggle. On top of that, we've had winds gusting over 25 mph, considerable clouds, and even the occasional touch of rain/snow/graupel. Fortunately, the weather's a little more settled and a little less blustery to close out the work week.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:34 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 03/28/2013

NOAA places freeze on hiring

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), parent agency of the National Weather Service, has implemented a hiring freeze effective immediately.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:52 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Weather community at a crossroads: 5 recommendations for improving predictions and their value

It's a somewhat stormy time for the nation's weather enterprise. Painful cuts are underway at the National Weather Service and a gap in weather satellites may degrade forecasts. Here are five recommendations for the weather community to consider to address these challenges...

By Jason Samenow  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Policy

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013

D.C. area forecast: A windy mix of sun and clouds, Spring returns Saturday

March will try to go out a little more lamb-like this weekend but we have to put up with a little more roaring of winds today. The ascent to warmer temperatures is a pretty shallow one but most of us should make the lower 60s by the weekend.

By David Streit  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 03/27/2013

PM Update: Spotty showers diminish with sunset, cool and breezy Thursday

Afternoon temperatures making the upper 40s to low 50s many spots weren't warm enough to keep frozen precipitation from reaching the ground here and there. After a chilly night, there's no real warmth tomorrow. In fact, it's generally more of the same as the last two days.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:52 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Rain, snow and graupel on a spring afternoon

Spring 2012 keeps on delivering the wintry goods. As cold air has zipped into the regions at high altitudes this afternoon, it's creating a popcorn style mix of frozen precipitation.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:47 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 03/27/2013

The spring cold snap that refuses to die

Last March - Washington, D.C.'s warmest on record, we achieved highs in the 70s or higher on 12 occasions through March 26; this year we've had zero such days. And the much chillier than normal weather only shows signs of modestly relaxing through early-to-mid April.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:41 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Review of Dark Sky's new forecast tool, Forecast.io

A new online weather forecasting application, with an elegant look and silky smooth performance, is generating quite the buzz among web developers. But is the information provided by this application - called Forecast.io - credible and useful from a meteorologist's perspective?

By Jason Samenow  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Technology

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/27/2013

D.C. area forecast: Cold and breezy, then warmer in time for weekend

The next two days are about as frustrating as it gets for those craving some spring fever. But then it all changes. Friday is modestly warmer, and we're talking near and above 60 this weekend. Finally, we'll have some warmth to go with Daylight Saving Time.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 03/26/2013

PM Update: More cooler than average weather for midweek

Sunshine yielded to clouds this afternoon, capping afternoon temperatures in the upper 40s to near 50. A chilly night lies ahead before another day not unlike today tomorrow.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:44 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Arctic sea ice reaches winter maximum, 6th lowest on record

After plunging to its lowest level on record in September, Arctic sea ice mounted an impressive recovery. But its maximum, reached March 15, still ranked 6th lowest on record. All ten of the lowest maximums on record (since 1979) have occurred in the last 10 years.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:41 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Climate Change

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Late season snow and cold a boon to local ski industry

Last year at this time, most Mid-Atlantic ski resorts were shut down. This year, many are extending their seasons through the close of March and even into April.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:47 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Snow when to hold 'em, snow when to fold 'em

Facebook reader Meredith Massey captured a configuration of snow most of us have probably never seen before. As Monday's heavy wet snow deposited on a slide in Riverdale, Md. melted, it collapsed into almost perfect folds on the ground beneath.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Photography

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Spring snow at the U.S. Capitol

I had to wait until spring for an opportunity to photograph snow in Washington. Approximately 1.5 inches of snow fell at the Capitol on the morning of March 25.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:50 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/26/2013

D.C. area forecast: Colder than average weather continues, some weekend warm-up

While our wintry precipitation is behind us, we still have a number of days with colder than normal weather ahead. Gradual warming arrives this weekend, and - get this - we may near 60 or a bit higher Sunday.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 03/25/2013

PM Update: Precipitation ends this evening, some slick spots possible into morning

Snow that accumulated this morning is already quickly melting across the area, even as daytime temperatures remained abnormally cold for so late in March. The risk of rain or snow should be out of here soon too, but overnight lows near or below freezing might promote some iciness.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:27 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Will snow and cold damage the cherry blossoms?

