Capital Weather Gang: Wx and the City


Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 06/02/2011

Fireflies flashing earlier as climate warms. Are we amidst a ‘renaissance of lightning bugs’?

Summer heat and humidity aren’t the only things to have arrived early in the D.C. area this year. Early last week, Capital Weather Gang commenters reported their first firefly spottings of the season. A warming climate has fireflies along with many other insects appearing earlier in the year than they used to. Recent trends also suggest a ‘renaissance’ of fireflies might be underway, with fireflies increasing not long after scientists feared they might be disappearing.

By Ann Posegate  |  11:45 AM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 07/07/2010

What do you like about summer heat?

The D.C. area has already experienced its fair share of summer conditions ... and it's only the first week of July. We've heard -- and said -- plenty of complaints about the heat and humidity: sweaty work clothes, lack of energy, moldy basements. Yet, some residents actually seem to like the heat. Are you one of them?

By Ann Posegate  |  10:45 AM ET, 07/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/25/2010

Is summer weather prime for crime?

Wx and the City * Hot stuff back for weekend: Full Forecast | Nats-Orioles weather * * Yesterday's record highs | Heat chat transcript | Crime Scene blog * Most of us remember the silence on the streets of D.C. and Baltimore during Snowmageddon. Few walked. Few drove. Few ventured...

By Ann Posegate  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/08/2010

The pollen, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The single biggest complaint I've heard about this week's weather is neither the above-normal heat, nor the crowds of tourists ... It's allergies. The sudden burst of warmth and sun combined with the lack of rainfall over the past several days have sent trees that were snow-bound just weeks ago into a reproduction frenzy. Tree pollen has been the main culprit.

By Ann Posegate  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/16/2010

Daylight Saving changes time, not weather

On early Sunday morning, most of the United States, save Hawaii and most of Arizona, sprung an hour ahead to Daylight Saving Time (DST), losing an hour of sleep in the process. However, when it came to weather observations and forecasting, the National Weather Service did not change its clocks this past weekend. Nor will it do so in November.

By Ann Posegate  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/25/2010

Have you had a (snow) change of heart?

Wx and the City * Powerful winds, skimpy snow: CWG's Full Forecast * * High Wind Watch tonight thru Fri. p.m. (map) | NWS snow totals * * New: CWG Snowmageddon T-shirts | Bob Ryan leaving 4 * Snow. Some of us love it; some of us hate it; all...

By Ann Posegate  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/23/2009

D.C. sledding gets creative

Wx and the City * Christmas storm chance: Full Forecast | Weather Checker * * View CWG-user snowfall map | NWS snowfall reports (view map) * What, exactly, is a sled? At a popular sledding hill in Northwest D.C. over the weekend, the answer was open to interpretation. No matter...

By Ann Posegate  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/19/2009

Feeling under pressure by air pressure?

Wx in the City * Rain at times today: Full Forecast * There is no doubt that weather affects our health and well-being -- think hypothermia, sunburn and that good old "nice day" feeling from a clear, warm spring day. There is an entire field called biometeorology that is dedicated...

By Ann Posegate  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/02/2009

Cool Happenings for Cooler Temperatures

Wx and the City * Weekend Forecast | Redskins-Bucs Forecast | Amazing D.C. Sunrise * Foliage begins to emerge in D.C. last October. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston. Fall speaks of festivals, foliage and refreshing weather around the D.C. area. As you plan out your season, here are several outdoor...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/16/2009

Summer or Fall: Which Is It?

Wx and the City * Cooler for Now. Some Showers? Full Forecast | Weather Wall * * What Does an Inch of Rain Mean? | Joe Wilson, Civility & Climate * Fall foliage near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Nov. 3, 2008. Courtesy National Park Service. This three-week period between the end...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/10/2009

Learn How Scientists Predict Climate Change

Wx and the City Next week, the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation, is hosting a lecture on the "Emerging Science of Climate Change." Dr. Michael Winton, an oceanographer at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) of the...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 08/19/2009

To A/C or Not to A/C? That is the Question.

Wx and the City * D.C. Before A/C: A Weather Story | Full Forecast | UnitedCast * * Tropical Storm Danny | Hurricane Tracking Center | Weather Wall * Courtesy Wikimedia Commons From my observations, Washingtonians, like many Americans, are uncomfortable being uncomfortable. Take the new trend of "glamping" (glamour...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:30 AM ET, 08/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 08/05/2009

Sleeping Through Sunlight: Not a Success

Wx and the City * Real Heat? Full Forecast | NatCast | Rethinking Hurricane Forecast * Photo courtesy UCAR "This is getting ridiculous," I think, cursing the solstice as I awake around 5:30 a.m. when the first hues of orange and pink sunlight strike my bedroom walls on a late-June...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:30 AM ET, 08/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 07/09/2009

