Capital Weather Gang: Seasons


Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Spring kicking into high gear in D.C. (PHOTOS)

Although the cherry blossoms are the most well known aspect of spring in Washington, they are really only the start of the colorful season. The city is now blooming all over.

By Ian Livingston  |  03:05 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Seasons

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Grading our 2013-14 winter outlook: it’s ugly

In short, our outlook was a bust. We did well in December, but the rest of the winter was a unique and snowy animal.

By Matt Ross  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/14/2014

Spring fever: Deep snow to cherry blossom peak in just a few weeks (PHOTOS)

One of the best things about late-season snow is you know spring is right around the corner. Photos of the cherry trees on the Tidal Basin separated by a few weeks tell that story well.

By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cherry Blossoms, Latest, Photography, Seasons, Snow

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 04/12/2014

Peak cherry blossom bloom sunrise in D.C., briefly kissed by light (PHOTOS)

Not much compares to a sunrise on the Tidal Basin during peak bloom. It’s a classic Washington scene.

By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston  |  12:15 PM ET, 04/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cherry Blossoms, Latest, Photography, Seasons

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/08/2014

What is your sign for spring?

What moment stops you in your tracks and makes you realize, “spring is here!“? See if your “spring moment” is on our list...

By Kathryn Prociv  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 04/08/2014

A flower a day: Spring is springing in D.C.

April got off to a consistently mild start in the city. Trees and other plants have responded with open arms.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:27 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Seasons

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Should we cancel spring and declare winter re-started?

An optimist at heart, I’m starting to lose faith in spring.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:52 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Humor, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/28/2014

We pronounce winter over effective today

Objectively looking at the weather maps, we can fairly safely say - starting today - we’ve turned the corner. Winter is dead.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Officially spring! March 20 marks winter’s end, even if winter weather still looms

Today marks the end of astronomical winter in the northern hemisphere. At 12:57 p.m. today, the sun can be seen directly overhead on Earth’s equator

By Justin Grieser  |  09:38 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 02/02/2014

Groundhog Day 2014: Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, 6 more weeks of winter

The appearance of Phil’s shadow means winter will extend well into March according to folklore

By Jason Samenow  |  07:25 AM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Farmers’ Almanac drops ball on Super Bowl forecast; nails January cold

I called the Farmers’ Almanac winter outlook - predicting “Days of Shivery” and a Super Bowl “Super Storm” - outrageous. I’m going to be half right and half wrong.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Robin invasion: Red-breasted birds no longer a harbinger of spring

I was extremely surprised to have a flock of red-breasted singing robins appear outside my condo in Southwest D.C. this week.

By Steve Tracton  |  10:10 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Nature, Seasons

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Fire and ice: A spectacular D.C. sunrise and the frozen Potomac River (PHOTOS)

Did you see the sunrise Saturday morning? It was one of those rare, surreal sunrises in which the sky appears to be on fire.

By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston  |  09:52 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Photography, Seasons, Sunrises

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Winter Solstice 2013: Shortest day of the year, but sunset already creeping later

Winter may just be getting started, but those looking forward to a bit more daylight have not much longer to wait.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:52 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Seasons

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 12:25 PM ET, 11/21/2013

NOAA winter outlook: a coin toss for D.C.’s temperatures and precipitation

NOAA’s outlook calls for “equal chances” of above or below average temperatures and precipitation locally.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:25 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Judah Cohen’s winter outlook: a downer for East Coast winter weather lovers

Leading forecaster is predicting a warmer than normal winter for the East Coast. And, in the Washington, D.C. area, he favors normal to below normal snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:37 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Doug Hill, Doug Kammerer predict normal to above normal snow for D.C. this winter

Hill and Kammerer - chief meteorologists at ABC7 and NBC 4 - forecast colder and snowier winter conditions than CWG.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:05 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Inside the patterns that may govern our winter weather and snow

A close look at two of the most important weather patterns that will likely determine how much snow we get this winter.

By Wes Junker  |  12:07 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Contest: How much snow will fall this winter in Washington, D.C.?

Our winter outlook is out. Now it’s your chance to predict how much snow will fall.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:51 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Winter outlook 2013-14 for Washington, D.C.: Volatile, leaning warm, with below normal snow

This winter is likely another victory for those who dislike cold and snow. But it won’t be a complete loss for snow lovers.

By Matt Ross  |  11:29 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Veterans Day weekend fall color at Arlington National Cemetery (PHOTOS)

Visiting Arlington National Cemetery is always a time for remembrance. The period around the holiday often features near peak fall color as well.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:47 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fall foliage, Latest, Photography, Seasons

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Capital Weather Gang gives D.C. Council winter outlook sneak preview (VIDEO)

When our city government called us to testify about our expectations for the looming winter, we complied.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:29 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Fall foliage gives blossom bloom a run for its money at the Tidal Basin (PHOTOS)

With autumn colors nearing peak in D.C., a normally packed spot in spring was quiet and filled with beauty this past weekend.

