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Capital Weather Gang: July 6, 2008 - July 12, 2008

Photography: Sunset Storm

This is a panorama of three photos pasted together to show a wide view of a storm that approached Washington Wednesday evening, just before sunset. The Tidal Basin is in the foreground. On Wednesday evening, I was in Arlington watching my son's swim team compete in one of our area's...

By Kevin Ambrose  | July 12, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Forecast: A Characteristically Hot Weekend

Our weather will behave according to mid-July form this weekend. We'll have the customary heat and humidity both days. Then, to close out the weekend tomorrow evening, a few thunderstorms may rumble through. After some more storms during the first half of Monday, cooler and drier air will make a...

By Jason Samenow  | July 12, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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UnitedCast: At Last -- A Dry Forecast

United vs. CD Guadalajara
Tonight, 8:00 p.m., RFK Stadium
KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain
85F81FMostly clear10%
For once, the threat of thunderstorms is very low for a United game. Enjoy the warm, dry weather!
 
UnitedCast appears on the day of every United home game. Also, see our full forecast through the middle of next week.

By Jason Samenow  | July 12, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NatCast: Warm and Dry

Nationals vs. Astros
Tonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
87F82FMostly Clear10%
An enjoyable night at Nationals Park. It will be on the warm side (in the 80s) but the storm threat is low.
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast through early next week.

By Jason Samenow  | July 12, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Quiet Summer Weather

Hot and more humid Saturday Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. A rather quiet but warm to hot day has shaped up across the area today. High temperatures are now climbing to near 90 in...

By Ian Livingston  | July 11, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Is Your Kid the Next Jim Cantore or Bob Ryan?

If your child is a budding TV weathercaster, get out your camcorder and starting filming. The Weather Channel (TWC) is seeking video weather forecasts from kids under the age of 18 and has $100 gift prize packages for the best in three categories: "most creative," "most entertaining," and "most likely...

By Jason Samenow  | July 11, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Head-Turning Climate Change Headline

Screenshot of CNN.com on Monday July 7, 2008. Headlines are a funny thing. In a way, they are the most important part of a story, because they frame and set the tone for the story before the reader has even laid eyes on the first paragraph. So it's ironic that...

By Dan Stillman  | July 11, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Forecast: Hot With Acceptable Humidity, For Now

Muggy on Sunday with storm chances late in the day It will be hot but tolerable over the next few days, with gradually rising humidity. For a change, rain should stay out of the picture through most of the weekend. But this is a weekend after all. So it's no...

By Camden Walker  | July 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Natcast: Not Bad at All

Nationals vs. Astros
Tonight, 7:35 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
85F78FMostly Clear0%
Here you will find NO MENTION of rain or clouds or anything unpleasant! It may be fairly warm, so be sure to drink water. Other than that, enjoy the great weather.
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast through early next week.

By Camden Walker  | July 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Warmth with Low Humidity

Mostly sunny, bordering on hot Friday Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. Pleasant summertime conditions returned to the area, on a drying wind, behind the cold front today. Temperatures are rising to the mid and...

By Ian Livingston  | July 10, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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And the Weather Darwin Nominees Are...

You've probably heard of the Darwin Awards, which unofficially "honor people who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion," according to Wikipedia. Like most people, I've done some real stupid things in my life. For example, my...

By Steve Tracton  | July 10, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Humidity on Hiatus, Relief from Rain

Rain chances return Sunday, Monday The cold front that pushed through last night will bring a welcome decrease in humidity levels today, though temperatures will remain about the same. Weak high pressure Friday through the weekend means quite a bit of sunshine, reasonable levels of humidity, and warm to hot...

By Josh Larson  | July 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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NatCast: Splendid Baseball Weather

Nationals vs. Diamondbacks
Tonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
85F76FMild, Low Humidity<5%
Much more comfortable baseball weather can be expected compared to the last two games due primarily to the lowered humidity levels. Mostly sunny skies will give way to a clear evening with temperatures dropping into the mid 70s by game's end.
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast through early next week.

By Josh Larson  | July 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Showers and Storms Possible

Mostly sunny, less humid Thursday 6:15 p.m. Update: A line of thunderstorms has developed in central Montgomery County and is moving south and east. This line will likely reach the northern branch of the Beltway -- areas like Bethesda and Chevy Chase -- between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. -- before...

By Ian Livingston  | July 9, 2008; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Bertha's Been Here Before

Twelve years ago to the date, hurricane forecasters were tracking another Bertha, which formed roughly 1,000 miles west of this year's version. But Bertha '96, rather than hooking out to sea like Bertha '08, held a westerly course striking North Carolina before riding up the East Coast. Local author Rick...

