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Capital Weather Gang: April, 2013

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 04/30/2013

PM Update: Drier weather finally arrives Wednesday

Drizzle-fest 2013 continues through tonight, but hump day marks the transition to a sunnier weather regime.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:34 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Weather may have played role in horrifying Bagram Airfield Crash

A 747 U.S. cargo plane crashed on its ascent from Bagram, Afghanistan when thunderstorms were in the area.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:13 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aviation, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Late spring snow in Spain (PICTURES)

Over the weekend into Monday, a blanket of snow fell in parts of Spain.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:17 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International, Latest

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 04/30/2013

BugCast: Warming temperatures with moderate-to-heavy cicadas

We're only
several weeks away from cicada showtime

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:38 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Nature

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013

D.C. area forecast: Dreary drizzle today, but improvement Wednesday

April is exiting on a dismal and dank note with clouds, some morning fog, and drizzle or showers in the picture again today.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 04/29/2013

PM Update: Patchy fog overnight, still gray Tuesday

Despite plentiful clouds and rain, high temperatures made the near 60 to lower 60 range most spots. We stay fairly cloudy and damp through tomorrow.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:02 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Saturn hurricane has 1,250 mile-wide eye

NASA has obtained first of its kind imagery of a truly gargantuan storm on Saturn with an eye that spans the equivalent distance of about Washington, D.C. to Dallas.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:38 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/29/2013

One week's worth of views from the International Space Station

Each day, from his perch aboard the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shares front row center views of Earth from outer space.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:15 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Environment, Imagery, Latest, Photography

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Is weather an excuse for the Nationals' slow start?

Some have mentioned the cool weather of April as a contributor to the Nats' struggles, but it's probably only a minor player.

By Rick Grow  |  11:51 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Sports

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo dances through technical gaffe

When the TV camera fell to the floor midway through the weather broadcast last week of Colorado's Lisa Hidalgo last week, she was fast on her feet, literally.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:44 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Humor, Latest, Media

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 04/29/2013

D.C. area forecast: Cool, rainy kickoff to week, but better weather by midweek

A persistent stream of air off the Atlantic ocean keeps us socked in with damp weather today, tomorrow and perhaps extending into Wednesday.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/28/2013

D.C. area forecast: Clouds, shower chances on the increase

Today is far from a total loss despite increasing clouds and a shower chance. The potential for steadier showers and cooler temperatures threatens to put a damper on Monday.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:57 AM ET, 04/28/2013

Nationals vs. Reds weather forecast: Skies turn cloudy as Nats go for sweep

Rain should hold off for the most part, but can't rule out a passing light shower.

By Brian Jackson  |  04:57 AM ET, 04/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/27/2013

D.C. area forecast: Splendid Saturday, then turning toward a showery pattern Sunday

It's going to be one of those days that being inside is a big negative. Savor it! Cloudier and wetter times appear to be in the offing, perhaps as soon as tomorrow.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:57 AM ET, 04/27/2013

Nationals vs. Reds weather forecast: All you'll need is sunscreen

Temperatures are basically perfect and light southeast winds are more friend than foe.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:57 AM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NatCast

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 04/26/2013

PM Update: Sweet end to the work week, and a mild weekend ahead

You really can't ask for much nicer weather than we saw today. Thankfully, this evening continues the glorious conditions and we've got more on tap tomorrow.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:16 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/26/2013

The strength of the late April sun in Washington, D.C.

While it's not quite beach weather, the sun's rays are now just as strong as we see in mid-August.

By Justin Grieser  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Health, Latest, Local Climate, Seasons

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 04/26/2013

The crushing Knickerbocker snowstorm and rise of The Washington Post's John Jay Daly

The story of how a young writer's coverage of D.C.'s 1922 Knickerbocker Theatre disaster catapulted him into prominence in the world of journalism.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 04/26/2013

"Pink" full moon dazzles in D.C.'s night sky

Thursday night's "pink" full moon rose magnificently above the eastern horizon, and many Washington, D.C. photographers captured it in all its glory.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:17 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Photography

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

D.C. area forecast: Fantastic Friday, sensational Saturday, showery(?) Sunday

With high pressure dominating overhead, today and tomorrow look to be just spectacular.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:57 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Nationals vs. Reds weather forecast: Crystal clear and cool

