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Capital Weather Gang: January 27, 2008 - February 2, 2008

Yesterday's Record Breaking Rains

Based on the rainfall observed at Reagan National Airport (DCA) yesterday, it was the wettest February day at the airport since the President's Day snowstorm in 2003. 2.06" of rain fell more than doubling the previous daily record of 0.92" in 1985. Dulles and Baltimore Washington International Airports, which received...

By Jason Samenow  | February 2, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Alert: Six More Weeks of Winter

Finally, some good news for snow lovers... Early this morning, Punxsutawney Phil announced: As I look around me, a bright sky I see, and a shadow beside me. Six more weeks of winter it will be! The "Prognosticator of all Prognosticators" has spoken. Egg in my face....

By Jason Samenow  | February 2, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Forecast: A Bright Sunshiny Saturday

After yesterday's record-breaking rains, today's sunshine is a welcome sight. Nice weather repeats Sunday, notwithstanding an increase in clouds. High temperatures should climb to 50 or higher both weekend days and mild weather will continue into the first half of next week. TODAY Mostly sunny. 48-53. Behind yesterday's storm,...

By Jason Samenow  | February 2, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Getting Pumped up for Groundhog Day

While our own Matt Ross recently offered an analysis about the fate of winter, Punxsutawney Phil, another winter weather expert, will weigh in on the matter tomorrow morning at 7am. If you're up at that time (all the power to you), you can view the live webcast of Phil making...

By Jason Samenow  | February 1, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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CommuteCast: Much Needed Rain Ending

Sunny and warmer than average Saturday Latest MidAtlantic winter weather radar loop, courtesy Intellicast. Green is rain; pink is a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and/or snow; and blue is snow. Refresh page to update, or click here to expand. The wettest day since late October 2007 has brought...

By Ian Livingston  | February 1, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Update: Advisory Expires, Deluge Continues

The Winter Weather Advisory for the north and west suburbs has ended. The ice threat is over (except west of I-81 and in the sheltered valleys), but very heavy rain is now moving into the region with some embedded thunderstorms. Another 0.5-1" of rain is possible before it all tapers...

By Jason Samenow  | February 1, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Update: Temperatures Rising Above Freezing

School delays/closings A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until noon N & W of DC. However, all observing stations south and east of western Loudoun county and Frederick county indicate temperatures are above freezing. At 9am, the only official observing stations in the area still at or below freezing...

By Jason Samenow  | February 1, 2008; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Forecast: Partly Frozen then Flooded with Rain

After today's soaker, a pleasant weekend **Winter Weather Advisory until noon N & W of DC** School delays For an assessment of the local impacts of wintry weather in the northern & western counties of the metro area and current temperatures, see Jason's post below. We've got quite a dynamic...

By Camden Walker  | February 1, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Update: Assessing Impacts of AM Ice

Some school delays possible **Winter Weather Advisory 2 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday N & W of DC** Current DC area temperatures, courtesy Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Refresh page to update. Hover over and click temperatures for more info. Click and hold on map to pan. As a super...

By Jason Samenow  | January 31, 2008; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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CommuteCast: Increasing Clouds this Evening

Rain arrives by sunrise; some ice possible north and west **Winter Weather Advisory 2 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday N & W of DC** Mostly sunny skies persisted through much of the day, allowing temperatures to warm into the low 40s across the region. High clouds are now beginning to...

By Ian Livingston  | January 31, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Possible Ice, Then Buckets of Rain

We are monitoring the potential for some sleet or freezing rain accumulation north and west of the Beltway late Thursday night into early Friday morning, which could produce some hazardous conditions (see Josh's full forecast). But the majority of the precipitation in the region is expected to be plain ol'...

By Camden Walker  | January 31, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Dry Today, Wet Tomorrow

Maybe a touch of ice late tonight into early tomorrow You might think of the weather today as representing the calm before the storm. What storm, you ask? We'll see a rather potent area of low pressure over the southeastern U.S. push north and east into our region by the...

By Josh Larson  | January 31, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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International House of Snowflakes

Wild Winter Weather Hits China, Israel Some statistics this morning from site visitor Augusta Jim would indicate that the very long-term snow trend is not negative, but as Matt pointed out, La Niña may be limiting our flaky fortunes through February. If we don't get the snow, who does? Manufacturing...

By Steve Scolnik  | January 30, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Gusty Winds Subside

More unsettled weather by late Thursday night Current DC area temperatures, courtesy Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Refresh page to update. Hover over and click temperatures for more info. Click and hold on map to pan. Gusty northwest winds -- clocked as high as 40 to 50 miles per hour...

