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Capital Weather Gang: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

Update: Storms Moving Away; Skies Clearing

9:15 p.m. update: The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has now been cancelled for the immediate metro area, and now only continues for Calvert, Charles and St. Marys counties and points south and east. 8:20 p.m. update: The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has expired for areas north of D.C., but has been extended...

By Dan Stillman  | August 2, 2008; 9:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 8 P.M.

If it's Saturday it must mean a chance of storms, right? The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 p.m. for the metro area. Storms that develop may be capable of producing dangerous lightning, large hail and wind gusts to 70 mph. Chances look to be...

By Dan Stillman  | August 2, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UnitedCast: Pleasant for Play?

United vs. Kansas City WizardsTonight, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain84F79FClearing20%After a chance of a lingering storm toward the beginning of the game, It should be a nice night. Clouds should decrease and temperatures will be comfortably warm as the humidity drops off.   UnitedCast appears on...

By Jason Samenow  | August 2, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NatCast: Drier Air Moves In

Nationals vs. RedsTonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain84F79FDecreasing clouds25%By first pitch, most storminess should be well to the east, but a lingering storm is not impossible toward the beginning of the game. Otherwise, drier air moving in should make for a pretty nice rest of...

By Jason Samenow  | August 2, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Area Pollen, UV and Air Quality

CWG's Latest D.C. Area Weather Forecast POLLEN FORECAST Courtesy Pollen.com jQuery(document).ready(function(){ jQuery("uv-index-frame").src("http://weathergang.washingtonpost.com/health-page-mock.html"); });...

By Dan Stillman  | August 2, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Forecast: Some Storms for Saturday

Then clearing, less humid *Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 p.m.* Showers and storms may rumble through the region this morning and more sporadically this afternoon. This evening and tomorrow, much more tranquil weather arrives. Clouds will decrease and the humidity will break. But early in the coming week, the humidity...

By Jason Samenow  | August 2, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Dog Days of August

Late-night storminess? Warm on Saturday 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? Today is day 23 of 90 degrees or higher at National Airport during 2008, but the good news for those...

By Ian Livingston  | August 1, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Area Lightning Map

Estimated lightning activity inside storms (1 being low, 500 being high) during past 10 minutes. Courtesy NASA. More info here. See radar and other maps on our Weather Wall....

By Dan Stillman  | August 1, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. Webcam

Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this picture on CWG's Weather Wall....

By Dan Stillman  | August 1, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Severe Weather Tracking Center

Severe Weather Tracking StationWarning Text: DC | MD | VA * NWS Local Storm Reports Radar & Lightning: Movement of precipitation and lightning strikes over past two hours. Refresh page to update. Click here to see radar bigger. Warnings: Severe alerts from National Weather Service. Updates w/o refresh (most browsers)....

By Capital Weather Gang  | August 1, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Area Radar & Lightning Loop

Movement of precipitation, severe warnings and lightning strikes (alternative lightning map) over past two hours. Refresh page to update. See this radar, our regional radar and more on CWG's Weather Wall....

By Dan Stillman  | August 1, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2011 Hurricane Tracking Center

Latest Advisories & Maps From the NHC | CWG Tropical Coverage Loading NHC tweets...Latest updates from the National Hurricane Center's Twitter feed. Refresh page for latest. NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER OVERVIEW MAP LATEST TRACK & INTENSITY FORECASTS Forecasts are from the National Hurricane Center. Image credit: South Florida Water Management District...

By Capital Weather Gang  | August 1, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weather Gang Weather Wall

Ultimate overview of conditions in D.C., Md. and Va. Welcome to CWG's Weather Wall. We'll call this the "classic" Weather Wall. It's not going anywhere, but do check out the new Weather Wall on the new Washington Post Weather page. D.C. AREA RADAR & LIGHTNING LOOP Movement of precipitation, severe...

By Capital Weather Gang  | August 1, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Search of a Weather Checker

Will you be our weather ombudsman? Yes. It's true. We don't always get the forecast right. (OK, you can drop the mocked surprise look.) Even when we're wrong, sometimes we've done the best we can given the data available. Other times, in hindsight, we see that we could've/should've done a...

By Dan Stillman  | August 1, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: August Starts Less Humid, Still Hot

Sun and warmth during the day today, along with decreasing humidity, could give way to a few strong storms late tonight. Saturday and Sunday look quiet with humidity kept in check, but still expect the usual midsummer heat. Could it be even hotter early next week? Oof. TODAY (FRIDAY) Mostly...

By Camden Walker  | August 1, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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NatCast: Warm; Humidity Could be Worse!

Nationals vs. Reds
Tonight, 7:35 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
87F83FClouding over25%
Clouds will be on the increase, and a shower or thunderstorm isn't impossible. But more likely, precipitation will hold off until later on overnight.
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast through early next week.

By Camden Walker  | August 1, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Interactive Tropical Tracking Map - Hanna

Powered by hurricane-tracking software from Stormpulse.com. Forecast tracks are the latest from the National Hurricane Center. Pan, zoom, and click on points along the storm's projected track for intensity forecasts....

By Jason Samenow  | August 1, 2008; 1:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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CommuteCast: Clouds and Spotty Showers

Less humid, but hot on Friday Widespread cloudiness mixed with occasional light showers put a lid on big temperature rises this afternoon as highs now reach mostly into the mid 80s across the region. The unsettled conditions today can actually be traced back to the remnants of Hurricane Dolly, and...