Today's snow and the recent cold snap raise the questions: Will this wintry blast delay the cherry blossoms' peak bloom, or harm them? The short answer is no.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:48 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cherry Blossoms, Latest

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 03/25/2013

D.C. spring snow: Four controversies

A snow event is not a snow event in Washington, D.C. without at least one controversy. For this event, I've come up with 4.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:56 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 03/25/2013

Beautiful spring snow blankets Washington, D.C. area

Snow is winding down in the metro region, but not before depositing 1-4 inches in the immediate D.C. area, with some 3-6 inch totals well north and west of the Beltway. The heavy wet snow adhering to trees and other surfaces has made for some very pretty scenes around the region, which we share with you here.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:48 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:26 AM ET, 03/25/2013

D.C. area forecast: Winter slop today; no sign of spring warmth this week

The first full work week of spring will feel nothing like the sort.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:26 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:35 PM ET, 03/24/2013

Snow could slow morning commute for some

Areas of light snow and flurries have overspread many parts of the Washington, D.C. metro region, but the time period when the steadiest snow may fall is between around 3 and 9 a.m. It's possible snow could fall at a moderate to heavy clip in this window, impacting travel and the Monday morning commute. Be prepared for possible delays in the morning and definitely check conditions before heading out.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:35 PM ET, 03/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 03/24/2013

Wintry slop moves in this evening and overnight; light accumulations possible

Wintry slop moves in this evening and overnight; light accumulations possible

By Jason Samenow  |  02:22 PM ET, 03/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 03/24/2013

D.C. area forecast: More March snow, but will it stick?

Somehow in this winter of little to no snow, we are still talking about snow in the last week of March. We'll see the clouds build today ahead of the approaching storm, and a chance of accumulating snow late tonight mainly north and west of D.C. and mostly on grass. But some slick spots can't be ruled out for the Monday morning commute.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:01 AM ET, 03/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 03/23/2013

Snow possible Sunday night, but underwhelming accumulation odds

We continue to track an opportunity for some late season snow Sunday night into Monday morning. But the critical ingredients for disruptive accumulations - heavy precipitation and cold air - seem to be just a hair lacking.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:34 PM ET, 03/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/23/2013

D.C. area forecast: Warmer today before storm system approaches Sunday

We're just days away from an average high of 60 degrees or more, but nothing like that is in our near future. After today's cool but tranquil weather, a storm system heads our way late Sunday. It'll feel wintry when it arrives, but true winter weather concerns should remain limited.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Dramatic meteor streaks through evening sky

Our social media feeds are being peppered by reports a large, vibrant meteor shot through the sky around 7:53 p.m. The meteor traveled from west to east in the northeast sky eyewitnesses have said.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:28 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 03/22/2013

PM Update: Cold tonight, decent on Saturday; late weekend storminess

You know it's been a chilly stretch when a day featuring highs about 10 degrees below normal doesn't feel all that cold. We've got a mixed bag of weather coming this weekend, but with some luck the majority will be dry enough to spend time outdoors.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:51 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Pa. law group warns Ohio official to "cease and desist" prosecution of Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil's indictment for "misrepresentation of early spring" and a recommended death sentence are spawning a legal storm. The Pa.-based Nurick Law Group, on behalf of the legions of groundhog supporters, has filed a cease and desist notice directed at Michael Gmoser, the Butler County, Ohio prosecutor who issued the indictment.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:03 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Humor, Latest

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/22/2013

World Water Day: A forceful reminder that the U.S. is running out of fresh water

Water scarcity is rapidly becoming a significant factor in the way of life in the U.S. Without sufficient foresight and resources for sustainable management of fresh water resources, the problem will become critical in just a decade or two.

By Steve Tracton  |  12:42 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Classic cherry blossom photos from the Library of Congress

While awaiting the glorious bloom of the cherry blossoms, let's enjoy some vintage images. How did the world-famous cherry trees look 75+ years ago and how did the photographers of a bygone era frame their shots and subjects?

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:42 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/22/2013

D.C. area forecast: Sunny and breezy today; "warmer" Saturday

We can't seem to get sunshine without the chill as winds continue to bug us today. At least it's a touch warmer, and again on Saturday. Later Sunday and into Monday could see snow mix with periods of rain. By Tuesday, we start to warm back up, but just a little bit.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 03/21/2013

PM Update: Friday to be modestly less cold than today

Temperatures barely reached 40 on this first full day of spring, some 15-20 degrees below normal. A gust y wind from the north made it feel like the 20s much of the day. A very cold night lies ahead with temperatures Friday several degrees above today's level, but still unseasonably chilly.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:06 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Ohio prosecutor seeks death penalty for Punxsutawney Phil after bad forecast

As severe cold grips the eastern U.S. on March 21, Punxsutawney Phil's forecast for an early spring can be best described as an epic failure. The prosecuting attorney of Butler County, Ohio, Michael Gmoser, wants the groundhog to pay for his flawed prediction, with his life.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Sunday-Monday storm a mess in the making, but probably not a big snow producer

As a complex storm system oozes into the region Sunday-Monday, just enough cold air should be in place to make forecasting the location of the rain-snow line challenging. But we lean against a significant late season snow event

By Jason Samenow  |  03:38 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 03/21/2013

National Weather Service spring outlook: warmer than normal for most

While it's colder in Washington, D.C. than parts of Greenland now, the National Weather Service suggests this unseasonably chilled pattern will reverse, and the spring will be a warm one for the eastern two-thirds of the U.S.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:53 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Record blocking patterns fueling extreme weather: detailed look at why it's so cold

Many a March has featured wild gyrations in temperatures from start to finish, but the extremes of this month and a year ago have given "springtime variability" a completely new meaning. The meteorology behind our current bone-chillingly cold weather is every bit as impressive as that which drove the March 2012 heat wave.