By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston  |  10:31 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fall foliage, Latest, Photography, Seasons

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Fall back: Daylight saving time ends Sunday morning

At 2 a.m. Sunday, daylight saving time ends, we set our clocks back an hour, and enter standard time.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:18 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Fall foliage from space: before and after

NASA’s Aqua satellite beautifully captures the region’s rapidly evolving foliage from an altitude of 438 miles.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:57 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fall foliage, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Grading our 2013 summer outlook: A solid forecast

Overall, I think we did quite well in capturing what was in store for the summer of 2013.

By Matt Ross  |  11:07 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Fall foliage update: don’t wait until it’s too late

Fall foliage viewing ranges anywhere from past peak in the mountains, to moderate color around the District and on the Eastern Shore. Did you know that weather is *not* the most important factor in the timing of the changing colors?

By Brendan Richardson  |  10:52 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 10/23/2013

First accumulating snow in the mountains of Maryland and West Virginia

Reports from places like Garrett County in western Md., where elevations routinely rise past 2,000-3,000 feet, have indicated both snow and light (up to a few inches) snow accumulation today.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:47 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Weather Channel says best chance for East Coast cold and snow not until late winter

The Weather Channel is out with its winter outlook, and it’s predicting that the current cold snap gripping much of the nation may not be a sign of what’s to come.

By Dan Stillman  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Media, Seasons

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Fall colors popping from Great Falls to Richmond (PHOTOS)

An assortment of photos helps visualize how fall colors are progressing across the D.C. area and mid-Atlantic this season.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:12 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fall foliage, Latest, Photography, Seasons

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 10:12 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Photos from Skyline Drive: Near peak foliage color working its way towards the lowlands

A sunny Sunday provided a perfect opportunity for some high elevation leaf peeping.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:12 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fall foliage, Latest, Photography, Seasons

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Mid-Atlantic fall foliage right on schedule; near peak conditions in mountains

Patchy fall color is already being observed in and around the metro D.C. area, but some of the high elevations to the west are nearing peak conditions.

By Brendan Richardson and Jason Samenow  |  11:11 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fall foliage, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/17/2013

AccuWeather predicts below average snow for Washington, D.C. this winter

AccuWeather released its winter outlook last week and, reversing course from the previous two years, it’s not predicting a big winter for snow in the Mid-Atlantic.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Media, Seasons

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Spectacular sunset shuts down summer in Washington, D.C. (PICTURES)

Marking the transition from summer to fall-like weather came an impeccably-timed sunset, casting light on the departing frontal clouds in a blend of yellow, orange and red hues.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:18 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Photography, Seasons, Sunsets

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Stunning: The sun’s swift southward shift at sunrise in Washington, D.C. (PICTURES)

I shot three sunrises in a span of week, around the equinox, to show the speed at which the sun is tracking south across our sky.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:20 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Seasons

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 09/23/2013

El Ni o, La Ni a, La Nada and forecast implications for the upcoming winter

It is difficult to tell if this one will be a 2009-10 Snowmaggedon repeat or something more like 2011-12, with wall-to-wall warmth and just a few sympathetic snowflakes.

By Rick Grow  |  12:50 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 09/20/2013

First day of fall Sunday: March-level sun, temperatures a cut above

Just a few days after the Harvest Moon, the autumnal equinox this Sunday marks summer’s astronomical farewell for Earth’s northern hemisphere.

By Justin Grieser  |  03:48 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

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 03:36 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Weather whiplash: 90s Wednesday, possible 40s Saturday morning in Washington, D.C.

Hang on tight or get smacked.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:36 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Heat, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 08/07/2013

Ten myths about summer weather

Don't fall prey to some of these leading myths about summer weather.

By Amanda Morgenthal  |  12:31 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Summer solstice 2013: Northern Hemisphere's longest day, highest sun of the year

The June solstice is here once again, marking the longest daylight period of the year and the start of astronomical summer in Earth's northern hemisphere.

By Justin Grieser  |  10:11 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 05/24/2013

Don't Fry Day: Sun safety advice for the unofficial start of summer

Overexposure to the sun is dangerous and can increase your risk of skin cancer.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  11:04 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Capital Weather Gang 2013 summer outlook: Less stifling than last 3 summers

We should mostly avoid the incredible heat that plagued the last 3 summers. We favor lots of days in the 86 - 93 range with heat waves short-lived.

By Matt Ross  |  12:45 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Spring of 2012 was earliest on record, too early?

Scientists who study plant stages and their relationship to climate say the spring of 2012 was the earliest spring on record.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:00 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Gardening, Latest, Seasons, U.S. Weather

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)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Seasons

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)
Tags:  Gardening, Latest, Local Climate, Seasons

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/26/2013

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

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

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

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 04/25/2013

AER's Judah Cohen produces amazingly accurate winter outlook

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Grading our 2012-13 winter outlook

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

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

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Abrupt onset of spring in Washington, D.C.

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

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

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/03/2013

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

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

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

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

The spring equinox from space

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

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

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

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

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

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