Pack sunscreen for the pre-game, and a light jacket for the post-game.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  04:57 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NatCast

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 04/25/2013

PM Update: Outstanding spring weather ahead for Friday

Today was a sparkling spring day - perhaps a little cool for some with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Tomorrow, precious few will complain (except pollen sufferers) with more sunshine and temperatures stretching closer to the 70 degree mark.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:09 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 04/25/2013

AER's Judah Cohen produces amazingly accurate winter outlook

Back in November, we presented the winter outlook from Judah Cohen, a meteorologist for Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER). He sent me a verification of his outlook and my jaw dropped.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:34 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Full pink moon tonight and an eclipse half way around the world

A glorious full moon rises this evening at 8:05 p.m EDT. It has earned the colorful name "Pink Moon", but not for its appearance.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:33 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/25/2013

The changing face of U.S. drought: shrinking but still sprawling

Drought across the Lower 48 in the last year has undergone wild swings. From just regional pockets of drought last spring to one of the worst drought on record last summer, drought has now begun an aggressive retreat.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drought, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 04/25/2013

D.C. area forecast: Sun springs back on cooler day, weekend looking great

There is plenty to like about the next few days. To begin with, true spring time temperatures! No dodging rain drops over the weekend either.

By David Streit  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:57 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Nationals vs. Reds weather forecast: A bit of a chill but dry

We can only hope the play has us jumping up and down to keep warm. Not frigid, but jackets are a necessity. Fortunately, nice and dry with only a light breeze.

By David Streit  |  04:57 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NatCast

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 04/24/2013

PM Update: Showers, t'showers into tonight; cooler but nice Thursday

A fresh south and southwest flow out ahead of a cold front has brought us mild conditions today, with highs largely reaching into the mid-and-upper 70s across the area. A cold front brings showers through about midnight, followed by a beautiful Thursday

By Ian Livingston  |  05:02 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 04/24/2013

Chicago logs wettest April on record, Midwest rivers swell

Heavy rains have drenched the Windy City this month, leading to its soggiest April on record. Through yesterday, 8.54 inches had fallen at O'Hare International passing the 8.33 inches recorded in 1933.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:27 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 04/24/2013

Washington, D.C. under water: what sea level rise looks like

Nickolay Lamm, a 24-year-old researcher and artist, was motivated to gain a better idea of what a devastating rise in sea level would look like. And so he created a set of surreal images showing treasured landmarks swallowed by sea water.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:43 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Latest

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Historic cold records fall in Southern Plains

The Southern Plains are shivering this morning after one of the coldest mornings this deep into April

By Jason Samenow  |  11:21 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/24/2013

D.C. area forecast: Warmer today with shower and storm risk late; cooler but nice tomorrow

Warm-weather fans will enjoy today's temperatures past the 70-degree mark. A cold front that threatens some showers and thunderstorms should hold off until after the p.m. rush.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:56 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Nationals vs. Cardinals weather forecast: Warm with slim shower chance

Any showers and t'storms probably hold off to the west, with just a slight chance a few get close if the game goes extra innings

By Dan Stillman  |  04:56 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 04/23/2013

PM Update: Wednesday is week's warmest day, but ends with rain

It cools down into the 40s tonight, but winds from the south give temperatures the big bump up tomorrow, passing 70 before a round of evening showers and storms.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:23 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Record-shattering April cold and snow stun Rockies, north central U.S.

Parts of the eastern Rockies, Dakotas and Minnesota have endured an unforgettably wintry April. Multiple bouts of heavy snow have crushed April and all-time records in some locations, and the cold has been unforgiving.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:04 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 04/23/2013

How accurate are pre-season hurricane landfall forecasts?

An analysis of pre-season hurricane landfall fforecasts through the years reveals a mixed record.