By Rick Grow  |  11:21 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/21/2013

D.C. area forecast: Wintry cold with morning flurries possible; normal temps elude area through weekend

If this is the first full day of spring, wake me in another 3 months. In fact, today will barely be normal for the heart of winter. You may even get to take in a few flakes.

By David Streit  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 03/20/2013

PM Update: Snow showers possible overnight before a cold and windy Thursday

Some snow may be in the air later tonight, but it's not likely much sticks to the ground. A few spots might get a dusting or a bit more. Then it's just cold tomorrow.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:43 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Late weekend storm could bring another winter weather mess

The calendar says spring, but we're locked into an extreme winter weather pattern which keeps cranking out opportunities for wintry precipitation. After a chance for a few conversational snow showers tonight, a possible bout of winter storminess arrives Sunday and Monday.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:26 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 03/20/2013

The spring equinox from space

At 7:02 a.m. this morning, spring officially sprung. Just 43 minutes later, NOAA's GOES-13 satellite acquired this beautiful view of Earth.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:22 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Breaking down tonight's snow shower chance in the D.C. area

A minor upper level weather disturbance drops through the Mid-Atlantic region tonight and tomorrow morning, offering the opportunity for a few rain and snow showers. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:57 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/20/2013

D.C. area forecast: Spring starts with decent day, then heads in wrong direction

Today is a decent start to spring with some sun and temperatures aiming for near or a bit past 50. Tomorrow, though, is a significant step in the wrong direction with cold and windy conditions. We recover to near and past 50 Friday into the weekend, but I don't see any of those 60s and 70s in sight. Plus, we're watching a mixed precipitation threat, albeit a highly uncertain one, for Sunday into Monday.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 03/19/2013

PM Update: Back to a winter chill on spring's first day

On the last day of winter, we felt a touch of spring, as temperatures edged up to around 60 degrees. But, ironically, on tomorrow's first day of spring we cool back down, with breezy 40s ruling the day. And the chilly air is here to stay for a while.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:46 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Storm brewing over Weather Channel's bid for internet address

The Weather Channel has applied for exclusive use of the internet domain .weather [dot weather] and a host of competitors, led by AccuWeather, have set out to block the move. They view it as a monopolistic maneuver to attain total control of private weather services.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:23 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 03/19/2013

First day of spring 2013: The sun says new season, despite lingering winter cold for some

It still feels like winter in many parts of the country, but Earth's orbit says otherwise.

By Justin Grieser  |  02:22 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Welcome to the new Capital Weather Gang blog

We're thrilled to announce we've transitioned to the Washington Post's next generation of blogs.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 03/19/2013

National Park Service pushes back peak cherry blossom bloom date

The Eastern U.S. is locked into a colder than average regime, and cherry blossom prognosticators are taking notice. The National Park Service yesterday revised its date for the blossoms' peak bloom from March 26-30 to April 3-6.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:10 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Cherry Blossoms

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 03/19/2013

"Hail"acious storm pounds South

Short summary ofA potent cold front that swept through the South Monday triggered thunderstorms that unleashed severe weather in several states. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) logged 217 severe wind and 159 large hail reports, concentrated in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. story

By Jason Samenow  |  11:42 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/19/2013

D.C. area forecast: Rains recede, sun returns by afternoon; drier and colder balance of week

A muddy March morning greets you today with lingering showers, but conditions are expected to rapidly improve as sunshine breaks through by midday or this afternoon. Mostly dry and colder-than-normal weather prevails Wednesday into the weekend as we keep a wary eye on another storm system late Sunday.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 03/18/2013

PM Update: Raw and showery through morning, turning milder Tuesday

Afternoon temperatures were a good 20 degrees below normal today, and if that wasn't enough, drizzle overspread most of the area this afternoon. After we get through tonight, tomorrow brings brighter and warmer conditions.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:17 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Spring's arrival turns thoughts back to the garden

By the end of the month, average temperatures cross the magical 50 degree F mark - the threshold that really revs up the motors of most plants.

