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Capital Weather Gang: June 15, 2008 - June 21, 2008

Update: Scattered Thunderstorms Develop

A few thunderstorms have formed in the region's southern suburbs. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued around 8:05 p.m. in Fauquier and Prince William counties until 8:45 p.m. These storms are drifting to the northeast at about 10 mph and will likely impact many parts of the metro area between 8:30...

By Jason Samenow  | June 21, 2008; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Photography: Rudin's Rainbows

A double rainbow as seen from a rooftop in Dupont Circle Wednesday at 6 p.m. By Steve Rudin. Steve Rudin, a broadcast meteorologist working at WJLA (ABC-7) and News Channel 8, captured some beautiful rainbow images as sunshine interacted with showers Wednesday evening. He kindly contributed several to the Capital...

By Capital Weather Gang  | June 21, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Forecast: Summer Sun and Storms

The first weekend of summer will deliver weather in keeping with the season. For the better part of both days, we'll have a mix of sun and clouds, warm temperatures and a touch of humidity. But a summer forecast isn't complete without a mention of thunderstorms. And those will...

By Jason Samenow  | June 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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NatCast: Warm, Maybe a Storm

Nationals vs. RangersTonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain83F77FPartly cloudy, t'storm?30% An isolated t'storm could cause a rain delay, but chances are better you'll just experience a warm, enjoyable summer evening at the park.   NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also,...

By Jason Samenow  | June 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Spring Ends Mostly Quiet

Summer officially begins tonight at 7:59 p.m. As the work week (and spring) comes to an end, we are greeted by a taste of warmer temperatures to come. Highs are now topping out in the low to mid 80s across the area under partly sunny skies. Isolated showers or thunderstorms...

By Ian Livingston  | June 20, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Beware of Bolts From the Blue

You've just discovered the email announcing that you've inherited $5 million is not spam. You've just received a Dear John letter from your loving significant other. You've just been promoted from intern to company CEO. You're standing outside under clear blue skies and suddenly the tree across the street is...

By Steve Tracton  | June 20, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Warmth And Weekend Storms?

Today will be spectacular, and pleasantly warm weather continues into the weekend. But humidity gradually increases. Tomorrow through Tuesday, we add in the chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Of these days, the best chance for storminess is Sunday. All in all though, nothing too threatening or unbearable! TODAY...

By Camden Walker  | June 20, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Natcast: Sitting Pretty, Clear and Dry

Nationals vs. Rangers
Tonight, 7:35 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
81F74FMostly Clear5%
Pleasant with a light breeze, and temperatures around 80. Doesn't get much better! Oh, humidity will even be under control!
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast through early next week.

By Camden Walker  | June 20, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Beachcast: Some Sun Saturday; Sunday Storms

Clouds, showers and storms Saturday night and Sunday may be a bummer for those hitting the Delaware and Maryland beaches this weekend. But most of Saturday should be just fine, and if you plan to hit the shore early (Friday) or stay late (Monday), you might get yourself a nice...

By Dan Stillman  | June 20, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Photography: Tidal Basin Storm Clouds

A shelf or roll cloud associated with a thunderstorm Monday night moves quickly north of D.C. The cold front that blasted through the D.C. area Monday night was accompanied by some scattered, fast-moving thunderstorms. The above photo, which I took from the Jefferson Memorial, shows a shelf or roll cloud...

By Kevin Ambrose  | June 19, 2008; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Scattered Storminess Possible

Near-average warmth on Friday Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop and light-ning strikes (key) from Weather Underground. Click here to zoom. Refresh page to update. Cooler than average weather continues today as temperatures now reach the mid and upper 70s across the area. Clouds that have been floating by throughout...

By Ian Livingston  | June 19, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Having Some Fun With Flood

The mighty Mississippi is still rising after record rains, and the impacts are being felt far and wide, from breached levees to record food prices to a dozen or so unlucky pigs. But it wouldn't be a true natural disaster (or just how natural is it?) without Jon Stewart poking...

By Dan Stillman  | June 19, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Awaiting Warmer Air, Higher Humidity

Temperatures, humidity, rain chances to gradually rise For June, it's hard to beat the temperatures (highs in the upper 70s to near 80) and low humidity (dewpoints in the 50s) today and tomorrow, even if a shower or thunderstorm can't be ruled out. But alas, this is June, which means...

By Josh Larson  | June 19, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Isolated Evening Showers, Thunderstorms

Small hail, gusty winds a threat Warm afternoon sunshine, combined with cold air aloft and some upper-level energy, provided enough instability to spark some showers and thunderstorms that are moving through this evening. Some spots will see little or no rain, but some places may experience brief strong storms. Heavier...

