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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

The 2013 Washington Weather eCalendar and wallpaper photos

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

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:53 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Experts divided on weather and flu link

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

By Jason Samenow  |  03:59 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

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

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

By Jason Samenow  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

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

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

By Ian Livingston  |  10:27 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Blizzard pummeling eastern Rockies and western Plains eyes Upper Midwest

A major winter storm in the eastern Rockies and Plains will shift towards the Great Lakes Thursday, producing heavy snowfall, strong winds and dangerously low visibilities

By Jason Samenow  |  03:55 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Capital Weather Gang’s Daily Digit turns 3

Capital Weather Gang’s daily digit celebrates its third birthday this week. From the 2009 December snowstorm to the 2012 derecho, record heat, and then Hurricane Sandy, our daily digit has been telling the (subjective) story of D.C. area weather for three years now.

By Justin Grieser  |  09:32 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 12/12/2012

The National Weather Service winter media workshop

The National Weather Service invited members of the local media to attend its annual Winter Media Workshop held Tuesday in their Sterling, Virginia office.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:24 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/07/2012

Can lightning help predict tornadoes? A D.C. area case may shed some light

At this week’s annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting, geophysicists from Johns Hopkins University presented a poster featuring findings on lightning activity as a possible precursor to a tornado in the area.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:45 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 11/13/2012

How much snow will fall this winter? You tell us; And announcing the 90+ degree forecast winners

We’ve released our winter outlook and reported on winter outlooks from other sources. Now it’s your turn to predict how much snow will fall.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:55 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 11/13/2012

Winter outlook 2012-13 for Washington, D.C.: near normal cold and snow

It is time for our annual winter outlook. The easiest prediction is that it will be colder and snowier than last “non-winter” which had near record seasonal warmth and low snowfall. But we do not expect this to be an epic snowy winter.

By Matt Ross  |  10:10 AM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Capital Weather Gang gives D.C. Council winter outlook preview

On Monday, the Capital Weather Gang was invited by the D.C. Council to provide testimony about what kind of weather to expect this winter at a hearing on the city’s winter weather readiness. Matt Ross, lead author of Capital Weather Gang’s winter outlook, offered his preliminary thoughts about what to expect.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:23 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/25/2012

Weather-Ready Nation open house at the National Weather Service in Sterling

The weather was spectacular for the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather-Ready Nation open house event that occurred at the NWS Sterling office this past weekend.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 09/21/2012

National Weather Service open house this weekend; visit Capital Weather Gang booth

If you’re a weather enthusiast in the Washington, D.C. area, you’ll want to make time to attend our local National Weather Service office’s open house in Sterling, Va. this weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:30 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Grading our summer outlook: we captured the scorching hot big picture

Taking together our monthly predictions, our overall temperature prediction and some of our more fun predictions, we get a solid B grade for our summer outlook.

By Matt Ross  |  01:11 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Best of weekend lightning photos in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland

The start of September was electrifying at a whole new level.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:23 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Twenty years ago, soon-to-be Hurricane Andrew survived a near-death experience

What happened to 1992‘s first named storm?

By Jack Williams  |  02:15 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 08/16/2012

Tropical storm Gordon may become hurricane, no threat to U.S.; Greg Postel to the Weather Channel

The tropical Atlantic got its 7th named storm of the 2012 season this morning. Gordon developed over the open Atlantic and has intensified into a 50 mph tropical storm. As of 11 a.m. it was 640 miles east of Bermuda, heading northeast at 16 mph.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:15 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 07/05/2012

July 4th fireworks in Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

While mother nature produced her own fireworks west of Washington, D.C., the Capitol Mall remained dry (though uncomfortably muggy) for the annual July 4 fireworks. Capital Weather Gang photographers Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston captured some dramatic views for us all to enjoy...

