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Capital Weather Gang: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

Update: A Stormy Afternoon and Evening

ALERTS 6:30 PM: A second line of showers and storms is now heading into the western suburbs. These should move inside the beltway between 6:45 and 7:30 p.m. and pass through the eastern suburbs by 8:30 p.m. These storms will likely produce heavy rain and some gusty winds. The heaviest...

By Dan Stillman  | June 14, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Iowa Flooding: After and Before

Imagery courtesy NASA's Earth Observatory. Related Washington Post story: Iowa Flooding Rivals 1993 Deluge Today's Full Local Forecast...

By Jason Samenow  | June 14, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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UnitedCast: Chance of Storms

United vs. New York Red Bulls
Tonight, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium
KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain
86F82FPartly Cloudy, Storm Risk50%
It will be very warm and a bit humid, with a 50/50 chance of showers and thunderstorms. Be prepared for rain, but there's a chance it will miss.
 
UnitedCast appears on the day of every United home game. Also, see our full forecast through the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  | June 14, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Forecast: Sticky to Stormy Saturday

We're forced to endure a hot one today but then temperatures start trending downwards. Cold fronts will power through the region late today and Monday triggering thunderstorm chances. Widespread severe weather is not likely today, but may be a more significant risk on Monday. TODAY (SATURDAY) Radar: Latest mid-Atlantic...

By Jason Samenow  | June 14, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Time Warner Out in Bidding for Weather Channel

Reuters is reporting Time Warner has withdrawn its bid for The Weather Channel, leaving a group lead by NBC Universal as the lone bidder. See also the New York Times TV Decoder blog....

By Jason Samenow  | June 13, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Hazy Skies as Humidity Returns

North Carolina fires send smoke our way Temperatures now climbing through the upper 80s in most places, combined with rising dew points, have allowed heat indices to reach the low and mid 90s this afternoon -- another warm to hot day. In addition to rising dew points, winds from the...

By Ian Livingston  | June 13, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dynamic Duo: Tropical Storms Arthur & Alma

Next up... Bertha All's quiet in the tropics after the season's first named storms, Tropical Storm Arthur in the Atlantic and Tropical Storm Alma in the Pacific, joined forces to produce unprecedented rainfall and disastrous floods in Belize at the beginning of the month, killing at least five people. The...

By Steve Tracton  | June 13, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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East Coast Heat Wave Death Toll Over 30

As we cautioned before our most recent heat wave started -- heat kills, particularly early in the summer season. The Associated Press is reporting the heat wave that spanned last Saturday through Tuesday killed more than 30 people on the East Coast, 15 of those in Philadelphia. Seven heat-related deaths...

By Jason Samenow  | June 13, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Forecast: Weekend Warmth, Saturday T'storms?

Aside from the chance of thunderstorms Saturday and Monday evening, relatively enjoyable weather is on tap through the weekend. 80s accompanied by moderate humidity will give it a summery feel although it's still technically spring for another week. Sun this time of year is strong, so lather on sunscreen in...

By Camden Walker  | June 13, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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FOX Weather: Fair and Balanced?

FOX has a new weather Web site with an interactive weather map and pretty sweet radar. Not surprisingly, though, most storms are shown moving to the right....

By Dan Stillman  | June 12, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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CommuteCast: Heat Without the High Humidity

Another nice evening on tap; warm tomorrow Current D.C. 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. Warm to hot temperatures (running about 5-10 degrees above average in most places) have...

By Ian Livingston  | June 12, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fixing Iraq's War-Torn Weather Service

War. What is it good for?... Not weather it seems. Weather services were among the infrastructure destroyed by the Iraq war. We hear this week of an agreement between the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help rehabilitate the Iraqi Meteorological Organization. WMO will...

By Steve Tracton  | June 12, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How Not to React to a Tornado Siren

Could this lady be any less panicked? (make sure to watch with sound)......

By Dan Stillman  | June 12, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Forecast: Mostly Benign June Weather Prevails

Though with a chance of storms Saturday We'll be in a period of mostly benign mid-June weather today through the start of next week with rather typical summertime heat and humidity, though most daytime highs and overnight lows will be about 3-5 degrees above normal. With the exception of scattered...

By Josh Larson  | June 12, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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CommuteCast: A Nice Change of Pace

Warm and dry replaces hot, humid and stormy Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. For a change, temperatures this afternoon are climbing through the mid to upper 80s, rather than the mid to upper 90s, under mostly sunny skies....

By Capital Weather Gang  | June 11, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Time to Hit the Slopes

If you thrive on going from one extreme to the other, consider booking a last minute flight to Aspen, Colorado, to ski a few runs this weekend. After a very snowy winter, Aspen's upper slopes still have an average base of over three feet. Unwilling to let this snow go...

By Jason Samenow  | June 11, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Remembering Agnes

By Charlie Wilson, Guest Writer Satellite image of Agnes hitting the Florida panhandle in 1972. Courtesy NOAA. So far, June has offered more than its share of extreme weather - mainly in the form of heat and severe thunderstorms. But we haven't experienced any tropical storm or hurricane activity. Could...