Local Farms Adjust to Challenges of Recent Rains

Wx and the City * Full Forecast | Does El Nino Mean Fewer Hurricanes? * Produce from a local garden. By Kristian Whipple. After a visit to a water-logged community garden in my D.C. neighborhood a few weeks ago -- that has since dried out fairly well -- I began...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:30 AM ET, 07/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/20/2009

The Scoop on D.C.'s New Wet Weather Fee

Wx and the City * Full Forecast | NatCast | UnitedCast | DHS Targets Hurricanes * Examples of impervious surface areas. Courtesy WASA. Click image to enlarge. If you own property in the District, you may be wondering what that new charge is on your water and sewer bill this...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/24/2009

Making Severe Weather Less Scary for Kids

Wx and the City * How Hot This Weekend? Full Forecast | Niagara Falls in Spring * Thunder, lightning, tornadoes and other kinds of severe weather can put adults on edge... and can be downright scary for kids. A better understanding of the science behind severe weather and how to...

By Ann Posegate  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/15/2009

Spring Happenings, Rain and Shine

Wx and the City * Sun, Warmth on the Way: Full Forecast * Planning outdoor activities during this "in-between" weather (warm and sunny days interspersed with cool and showery days) can be challenging. Yet, there are many great events happening in the metro region over the next several days, and...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:45 AM ET, 04/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/10/2009

Are You Prepared for Severe Weather?

Wx and the City * Showers on the Way? Full Forecast | Grading Our Winter Outlook * A tornado touches down seven miles south of Anadarko, OK, on May 3, 1999. Courtesy NOAA. It's that time of year again. Spring is peak tornado season in the United States...and severe thunderstorms...

By Ann Posegate  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/31/2009

Weather, Climate and Blossom Bloom Dates

Wx and the City * April Showers? Full Forecast | Cherry Blossom Poems * It's that time of year again: peak bloom time for Yoshino cherry trees around the city. This year, peak bloom is predicted to be April 1-4, after a slight adjustment of dates last week by the...

By Ann Posegate  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/31/2009

Waxing Poetic on Cherry Blossoms

Wx and the City * March Exits Like a Lamb: Full Forecast | Cherry Blossom Guide * Cherry blossoms, just beginning to bloom, frame the Jefferson Memorial on Friday. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston. Spring speaks to me of poetry. In the spirit of celebrating Japanese culture and springtime, here...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/23/2009

World Meteorological Day: The Air We Breathe

Wx and the City * Work Week Starts With Early-Spring Chill: Our Full Forecast * Today, meteorologists and weather and climate enthusiasts throughout the world will be celebrating World Meteorological Day, a holiday of the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization. You may want to greet and congratulate your local meteorologists...

By Ann Posegate  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/18/2009

Another Pothole in Paradise

Wx and the City * Will Today's Warmth Last? Our Full Forecast | The Iditarod * A driver's worst enemy -- a pothole. Courtesy D.C. Department of Transportation. As CWG's Ian Livingston noted last week, the D.C. Department of Transportation began on March 11 a month-long crusade to fill the...

By Ann Posegate  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/18/2009

Which Rain Gear Did You Choose to Use?

Wx and the City * Mix to Rain Then Wind: Full Forecast | Snow Drought Getting Worse * Never in my life have I seen so many umbrellas as walking downtown during a recent rainstorm. Umbrellas? 49. Rain jackets? 2. In anticipation of today's conglomerate of precipitation, I was left...

By Ann Posegate  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 10/02/2008

Weather and Baseball

Wx and the City Now that baseball playoffs are underway, let's talk about weather and baseball. Not just whether a game is cancelled due to weather, but how weather affects the ball itself. The best atmospheric recipe for a farther hit? High altitude, low pressure, high humidity, high temperatures and...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:40 AM ET, 10/02/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/19/2008

Pirate Forecast: Ahoy!

Wx and the City Ahoy me hearties! Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Yer for'cast for t'day is partly-cloudy with a chance of rum...Blimey! I mean, today's weather will be more o' t' same: a lot o' sun, pleasant temps, more than a few clouds, and a light...

By Ann Posegate  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/19/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/13/2008

What Weather Are You?

Wx and the City By Ann Posegate We all know that weather can affect our emotions -- we feel grumpy when it's raining, happy when it's sunny, timid when it's cold, lazy when it's hot and humid, and anxious when it's stormy. But, can weather describe your personality? If so,...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  10:45 AM ET, 08/13/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 07/16/2008

Newton's Revenge on Mount Washington

Wx and the City By Ann Posegate If you've never been to Mount Washington in northern New Hampshire, I recommend going at least once -- if not for the famed weather, then for the challenge of hiking, climbing, running or biking up to its 6,288-foot summit. Yes, I said biking....

By Capital Weather Gang  |  01:00 PM ET, 07/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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