By David Streit  |  01:09 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Gardening | Tags:  Gardening

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Early spring snow around Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

This morning's brief period of snow behaved as forecast for the most part, with just some conversational flakes inside the beltway that coated car tops, and light accumulations of an inch or so to the west and southwest.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:58 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Winter Storms | Tags:  Latest, Photography, Photos, Winter Storms

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 03/18/2013

D.C. area forecast: Wintry and wet today with snow to rain; then mostly cold, dry rest of week

We awaken to areas of snow and mixed precipitation, so allow extra time for the morning commute. Then the precipitation transitions to a cold rain. By Tuesday midday we dry out and the weather is mostly tranquil for the remainder of the week. But it’s unseasonably chilly with high temperatures mostly in the 40s Wednesday through Sunday.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:40 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:06 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Chance of snow/mix for Monday morning commute; most likely impact west of D.C. Beltway

Cold air has seeped into the region today setting the stage for some messy weather late tonight into Monday morning as a wave of low pressure approaches. West and northwest of the beltway, a light accumulation of snow (one to perhaps two inches) is possible. Little accumulation is expected inside the beltway and to the east and southeast where more of a mix of precipitation is favored

By Jason Samenow  |  09:06 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/17/2013

D.C. area forecast: Colder today with more gray than green; wintry mix/snow possible tonight

It may look similar outside today as it did yesterday, but it’s a good deal colder once you get out there thanks to a chilly wind from the north. That northerly wind plays a big part in the forecast, combining with an approaching storm to threaten a wintry mix tonight into early Monday. A bit of accumulation is possible especially north and west of D.C., before changing to intermittent rain showers during the day tomorrow into early Tuesday.

By Brian Jackson  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  forecast, latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/16/2013

D.C. area forecast: Murky March weather pattern next few days

If you like warm March sun and clear-cut weather forecasts, well you may not want to read any further. A generally unsettled pattern sets up shop for the next few days with plenty of clouds and occasional showers. Yet, much of the time rain may be light and spotty. Some snow or sleet might mix in Sunday night into Monday morning.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  forecast, latest

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 03/15/2013

PM Update: Cloudy, chilly weekend lies ahead; best rain chances Saturday

The work week closed on a pleasant note with sunshine at times, lighter winds and temperatures from 55-60. Clouds streaming into the region presage an overcast weekend, with daytime temperatures stuck in the 40s and episodic rain. Of the two days - while neither is a gem - Sunday is better as it’s drier than not.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:07 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 03/15/2013

National Weather Service cutting back on hiring, spending

The National Weather Service, feeling the pressure of the challenging budget environment, is already cutting back on staffing and spending, a move that could compromise our nation’s preparedness for severe weather critics say.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:44 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government

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

Cherry blossom peak bloom forecast from Capital Weather Gang: April 5

What a difference a year makes. Last year’s record-warm March led to a tie for the third earliest cherry blossom peak on record on March 20. This year, cooler than average weather is likely to push the peak bloom back considerably. We project blossoms will peak between April 3 and April 7, or around April 5.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:24 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Cherry Blossoms, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Rock’n’Roll Marathon: Detailed weather forecast - Cool and wet

With 30,000 runners hitting the streets of Washington, D.C. Saturday morning for the Rock’n’Roll marathon and half marathon, the weather forecast looms large. Unfortunately, it looks cool and wet.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/15/2013

D.C. area forecast: Breezy but mild Friday before weekend of damp, cloudy and cool weather

We have a cloudy, cool, somewhat damp journey ahead of us. So enjoy today’s relatively simple, dry forecast of breezes and increasing clouds. Relatively warm high temperatures today may even near 60 in some spots, but we will chill down into the 40s in the coming days. Risks to my forecast include greater coverage of rain and clouds, so our temperatures could be cooler, and ground damper. We’ll watch it for you though!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 03/14/2013

PM Update: Gone with the wind, in with milder weather Friday

I’m sure most of us will be glad to be relieved of weather’s version of the 40/40 club; that is: temperatures stuck in the 40s and winds gusting to 40 mph. A cold, crisp night awaits, but Friday brings milder air as winds relax. Rain worries hold off until the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:54 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Maryland, Virginia winters turn less snowy as New York, Boston enjoy snow bonanza

The northern end of the Northeast megalopolis lies in the proverbial sweet spot for snow, as general observations have shown over the years. A closer examination of the historical record reveals not only increases in the seasonal snowfall totals for Boston and New York City, but also unearths this all too predictable truth: Maryland and Virginia winters are becoming less snowy.

By Rick Grow  |  01:02 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, U.S. Weather, Local Climate

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 03/14/2013

How global warming spoiled the Snowquester

Just a few degrees was the difference between bare ground and a winter wonderland in D.C.’s urban core last week. Would the storm, which was a disappointment to so many Washingtonian snow lovers, have played out differently had it occurred 100 years ago? Historical data say yes.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:55 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/14/2013

D.C. area forecast: Wind tossed and sunny today, damp and dreary weekend ahead

The sun looks inviting today but do not be fooled, it is colder than you think and the wind chill is positively a negative. Hang in there, tomorrow is a fine spring day. If only it would last for the weekend. Showers will be an intermittent threat even if the totals don’t amount to much. Sorry Rock and Roll runners, prepare for light showers and 40s Saturday morning.