By Ian Livingston  | January 30, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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La Niña Could Limit February Snow

As January comes to a close, the DC area has seen only two snow events this winter. Dec. 5 and Jan. 17 combined to drop 4-8 inches of snow across the metro area, which is 20 to 40 percent less than the average for this far into the season. Are...

By Matt Ross  | January 30, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: From Rainy to Windy

Morning showers give way to whipping winds You can ditch your umbrella for today after overnight showers end this morning. But hold on to your hat, steering wheel or anything else that could be blown about by winds that will become gusty out of the west. The winds and weather...

By Dan Stillman  | January 30, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Area's Drought Continues

Moderate precipitation deficit persists into 2008 Chart by Capital Weather Gang. Click on image to enlarge. While enough to get you wet without rain gear, today's semi-springlike showers have done little to dampen the impact of a prolonged dry spell in the Washington metro area. Rainfall amounts of around a...

By Steve Scolnik  | January 29, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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CommuteCast: Rain Takes a Break

More likely overnight **Wind Advisory From 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday** **Coastal Flood Advisory Until 10 a.m. Wednesday** Showers -- and some freezing rain to the north and west -- moved into the region earlier than expected today, which helped keep temperatures slightly cooler than previously forecast. Highs topped...

By Ian Livingston  | January 29, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alert: Unexpected Midday Showers

Precipitation mainly north and west of downtown Latest DC area radar loop, courtesy National Weather Service. Refresh page to update, or click here to expand. Despite some sun shining through in parts of the metro area, radar shows another batch of showers moving into the area as the lunch hour...

By Capital Weather Gang  | January 29, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Readers' Choice: Topper on Top

Last week, The Capital Weather Gang rated the evening weathercasters, and Doug Hill (WJLA-7) earned the highest score, with Topper Shutt (WUSA-9) last in the standings. But when we asked you, our readers, who your favorites were, the tables turned. More of you mentioned Topper as your favorite evening...

By Jason Samenow  | January 29, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alert: Rain Arrives Ahead of Schedule

Pockets of freezing rain to the north Latest DC area radar loop, courtesy National Weather Service. Refresh page to update, or click here to expand. A batch of steady rain has developed in the metro area this morning and will continue for the next several hours. In some spots, temperatures...

By Jason Samenow  | January 29, 2008; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Forecast: State of the Weather -- Snowless

Madam Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, distinguished guests, fellow citizens: As we gather today, winter is at war, cold air is in recession and snow lovers face unprecedented depression. An intrusion of mild air from the south is forcing our prevailing storm track to the north and...

By Matt Ross  | January 29, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Our Warm-up in Perspective

For the last two days, Jason's been writing about the end of our current cold spell. I've done some number crunching, with the help of several computer models, and it looks like the high/low temperature over the coming week will be close to 47/34. To put this in perspective, the...

By Josh Larson  | January 28, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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CommuteCast: Clear and Warmer

Rain chances increase tomorrow Current DC area temperatures, courtesy Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Refresh page to update. Hover over and click temperatures for more info. Click and hold on map to pan. Morning clouds and areas of fog have given way to mostly sunny skies throughout the area allowing...

By Ian Livingston  | January 28, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Great Knickerbocker Snowstorm of 1922

86 years ago today, the big one hit... Digging out during the record-breaking Knickerbocker snowstorm, January 28, 1922. From NOAA Library. When I was a young kid back in the 1970s there was a neighbor we called "Old Man Bean" who would tell us stories about an amazing snowstorm that...

By Kevin Ambrose  | January 28, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Forecast: Warming Up but Not Warm

Relative to the last week, temperatures in the coming week will certainly feel mild by comparison. But it's not going to be that mild. We'll get lots of 45+ degree days, but surpassing 50 may not happen. Keep the Bermuda shorts in the attic. TODAY Mostly sunny. 45-50. Despite...

By Jason Samenow  | January 28, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Freedman: In Defense of TV Weathercasters

TV weathercasters are a paranoid lot. They have good grounds for living in fear, because they're often a scapegoat in the television age. As the adage goes, they have the only gig around where they can be wrong and suffer few, if any, consequences. Even before their bright, abnormally happy...

By Andrew Freedman  | January 27, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Forecast: Cold Regime Fading

After a brief taste of cold weather in the past week, warmer than normal weather is poised to return. Today will be seasonably chilly, but milder weather kicks in to start the work week. TODAY Becoming mostly sunny. 40-45. Considerable cloud cover in the morning will drift away by afternoon....

By Jason Samenow  | January 27, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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