By Kevin Ambrose, Ian Livingston and Jason Samenow  |  10:08 AM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 07/02/2012

Name the Washington, D.C. derecho of June 29

We are requesting name recommendations for this storm. We welcome your suggestions, but please no names ending in “geddon” or “pocalypse”.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:15 AM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Vulnerable to extreme temperatures: CWG helped one charity help the homeless

During a hot time of year, it is important to remember that homeless members of our population are just as vulnerable as in cold times of the year. Please remember to call 1-800-535-7252 if you see someone in distress during the upcoming heat wave. In preparation for winter’s toll on our area’s homeless, three Capital Weather Gang members last week assisted a great charity, Gifts for the Homeless (GFTH) which provides winter clothing to those in need.

By A. Camden Walker  |  08:00 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 06/09/2012

June 6 and 7 rainbow connection in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore

Wednesday and Thursday evenings were a boon for rainbow seekers in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas, as small pop-up showers were intercepted by the setting sun.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:39 PM ET, 06/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Capital Weather Gang introduces ‘Storm Threat Level’ - a new storm preparedness index

Severe weather season is here and the Capital Weather Gang has introduced a new “Storm Threat Level” index aimed at increasing awareness of the potential for severe weather in the D.C. area.

By Dan Stillman  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 05/09/2012

CWG readers predict 42 90+ days in Washington, D.C. by the fall

More than 200 readers entered our game to forecast the number of 90+ days at Reagan National Airport. The average number predicted was 42.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:41 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 05/08/2012

What’s this cloud formation?

We stumble across perplexing weather imagery all the time. How good of a weather detective are you? Welcome to the first in a series of occasional quizzes about mysterious sights in the sky. We’ll show you an image and then you tell us what you think it is.

By Steve Tracton  |  03:08 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 PM ET, 05/05/2012

Supermoon 2012: Reactions and photos, May 5

It’s the biggest, brightest moon of the year. Here’s a collection of reader photos submitted to the Capital Weather Gang and their reaction to the Cinco de Mayo evening spectacle.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:39 PM ET, 05/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Washington, D.C. summer 2012 weather forecast: Brutally hot again, and dry

After 2010 and 2011 produced the two hottest summers on record back to back, I am sure almost everybody is hoping for some relief this summer. Unfortunately, we don’t think that will be the case.

By Matt Ross  |  10:59 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Predict the number of 90+ days in Washington, D.C. coming this summer

It may not seem like it now, but trust us, 90+ days are coming. How many do you think we’ll have this summer? Average is 36. Enter your prediction.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:58 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Announcing the 2011-2012 Washington, D.C. snowfall forecast winner

Nearly 680 of you issued predictions about how much snow would fall this winter at Reagan National Airport. Only two people really foresaw the astonishing lack of snow. Topping the list: Bill Walker who forecast 2.1” would fall, within 0.1” of nailing the actual amount of 2.0”.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:13 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Grading our 2011-2012 winter forecast

As always, we grade our winter and summer seasonal outlooks in spring and fall respectively. In short, we did poorly this winter with not much of a silver lining. The major consolation being that we can commiserate with the authors of the other winter outlooks we encountered.

By Matt Ross  |  01:48 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Recapping the 2011-12 Snow Potential Index

With D.C.’s first occurrence of three straight 80-degree days in March since 1998, snow is now a distant memory. Capital Weather Gang officially retired Season 2 of the Snow Potential Index (SPI) last Friday, forcing disappointed snow lovers to come to terms with the remarkably warm winter of 2011-2012.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:08 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Cherry blossom peak bloom forecast moved up by Park Service; pollen surging

The National Park Service (NPS) has revised its prediction for the peak bloom date of the Cherry Blossoms from March 24-28 to March 20-23. This change brings the NPS outlook closer to Capital Weather Gang’s peak bloom forecast of March 18-22.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:16 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Capital Weather Watchers sign-up

Interested in joining our most trusted group of weather spotters? Sign up using the form in this post, and we will point you to training opportunities. Already have Skywarn Spotter training? Just indicate so, and we’ll get in touch with you about enrolling.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:55 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Meteorologists congregate in New Orleans, tout building a ‘weather ready nation’

