Capital Weather Gang: Local Climate


Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Highlighting possible D.C. region tornado hotspots using warnings and tracks

Tornadoes happen every year, but are some places more prone than others? While it seems that way, we should keep in mind they can strike anywhere in the area.

By Jordan Tessler  |  01:00 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Tornadoes

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Another morning of near record cold; freeze watch tonight in northern Maryland

For a second straight morning, some regional airports narrowly missed setting record low temperatures.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:36 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 04/16/2014

Records for cold nearly set this morning; freeze warning tonight

Two of our three local airports fell below 32 this morning, coming within a degree or two of record lows for the date.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:55 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Taste of summer: 80 degrees possible in D.C. Sunday, Monday

We’ve gone over 6 months without hitting 80 but have a chance to break through that barrier Sunday and/or Monday.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:41 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Coldest, snowiest March on record at Dulles Airport, snowiest since 1960 in D.C.

Wow, what a roaring March that just concluded! All sorts of records were set for cold and snow.

By Matt Rogers  |  10:10 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Not again: Dulles and BWI set record lows for March 27

Temperatures that made it into the teens and 20s this morning were way below normal. They set records locally and across the East Coast.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:05 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Enough already: Dulles Airport sets another record low

The temperature at Dulles Airport plunged to 19 degrees this morning, breaking the old record of 21 from 1984 for the date.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:09 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 03/19/2014

Mid-Atlantic may enjoy cool summer if El Ni o develops

In the Mid-Atlantic, most of the summers in which El Ni o developed since 1950 have featured temperatures cooler than the 30-year average.

By Rick Grow  |  11:03 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Long range

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Astonishing snow totals this winter in upper Montgomery County: nearly 70 inches

If you’re a snow lover, consider relocating to colder climes of upper Montgomery County, where snow is prosperous now and there are no signs of decline.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Over 7 inches officially in D.C.: Third biggest late March snowstorm on record

The 7.2 inches ranks as D.C.’s 10th biggest snowstorm in March on record, knocking the 1993 March superstorm off the top 10 list.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Meteorological winter and February both colder than normal with above normal snow

Meteorological winter ended up colder than normal (-0.8F) for the first time since 2010-11 and the snowiest (19.3“) since the powerhouse winter of 2009-10 (56.1“).

By Matt Rogers  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Baltimore and Dulles have coldest March mornings on record

Baltimore’s low of 4 degrees was colder than any low temperature recorded over the last 141 years.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:33 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Dulles ties record low; coldest day in D.C. since January 29

The mercury settled down to a frigid 10 degrees at Dulles Airport this morning, tying the record set in 1993.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Officially snowy: D.C. snow edges above average, for only 4th time in 25 years

Since the 1980s, D.C.’s snowfall has fallen into a feast or famine pattern. A few years we get crushed, most others underachieve. This winter falls into a rare middle ground.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:16 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 02/05/2014

It’s increasingly difficult to get snow in D.C.

Anecdotal evidence says Washington is not seeing the same type of winter it once did. The numbers agree.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:38 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 02/03/2014

January 2014: cold and snowy compared to average, plus a polar vortex attack

Last month would have competed for the coldest January of the 2000s in D.C. if not for a burst of warming right in the middle. Still very cold!

By Matt Rogers  |  03:15 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Super Bowl weather: In past, how have elements treated D.C. on the big day?

What has not been written about, I don’t think, is what the weather has been like in the Washington area on Super Bowl days.

By Don Lipman  |  04:29 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/28/2014

January 2014: the coldest in decades in D.C. by many counts

January will go into the books as well below average for temperatures, but the average really only tells part of the frozen story.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Dulles Airport drops to -2, coldest temperature since 1996

An arctic air mass and fresh snowpack allowed temperatures to plummet overnight, especially away from the city.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:12 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 01/08/2014

A remarkably normal 2013 in Washington, D.C. ended wet and warm

2013 in Washington, D.C. will not be known as an exceptional year in terms of temperature and precipitation. But December was warm and wet.

By Matt Rogers  |  03:44 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Polar vortex delivering D.C.’s coldest day in decades, and we’re not alone

Low temperature records were smashed locally and across the eastern U.S. this morning. It remains bone-chillingly cold through tonight.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate, Polar vortex, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Crazy cold: Polar blast likely to rank among D.C. area’s coldest in decades

While the Arctic air mass moving in won’t have major staying power, its coldest day will be remembered among the most frozen in recent history.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Tonight’s snow “in character” with events of last 3 years

Tonight’s predicted dusting to 2 inches should fit well into our recent history of rather pathetic snowfalls.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:21 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 12/27/2013

Top five D.C. area weather stories of 2013

While this year didn’t feature any massive storms in the Washington region, 2013 still presented a wild weather ride at times.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:03 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 12/24/2013

Reviewing D.C.’s truly tropical December warm spell

From last Thursday to Monday we had quite the run of toasty temperatures - setting enough warm weather milestones to call the stretch historic.

