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Capital Weather Gang: March 16, 2008 - March 22, 2008

Spring is Here, But Snow Hope Springs Eternal

By Steve Tracton Robins cruising around the yard. Crocuses emerging from the ground. Winter clothing clearance sales. Outdoor sidewalk dining. Snowbirds returning from Florida. Blaring sound and spewing fumes of lawn mowers. Pollen allergy sneezing and wheezing. Cherry blossoms and tourist invasion. Spring break and spring cleaning. March Madness. Yes,...

By Capital Weather Gang  | March 22, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Tracton  
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Forecast: A Cold Easter Weekend

The calendar says spring, but old man winter says "wait a minute D.C., I'm not done with you." Don't get caught off guard -- you'll need to dress for cold conditions this Easter weekend. Temperatures may not get out of the 40s until Tuesday! A little rain is possible...

By Jason Samenow  | March 22, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: From Clear Skies to High Clouds

Damp and chilly start to weekend Saturday Under mostly sunny skies, and with decreasing winds, high temperatures have reached the mid 50s across the area today. Clear skies will begin to give way to high cloudiness during the commute home, but it will remain dry through the evening. Tonight: Clouds...

By Ian Livingston  | March 21, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weekend Events: Hoops, Easter and Elephants

Cool temperatures and a chance of showers will make for a less-than-ideal late-March weekend, but when all is said and done the weather shouldn't be too maddening for basketball fans heading to and from the Verizon Center on Saturday, nor for early-risers on Easter Sunday. Forecast confidence drops come Monday,...

By Dan Stillman  | March 21, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Dry but for Saturday's Shower Spoiler

After a chilly start this morning in the 30s, sunshine will catapult us well into the 50s. Saturday is less superb with clouds, showers, and temperatures in the 40s. Sunday saves the day with sunshine once again--albeit chilly temperatures in the lower 50s. TODAY Clear, slowly calming, near 60. A...

By Camden Walker  | March 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Spring Starts on Sunny Note

Mostly clear and warmer on Friday Latest view of D.C. looking east from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Despite increasingly sunny conditions today, the first full day of spring has been somewhat cool, thanks to a stiff wind out of the northwest. Highs have...

By Ian Livingston  | March 20, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Meet a Meteorologist: Your New Umbrella

Once in a great while, you may find yourself away from the Capital Weather Gang blog needing to know whether to bring along your umbrella or not. The good news: You can get a consultation with an understudy meteorologist, also known as your Ambient Umbrella. Here's how it works: The...

By Jason Samenow  | March 20, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Stormy Replaced by Sunny and Gusty

Looking for clues on coastal storm early next week Say goodbye to yesterday's cloudy skies, mild temperatures, showers and overnight storms. High pressure moving in behind last night's cold front will bring starkly different conditions today, so say hello to noticeably cooler temperatures, mostly sunny skies and plenty of wind....

By Josh Larson  | March 20, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Late-Night Showers, Maybe Storms

*Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday* *Wind Advisory in Effect Until 6 p.m. Thursday* After an evening lull in shower activity, a new line of showers is approaching the metro area from the west. Thunderstorms may form within this line of showers and other lines that may...

By Dan Stillman  | March 19, 2008; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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CommuteCast: Slow and Soggy, Then Stormy

*Wind Advisory in Effect Until 6 p.m. Thursday* A solid area of light to moderate rain has taken hold of the metro area this afternoon as temperatures have climbed into the 60s thanks to an increasing breeze from the south. Other than a possible break in the action here and...

By Capital Weather Gang  | March 19, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Focus: Timeline for Storms and Strong Winds

Best chance for strong storms: late afternoon into tonight Model simulation of radar for 8 p.m. tonight shows a line of showers and thunderstorms stretching up and down the mid-Atlantic, including through the D.C. area. Credit: NCEP Not unlike the prevailing weather pattern this winter, a strong low pressure system...

By Matt Ross  | March 19, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Showers, Storms as Seasons Clash

Storms could be strong late this afternoon or evening We've come to the last full day of winter, as spring officially begins at 1:48 a.m. tonight. Appropriately, today will be one of those days where you can almost feel the clashing of the seasons, with warm air riding up from...

By Dan Stillman  | March 19, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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CommuteCast: Gray Skies Linger

Warm, windy, and a little wet Wednesday Clouds that spread over the area last night have been locked in across the region throughout the day. High temperatures have warmed, on an increasing wind from the south, into the low and mid 50s. The drive home will be mostly dry, with...

By Ian Livingston  | March 18, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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My Weather: The Bind by the Bay

April 5 Wedding in St. Michaels, Md. Katie Swanson (left) is a defense contractor and Phil Lepanto (right) does technology and communication consulting. The couple lives in Mt. Pleasant. A crippling storm brought Katie Swanson and Phil Lepanto closer together, but the couple would prefer peace from the heavens when...

By Jason Samenow  | March 18, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Forecast: Stuck in a Stormy Weather Pattern

Variability is the theme this week. Is it winter? Spring? Debate over astronomical versus meteorological seasons is tabled for the week. The weather doesn't know what season it is in. Why should we? Keep the umbrella handy and a variety of clothing options on the table. You will need to...

By Matt Ross  | March 18, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Comment of the Week: Thunderstorm Winds

Each week, the Capital Weather Gang will search for an outstanding reader comment to potentially highlight on the blog. We found a good one this week. In response to Dan Stillman's "Weather 101: The Madness to March Winds", 'Mike' provided this insightful commentary : ...[T]here is another big factor in...

By Jason Samenow  | March 17, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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CommuteCast: Mostly Clear and Cool

Rain chances increase Tuesday Temperatures a few degrees below average, mixed with wind, brought a chill to the air this morning and throughout the day. Highs have thus far struggled to make it to around 50 degrees under full sunshine. The commute home will be dry and cool as winds...

By Ian Livingston  | March 17, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Freedman: The Winter That Was (Everywhere Else)

The winter of 2007-8 served as a reminder for much of the country, and indeed much of the world, that despite the starring role now being played by global warming, Old Man Winter has not completely exited the stage. In fact, wintry weather enjoyed a dramatic comeback this year compared...

By Andrew Freedman  | March 17, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Forecast: Weather to Deliver March Madness

The weather will try to do its own "Big Dance" this week but will lack any rhythm. Tranquil and cool weather to start the week will shuffle towards a warm and wet Wednesday. Then the weather will jump step back to cooler conditions Thursday and, stuck in place, will...

By Jason Samenow  | March 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Superstorm of March 13, 1993

Ski-sailing by the Washington Monument, March 14, 1993. Washington Weather I will always remember the weather forecast issued on March 12, 1993 for the storm expected to hit the East Coast the following day. It was the first time I ever heard a blizzard warning issued for Washington, D.C. The...

By Kevin Ambrose  | March 16, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Forecast: Becoming Sunny but Brisk

Much cooler weather arrives today behind the powerful storm system that caused all of the destructive storms in the Southeast. Temperatures will be about 15 degrees cooler than yesterday and will feel even colder factoring in 20 mph winds. Milder air will gradually work its way into the area...

By Jason Samenow  | March 16, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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