Three thousand meteorologists, including four of us from the Capital Weather Gang (CWG), converged on the Big Easy for our profession’s annual meeting this week. The mood here is mixed. Yes, scientific advances have made forecasts better than ever. But the weather’s toll on life and property in 2011 in the U.S. was unacceptably high.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Capital Weather Gang bloggers listed among GQ magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People in DC”

Capital Weather Gang made GQ’s “The 50 Most Powerful People in Washington” list.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Sunrise, sunset spectacle in Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

Washington, D.C. has had its share of beautiful sunsets and sunrises in recent months. But I never recall such a magnificent sunrise/sunset pairing back-to-back.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:04 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Missing snow? Make your own ...

Weather Watcher Eric Peterson did what nature didn’t yet this winter: Make his yard a white wonderland.

By Eric Peterson  |  02:35 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Vote for Capital Weather Watchers in innovative journalism poll

The Post is surveying readers for their views on its best newsroom innovations of 2011. Our Capital Weather Watchers program is among the candidates in the “social and engagement” category. Vote for us as your favorite!

By Jason Samenow  |  10:17 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Return of the Snow Potential Index

With the start of December, Capital Weather Gang’s Snow Potential Index will return.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:32 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Best weather song lyrics: help us find them

Through the years, weather has served as a frequent inspiration for songwriters. Allusions and references to our skies and the precipitation falling from them have complemented countless tunes. Help us identify the most poetic, memorable and outstanding weather-related song lyrics. I’ll aggregate submissions and then put up the top 10 most frequently mentioned for a vote.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:52 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Washington, D.C. fall scenes from Weather Gang readers

Inspired by the stunning set of Rock Creek fall foliage photos by Capital Weather Gang’s Ian Livingston (which appeared in the B section of Thursday’s print edition), a number of Post subscribers sent into us some of their best fall shots.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:43 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Capital Weather Gang readers predict an average of 22” of snow this winter

We received 677 submissions for predicting the 2011-2012 snowfall total at Reagan National Airport from readers. The average forecast was for 22” with a median forecast of 19.7”. The highest snowfall prediction was for an epic 91.4” of snow with the lowest a paltry 2.1”. Interestingly, not a single reader predicted we’ll be shutout this winter with no more snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:39 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Your responsibilities as a weather forecast user

As forecasters, we strive to communicate weather information effectively. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we fail. Either way, we’re committed to making our forecasts as useful as they can be and improving them. But for the delivery of forecasts to be successful, you, the end-user, have a set of responsibilities in interpreting them. I’ve put together a list of five forecast user responsibilities. Read ahead, and let me know if you agree

By Jason Samenow  |  02:53 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 11/03/2011

Washington D.C. winter weather forecast 2011-2012: average temperatures, more snow than last winter

For snow lovers hoping for a repeat of the epic 2009-10 winter, you will probably be disappointed.  This winter is much more likely to be similar to last winter, when 10.1” fell, than the record-setting 56.1” of 2009-10.  But we don’t imagine this winter will be a dud either. It’s unlikely to be as cold as last winter, but we are not favoring a warm winter either.  Furthermore, we have a good chance of matching or exceeding the snow totals of last winter at all three airports.

By Matt Ross  |  10:51 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Contest: How much snow will fall this winter?

Tomorrow, Capital Weather Gang will release its 2011-2012 winter outlook. Before we let you in our predictions for winter, we want to give you an opportunity to make a forecast. So tell us, to the nearest tenth of an inch, how much snow will fall this winter at Reagan National Airport?

By Jason Samenow  |  01:13 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Grading our summer outlook

Hopefully the pleasant autumn weather of late has helped purge another brutal summer from your memory.  Unfortunately, we are here to remind you one last time before we can get on with the business of looking ahead to winter.  Here is a quick recap of our summer outlook. Although we did predict all three summer months to be warmer than normal, there will be no back patting.  With the second hottest summer on record, rivaling 2010, we missed the mark. 