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/13/2013

PM Update: Showers end by sunset, chilly and windy through Thursday

After lots of morning sunshine, the cold air mass overhead percolated enough to create abundant afternoon cloudiness. We also have seen some rain and snow showers across the area. Despite the clouds and showers, highs still rose to within a few degrees of 50, but temps will drop off nicely as the sun sets.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Knickerbocker Snowstorm short stories

There are dozens of Knickerbocker Snowstorm stories buried in the newspaper archives or passed down by word-of-mouth by Washington-area families. I have made an effort to gather and document many of the stories before they are lost or forgotten.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:20 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, History, Local Climate

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/13/2013

March 13 weather extremes: Blizzard of 1993 and 2012 80-degree heat (POLL)

Last year, it was 81 degrees in Washington, D.C. on March 13, in the midst of a heat wave that presaged the warmest March on record. But 20 years ago on the 13th, the Blizzard of 1993 socked the area.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, History, Local Climate

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Comet PanSTARRS as seen from Washington, D.C.

The skies parted early Tuesday evening, and Comet PanSTARRS revealed itself above the western horizon for skywatchers in Washington, D.C.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:29 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Space, Photography

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/13/2013

D.C. area forecast: Increasing clouds, some afternoon showers today; changeable thereafter

The march toward spring continues, but we won’t be spending much time basking in any warmth over the coming days. Overall, a fairly typical back and forth swing in temperatures is up ahead, but generally we’ll be spending more time below average (now in the mid-50s for highs and near or above freezing for lows) than above average. By late in the weekend a wintry type storm may threaten, but it’s got a big temperature battle to overcome.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 03/12/2013

PM Update: Cooler air streams in tonight; Comet Panstarrs viewing opportunity

After this morning’s gully washer (rainfall totals of 0.6-1.2 inches in the region), skies have begun to clear and a cold front is moving off the coast. The core of the chilly air won’t arrive until Thursday, but it begins to trickle into the region tonight. Tomorrow (Wednesday), it’s somewhat unsettled, with the possibility of a shower.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:53 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Heavy snow halts travel in northwestern Europe (PHOTOS)

An unusual late winter snowstorm dumped several inches of snow across northwestern Europe this week, stranding drivers in their cars and severely disrupting air and rail traffic from northern France into Belgium and Germany.

By Justin Grieser  |  03:33 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Storm names: In defense of Snowquester

On March 1, when Capital Weather Gang Twitter follower Phil Yabut suggested “Snowquester” as the name for the potential storm in the D.C. area on March 6, I knew we needed to look no further.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:41 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Media, Capital Weather Gang, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Confessions of a winter weather expert

I’m a weather weenie. A weather weenie is someone who obsesses about some aspect of weather and, at times, that obsession rules their life. My friend, Bob Hill, describes it as a disease.

By Wes Junker  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Winter Storms, Latest, Capital Weather Gang, Humor

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/12/2013

D.C. area forecast: Showers end around midday; cooler weather comes back Wednesday

Showers cycling through replace our recent nice weather, and then cooler weather streams in by tonight and much of the rest of the week. Pesky breezes at times make it feel even colder unfortunately. No picture perfect weekend this time; instead, we deal with unsettled conditions especially late Saturday into St Patrick’s Day.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/11/2013

PM Update: Showers arrive tonight, last through Tuesday morning commute

Despite lots of clouds, we’ve been treated to another mild one. If we hit 60, it’s D.C.’s first three day stretch of such warm readings for highs since January. Rain is on the way, but we should stay dry for evening plans anyone might have. However, the heaviest of rain may try to hit during the morning commute, so you might want to plan on some travel trickery, at least here and there.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 03/11/2013

The blizzard of 1993: 20-year anniversary of March Superstorm

Twenty years ago today, among the most intense cold season storms of the 20th century began to organize. The storm - which would dump crippling amounts of snow from Florida to Maine - resulted in over 300 fatalities and $9 billion in damages (2012 dollars). Known as the “Superstorm of 1993”, “The Blizzard of ‘93” and “Storm of the Century”, it is ranked as an “extreme” category 5 storm on NOAA’s Regional Snowfall Index (RSI) scale.

By Don Lipman  |  01:44 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, History, Local Climate

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 03/11/2013

February was colder than average in Washington, D.C., March tending that way too

Of the meteorological winter months (December-February), February was our coldest, but only slightly below normal (-0.7F). The month was also drier-than-normal, with a deficit of 0.95 inches. But it sure seemed like a wetter month than that.