By Jason Samenow and Ian Livingston  |  11:56 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps, Record Warmth

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 12/22/2013

Flooding rain may follow record warmth

The tropical, record-setting air over the area is moisture rich, setting the stage for possible heavy rain into Monday.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:13 PM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Flooding, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Sunday’s atmosphere could be D.C.’s toastiest in December on record

A stream of air straight out of the tropics may boost atmospheric temperatures to unrivaled levels for December Sunday in the Washington, D.C. area.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Crushed! Snowpocalypse crippled Washington, D.C. on this date in 2009

On December 18-19 2009, Washington, D.C. experienced its biggest December snowfall on record, with 16.4 inches measured at Reagan National Airport.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Local Climate, Snow

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Torching! 70+ degrees possible in D.C. Sunday

After being cold for much of December, temperatures reverse course in a big way this weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:34 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 12/16/2013

What are Washington, D.C.’s historical chances for a White Christmas?

Dreaming of a White Christmas in Washington, D.C.? Dream ten times and once it will become reality.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:52 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Current pattern draws comparisons to historically cold December 1983

As much as this December seems unusually cold - and it is, at this early stage - it could be worse

By Rick Grow  |  10:15 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, History, Latest, Local Climate, Long range, Seasons

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 12/02/2013

November 2013: Colder than normal and slightly dry

November 2013 didn’t feel like November with several wintry blasts after a briefly mild beginning.

By Matt Rogers  |  10:53 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 11/27/2013

2013 to be among Washington, D.C.’s coldest Thanksgivings on record

High temperatures in the mid-30s would place 2013 among D.C.’s ten coldest Thanksgivings since 1871.

By Justin Grieser  |  09:59 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 11/25/2013

The coldest November weather in decades in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore

If you’re 25 or younger, you’ve never experienced weather this cold in November in the D.C. and Baltimore areas.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:45 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Abnormal cold to close November: possibly coldest in decades

The Arctic air ahead has a chance to be about as intense as anyone has seen in November around here in quite some time.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:30 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Inside Washington, D.C.’s urban heat island effect

A detailed look at the phenomenon that makes it considerably warmer in the city compared to the surrounding suburban areas.

By Brendan Richardson  |  10:55 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 11/15/2013

The miserable state of affairs for D.C. snow lovers in one chart

Setting aside four “outlier” winters in the last 30, “pathetic” best sums up D.C.’s snow output.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:22 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Running the “Nearly Naked Mile” in 50-degree temperatures (PHOTOS)

The Nearly Naked Mile was run in Reston Town Center in nearly perfect November weather.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:48 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Latest, Local Climate, Photography

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Coldest November weather in five years

The last time it was colder than this in November in Washington, D.C. was 2008.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:36 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 11/01/2013

October 2013: 2nd warmest and 3rd wettest of 2000s in Washington, D.C.

October 2013 had a whole lot of everything.

By Matt Rogers  |  10:34 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Coming cold blast: First freeze on the way for many in mid-Atlantic

It’s that time of year again. Like it or not, overnight temperatures near and below freezing are on their way to being standard fare.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:52 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Seasons

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 10/14/2013

The Mid-Atlantic’s deluge: Ghost of Karen pushes rain totals well beyond predictions

For five days over the Mid-Atlantic, the rains kept coming, at times torrential. A lot more rain fell than forecast. Here are the reasons...

By Jeff Halverson  |  10:41 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Flooding, Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Flood warning overnight, rain to gradually relax over weekend after record deluge

The flood warning has been extended until 7:45 a.m. as an additional 1-2 of rain is possible overnight.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:45 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts, Local Climate

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Rain totals mount as relentless coastal storm is stuck

One to five inches of rain (with isolated higher amounts) has fallen across the region since Wednesday, with most locations in the two to four inch range.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:49 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Nor'easters

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Government shutdown winters tend to be cold and snowy in D.C.

I examined if a shutdown foretells the type of winter that follows in Washington. Snow lovers: it’s good news.

By Ian Livingston  |  01:33 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Humor, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 10/02/2013

September 2013: Near normal temperatures, but 20th driest on record

September 2013 may be remembered most for its plethora of pleasant days, but also may have marked the early stages of a drought.