By Matt Ross  |  11:42 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Capital Weather Watchers spotter training recap

Braving a difficult Tuesday evening commute, over 200 weather enthusiasts from across the D.C. metro region packed the Washington Post auditorium for the first ever Capital Weather Watchers training. Convened by the Capital Weather Gang (CWG), attendees took the National Weather Service Basics I Skywarn class gaining official weather spotter credentials. This group is now certified to report significant weather conditions such as damaging winds, hail and snowfall totals to NWS. And by attending the training, these spotters also formed the foundation of Capital Weather Watchers network to enrich CWG’s reporting of weather information around the region.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:43 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Join the Capital Weather Watchers program; free Skywarn Spotter training

Do you love weather? Now you can learn more about weather and share what’s happening in your neighborhood by joining Capital Weather Gang’s new Capital Weather Watchers program. We’re signing up people in every corner of every neighborhood in the D.C. region to help us tell our readers about weather events. And we’re offering a chance to get some facts and training from National Weather Service (Sterling, Va.) warning coordination meteorologist Chris Strong at a special two-hour class on Tuesday, October 11 at the Washington Post.

By Capital Weather Gang  |  11:45 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Dissecting the daily digit: Forecaster averages, nice days, and best commentary (Part II)

The torrential rains that flooded many parts of the D.C. area last week are a good reminder that our daily weather can range anywhere from pleasant to uncomfortable, calm to disruptive, and benevolent to life-threatening. Moreover, weather evokes different responses from different people: some like the heat; others prefer it cold (or somewhere in between). And in the precipitation department, rain and snow both have their enthusiasts and detractors. In my last post I analyzed the history of CWG’s daily digit: the subjective rating of Washington’s day-to-day weather on a 0-10 scale. Today we’ll take a look at forecaster averages, our awarding of ‘Nice Day’ badges, and our forecasters’ most memorable daily digit comments.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:20 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 08/31/2011

Dissecting the daily digit: History, seasonal averages, temperature trends, and other trivia

If you’re an avid reader of Capital Weather Gang’s morning forecasts, you have no doubt noticed that little box with the green number and a snippet of commentary, better known as the “Daily Digit.” We announce it on Facebook and Twitter the night beforehand. And depending on what kind of weather is your cup of tea on any given day, you may find our assigned digit to be too generous, too harsh, or sometimes just right. What is the daily digit, and how did it come about? For lack of a better definition, we define the digit as a somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10. It debuted on December 16, 2009, just three days before D.C.’s biggest December snowfall on record. Since then it has become an integral part of our morning forecasts – so much so that many of you have asked questions about the history of this arbitrary number. Today we’ll look at some overall trends and other interesting trivia in the daily digit’s now 20-month history.

By Justin Grieser  |  01:15 PM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 08/10/2011

AccuWeather’s Margusity takes early look at winter

The low this morning in Embarrass (yes - that’s the town’s name), Minnesota dipped to 36 chilly degrees - a sure sign autumn is right around the corner. And some folks are already thinking ahead to winter. Take AccuWeather’s Henry Margusity, who unveiled his preliminary ideas about the coming cold season yesterday.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:45 PM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 07/29/2011

The eerie parallels between Snowmageddon 2010 and Sweat Ceiling 2011

The crippling Snowmaggedon blizzard of February 5-6, 2010. The punishing Sweat Ceiling heat wave of July 21-23, 2011. At face value, these two extreme events could not contrast more. But it may surprise you how much these Washington, D.C. weather behemoths share in common. Let me walk you through the striking similarities....

