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Capital Weather Gang: February 10, 2008 - February 16, 2008

Forecast: Circular Holiday Weekend Weather

Clear start and finish, cloudy (wet) middle The weather will complete a cycle this holiday weekend. It will begin clear and cool today, become cloudy Sunday, then relatively mild and rainy Sunday night, before clear and cool conditions return Monday evening. TODAY Sunny and cool. 40-45. Temperatures will be 10...

By Jason Samenow  | February 16, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Bucket O' Bookmarks: BudBurst

Citizen scientists sought Cinquefoil wildflowers in Colorado. (Photo by Carlye Calvin, ©UCAR.) Gardeners, for years you've been relying on data from meteorologists to plan your activities; now you have a chance to repay the favor by helping climate research. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has announced that, starting...

By Steve Scolnik  | February 15, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Climate Change, Education, Links, Science  
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CommuteCast: Mild with Clouds Returning

Sunny Saturday to start holiday weekend; rain late Sunday A plane cruises over Washington yesterday just prior to sunset. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston. Temperatures have risen into the mid and upper 50s -- about 10 degrees above average -- across the area today. Breaks in the clouds...

By Ian Livingston  | February 15, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Recap: A Fair Forecast, With Flaws

By A. Camden Walker and Dan Stillman Capital Weather Gang meteorologist A. Camden Walker captures Tuesday evening's deserted, ice-coated Logan Circle. Sometimes Mother Nature has an uncanny sense of timing, whether it's severe storms on the Fourth of July, a soaking rain or significant snow on a holiday weekend, or...

By Capital Weather Gang  | February 15, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Forecast: Flip Flopping Through President's Day

Changeable conditions will define the holiday weekend. After quite mild weather today, temperatures take a dip to start President's Day weekend on Saturday. Temperatures gradually warm starting Sunday before cooling back down by Monday evening. Outside of a rainy Sunday night and Monday morning, most of the long weekend should...

By Camden Walker  | February 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Today in Weather History: Feb. 14 vs. Jan. 14

As we noted last month, January 14, statistically speaking, is virtually allergic to snow. That's not the case for today's date, however. The February 14 daily snowfall record of 4.9" in 1885, while far from the overall February daily record of 16.4" in the blizzard of Feb. 11, 1983, is...

By Steve Scolnik  | February 14, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Clear Skies and Diminishing Winds

Warmer temperatures on tap for Friday After the unsettled weather of the past two days, the sun has made an appearance throughout the region this Valentine's Day. Temperatures have risen to within a few degrees of 40 across the area, and a brisk wind out of the northwest that has...

By Ian Livingston  | February 14, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Partly Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Mostly Confusing

Your input wanted: Help us define these terms Pop quiz! And lucky for you, it's multiple choice: What's the difference between "partly sunny" and "partly cloudy"? A. "Partly sunny" is more sunny than "partly cloudy." B. "Partly sunny" is less sunny than "partly cloudy." C. There is no difference. The...

By Dan Stillman  | February 14, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Forecast: A Lovely Change of Pace

Clearing, seasonable for Valentine's Day; warmer tomorrow For those sick of the alternatively icy, wet and sometimes snowy weather (depending on where you live) of the past couple days, today will present a welcome and well-timed change, with clearing skies and near-average temperatures for Valentine's Day. Thereafter, however, temperatures will...

By Josh Larson  | February 14, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Local Lecture: Meet a Met

Following last month's presentation by Paul Kocin, former Weather Channel winter expert, the local chapter of the American Meteorological Society is hosting another operational forecaster for its February meeting next week. Ken Reeves, expert senior meteorologist and director of forecasting operations at AccuWeather, Inc., will be speaking on the subject,...

By Steve Scolnik  | February 14, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Winter Weather Advisory to the Southeast

Snow may only graze DC and north & west *Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6am for Calvert and Charles counties and points south and east* Latest mid-Atlantic radar loop. Courtesy National Weather Service. As snow showers develop over parts of central Virginia, dry northwest winds are limiting the amount...

By Jason Samenow  | February 13, 2008; 10:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Snow Showers Approaching Region

A mix of rain and snow showers is currently developing to the southwest. Over the next couple of hours, this precipitation will likely move into the metro area. The precipitation may briefly start as rain or a mix of rain, snow and sleet, but should change over to snow within...

By Jason Samenow  | February 13, 2008; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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CommuteCast: Rain Transitioning to Snow

Some accumulation possible across the area tonight Temperatures have risen above freezing, at least temporarily, in all locations this afternoon and icing has come to an end. While it has warmed at the surface, upper levels are now beginning to cool in response to developing low pressure to our south...