By Capital Weather Gang  | June 11, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: High Heat Takes a Hike

Still warm; lower humidity but eventually increasing Let's all take a deep breath. For the first time in a week, we're not staring down the barrel of severe storms or a major heat wave. Just some typical June weather with highs mostly in the upper 80s to near 90 and...

By Dan Stillman  | June 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Severe Storm Threat Fading

Severe thunderstorms passing through the area. Photographed from a 15th floor apartment in Adelphi, Md. looking south. By Capital Weather Gang visitor Andrew Blunck (from Flickr). The severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the metro area has been allowed to expire. Scattered thunderstorms may continue to affect the region through...

By Jason Samenow  | June 10, 2008; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Severe Storms to Sweep Away Heat

Harsh Storms in Some Areas; less humid Wednesday ALERTS 9:05 PM: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for portions of Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Montgomery and Howard counties until 9:45 p.m. Watch out for dangerous lightning, strong gusty winds and some hail with this storm. 8:45 PM: A new...

By Ian Livingston  | June 10, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Update: Does Heat Wave End With a Bang?

If storms develop today, they could be strong or severe *Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 10 p.m.* *Heat Advisory in effect through 8 p.m.* Current D.C. area temperatures, courtesy Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Refresh page to update. Hover over and click temperatures for more info. Click and hold...

By Dan Stillman  | June 10, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Hot" Songs

Whenever it's hot, three songs pop into my head: 1) The Heat is On, from the movie "Beverly Hills Cop", performed by Glenn Frey (1984). Best lyric: The pressure's high/Just to stay alive/'Cause the heat is on 2) Hot in Herre, by Nelly (2002). Best lyric: It's gettin' hot in...

By Jason Samenow  | June 10, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Cold Front to Topple Heat Regime

Weather coup d'etat this afternoon and evening *Heat Advisory in effect through 8 p.m.* The temperature revolution is nearing closer with our current extreme heat regime about to be removed from power. But do not expect it to go without a fight. The battle is to be waged this afternoon...

By Matt Rogers  | June 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Recap: Hot But Not Historic

No doubt it was hot today, but temperatures fell shy of records for the date. The highs at the local observing stations were as follows: Reagan National Airport: 96 (record 102 from 1874) Dulles International Airport: 94 (record 96 from 1999) Baltimore/Washington International Airport: 94 (record 98 from 1933) One...

By Jason Samenow  | June 9, 2008; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Heat Maintains Its Grip on Area

Another 'triple H' day tomorrow, storms possible late *Heat Advisory in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday* *Online chat transcript: It's Really, Really, Really Hot Out* *Commuter Alert: Westbound Orange Line Train Derails in Va.* Current D.C. area temperatures, courtesy Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Refresh page to update. Hover over...

By Ian Livingston  | June 9, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Really, Really, Really Hot: Live Chat at 2:30 p.m.

The Capital Weather Gang's Steve Tracton will host an online chat about the current heat wave at 2:30 p.m. Join him on the online chat page and bring all your questions about this broiling heat. How long will the heat last? See our full forecast through the weekend, and NatCast...

By Capital Weather Gang  | June 9, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freedman: Climate News from the Arctic to Kiribati

With presidential politics dominating much of the news coverage last week, along with the D.C. area thunderstorms and the heat, there were several climate change science news items that may have slipped past your Doppler 9000. First up was another sobering assessment of Arctic sea ice cover. The National Snow...

By Andrew Freedman  | June 9, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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NatCast: A Hot Night

Nationals vs. Giants
Tonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
93F89FHot and Humid10%
Just because the game is at night, doesn't mean it won't be hot. Temperatures will hold at or above 90 for most of the game. Drink plenty of fluids.
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our extremely hot full forecast through early next week.

By Jason Samenow  | June 9, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Two More Days of Scorching Heat

Some relief arrives Wednesday *Heat Advisory in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday* I'm running out of adjectives to describe the hot weather so it's a good thing the heat wave only has about 36 hours left. Although we're about to get a reprieve, we all know ridiculously hot weather will...

By Jason Samenow  | June 9, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today's Steamy High Temperatures

It was hot today, but no new records were set locally. Here are the high temperatures from the three official reporting stations: Reagan National Airport: 96 Dulles International Airport: 94 Baltimore/Washington International Airport: 93 To the south, Richmond, Va. set a record high of 100. It was Richmond's second straight...

By Jason Samenow  | June 8, 2008; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NBC and Time Warner Battle for Weather Channel

Just over a week ago, we wrote about rumors that NBC Universal and a group of investors had won the bidding competition for The Weather Channel. A more recent news report from Reuters suggest it's not over and that Time Warner remains in the game: "[T]he two sides are negotiating...

By Jason Samenow  | June 8, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Sweltering Heat Continues

A few strong storms could pop this afternoon/evening *Heat Advisory in effect until 11 p.m. Monday* By Brian Jackson The worst alliteration in a meteorologist's arsenal will be with us for the next few days: hazy, hot and humid. Temperatures will be approaching 100 degrees and humidity levels will be...

By Brian Jackson  | June 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NatCast: Extremely Hot

Nationals vs. Giants
Today, 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
94F96FBlazing Heat10%
It will be oppressively hot and humid. Temperatures will feel over 100 degrees for much of the game. Drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen.
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our excessively hot full forecast through early next week.

By Jason Samenow  | June 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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