By Jason Samenow  |  11:15 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 07/27/2011

Washington weather wallpaper, part 1

The purpose of this post is to consolidate a set of weather images from past CWG photo posts with links to higher resolution versions. The photos we chose show various types of weather in and around Washington, including snow, thunderstorms, sunrises, sunsets, dusk, and fireworks. The higher resolution image files can be downloaded from the caption of the photos below and used as computer wallpaper and/or screensavers.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:15 AM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 07/21/2011

Sweat ceiling 2011: Dangerous heat under way

The winner of Capital Weather Gang’s heat wave name poll, after nearly 1500 votes, is Sweat Ceiling. This was submitted first by on Twitter yesterday morning. The noon heat index was already 109 degrees, higher than any heat index reached during the summer of 2010, D.C.’s hottest on record.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:20 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Heat wave 2011: Vote for best name

Thanks to all of our blog readers, Twitter followers, and Facebook fans, we received an overwhelming number of suggestions for naming this heat wave. We were blown away by all the compelling, creative names submitted. A team of Capital Weather Gang contributors sifted through them all and we have narrowed them down to a half dozen finalists. Vote for your favorite in this post.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:20 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 07/20/2011

Name the July 2011 heat wave

Some folks hate the extreme weather name game, but many have a lot of fun with it. So we’re now officially accepting suggestions for a name for this heat wave, affecting not only the D.C. metro region, but also about half the U.S. population according to NOAA.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:40 AM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 07/20/2011

2011 Hurricane Tracking Center

Hurricane tracking maps, 2011 storm names and more.

By Capital Weather Gang  |  04:50 AM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 06/10/2011

CNN interview on weather modification & tornadoes: the rest of the story

Just after the devastating Joplin tornado outbreak two weeks ago, I was asked and agreed to do an interview for CNN addressing the seemingly timeless question: Can we do anything to control these devastating demonstrations of Mother Nature’s fury, especially of course, when pitted against the people and infrastructure that dares to get in their way? The interview was motivated by my recent post, Killing killer tornadoes before they strike: Is it possible? What I found most interesting from this experience was less from what was aired than what was not.

By Steve Tracton  |  02:04 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Tracking twisters via Twitter

As with all of the other tornado outbreaks during this epic season, I was glued to my Twitter stream last Wednesday watching severe thunderstorms developing from western Massachusetts to northern Maine. The tweets from the weather sources I follow – TV meteorologists, online weather outlets, and news organizations – rapidly grew more urgent after about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. As during the previous outbreaks, it was through Twitter that I found out every tornado warning from almost the moment it was issued, not a television station, radio network, NOAA Weather Radio, or any other news source. I was able to follow the storms’ path through bite-sized morsels of information streamed out in 140 characters or fewer, as three tornadoes touched down in Massachusetts, including one EF3 twister that tracked for nearly 40 miles across the state. For me, the Springfield tornado erased any lingering doubts that Twitter is a top tier source for breaking weather information – and that it is profoundly changing the role of the television weathercaster.

By Andrew Freedman  |  10:20 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Double rainbows look down on Washington, D.C.: what does it mean?

Yesterday evening, Capital Weather Gang’s Twitter feed (@capitalweather) was lit up by double rainbow sightings, primarily in the vicinity of Arlington, Falls Church, and Alexandria. Many Tweeps tweeted the obligatory “what does it mean?” refrain in reference to the now legendary “double rainbow” YouTube video that went viral in 2010.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:20 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 04/25/2011

What do you think of this warmth?

Our first taste of summer-like heat and humidity is here. For those residing in dwellings with no air conditioning yet available, that’s a bummer. Others surely enjoy firing up the grill or downing a cold one on a roof top deck in the soft, warm evening air. Let us know what you think about this pre-season mugginess...

By Jason Samenow  |  06:30 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Grading our 2010-2011 Winter Outlook

By Matt Ross  |  10:45 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Should forecasters rank thunderstorm intensity?

Imagine watching the radar as a line of thunderstorms approaches and as you mouse over the various storms, instantly seeing how intense they are on a scale from 1-5? That’s AccuWeather Henry Margusity’s vision for his “T Scale” which ranks thunderstorms based on a set of six criteria.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Reaction to Colorado State hurricane outlook

Though informative, hurricane season predictions made the spring prior to hurricane season (or before) inherently leave plenty of wiggle room for things to turn out differently than advertised.