By Rick Grow  |  02:17 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 04/23/2013

A year of outbursts from the sun

NASA has stitched together a dazzling image, combining 25 separate images of solar flares between April 16, 2012 and April 15, 2013.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 05:03 AM ET, 04/23/2013

D.C. area forecast: Sun by afternoon with 60s, 70s tomorrow

While most of this week is running cooler than normal due to cloud cover and cooler air masses, we do have a quick shot at cresting above 70-degrees tomorrow.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:03 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Nationals vs. Cardinals weather forecast: Cool and dry

Nationals vs. Cardinals weather forecast: Cool and dry

By Matt Rogers  |  04:56 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 09:41 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Tornado touched down near Largo Friday Weather Service confirms

In addition to the twister that caused minor damage in Fredericksburg, a tornado damaged 3 homes and uprooted trees in Prince George's county, 3 miles south-southeast of Largo Friday night.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:41 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 04/22/2013

PM Update: Drizzle possible overnight, then partly cloudy and cool tomorrow

Highs mainly in the mid-50s are pretty normal, for mid-March. Instead, that's what we got today. At least there was some sunshine! Tomorrow should be a little bit milder.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:52 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Earth Day 2013: 4 views from above

On this 43rd Earth Day, how about taking a moment to appreciate the planet and our region as seen from space...?

By Jason Samenow  |  02:56 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment, Imagery, Latest

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Worst of tree pollen season may be over

On Thursday, the tree pollen spiked at 2871 grains per cubic meter, as astonishing level unsurpassed since 2010. The good news for allergy sufferers? It's unlikely to get worse.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:19 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Patchy frost this morning as lows reach low-to-mid 30s in suburbs

Low temperatures this morning more closely resembled late March than late April, with many locations in our north and west suburbs dipping near the freezing mark.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:34 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Frost-freeze, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 04/22/2013

D.C. area forecast: Cooler than normal week ahead, with a few shower chances

This is the week when the District's average high temperature crests 70, but I don't see many 70+ days in the forecast. Today, in fact, we're mostly in the 50s.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:57 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Nationals vs. Cardinals weather forecast: Chilly, but dry

Definitely a night for an extra layer, but you shouldn't have to worry about rain.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:57 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 04/21/2013

Antares rocket soars into space from Wallops, Va. (pictures)

At 5 p.m., the Antares rocket engineered by Orbital Sciences blasted off from the NASA flight facility in Wallops, Va.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:09 PM ET, 04/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Photography

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

D.C. area forecast: Enjoy today's sunshine, it might be harder to come by ahead; frost advisory tonight N & W suburbs

Today features a pleasant start to the week with partly cloudy skies and tolerable temperatures. Then we play with a marine air mass tomorrow into Tuesday, before bumping back up near 70 ahead of a cold front on Wednesday.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 AM ET, 04/21/2013

United vs. Union weather forecast: Cool weather gear might come in handy

Just a light breeze and temperatures cooling through the game. Good soccer weather!

By Kathryn Prociv  |  04:56 AM ET, 04/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, UnitedCast

Posted at 10:17 PM ET, 04/20/2013

Weather Service confirms tornado struck Fredericksburg Friday evening

At 6:36 p.m. Friday, a tornado touched down in the city of Fredericksburg and then carved a three-quarter mile path the National Weather Service (NWS) says.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:17 PM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 04/20/2013

Antares rocket launch scheduled for 5 p.m., third time the charm?

NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation will again attempt to launch the Antares rocket today from Wallops Island, Va. Clear skies should allow viewing of the 133-foot rocket throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:50 PM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/20/2013

D.C. area forecast: A pleasant weekend despite a bit of springtime chill

It has been a toasty April thus far, so today might feel a bit cool by comparison. But with highs near and past 60, plus a good deal of sun, the only real downside is a sometimes gusty breeze.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Storms wind down with showers through about midnight; cool but nice weekend ahead

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore regions through 10 p.m. tonight.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:38 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Thunderstorms

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend: its brush with history

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend on the night of April 21-22. Under a dark sky, the shower might spray 10 to 20 meteors an hour. However, the gibbous moon in its glorious illumination is likely to impede viewing and you may see substantially fewer.

By Blaine Friedlander  |  02:02 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Tree pollen spikes to highest level since 2010

Today's tree pollen count surged to 2870.61 grains per cubic meter, classified as VERY HIGH according to the U.S. Army Centralized Allergen Extract Laboratory.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:32 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Latest

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Strong line of storms likely this evening

An energetic spring cold front sweeps into the metro region late this afternoon and evening accompanied by a line of strong showers and thunderstorms. Heavy rain is likely with a lesser threat of damaging winds.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:41 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 04/19/2013

D.C. area forecast: Mild and muggy ahead of stormy cold front

A strong cold front, with the potential for heavy showers and storms late this afternoon and/or evening, stands between us and what should be a cool but very nice weekend.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 04/18/2013

PM Update: Warm into Friday afternoon, then a stormy interruption

Winds from the south keep it feeling summery into Friday afternoon. But a strong cold front crashes the party by Friday evening, with a round of heavy showers and storms.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:52 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 04/18/2013

"We've got cows!" Discussing Warner Brothers 1996 Hollywood blockbuster hit, TWISTER.

