Scott Dance

Washington, D.C.

Global Weather Writer

Education: University of Maryland at College Park, BA in Journalism; University of Maryland at College Park, Master's of Public Policy

Scott Dance is a reporter for The Washington Post covering extreme weather news and the intersections between weather, climate, society and the environment. Before joining The Post in 2022, Dance spent more than a decade at the Baltimore Sun, covering a wide variety of stories that include the historic New Horizons flyby of Pluto and the arrival of Superstorm Sandy, and such topics ranging from astronomy to geology to health. Dance was a 2021 Abrams Nieman Fellow in Local Investigative Journalism at Harvard University.
Latest from Scott Dance

Here’s what NOAA forecasters expect for the Atlantic hurricane season

Conflicting climate trends cloud outlook, but NOAA leans toward near normal activity.

May 26, 2023

    A new El Niño is brewing for 2023

    Warming ocean waters point to a developing El Niño weather pattern for 2023. The Post's Scott Dance breaks down what this means for future forecasts.

    May 24, 2023

    Here’s why this hurricane season could be unusually unpredictable

    Seasonal forecasting is always difficult, but it’s even harder to predict which of the competing influences will win out in the months ahead.

    May 24, 2023

    Why Montana is emerging as a must-watch climate battleground

    This month, Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a law barring the state from calculating the climate impacts of major projects. At the same time, a federal judge ruled that a first-of-its-kind climate lawsuit will go to trial next month.

    May 19, 2023

    The Potomac could soon be safe for swimming, but it remains vulnerable to pollution

    Although swimming is illegal along parts of the District of Columbia, the Potomac River is probably clean enough for swimmers during the driest stretches of the year, when water pollution is lowest.

    May 17, 2023

    Lake Powell is rising more than a foot a day. But megadrought’s effects will still be felt.

    Lake Powell's water levels are projected to rise 70 to 71 feet by this fall. The key Colorado River reservoir is benefitting from historically high water flows.

    May 11, 2023

    In reversal, Twitter to allow free automated weather, transit tweets

    Twitter says it will allow government agencies and other public entities to share automated warnings on the social network for free.

    May 3, 2023

    El Niño is looming. Here’s what that means for weather and the world.

    The arrival of El Niño could mean significant impacts worldwide, including a push toward levels of global warming that climate scientists have warned could be devastating.

    May 1, 2023

    What an ominous surge in ocean temperatures means for the planet

    The world’s oceans are shattering records, sparking alarm among scientists.

    April 28, 2023

    Weather Service report details communication gaps during deadly Hurricane Ida

    The report, issued after long pause in post-storm reviews, found the agency must improve how it communicates flash flood threats and reaches vulnerable groups.

    April 27, 2023