By Greg Postel  |  12:35 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Odd squirrel behavior and the weather

The Post’s John Kelly initiated the inaugural squirrel week today. Squirrels are no strangers to the Capital Weather Gang. Readers have frequently remarked about the behavior of these nut foraging rodents leading up to winter as well storms.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:45 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Image of day: Honey, I shrunk the snow sculpture

Loyal reader Walter-in-Falls-Chuch is well-known for the larger-than-life snow sculptures he has crafted over the years. In mocking tribute to the 0.2” of snow that fell Sunday morning, Walter produced the “sculpture” above. To me, the sculpture is a good metaphor for how this season’s snowfall stacked up to last season’s (2009-10).

By Jason Samenow  |  07:00 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Recapping the 2010-11 Snow Potential Index

Capital Weather Gang introduced the Snow Potential Index (SPI) prior to winter 2010-11 starting, and it ran up until mid-March. A look back reveals that the SPI was largely successful during the winter, but there was at least a little controversy as well.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:40 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 03/14/2011

New CWG commenting system & RSS feed

A redesigned was launched yesterday as many Capital Weather Gang readers have discovered.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:40 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/11/2011

PM Update: Saturday trends milder

Considerable clouds and a gusty breeze from the northwest have made for a chilly early March-like day. Highs have fallen short of 50 for the most part. After a chilly a Friday night, a somewhat milder regime settles in for Saturday pushing temperatures about 5-10 degrees above today’s levels.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/09/2011

PM Update: Soaking rains gradually arrive

For most of the region, the rains have held off today. Nonetheless, it’s been gray and dreary, with highs mainly in the mid-to-upper 40s. Rain increases in areal coverage during the evening hours and sticks around through a good part of Thursday night. A flood watch remains in effect until then for up to 3” or so of rain.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 03/07/2011

My perceptions of winter, a review: Part III

This is the third part of my review of winter, covering February. On the heels of our Commutageddon forecasting triumph came the Midwest blizzard that crippled Chicago. That storm did not have much of an impact on our area. We next started looking at a storm that would ultimately give the area a dusting to an inch in a few of the southern suburbs on February 6.

By Wes Junker  |  06:40 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 03/07/2011

My perceptions of winter, a review: Part II

This is the second part of my review of winter, covering the month of January. In all of meteorological winter - spanning Nomageddon, Commutageddon, and other threats - the most schizophrenic reaction to a blog about snow came in response to a commentary I posted Friday, Jan. 7 about a potential for snowstorm the following Tuesday (Jan.11).

By Wes Junker  |  05:42 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 12/28/2010

New research points to cold January-March

Andy Revkin of the New York Times posted a fascinating story on his Dot Earth blog yesterday summarizing new research linking fall snow cover in Siberia to winter weather patterns and temperatures over North America and Europe. The research indicates colder than average conditions in the eastern United States January and February.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:30 PM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 12/27/2010

Name the non-storm

We're not going to get into the habit of naming every storm and non-storm. Naming will customarily be reserved for the big ones that don't come along very often. That we didn't solicit names prior to Sunday's storm should have served as a sign that we didn't think it was going to be anything special. Nonetheless, because quite a few readers volunteered names for Sunday's no-show storm, we thought we'd put some of them up for a vote.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:30 PM ET, 12/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Post ombudsman talks weather

In case you missed it, in last Sunday's paper, the Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander offered commentary on the Post's weather strategy: The Post's bid for the weather audience

By Jason Samenow  |  07:00 PM ET, 12/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 12/01/2010

The new Washington Post Weather website

I am pleased to unveil the brand new Washington Post Weather website ( We've designed the page to be useful, dynamic and interactive. Unlike previous versions of the Washington Post weather website and weather websites else, this page will be curated each and every day by a weather professional from the Capital Weather Gang (CWG) to bring you the most compelling weather content for the D.C. metro region and beyond.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:15 PM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Seeing blog changes? You're not hallucinating.