There is one mainstream, pop culture event responsible for making storm chasing sexy; the 1996 Hollywood blockbuster hit, "Twister".

By Kathryn Prociv  |  03:41 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Tree pollen high, but may not have peaked

Tree pollen counts in the last two weeks have consistently shot up into the high range, and could spike higher.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:49 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Latest, Pollen

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Tornadoes possible in mid-Mississippi and Ohio Valleys; rains flood Chicago

A potent spring cold front with a violent line of thunderstorms is sweeping across the country's mid-section. The weather system, which deluged Chicago with up to 5 inches of rain, has prompted several tornado watches from Arkansas to Michigan.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, U.S. Weather

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Texas explosion leaves footprint in the Earth and sky

The massive blast from a fertilizer plant in West, Texas imprinted an unmistakable signature underground and in the atmosphere.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:48 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment, Latest

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/18/2013

D.C. area forecast: Cool and damp start today, warm finish; heavy rain Friday night

Warm is the word for the next two days with just enough humidity to set the stage for tomorrow night's thunderstorms.

By David Streit  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 04/17/2013

PM Update: More clouds than not into tomorrow, some fog possible tonight

Today's weather was dominated by a cold front headed south across the area. To the north, it's a bit cool and to the south it's pretty warm. Clouds probably remain rather numerous through tomorrow, but with some luck we'll catch a break this evening.

By Ian Livingston  |  03:42 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Severe weather outbreak possible in Plains and Midwest today and tomorrow

A strong cold front slicing through the Plains and Midwest promises to trigger widespread thunderstorms today and tomorrow, a number of which may be severe. Damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes are possible in the strongest storms.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:41 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 04/17/2013

NASA rocket launch scrubbed

Assuming good weather, Washingtonians will be able to catch a view of the most spectacular rocket launch from NASA's Wallops Island, Va. facility since its inception.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:14 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Technology

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/17/2013

D.C. area forecast: Fair spring days with a few flaws along the way

Snowstorms are tough, of course. But a stationary front lurking nearby can be just as challenging from a forecasting perspective. Today presents just such a challenge for D.C. area forecasters.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 04/16/2013

PM Update: Few showers Wednesday; Mikulski criticizes proposed NOAA furloughs

A weak front lurking to the northwest slinks south Wednesday, acting as a focus for clouds and a few showers, while cooling us off just a bit.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:03 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts, Government

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Weather training organization in jeopardy after Weather Service cuts

The nation's leading online training program for meteorologists is pleading for a cash infusion from users in the wake of government spending cuts that threaten its survival.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:41 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Four groups predict very active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season

Four groups predict very active hurricane season

By Jason Samenow  |  02:27 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 04/16/2013

Multi-year records set for snow futility in Washington, D.C.

It's hard to sugar coat that the winter we just went through was not a good one if you like snow. We're also looking at records over multi-year stretches in the snow futility department. To make things worse, not everyone in the northeast had a snowless winter.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:19 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Seasons

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 04/16/2013

D.C. area forecast: Warmer today with p.m. sun possible

This week continues to make decent strides at more typical spring-like weather as we oscillate between warm and cool (not cold) with intermittent clouds, sun, and those April showers.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 04/15/2013

PM Update: Lots of clouds through tomorrow, some fog possible tonight

The swings of spring continue, with today's slightly below average highs and a return to less than perfect weather. Nothing too bad though! Hope you like clouds, as there are quite a few in our future.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:57 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Furloughs proposed for National Weather Service, NOAA

Facing fiscal challenges, exacerbated by the prospects of the budget sequester, NOAA announced today that it proposes 4 furlough days for workers across the agency, including the National Weather Service.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:02 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Grading our 2012-13 winter outlook

In short, we did OK this winter, with our temperature forecast a bit better than our snowfall forecast.