By Ian Livingston  | February 13, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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Update: Temperatures Slowly Climbing

Rain to taper; could end as a bit of snow tonight **Ice Warning in effect north and west until 1 p.m.** Now: With the exception of parts of southern Maryland, moderate rain has continued through late morning across the metro area, with heavy rain falling now on the Eastern Shore....

By Capital Weather Gang  | February 13, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Forecast: Stubborn System is Super Soaker

Another difficult commute; rain could end as some snow **Ice Warning in effect north and west until 1 p.m.** Area closings & delays | News article The same weather system that caused yesterday's icy p.m. commute will stick around through much of today. Any remaining areas of freezing rain this...

By Dan Stillman  | February 13, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Update: Icy Temperatures Slow to Budge

Freezing rain and rain overnight; more rain tomorrow **Ice Warning in effect area-wide until 7 a.m. Wednesday** After a horrific commute, both home and to polling stations, temperatures have risen a couple of degrees in some spots but have continued to hold at or below freezing throughout the metro area...

By Dan Stillman  | February 12, 2008; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Alert: Advisory Upgraded to Ice Storm Warning

Warning in effect area-wide until 7am Wednesday morning From the National Weather Service: "AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT ... FOOD ......

By Jason Samenow  | February 12, 2008; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Caution Advised for PM Voters

Iciness a concern especially north and west of D.C. **Winter Weather Advisory area-wide until 7am Wednesday** 5pm update: Temperatures remain below freezing everywhere in the metro area with widespread reports of accidents due to icy conditions. Please be careful, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses. Spotty flurries and snow showers...

By Ian Livingston  | February 12, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Spotty Snow Now, Patchy Ice Later

*Winter Weather Advisory north of D.C. from noon to 10 p.m. today* *Vote early (but just once), especially in northern suburbs* Despite some intermittent light snow and flurries this morning, weather-related problems have been minimal in the metro area. At 11 a.m., temperatures ranged from the low to mid 20s...

By Capital Weather Gang  | February 12, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Primary Prediction: Skimpy Snow to Slick Ice

Today's biggest threat: Light afternoon ice *Winter Weather Advisory north of D.C. from noon to 10 p.m. today* *Best voting weather is in the morning. Vote early!* Voter turnout in the Potomac Primary may be hampered by some wintry weather, especially later this afternoon. A weak, but complex storm system...

By Matt Ross  | February 12, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alert: Potomac Primary Problematic Precipitation

As if tomorrow needed any more excitement, two periods of light wintry precipitation should make the election day even more interesting. Some light snow may break out pre-dawn, especially north and west of the beltway. Portions of Montgomery, Frederick and Loudoun counties could see a dusting or so by dawn....

By Jason Samenow  | February 11, 2008; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Political Science: Debate 2008

With voters going to the polls for the presidential primaries in all three local jurisdictions tomorrow, some citizens might be concerned that very little attention has been given to where the candidates stand on scientific issues. Physics Today, the magazine of the College Park-based American Institute of Physics, has...

By Steve Scolnik  | February 11, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Candidates in the Cold

Temperatures moderate tomorrow as precipitation arrives Update (8:30 p.m.): The latest data indicates an increasing chance for some iciness in the northern and western suburbs tomorrow afternoon. Check back later on tonight for more details. After a numbing morning, daytime highs have topped out in the upper 20s to near...

By Ian Livingston  | February 11, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Photography: Sunrise Squall

A Squall Shows its Color A vigorous squall near Warrenton, VA, Sunday 7:01 AM. I photographed an interesting sunrise sequence Sunday morning as a vigorous squall, defined as a sudden onset of strong winds often accompanied by brief storminess, moved to the northeast of Warrenton, VA. The squall followed yesterday...

By Kevin Ambrose  | February 11, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Forecast: February Frigidness Fleeting

Cold snap here today, gone tomorrow The upcoming weather epitomizes the whole winter: cold air drops by paying only a brief visit before milder air returns just in time for the next storm. Winter weather haters rejoice and snow lovers are in fits. TODAY Sunny and cold. 32-36. Some of...

By Jason Samenow  | February 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Freedman: The Meaning of an Asterisk

What do last year's abnormally warm year worldwide and Barry Bonds' home run record have in common? They both may need an asterisk to signify that someone has been cooking the books. When baseball slugger Bonds broke Hank Aaron's home run record last year, many in the baseball world sought...

By Andrew Freedman  | February 10, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Forecast: Front Brings Blustery Blast

*Wind advisory in effect from 8am to 7pm today* Fierce winds and falling temperatures will follow the Arctic cold front crashing through the metro early this morning. The day will get progressively colder. By late afternoon temperature will fall below freezing and wind chills will dip into the teens. Yesterday's...

By Jason Samenow  | February 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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