By Matt Rogers  |  10:27 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/11/2013

D.C. area forecast: Springlike start to week, winter rallies starting Wednesday

Don’t let the beautiful weekend fool you. March is a volatile month and it’s tough to put together more than a few nice days in a row. We start the week on a high note with 60+ highs, but after a rainy front passes by Tuesday morning, it’s chilly the remainder of the week. Highs struggle to surpass 50 starting Wednesday, with breezy conditions to boot.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/10/2013

D.C. area forecast: Springing forward with spring-like warmth, then a threat of Tuesday rain

Daylight saving starts today, and despite increasing clouds, we’ll have mild air to enjoy during that extra hour of afternoon sunlight both today and tomorrow. Next chance of rain comes Monday night into Tuesday with a cold front that sends temperatures steadily downward during the latter part of the week.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/09/2013

D.C. area forecast: A taste of spring the next few days

We’ve started the month of March with temperatures considerably below average, and this is on the heels of a colder than normal February. If you're like me, you’re probably looking for some warmer readings at this point. Well, this weekend will deliver on that angle. No really warm stuff, but with that strong March sun, it’s going to feel nice out there! Don’t forget to spring forward tonight.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:59 AM ET, 03/09/2013

United vs. Real weather forecast: Cool and pleasant for the 2013 season home opener

Time to turn things around after last week’s tough loss, and no place better than at home for the first time in the 2013 regular season. Weather conditions are pretty idea for the players as well as the fans.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:59 AM ET, 03/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  UnitedCast

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 03/08/2013

PM Update: A delightful weekend ahead; New England gets buried in snow

Other than the wind, we didn’t have a bad day out there. A little chilled at times, though about what we should still be expecting at this time of March. Better yet, a nice early-spring weekend is ahead, with temperatures likely heading to near 60 by Sunday!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:45 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Aloha! Comet Panstarrs: cosmic snowball to sneak above our horizon

Nature rears back to pitch us a dirty, cosmic snowball: Comet Panstarrs, discovered from Hawaii, will likely sneak above our western horizon tonight or Saturday evening. It’s an apparition with an “Aloha!” flavor since to it we say, “hello and goodbye” rather fast.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 03/08/2013

A word of thanks...

Suffice to say, Wednesday was not our proudest moment and we took our share of heat for the flawed forecast. Yet, there was also an outpouring of support and constructive comments, and we in­cred­ibly value and appreciate this feedback.

By Capital Weather Gang  |  02:46 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Capital Weather Gang

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/08/2013

To be the best in weather forecasting: Why Europe is beating the U.S.

As early as 1995, the weather forecasts from the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) were emerging as higher quality than U.S. products.

By Richard B. Rood*  |  11:24 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Science, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Pasted with snow at the Manassas National Battlefield Park

I made the trip to the Manassas National Battlefield park Wednesday to photograph the heavy, wet snowstorm.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:17 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013

D.C. area forecast: Fine weekend awaits after today’s wind

It’s a blustery but an otherwise acceptable end to our week, and it gives way to slowly tapering breezes and rising temperatures this weekend. Southerly flow, as tends to happen ahead of cold fronts like the one approaching Sunday night into Monday, could promote temperatures into the 60s without much trouble. Showers may decide to come around after, but we could use the rain, right?

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 03/07/2013

PM Update: Cool and breezy to close out the work week; FOX-5 meteorologist put in “time-out”

Despite a cool breeze from the northwest, temperatures today still managed to overachieve, reaching around 50. Of course, 50 is now cooler than normal (our average high is 53). Seasonably chilly weather continues Friday, with another day similar to today.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:50 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Snowquester: The pictures tell its story best

Snowquester, for all its maddening quirks and unfulfilled promises, was quite the photogenic storm. Five different images tell the story of this big snow tease, and make an indelible impression on our collective minds.

By Rick Grow*  |  03:28 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Snowquester: when forecast information fails

The best forecast for Snowquester was one we could not issue with a straight face, and one most Washingtonians would have ridiculed: Rain, sleet, and/or snow likely — heavy at times — with snow accumulations of 0-14 inches.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:38 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Recaps

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 03/07/2013

An ode to Snowquester

Twas the night before Snowquester and all through the land, 
the snow lovers were giddy and rubbing their hands.  
Snowblowers and shovels were nestled in the garage, 
snow was finally coming, this was not a mirage.  