By Matt Ross  |  02:18 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Astonishing March temperature reversal: 2013 vs. 2012

Mother nature does her best to even things out: The chart-busting heat of March 2012 was followed by a March that closed out cooler than normal in the Lower 48.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:51 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Record snowstorm dumps on Northern Plains as winter refuses to exit

An unrelenting series of snow storms continue to batter the Rockies and northern Plains in the never-ending winter of 2012-13.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:35 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 04/15/2013

D.C. area forecast: Mild, unsettled work week, then cooler, drier weekend

Springs comes into its own this week serving up plenty of mild weather but also numerous opportunities for April showers.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/14/2013

D.C. area forecast: Still spectacular for Sunday; cloudier Monday, with showers?

If some is good, more has to be better, right? I think so, and we'll be getting much more of the same today. Beautiful springtime sun and seasonable warmth provide an encore performance for our Sunday. Clouds look to be more prevalent tomorrow and possibly Tuesday with a chance for some nuisance showers. Temperatures? They remain mostly steady to start the work week before heading higher.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:57 AM ET, 04/14/2013

Nationals vs. Braves weather forecast: Superb Sunday at Nats Park

It's the type of weather that baseball was created for. Just don't forget the sunscreen while you enjoy the day at the ballpark.

By Brian Jackson  |  04:57 AM ET, 04/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, NatCast

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 04/13/2013

D.C. area forecast: Spring delivers its best this weekend

Weather bliss? Today might be close. And if you want more, we've got it tomorrow. After a week that showed off spring's sometimes extreme variances, a few days nearer "normal" should feel mighty fine.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/13/2013

Nationals vs. Braves weather forecast: A great day for a great matchup

60s with a breeze and plenty of sun? The first of two great spectacular days to catch a midday game.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:58 AM ET, 04/13/2013

United vs. Red Bulls weather forecast: Seasonably cool, and just about perfect

A light breeze along with temperatures cooling through the game might be your only real consideration weatherwise on this one!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:58 AM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 04/12/2013

PM Update: Thundershower chance as front passes; superb springtime weather inbound

A return to near normal temperatures is around the corner, we just need to get the front through the area and end this wild weather day first!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:12 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Nationals vs. Braves weather forecast: Cooler air filters in as the game goes

Today's cold front should be pushing east by game time, bringing cooler and breezy conditions to the field. If there's a shower or t'shower, it's quick and early in the game.

By Ian Livingston  |  02:56 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Going inside the bottom of a tornado with IMAX and mobile radar

Researchers have combined data collected by scientists and an IMAX filmmaker for the first detailed look at what happens in the bottom 100 feet in a tornado.

By Jack Williams  |  01:17 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/12/2013

Will drought develop in Washington, D.C. toward summer?

The evolving pattern does not offer much in the way of precipitation potential for the balance of April, but by May a considerably wetter scene could develop.

By Rick Grow  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drought, Explainer, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/12/2013

D.C. area forecast: Before gorgeous springlike weekend, cold front plows through

To get on the more comfortable, calmer side of today's cold front, we need to get through some showers and thundershowers first. Our weather reward for early-season heat comes over the next few days.

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/11/2013

PM Update: Heavy showers likely late tonight. Thunder too?

Our fourth consecutive day with highs of 80+ is in the books. A strong cold front reaches the D.C. area late tonight. It loses much of its severe potential by the time it arrives, but still threatens heavy showers and perhaps a few gusty thunderstorms as well. The result could be a messy Friday morning commute, followed by a cooler but sunny weekend.

By Dan Stillman  |  04:31 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/11/2013

AccuWeather launches new 'brand identity system'

AccuWeather debuted a new "brand identity system" (pretty much a fancy way of saying "logo") earlier this week. What do you think?

By capital-weather-gang  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Which thunderstorm type is D.C. most likely to experience this spring?

A cold front is on track to bring showers and the season's first chance of thunderstorms (nothing too severe expected as of now) late tonight into early tomorrow. When discussing severe weather, meteorologists refer to different types of thunderstorms as "convective modes," which include ordinary thunderstorms, squall lines and supercells. What type is most common across the D.C. area and surrounding suburbs?

By Kathryn Prociv  |  12:17 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Wild weather week with tornadoes, heavy snow and record heat

Severe weather broke out yesterday along a boundary between two dramatically different air masses, stretching from the Southern Plains north-northeastward across the Midwest and east into the northern mid-Atlantic. Unconfirmed tornadoes damaged homes near St. Louis and in northern Arkansas near Botkinburg with several people injured but no deaths reported.