By Ian Livingston  | June 18, 2008; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sun Paradox: Getting Your Daily Dose of D

Wx and the City By Ann Posegate, Guest Contributor In a work-a-holic city of idealists and intellects (oh, and then there are the politicians) - it's tough to feel justified in taking a short break to head outside during the beautiful weather we're having (where was this weather all spring?)....

By Capital Weather Gang  | June 18, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Environment, Posegate, Wx and the City  
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Forecast: Weather Improves on Some Counts

Cooler for now; warming up this weekend What we deserve -- after dealing with severe storms, then heat, then more severe storms -- is a stretch of clear skies, comfortable temperatures, low humidity and no rain. I can deliver on a couple of those, namely comfy temps and low humidity...

By Dan Stillman  | June 18, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"We Are In the Tornado"

Last week, four boy scouts tragically lost their lives when a tornado struck their camp in western Iowa. Storm chasers following the storm accidentally got caught in it and captured this jaw-dropping video: Remember the video we showed a few weeks ago when cars were flung through the air? These...

By Jason Samenow  | June 17, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Worry-Free Weather Returns

Cooler than average overnight and into tomorrow Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. Today has shaped up beautifully as high temperatures rise through the upper 70s and into the low 80s across the region. Humidity...

By Ian Livingston  | June 17, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freedman: Explaining an Extreme Spring

This spring's weather sounds like it was crafted from a pitch meeting between a hapless Hollywood screenwriter and a studio executive. The pitch? "It's a movie in which flooding inundates downtown middle America, tornadoes strike boy scouts, strong winds lash the nation's capital, and record heat wave has New Yorkers...

By Andrew Freedman  | June 17, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Forecast: Storms, Heat Take Time Out

Mother Nature is finally fed up with the heat and severe weather antics, so we will be seeing a "time out" from that sort of bad weather behavior at least for a short time. Today we benefit with cooler temperatures and lower humidities. Wednesday and Thursday though, we'll have to...

By Matt Rogers  | June 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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One Last Batch of Storminess

Actually, two batches. One tracking to the north of D.C., now moving from west to east through southern Montgomery County and into northern Prince Georges County, soon headed for the northern half of Anne Arundel county. Also, some diminishing showers and storms well to the north, tracking west to east...

By Dan Stillman  | June 17, 2008; 12:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Not Totally in the Clear

Radar: Latest mid-Atlantic radar loop from the National Weather Service. Click here to expand. Refresh page to update. What is UTC? The Severe Thunderstorm Watch from earlier has expired but we may not be entirely out of the woods. Some strong storms are currently affecting West Virginia and a...

By Jason Samenow  | June 16, 2008; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Severe Storms Strike Again

Main risk for metro area between 3:30 and 8 p.m. *Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9 p.m* *Storm reports from washingtonpost.com Live Coverage blog* ALERTS 7:00 PM: The rain is moving off and partial clearing is occurring from west to east. A few more showers or storms could move through the...

By Ian Livingston  | June 16, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 9 P.M.

Radar: Latest mid-Atlantic radar loop from the National Weather Service. Click here to expand. Refresh page to update. What is UTC? A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the metro area, in effect until 9 p.m. The Storm Prediction Center says: HAIL TO 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND...

By Capital Weather Gang  | June 16, 2008; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Early P.M. Showers, Big Storms Later

Showers and storms that developed over West Virginia this morning are now affecting western Virginia. This activity should move into the western suburbs during the lunch hour and through the District and eastern suburbs during the early afternoon. These showers/storms are not severe at the moment, but briefly heavy rain...

By Capital Weather Gang  | June 16, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Not Again! Moderate Risk of Severe Storms

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center threat map paints a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms over much of the area today. In a normal year, NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) places the metro area under a "moderate risk" for severe storms maybe once or twice. But this has been no ordinary year...

By Jason Samenow  | June 16, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Forecast: Storms to Blow Away Heat

2008 is turning into the year of the severe thunderstorm in the metro area. Over the last few weeks, strong to severe storms have threatened us every several days. A strong late spring cold front will power through the region today, setting the stage for another round of potent...

By Jason Samenow  | June 16, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Olympic Weather Prep Enters 'Actual Combat'

The China Meteorological Agency (CMA) has been busy preparing for the August Olympics in Beijing. In May, China launched the FengYun-3 A satellite, which will support enhanced weather forecasts during the Olympics, according to the CMA, and has already sent back images to support earthquake relief activities. This is the...

By Steve Tracton  | June 15, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Forecast: Sunny Sunday, Stormy Monday

By Brian Jackson Almost perfect late spring weather greets us today. Warm, sunny skies and less humid air prevail for the second half of the weekend. Heat and humidity re-enter the picture on Monday along with the chance for thunderstorms before it clears out again and things really cool off...

By Brian Jackson  | June 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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