By DC Rocks  |  09:35 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Humor, Latest

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/07/2013

D.C. area forecast: Breezy, chilly today but big warmup this weekend

The good news is that storm that shall remain nameless has departed and is leaving us in peace, mostly. Just a couple days of flying hats and bad hair as winds gust up to 30 mph. The better news is that spring will be busting out all over this weekend with some spots pushing the 60 degree mark by Sunday and Monday. The best news? An extra hour of evening sun starting Sunday

By David Streit  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 03/06/2013

PM Update: Noquester to move out; wind advisory tonight; chilly and breezy Thursday

What was advertised to be Washington, D.C.’s first legitimate snowstorm in more than two years, more closely resembled the others in between: piddling and meaningless for the most part. The so-called Snowquester storm exits late this evening, but leaves behind strong winds and a chance of a re-freeze overnight in colder locations. Thursday is blustery, but sunshine returns.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:39 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Snowquester under delivers in Washington, D.C., but not done; storm downgraded

In the immediate Washington, D.C. metro area and points east, the snow output of has underperformed. We conceded late this morning that our forecast of 5-10 inches in this area would probably not be achieved, but indicated a few inches remain possible - let’s say 1-4 inches.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:15 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Snowquester hitting its stride with heavy snow in western suburbs, but struggling in the city

Snow and mixed precipitation, in the city and points east, are falling throughout the region. Substantial snow accumulations, thus far, have mainly occurred west and southwest of the Beltway, and it’s those areas likely to reach forecast snow totals of 7-14 inces.

By Dan Stillman and Jason Samenow  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 03/06/2013

D.C. area forecast: Snowquester to strike with heavy snow; one of March’s biggest?

From 50 degrees yesterday, to our biggest snow storm in more than two years today, and back into the 50s this weekend. That’s March for ya. Snowquester is here and should pack a very heavy punch of wet snow in the north and west suburbs where some power outages are possible, and at least several inches from D.C. to the east.

By Dan Stillman  |  08:15 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 03/06/2013

The start of Snowquester: Tuesday night live blog; snowfall forecast increased

The first band of precipitation is moving in from the season’s first major winter storm. Track the latest developments and forecast updates in this live blog.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:00 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 03/05/2013

PM Update: Biggest snowstorm in over 2 years closes in; winter storm warning for D.C.

It’s been a long time coming, but confidence is growing that significant accumulating snow will fall over much of the D.C. metro region between late tonight and Wednesday evening. This afternoon’s models consistently show large quantities of precipitaton pasting the metro region, and mostly in the form of snow (except near the Bay and in the southern Maryland). Precipitation may begin as rain or a mix this evening, but should transition to snow as the night wears. Snow, heavy at times, is likely Wednesday, although some rain and/or sleet is possible mainly east of the city.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:43 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Winter storm warning for District, I-95 corridor, and points west; winter weather advisory east of town

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Washington, D.C. and locations to the west and north, for the likelihood of at least 4 to 8 inches of snow between midnight tonight and 3 a.m. Thursday morning.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:08 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Why Wednesday may feature intense snowfall rates and thundersnow

Why do we expect this storm will produce intense precipitation rates and possibly even generate thunder and lightning? History and theory provide the clues.

By Wes Junker  |  02:22 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/05/2013

High-impact, heavy snowstorm to hammer Washington area tonight and Wednesday

The ingredients have come together for a major snowstorm that may prove crippling for western sections of the Washington region.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:24 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/05/2013

The stunning structure of a snowflake (PHOTOS)

Andrew Osokin focused his photography on individual snowflakes that fell upon the ground and were in the process of melting away. In this post are a few examples of Andrew’s photography.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:25 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 03/05/2013

D.C. area forecast: Heavy, wet snow likely tonight into Wednesday, significant accumulations

The Snowquester is coming with its fervent attempt to make a dent in our snow deficit. This is easily the biggest snow threat we’ve seen over the past two winters. The main precipitation starts tonight as a rain/snow mix in most areas transitioning to a heavy, wet snow from west to east early tomorrow. Snow ends Wednesday night with a gradual warming trend from Thurday into the weekend.

By Matt Rogers  |  07:30 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 11:00 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Snowquester live blog: Tracking the models, March 4 evening edition

Winter storm watches are up across the D.C. area as the storm we’ve dubbed Snowquester closes in. Odds are presently quite good for a heavy late-season snowstorm to paste the region with anywhere from 3-8” along and southeast of I-95, to as much as 15”+ over far western (and higher elevation) portions of our area.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:00 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 03/04/2013

PM Update: The calm before Snowquester

If you didn’t know the forecast ahead, you might think we were on our way back to some nicer (if a bit chilly still) springlike weather. Lots of sun helped boost highs into the low-and-mid 40s across the area today. A hefty breeze from the west has helped keep wind chills down into the 30s though. Still pretty wintry... but nothing like we’re about to see!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:25 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/04/2013

History as a helper: the past suggests Snowquester storm will pack a punch Wednesday

As the Washington area braces for its biggest snow storm since Commutageddon, a number of similar historical events, or analogs, suggest disruptive accumulations will likely occur from Snowquester