By Dan Stillman  |  10:49 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013

D.C. area forecast: Less heat, still plenty of sun, showers likely Friday morning

Today is a lot warmer than normal but manageable - a noticeable improvement over yesterday. Showers and thunderstorms early tomorrow close out this early taste of summer and help wash away the "pollen-plosion".

By David Streit  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:57 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Nationals vs. White Sox weather forecast: Temperature perfection

A comfortable spring evening is on tap and showers should not arrive until after midnight, so no extra innings please.

By David Streit  |  04:57 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 04/10/2013

PM Update: Feeling summerlike through the night; warm again tomorrow

Any way you slice it, today was a hot one with record highs falling across the region. We cool off a bit tomorrow, but we'll have to wait a little longer for real relief.

By Ian Livingston  |  05:02 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Washington, D.C. sets record high for April 10th; first 90-degree day in April since 2010

Washington, D.C. has reached at least 90 degrees so far today as measured at National Airport, the city's official observing station. That breaks the old record high for the date of 89 in 1922.

By Dan Stillman  |  03:06 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Heat, Latest

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

After slow start, cherry blossoms rapidly reach peak (PHOTOS)

It seems that we've gone from winter to summer in less than a week. It's no wonder that the cherry blossoms seemed to explode into full bloom in less than two days. I've never seen such a fast bloom on the Tidal Basin.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:04 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cherry Blossoms, Latest

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/10/2013

A taste of summer for D.C. cyclists this week. Are you ready to ride out the summer heat?

With temperatures soaring into the 80s to near 90 this week, the D.C. area is getting a taste of summer with early April feeling more like June. Whether you ride recreationally or for commuting, I'd like to pose these two questions to my fellow cyclists...

By Kathryn Prociv  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 04/10/2013

Tornado data could help forecasters increase warning times and reduce false alarms

Supercells are long-lasting, fierce thunderstorms that spin out the most destructive tornadoes that cause the most tornado deaths. But scientists would like to know why only a few supercell thunderstorms produce tornadoes. A better understanding could help forecasters issue tornado warnings farther in advance with fewer false alarms.

By Jack Williams  |  10:47 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/10/2013

D.C. area forecast: Heat peaks with a shot at record highs today

Almost summer-like warmth has overtaken the D.C. area. Fortunately it's minus the humidity, although you may start to notice a touch of it today. We may even challenge some record highs this afternoon. Tomorrow is another warm one before a potentially showery or stormy cold front sets the stage for a cooler and pleasant weekend.

By Dan Stillman  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:58 AM ET, 04/10/2013

Nationals vs. White Sox weather forecast: Toasty warm for an early-season affair

Another mild one at the Park. Can't rule out a passing shower or thundershower, but if it happens it should be brief.

By Dan Stillman  |  04:58 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 04/09/2013

PM Update: An excellent evening, even warmer on Wednesday. Record highs?

What a day! The D.C. area basked in sunny 80s today with low humidity. The warmth has the cherry blossoms bursting and just about everyone trying to sneak at least a little time outside. Tomorrow we crank up the heat even more in probably the warmest day of this sudden stretch of spring fever.

By Dan Stillman  |  04:01 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Major storm enters the Plains, dropping heavy snow and spawning severe weather

Last night, Colorado witnessed 50 degree temperature drops in a few hours along with reports of tornadoes just miles from snow falling. The storm is just kicking into gear as well, and it's set to bring a big mess of both winter and springtime severe weather.

By Ian Livingston  |  01:46 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom at Tidal Basin (PICTURES)

The National Park Service says the cherry blossoms have reached peak bloom today. And what a wonderfully gorgeous day it is! Here are some photos from the Tidal Basin today, first from CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose, and also a couple submitted by CWG readers.

By Dan Stillman  |  12:09 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cherry Blossoms, Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Report: 243 million Americans affected by weather disasters since 2007

Drought, record heat and Hurricane Sandy were among the major weather-related disasters that affected the United States in 2012. But just how many Americans felt the impact of these events? A newly released report from the Environment America Research and Policy Center says 243 million people nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population live in counties that experienced at least one weather-related disaster since 2007.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:32 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 04/09/2013

D.C. area forecast: Summer warmth, then April showers

After experiencing February weather in March, we are now feeling June weather in April as high temperatures continue their "warm-ward" march in the coming days.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Nationals vs. White Sox weather forecast: Excellent weather for game

A beautiful summertime evening for taking in the ballgame with no weather concerns expected and only light-weight clothing required.