This afternoon, we moved the Capital Weather Gang blog onto a new template.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:00 PM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Thanksgiving outlook with the Weather Gang lab

Today I hosted the first edition of the new live chat video program "Weather Gang Lab." Weather Gang Lab provides an in-depth look at the big weather story of the week with original analysis. It will tend to focus on D.C. area weather stories but may sometimes address weather making news elsewhere. The final segment of the program will address user questions. The program will run each week, probably on Thursday afternoon.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:00 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/04/2010

Winter outlook: What do you think?

So after considerable build-up, our winter outlook is finally out. How does it make you feel? Vote below...

By Jason Samenow  |  11:30 AM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Interview with NBC4's Doug Kammerer

NBC4 (WRC) chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer made his D.C. debut the week of August 26. As we noted in an earlier post, Kammerer takes the place of Bob Ryan at NBC4, who left the station for a position ABC7 (WJLA). The Capital Weather Gang emailed some questions to Kammerer - who has graciously replied...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  10:45 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/24/2010

Is 2010 the most extreme year for D.C. weather?

Our friends at the fine local lifestyle blog "We Love DC" - In their post headlined "DC Mythbusting: Most Extreme Weather Ever" - recently posed an interesting question: a town where the summer always feels like the most humid ever, and the winter always seems like the most miserable ever, has this year really been out of the ordinary?

By Jason Samenow  |  10:45 AM ET, 08/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 07/07/2010

Reader questions on the heat wave...

During this intense heat wave, the questions are coming in fast and furious. Matt took a quite a few during yesterday's online chat but we've heard many more from CWG readers via post comments, our Twitter feed, and email. Here's a sampling along with responses:

By Jason Samenow  |  12:00 PM ET, 07/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 06/01/2010

Capital Weather Gang's 2010 Summer outlook

After an epic, record-breaking winter, can we expect similar extremes this summer? We present our annual Summer Outlook. This summer we're predicting above average temperatures. While not historic, the heat this summer should be classically D.C., similar to the summers of 2005-2008: consistently hot, and perhaps quite dry.

By Matt Ross  |  10:30 AM ET, 06/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/15/2010

CWG turns 2! Some feedback for us weather folks?

* Sunday rain: Full Forecast | Arctic air sunrise at the Tidal Basin * This month marks the second anniversary of the Capital Weather Gang on, and seems as good a time as any to get your feedback. So whether you're a weather junkie or have a more casual...

By Dan Stillman  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 12/18/2009

You're invited: Saturday happy hour in the snow

While the timing of the snow may not be right for a day off of work, we can help you have some fun nonetheless. Saturday, while the region is getting socked with snow, watch the storm unfold in style with a special Saturday happy hour at Liberty Tavern in Clarendon....

By Jamie Jones  |  11:20 AM ET, 12/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/08/2009

10 Things Weather Gang Forecasters Will Tell You

By Jason Samenow and Dan Stillman The August issue of Smart Money features the article "10 Things Weather Forecasters Won't Say." The author, Jim Rendon, takes a candid look at the weather profession and draws 10 conclusions. In our opinion, some are fine, others are flawed, the rest somewhere in-between....

By Capital Weather Gang  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 06/05/2009

CWG Chases Tornadoes & Tweets to Tell About It

* Full Forecast | The Thrill of the Tornado Chase | CWG's Twitter Feed * * Tornado Touched Down in Stanley, Va., Weather Service Says * A supercell storm along the Wyoming-Colorado border. By CWG's Andrew Freedman. Click here to enlarge. Want to go tornado chasing? Sorry -- you won't...

By Dan Stillman  |  03:45 PM ET, 06/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/24/2009

What Weather Features Interest You?

* Cool now, showers later in the week: Full Forecast * Early-to-mid spring in the metro area can be a little slow for interesting weather. The threat of snow is quickly fading, it's on the early side for thunderstorms, and hurricane season is a good four or five months from...

By Jason Samenow  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 03/01/2009

Join the Capital Weather Gang Facebook Page

* Follow the Capital Weather Gang on Twitter * Capital Weather Gang (CWG) has started a Facebook page that is open to everyone who has a Facebook account. Log on to your account (or set one up) and click this link to find our page. Your favorite CWG forecasters and...

