Capital Weather Gang: History

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 04/07/2014

Lightning and cherry blossoms: rare combo caught in April 3, 2006 storm chase

I shot a sequence of photos as a line of thunderstorms blasted through the Tidal Basin with the blossoms in peak bloom.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:26 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/03/2014

You won’t believe how late it snowed in D.C. in colonial times

Weather records from colonial days indicate heavy snow fell in Washington as late as April, with flakes even observed into May.

By Don Lipman  |  11:41 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Snowy search: How the weather altered a Civil War relic hunt (PHOTOS)

I felt the snow flakes fall down the back of my neck as I reached into the hole to pull out a broken Civil War bayonet

By Kevin Ambrose  |  04:04 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Incoming winter storm could mimic 1987 heavy snow event

Twenty seven years ago, a large and disruptive winter storm barreled up the Eastern Seaboard. The storm forecast for Wednesday night shares some similarities.

By Rick Grow  |  09:40 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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)

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)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Dodging Secret Service agents in a snowstorm while inspiring a classic Washington painting (PHOTOS)

A story of a December 5 D.C. snowstorm, dodging the Secret Service, and inspiring a painting.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

A “nor’easter,” a “northeaster,” a northeast storm, or does it even matter?

Depending on your point of view, you either love or hate the capricious disturbances commonly called “nor’easters, one of which we are about to experience.

By Don Lipman  |  10:02 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 09/20/2013

The Great New England Hurricane of September 21, 1938 on its 75th anniversary

On its rampage through Long Island and New England, the hurricane caused hundreds of casualties and enormous property damage on a scale never before seen by the oldest inhabitants

By Don Lipman  |  10:51 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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)

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)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Cloud seeding experiment almost snarled Hurricane Camille forecast

Experiments to test the idea that cloud seeding could weaken hurricanes helped make forecasting for Camille the "most critical and hair-raising experience" of Robert Simpson's long career

By Jack Williams  |  04:15 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 08/27/2013

The kindling of my lightning photography obsession -- 10 years ago today

A dramatic bolt of lightning struck almost directly behind the Washington Monument. I quickly checked my camera and I had successfully captured the image.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:48 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 08/23/2013

Eighty years ago today -- the Chesapeake and Potomac hurricane

On August 23, 1933, the hurricane which carved out the inlet between Ocean City and Assateague Island swept through the Mid-Atlantic.

By Don Lipman  |  12:28 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 08/19/2013

Unprecedented rain: Hurricane Camille's deadly flood in the Blue Ridge mountains

On the evening of August 19, 1969 the Mid-Atlantic's deadliest hurricane disaster of the 20th century unfolded just 120 miles from Washington, D.C.

By Jeffrey Halverson  |  11:35 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 08/16/2013

When storms were a surprise: a history of hurricane warnings

We've grown so used to warnings three or four more days ahead of time that a hurricane is headed our way that it's hard to imagine a time when hurricanes hit with no warning whatsoever.

By Jack Williams  |  03:35 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Ronald Reagan's near brush with weather-induced death: the August 1, 1983 microburst

Thirty years ago today, a violent blast of cold air crashed down from a thunderstorm's clouds above Andrews Air Force Base.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:41 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Possible tornado struck Washington, D.C. and the White House 100 years ago (PHOTOS)

A hot and humid airmass set the stage for a destructive thunderstorm and possible tornado that tore through the District 100 years ago today.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:43 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 05/24/2013

A Memorial Day weather surprise: the Jersey shore ocean breeze

Working on the boardwalk during May weekends and being an avid weather-watcher, I waited with anticipation—and some amusement—for the sudden exodus.

By Don Lipman  |  12:30 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

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

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

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Cherry Blossoms in the nation's capital: How has the weather affected their blooming dates?

As the city's National Cherry Blossom Festival continues, I thought I might trace how recent weather changes have affected the blooming dates of the Tidal Basin's "Somei-Yoshino" cherry trees.

By Don Lipman  |  10:58 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)