By Matt Rogers  |  04:56 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 04/08/2013

PM Update: Warmest day in half a year and more to come

Temperatures surged to near and past 80 today, making this the warmest day we've seen since last October. That said, our first 80-degree or higher reading in D.C. is about a month later than we saw in 2012. Too warm, or just right?

By Ian Livingston  |  05:17 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Abrupt onset of spring in Washington, D.C.

Spring 2013 started cool, but suddenly has caught fire. Photographers in our Facebook and Flickr group have exquisitely captured this thermally two-faced journey.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:38 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cherry Blossoms, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Forecast: More severe thunderstorms in a warming world

Global warming is often connected with increased extreme weather, but will it make warm season thunderstorms more severe? On balance, yes - the latest research concludes: models and theory point to an increase in severe thunderstorms as the climate warms.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 04/08/2013

Capital Weather Gang snowfall forecast contest winners

Congratulations to Dennis Lemke and Katherine Forbes - Capital Weather Gang readers who made the most accurate forecasts for this past winter's snowfall total of 3.1 inches at Reagan National Airport.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:06 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/08/2013

D.C. area forecast: Springing to summer with midweek 80s, cooler by the weekend

It's kind of astonishing just a few days ago many places were stuck with high in the 40s and, in a just few days, highs could top 85.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/07/2013

D.C. area forecast: Steady warming into the work week

It took long enough but spring has finally sprung around here! Warmth continues to pump in as we head into the work week. Other than some clouds and a stray shower chance here and there, the forecast period looks warm and pleasant, with highs into the 70s tomorrow and perhaps close to 80 by midweek.

By Brian Jackson  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 04/06/2013

D.C. area forecast: A stretch of springtime weather we've been waiting for

We've got a pleasantly cool day ahead today, but by tomorrow the warmth floods in on winds from the south. Both weekend days should be great for outdoor activities, and we continue to warm up into the beginning of the work week!

By Ian Livingston  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 04/05/2013

PM Update: Slightly cooler Saturday, then temperatures surge higher

PM Update: Slightly cooler Saturday, them temperatures surge higher

By Dan Stillman  |  04:01 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Why the National Weather Service should not be consolidated

I read with more than a little disappointment [Jason Samenow's] recommendation that forecast offices be consolidated. This recommendation has been rejected before by Congress and for good reasons.

By Richard Hirn  |  01:01 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Policy

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 04/05/2013

An app that predicts homeruns based on the weather

Utilizing sophisticated math and physics, meteorologists and software engineers have investigated the interplay between science and baseball. And the results of their efforts are now available in a free, real time baseball weather application called Home Run Weather.

By Paul Dorian  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/05/2013

D.C. area forecast: Gusty conditions accompany clearing skies today, with warm-up on the way

Rain rushes out early, but today's winds could delay the onset of that "spring feeling." Slowly, surely, warmer air is on the way. We don't have to be patient (too) much longer. When will winter officially give up the ghost?

By A. Camden Walker  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 04/04/2013

PM Update: Cold rain or even a wintry mix tonight, rapid improvement Friday

Cold rain moves in tonight, perhaps even briefly mixing with sleet and snow particularly west and northwest of the District, before sunshine and a rebound in temperatures Friday.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:19 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 04/04/2013

Comet Pan-STARRS still pleasing, amazing photo and video

Comet Pan-STARRS made a subtle but scenic appearance in Washington, D.C. skyline early in March. It has faded, but can still be seen in the night sky under the right circumstances.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:10 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Photography, Space Weather

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

Weather Service updates criteria for hurricane warnings, after Sandy criticism

Today, the National Weather Service announced forecasters will have the option to issue hurricane warnings in a future Sandy-like scenario.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:11 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Policy, Tropical Weather

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Record cold this morning, cherry blossoms shivering but surviving

Dulles Airport dipped to 22 degrees this morning, tying its record low from 1965.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:58 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cherry Blossoms, Latest, Local Climate

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

D.C. area forecast: Plentiful sunshine with less wind today, rain early Friday

The next few days will feature a see-saw pressure pattern of sorts as we bounce from sunny high pressure, to rainy low pressure, then back to tranquil high pressure by the weekend.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:57 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Nationals vs. Marlins weather forecast: More winter-like than spring, bring a jacket

A nice and cool spring-time afternoon for a baseball game. Increasing clouds and setting sun may cause a chill that warrants an extra layer.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  04:57 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 04/03/2013

PM Update: Near record cold tonight? Plentiful sun and less windy tomorrow

Another day of temperatures not even getting close to average highs is behind us, and now we prep for a cold night. While signs of warmth are increasing for the not-to-distant future, we won't be tasting any of that right away.