By Jason Samenow  | July 9, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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How Humid's That Air? Ask Your Hair.

Wx and the City By Ann Posegate, Guest Contributor A hair hygrometer (date unknown). Courtesy NOAA. D.C.'s tropical rainforest-like summer weather has begun, and I know I'm not the only one out there with a frizzy hair problem as a result. Not sure how a bad hair day is related...

By Capital Weather Gang  | July 9, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Forecast: After Storms, Forecast Finally Changes

Storm chances disappear starting tomorrow Our forecasts for all but two of the past 14 days, including today, have carried a chance of showers or thunderstorms. That streak should finally come to an end starting tomorrow, at least for a few days -- a welcome interruption to the persistent disruption...

By Dan Stillman  | July 9, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NatCast: Muggy With Storms Threatening

Nationals vs. Diamondbacks
Tonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
78F76FStorms Around50%
Evening storms could be scattered in nature. But still I'd call it at least a 50% chance that a storm passes over the stadium during the game.
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast through the weekend.

By Dan Stillman  | July 9, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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CommuteCast: Steamy Conditions Continue

Late-day strong storm threat Wednesday Radar: Latest mid-Atlantic radar loop from the National Weather Service. Click on image to expand, or here to zoom. Refresh page to update. What's UTC? Heat and humidity have combined to create uncomfortable heat indices in the low and mid 90s today under partly cloudy...

By Ian Livingston  | July 8, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Big Bertha: A Bad Omen?

Satellite image of Hurricane Bertha at sunrise and sunset yesterday. Bertha intensified from a category 1 storm (maximum winds of 75 mph) to category 3 storm (maximum winds of 115 mph) in 12 hours. Imagery courtesy NASA. After explosive development yesterday, Hurricane Bertha is struggling today. Its maximum winds have...

By Capital Weather Gang  | July 8, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: A Quick Cooker

Only two hot days before next cold front The 90s are back in the city for just a two-day engagement. Today should be the hotter of the two because of more daytime sun (lower 90s mainly). While potentially the hottest day of July so far, it is still not expected...

By Matt Rogers  | July 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NatCast: Arizona Heat Meets D.C. Humidity

Nationals vs. Diamondbacks
Tonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
87F82FHumid30%
Very warm and muggy conditions and a low (30%) chance for a thunderstorm disruption.
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast through the weekend.

By Matt Rogers  | July 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Scattered Showers or Storms

Warmer and sunnier Tuesday Radar: Latest mid-Atlantic radar loop from the National Weather Service. Click on image to expand, or here to zoom. Refresh page to update. What's UTC? Mostly cloudy and muggy conditions continue today as temperatures rise toward highs in the mid 80s this afternoon. Expect widely scattered...

By Ian Livingston  | July 7, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bertha Beefing Up

5:00 p.m. update: Bertha is officially a major, category three hurricane. 3:00 p.m. update: The latest satellite imagery suggests Bertha has rapidly intensified today and is likely at least at category two intensity. Note the well-defined eye and symmetrical appearance. Hurricane Bertha over the tropical Atlantic (lower right). Image courtesy...

By Capital Weather Gang  | July 7, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freedman: Ocean Acidification - The Sleeper Issue

If I were to rank climate change impacts in terms of sexiness or pizazz, ocean acidification would rank near the bottom of the list. The relatively slow, unseen process would be well behind the drama of highly visible shifts such as more intense hurricanes, severe droughts, and melting sea and...

By Andrew Freedman  | July 7, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Forecast: Showery in the Short Term

Late week drying trend Those late afternoon and evening downpours we've all become accustomed to stay in the picture through Wednesday. Could it be that by Thursday you can leave home without the umbrella? Could the upcoming weekend even be dry? If you want the answers to these questions to...

By Jason Samenow  | July 7, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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It's Official: Weather Channel to NBC

The Associated Press reports NBC Universal and two partners will acquire The Weather Channel for $3.5 billion in cash. In addition to the cable T.V. network, the deal includes weather.com and Weather Services International (WSI). WSI operates the Web site Intellicast.com, develops television weather graphics and forecasts for private business....

By Jason Samenow  | July 6, 2008; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Sun and Showers for Sunday

By Brian Jackson Somewhat unsettled conditions will continue today, and will persist through the first half of the week. At least a chance of rain remains in the forecast through Wednesday. Fortunately, it will rain neither everywhere nor all the time and rain chances drop after today. Temperatures will remain...

By Brian Jackson  | July 6, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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