By Rick Grow*  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Snowquester: heavy, wet late season snowstorm likely to paste D.C., Mid-Atlantic Wednesday

An intense late winter storm marches into the Mid-Atlantic Tuesday night and Wednesday. Heavy snow is possible, especially in far western parts of the region.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:55 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 03/04/2013

March snow in Washington, D.C.: Precedent exists for ending winter with a bang

With the Snowquester storm in the forecast Wednesday, history shows us big March snow events can and do happen at the close of winter, even in seasons with little prior snow.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:07 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Winter storm watch issued for Washington, D.C. area, Tuesday night to Wednesday night

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Washington, D.C. metro region from Tuesday evening to Wednesday evening. Such a watch is issued for the potential for at least 5 inches of snow within 36 to 48 hours.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:15 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/04/2013

D.C. area forecast: A calm Monday, big winter storm possible Wednesday, weekend warm-up

On Wednesday, a major winter storm - named Snowquester - impacts the region with possible periods of heavy snow (mixed with rain perhaps in milder locations).

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 11:00 PM ET, 03/03/2013

Snowquester live blog: Tracking the models, March 3 evening edition

The odds of a high impact storm (we’re calling it Snowquester) have grown today, and we’re closing in on a range where confidence is increasing. Watch the models come in with us.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:00 PM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Major winter storm eyes Washington, D.C. and Mid-Atlantic for midweek: Snowquester

The likelihood of a significant snowfall occurring in the Washington, D.C. region Wednesday is increasing as a very dynamic storm moves in.

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

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/03/2013

Snowquester: March 6 Washington D.C. winter storm name

Usually we ask readers to propose and vote on names for significant winter storms. But this time we’ve already received such a perfect suggestion that we’ve decided to go ahead and adopt it: Snowquester.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:58 PM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang, Humor

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 03/03/2013

D.C. area forecast: Chilly and breezy ahead of possible midweek winter storm

Today and tomorrow have that winter feel thanks to a blustery chill. Winds let up by Tuesday as we turn our attention to the Tuesday night into Wednesday night storm threat. Might we be looking at a winter wonderland with this one? Well, a good amount of precipitation looks increasingly likely. How much of it is wet versus white remains a major question, but it’s easily our best shot at significant snow in more than two years.

By Brian Jackson  |  08:45 AM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  forecast, latest

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 03/02/2013

Storm chances up for midweek; precipitation type still a pesky question

Odds are increasing the Washington, D.C. area will see a period of precipitation Tuesday night into Wednesday. And if the precipitation is heavy enough, then this looks to be our best chance of significant snow all winter long. However, that is still a big “if.”

By Dan Stillman and Jason Samenow  |  10:00 PM ET, 03/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Snow Lover's Crystal Ball, Winter Storms

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

D.C. area forecast: Calm and chilly this weekend before potential midweek storm

Even though we’re into meteorological spring, this should be a rather wintry feeling weekend. Quite the difference from a year ago, which helps highlight the variability in the month’s weather. The next few days are worry free, which gives plenty of time to ponder what might be lurking beyond. Whether you’re excited about the midweek snow chance or tired of it all at this point, just remember the clock is soon to run out.

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

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 03/01/2013

PM Update: Chilly, tranquil weather weekend ahead

Lots of cold air at high altitudes fusing with sunshine (invisible to us) generated a blanket of cloud cover today. Considerable cloud cover lingers into the weekend along with below average temperatures. At least it will be dry. The calm before next week’s possible storm?

By Jason Samenow  |  05:38 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

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

Knickerbocker snowstorm presentation: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at The Washington Post

Come hear the riveting tale of one of Washington, D.C.’s most destructive weather events: the Knickerbocker Snowstorm of January, 1922.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:44 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang, History, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Significant winter storm potential around March 6, but major questions remain

This is the best looking snow threat in two years.

By Wes Junker  |  01:27 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 03/01/2013

March severe weather, and start of meteorological spring: in like a lion, or lamb?

March 1 marks the start of meteorological spring. For those who are tired of the dark, damp, and disappointing days of winter this official demarcation of spring is a welcome thought. Most years this indoctrination of spring can be misleading because early March can feel like an extension of February.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  11:02 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Local Climate

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

D.C. area forecast: Wintry temperatures welcome meteorological spring

As an impressive outbreak of cold air heads toward the Gulf of Mexico, D.C. is set to experience (merely) brisk 40s this weekend. Even colder air aloft means morning sunshine should bubble-up increasing midday and afternoon clouds (a stray shower, too?). Overnight temperatures, combined with fairly persistent breezes, could still be biting at times as well. Oh yeah, welcome to meteorological spring! It may feel like winter for a bit longer, so bundle up!

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

 

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