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

Coming Sunday to Washington, D.C.: Spring awakening

Enough about the wind, enough about the cold, let's talk about spring.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Red flag warning for brush fire potential this afternoon

It's dry, windy, and there hasn't been a lot of rain lately. These are the classic ingredients conducive to the spread of brush fires.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:56 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fire Weather, Latest

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Are winters getting windier in Washington, D.C.?

Did it seem like March was not only cold, but also very windy? That's the truth: D.C. experienced the windiest March in over 30 years. And five of the past seven Februarys have ranked among the 15 windiest in Reagan National Airport's recorded weather history.

By Rick Grow  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Wind

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 04/03/2013

D.C. area forecast: Cold and windy again, but spring's knock-out punch is on the way

The bad news is today brings virtually no improvement over yesterday. The good news, however, is that today will most likely be the coldest day we see for quite some time, with the possible exception of a rain-chilled Friday. 60s look to give 50s a knock-out punch this weekend, and 70s may not be too far behind. How sweet it will be!

By Dan Stillman  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:57 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Nationals vs. Marlins weather forecast: Chilly 40s warrant the winter coat

Diminishing winds but way too cold. Stay warm and think spring thoughts. This may very well be the coldest home game of the season, well at least the regular season

By Dan Stillman  |  04:57 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NatCast

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 04/02/2013

PM Update: Cold, dry, and breezy; Fire weather watch Wednesday

A pairing of cold high and low pressure systems to our northwest and northeast is funneling dry, chilled air into the region. So that means sunshine, but a brisk wind and cooler than average temperatures through Wednesday.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:01 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fire Weather

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

Earth warmest in thousands of years? Controversy over new hockey stick

A recent study that suggests the Earth is now warmer than it's been in at least 4,000 years is causing a stir in the climate world.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:49 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Latest

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Cherry blossom peak bloom likely on late side of predictions

The colder than average March and chilled start to April has slowed the emergence of Washington, D.C.'s famed cherry blossoms. Peak bloom may not be achieved in the previously forecast April 3-7 window. Our revised window for peak bloom is April 6-10.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:46 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cherry Blossoms, Latest

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

Stunning reversal: March 2013 was 13 degrees colder than March 2012

March 2013 was cold - strikingly cold compared to last year, but not all that cold in a historic sense.

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

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

D.C. area forecast: One last winter gasp

Hopefully - amidst the breezy chill in the air over the next few days - you will also hear the faint death rattle of Old Man Winter as the waning days of the cold season are upon us.

By Matt Rogers  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 04/01/2013

PM Update: Temperatures head back below normal

Something rare of late happened: A day with above average high temperatures. Hope you didn't get used to it, as a cold front is now ushering in a chill. Tomorrow we head back into the cool and windy stuff we've gotten so used to recently.

By Ian Livingston  |  04:56 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 04/01/2013

"April showers bring May flowers," and severe weather

Now that we've entered April, we can officially start talking about storms and severe weather. For storm lovers like me, this is exciting!

By Kathryn Prociv  |  01:05 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Easter colors at sunrise in Washington, D.C.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:20 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Photogenic fog fronts the Washington, D.C. skyline

A combination of clearing skies, falling temperatures, and lingering ground moisture from yesterday's rain set the stage for a blanket of fog early this morning.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:27 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fog, Latest, Photography

Posted at 06:43 AM ET, 04/01/2013

D.C. area forecast: Seasonal start to April with shower chance; springlike by the weekend

Miserable March is behind us and, while not quite perfect, the first week of April promises better things weatherwise. Today, temperatures start off near normal with the possibility of a passing shower. A sharp cold front shoves temperatures back down well below normal Tuesday before a partial midweek recovery. Friday may well be a washout, but some warmth may breakout this weekend along with the cherry blossoms.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:43 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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