By Jamie Jones  |  02:45 PM ET, 03/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 03/01/2009

Follow the Capital Weather Gang on Twitter

* Join the Capital Weather Gang Facebook Group * As many of you have already found, the Capital Weather Gang, your source for all things D.C. weather, is alive and well over on Twitter. Twitter is still new to us, and we are working to figure out just how to...

By Jamie Jones  |  01:00 AM ET, 03/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/17/2009

A Guide to Weather-Wise Weddings

It's's "Wedding Week" and I helped kick off the coverage yesterday with a five-step guide for factoring weather into nuptial planning... Here's an excerpt: Develop a Bad Weather Back-up Plan There's an old saying: "climate is what you expect, weather is what you get." In other words, don't let...

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 02/03/2009

The Official FedCast Poll

* Full Forecast: Cold with Snow Flurries | Umbrella in the Snow? * Last week, I introduced FedCast -- a forecast for if and how the weather will impact the federal government's operating status. Needing a symbol for the scale, I turned to you for recommendations and we got a...

By Jason Samenow  |  12:15 PM ET, 02/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 01/08/2009

Capital Weather Gang Turns 1

* More Sun on Friday: Full Forecast | Swearing-In Date Switcheroo * A year ago today we launched the Capital Weather Gang with one simple goal: To become the No. 1 source for D.C. weather -- rain, snow or shine. How are we doing? Please let us know using the...

By Dan Stillman  |  07:00 PM ET, 01/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/07/2009

Snow Lover's Lament: A Series of Poems

Wx and the City * Rain Tapers This Afternoon: Full Forecast | InaugurationCast * In general, I try to accept and embrace any weather. But with no significant snow in the D.C. area so far this winter, and cold rain and ice in its place, I must complain just this...

By Ann Posegate  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/17/2008

Welcome to the Weather Gang Weather Wall

Access CWG's new Weather Wall using the link on our left sidebar, inside the Current Conditions box. Welcome to CWG's new Weather Wall! ... the ultimate overview of current conditions in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. This is your place to track radar, temperatures, clouds, and the latest webcam view of...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/21/2008

New Gang Members and a Chance to Be One

Over the past month, you've probably noticed the appearance of "guest" forecasters and writers here at the Capital Weather Gang (CWG) blog. After a short trial period, I'm pleased to announce all of these guest contributors are new members of the CWG. Please join me in welcoming Steve Tracton, Brian...

By Jason Samenow  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 05/14/2008

Comment of the Week: Bob Ryan on Freakonomics

Last Thursday, Capital Weather Gang's (CWG) newest writer, Steve Tracton, defended meteorologists against the critical points raised in the NY Times Freakonomics blog "How Valid Are T.V. Weather Forecasts?" NBC 4 Chief Meteorologist Bob Ryan agreed with Steve's assessment and weighed in with some insightful comments: Steve Tracton gives a...

By Jason Samenow  |  07:00 PM ET, 05/14/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/06/2008

Comment of the Week: Suffolk Tornado Report

Damage from the Suffolk, Va. tornado. By Capital Weather Gang visitor Dulles ARC Long time Capital Weather Gang reader Dulles ARC, a Rapid Response Team lead for the American Red Cross, described his experience at the scene of last Monday's EF-3 tornado in Suffolk, Va.: I ... was in the...

By Jason Samenow  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/10/2008

Towards An Interactive Weather Index

Two weeks ago we asked you to brainstorm with us about how to create a new weather index or scale that will be used to communicate our weather forecasts. Many of you responded with excellent suggestions, and I'd like to respond to some of them here and add my...

By Andrew Freedman  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/25/2008

Help us Create a New Weather Index

At the Capital Weather Gang (CWG), we strive to make weather information fun, interesting, and above all, relatable to daily living. To that end, we're exploring the idea of creating a new index, or scale, that would fuse numerous bits and pieces of weather forecast information together with other...

By Andrew Freedman  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)