By Matt Rogers  |  10:39 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Washington, D.C. is abnormally dry, on the brink of drought?

During both August and September, rain has been roughly half of normal in the region.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:16 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Remembering Hurricane Isabel, 10 years later (PHOTOS)

Isabel photos, statistics, and storm recollections.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:55 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Local Climate, Tropical Weather

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Fall is in the air: D.C.’s average high drops below 80 for first time since May

Today marks the end of the 110-day stretch that we might consider “summery.“

By Jason Samenow  |  02:19 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Seasons

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Hurricane Ivan, Virginia’s largest tornado outbreak -- September 17, 2004

The 38 tornadoes that swept across Virginia in a matter of hours destroyed prior records for the area.

By Kathryn Prociv and Ian Livingston  |  10:29 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Tornadoes, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/04/2013

September severe weather: the month of tropical tornadoes

After a quiet August month, the Washington, D.C. area experiences a spike in severe weather during the month of September.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Tornadoes

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013

August 2013: 3rd driest and 3rd coolest of 2000s; Summer 2013 slightly warm and wet

The August average temperature of 77.1F was about one degree cooler than normal and rainfall was 1.59" below normal.

By Matt Rogers  |  10:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 08/30/2013

D.C.’s summer weather has been near normal, and that’s nice

Summer - by the meteorological definition - ends Saturday and, rather than rejoicing, many Washingtonians may actually shed a tear.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:25 PM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Recaps

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 08/29/2013

D.C.’s Maryland suburbs among nation’s lowest natural disaster risk areas, analysis finds

Residents from Bethesda to Frederick have less to worry about compared to most U.S. cities when it comes to extreme weather, wildfires and earthquakes.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:10 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, U.S. Weather

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Fifty years ago: A day to remember, the weather on the day of the MLK dream speech

The weather for the March on Washington in 1963 was not at all the way it was remembered afterward.

By Don Lipman  |  09:50 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 08/15/2013

D.C. has coolest August morning since 2004; record chill to north and west

The mercury dipped to 60 degrees at Reagan National Airport this morning, something it hasn't done in August since 2004.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:25 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 08/14/2013

How unusual is this cool weather in Washington, D.C.?

Today's weather in Washington, D.C. is most similar to Portland, Maine on average at this time of year.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:07 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 08/13/2013

Why Washington, D.C. keeps missing the heavy rain

I'm not complaining, but gardeners might be starting to.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:44 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Latest, Local Climate, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 08/12/2013

Mid-Summer 2013 was second most humid in D.C.'s recorded history

The period from June 30 through July 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. was the second most humid in recorded history (dating back to 1937).

By Rick Grow  |  10:29 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Humidity, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 08/09/2013

18-day streak without hitting 90 ends in Washington, D.C.

During a large chunk of the hottest part of summer, Washington, D.C. achieved the unimaginable: it failed to hit 90 degrees.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:24 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Heat, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 08/07/2013

Missing: 90-degree high temperatures in D.C.

We've started our slow slide away from the hottest temperatures of the year, but most years are hotter than this during the "dog days." How weird is this stretch?

By Ian Livingston  |  10:32 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 08/06/2013

PM Update: A record cool day in D.C.; Wednesday warmer with shower chances

Incredibly, the high today in Washington, D.C. only managed 74 degrees, tying (with 2004) the coolest high temperature for the date on record dating back to 1872.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:32 PM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts, Local Climate

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 08/01/2013

July 2013: 13th warmest on record (tie), slightly wetter than average in D.C.

On the whole, July was hotter-than-normal but we had all sorts of weather including unpleasantly high humidity and heat indices, very wet days, and also very comfortably cool days.

By Matt Rogers  |  09:12 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Coolest last week of July in Washington, D.C. in last 10 years

The end of July in D.C. is normally hot, but this year’s finale to July is the coolest in 10 years.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:18 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 07/23/2013

How hot does it usually get in Washington, D.C. during the summer?

So far this summer, D.C. has seen a max high of 97 and a max low of 81. Find out how those numbers compare to normal.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:47 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Heat, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 07/21/2013

D.C. sets record for longest streak above 80 degrees

Add another impressive heat record to Washington, D.C.'s astonishingly long list over the last four summers.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:13 PM ET, 07/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Heat, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 07/19/2013

D.C. summer heat versus the South: Almost as hot and more abnormal

An arresting fact: the heat D.C. experienced in 2010, 2011, 2012 and so far this summer, compared to normal, has been more extreme than across a wide swath of the sticky South.

By Rick Grow  |  12:55 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Heat, Latest, Local Climate, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 07/19/2013

Hottest day: Humidity reaches obscene range, heat breaks records

After three straight record warm nights, heat indices may reach 110 in Washington, D.C. this afternoon. What's behind this oppressive humidity?

By Jason Samenow  |  11:14 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Extreme Heat, Latest, Local Climate, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 07/16/2013

D.C. heat wave 2013: 10 red hot maps

The heat is suffocating. Here are 10 maps that tell the story.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:41 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Pressure cooker! Washington, D.C. matches record high pressure reading in heat wave

On Sunday night and Monday, an indicator of pressure known as atmospheric height, matched the highest level on record about midway through the lower atmosphere in Washington, D.C.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:01 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 07/15/2013

Would hitting 100 degrees in Washington D.C. this week be unusual?

After 17 days of 100 degrees or higher the last three years, the idea D.C. could reach triple digits again almost seems like something we should expect in any summer. But, it's not as typical as it may seem.

By Ian Livingston  |  02:46 PM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 07/15/2013

Nation's hottest heat this week to focus on D.C. area; Heat Advisory issued

Unluckily for residents of the Mid-Atlantic, the worst of this week's heat wave concentrates here, with the corridor from Richmond to the District in its epicenter.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:51 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Heat, Latest, Local Climate

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

Does a wet summer in D.C. lead to a snowy winter?

Lately, some of our readers have been asking if there's a link. It turns out that you, dear reader, have been looking for snow in all the wrong places.

By Rick Grow  |  02:04 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Why is it so wet in Washington, D.C.?

All this rain and the repetitive daily threat of heavy downpours is not normal. Something is out of whack with the weather.

By Rick Grow  |  12:31 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 07/02/2013

June 2013: 4th wettest on record in Washington, D.C. and 4th warmest of 2000s

June 2013 was the 4th wettest on record and the 4th warmest of the 2000s. While less extreme than last for temperatures (no 100s), it was still slightly warmer on average.

By Matt Rogers  |  10:22 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 07/01/2013

July severe weather in Washington, D.C.: a peak month for tornadoes?

What type of weather do you think of for the month of July? If you're thinking hot, humid, with afternoon storms you would be right on.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:20 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Warm temperature records dramatically outpacing cold records in Washington, D.C.

Record warmth has far outpaced cold records in the D.C. area in recent decades.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Comparing the 2012 and 2013 June derechos

Whereas the June 12-13, 2013 event was larger, traveled farther, impacted more states, and spawned more tornadoes, the June 29, 2012 event featured overall stronger wind gusts and traveled faster.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:01 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 06/17/2013

June 13, 2013 Montgomery County tornado track among longest on record in D.C. area

With a track length of 17.3 miles, the tornado that swept through parts of the area last Thursday was one for the books.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:41 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Washington summers: how cold can they get?

Despite today's splendid relief from the heat, past summers in Washington, D.C. have brought stretches of cool temperatures far beyond compare.

By Rick Grow  |  04:35 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 06/03/2013

A mild, dry May closes a cool, wet spring compared to last year

May 2013 was near normal on temperatures and below normal on precipitation. Spring 2013 closed cooler and wetter than last year.

By Matt Rogers  |  03:54 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 05/31/2013

Virginia: the 9th leading state for costly weather events

A magnet for extreme weather? More of the nation's billion dollar weather disasters afflicted Virginia than all but nine states between 1980 and 2012.

By Amanda Morgenthal  |  11:51 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 05/31/2013

June severe weather in Washington, D.C.: the month of the derecho

June can be an extraordinary month for severe weather in the D.C. area with damaging winds being the most common hazard.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:04 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013

A deeper look at Washington, D.C.'s tornado history

How many tornadoes strike the D.C. area each year? What are the most common months? How many warnings are issued? Read more...

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Frost advisory for some areas west of D.C. overnight, freeze warning for 1-81 corridor

The National Weather Service has issued frost advisories for Frederick (Md.), Fauquier and Loudoun counties due to temperatures forecast to drop into the mid-30s late tonight and Tuesday morning.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:40 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 05/10/2013

Late season frost or freeze possible Monday night in D.C.'s western suburbs

Back to back cold fronts charging through the region this weekend will deposit quite the chilly air mass Monday into Tuesday. Highs from 60-65 will be manageable, even refreshing, but overnight lows in the 30s in our colder areas could spell trouble for gardeners.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:25 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 05/01/2013

April 2013: Slightly warm and dry in Washington, D.C.

After a chilly March, our middle month of the meteorological spring ended slightly warmer slightly drier than normal.

By Matt Rogers  |  09:32 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/26/2013

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

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

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