By Ian Livingston  | July 31, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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White Christmas -- in July?

You've likely heard of Christmas in July, and perhaps even participated in related activities. Locally, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation hosted an event for "children of all ages" to "enjoy a summer afternoon of tree trimming, exchanging gifts and singing Christmas carols and holiday music while enjoying treats,"...

By Steve Tracton  | July 31, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Forecast: Heat and Humidity Here to Stay

A few showers today; weekend mostly rain-free If you're awaiting significant relief from the current heat and humidity, you're going to have to be quite patient. It's probable that temperatures will be warmer than normal over the next week, along with relatively high humidity levels to boot. The good news...

By Josh Larson  | July 31, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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NatCast: Warm & Humid; Slight Chance T'storm

Nationals vs. Phillies
Tonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
90F83FWarm and humid30%
Temperatures will be near 90 at the start of the game with palpable humidity. Scattered showers or thunderstorms are possible, especially during the first half of the game. It will still be in the low to mid 80s by game's end, so dress with light clothing.
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast through early next week.

By Josh Larson  | July 31, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Hot With Scattered Thunder

More heat and humidity for Thursday *Severe Thunderstorm Watch until midnight for metro area* Today has shaped up to be another typical late-July day of high heat and humidity. Partly cloudy skies did not do too much to hold temperatures back as most locations reach into the low 90s for...

By Ian Livingston  | July 30, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Clean-Air Nightmare for Beijing Olympics

Wx and the City By Ann Posegate If I were an Olympic athlete with asthma, I'd be worried. With opening ceremonies just over a week away, smog has been covering the city of Beijing as of late, though recent wind and rain have made things better for the time being....

By Capital Weather Gang  | July 30, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Forecast: Hot Today. Blowtorch on the Way?

A few p.m. storms today and tomorrow No doubt today's low-to-mid 90s will feel plenty hot. But will temperatures early next week make today's seem like a garden-variety heat? Models are waffling on that answer, and on whether a front bothering us with midweek storm chances will clear out in...

By Dan Stillman  | July 30, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NatCast: Muggy, Maybe a T-storm

Nationals vs. Phillies
Tonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
88F83FMuggy40%
A passing thunderstorm could delay the start or stop play at some point. But I doubt it would last long enough to postpone the game. It's guaranteed to be a humid evening, but how warm it is will depend on whether a cooling storm comes through before or during the game.
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast into early next week.

By Dan Stillman  | July 30, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Humidity's Unwelcome Return

Hot and humid Wednesday; storms late? Current D.C. area temperatures, courtesy Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Hover over and click temperatures for more info. Click and hold on map to pan. Refresh page to update. Mostly sunny skies today have allowed temperatures to rise into the upper 80s to near...

By Ian Livingston  | July 29, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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How Do You Like Your Humidity?

Discomfort Discussion Capital Weather Gang reader Dave sent us an email asking: Why isn't humidity included as part of regular forecasts? The "detailed" forecasts from [the National Weather Service, NWS] make no mention of humidity, and this seems like an important aspect. I don't have a good answer to this...

By Jason Samenow  | July 29, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Forecast: Will the Delayed 90s Finally Arrive?

Fearless forecaster will make another attempt Back on Friday, over the weekend and yesterday, there were gobs of various weather reports forecasting the return to 90-degree weather in the Washington area. But the reality has been that the last time the official D.C. observing station, at Reagan National Airport, saw...

By Matt Rogers  | July 29, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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NatCast: Some Heat for the Phanatics

Nationals vs. Phillies
Tonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park
First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain
87F80FWarm20%
Some scattered clouds, very low chance of a storm, and warm/humid weather.
 
NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast through the weekend.

By Matt Rogers  | July 29, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Warm Temperatures, Low Humidity

Heat and humidity poised for comeback Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. Morning clouds that were slow to move out have helped hold temperatures back a few degrees today. Highs are now reaching the mid...

By Ian Livingston  | July 28, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Freedman: Time to Play God With Wildlife?

Climate change continues to prompt a reexamination of how humans view our role on the planet. A new study, published in Science magazine by several conservation biologists, argues that due to the possibility of climate change-related habitat destruction, conservationists should consider taking the step of physically moving species from one...

By Andrew Freedman  | July 28, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Humidity Retreats, but Heat Repeats

Even after strong fronts blow by in late July, the heat seldom noticeably breaks. But thankfully, these fronts can briefly lower the humidity. Behind the front that set off yesterday's gusty storms, today will be one of those low-humidity days. Unfortunately, the humidity will reassert itself by midweek and we'll...

By Jason Samenow  | July 28, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Update: Storms Exit, Sun Enters

*Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 8 p.m. for metro area.* Storms are now exiting the eastern suburbs and heading towards the Bay. The sun is slowly emerging throughout the area from the west to east. The rest of the afternoon should be partly sunny, with temperatures climbing back into...

By Jason Samenow  | July 27, 2008; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Update: Strong Storms Over Region

*Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 8 p.m. for metro area.* 1:45 p.m. update: The line of strong storms that earlier affected the north and west suburbs is now entering the District and will impact the eastern suburbs including Prince George's and Charles County in the next hour. Torrential rain...

By Jason Samenow  | July 27, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Recap: Goodbye Dolly

*Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 8 p.m. for entire metro area. For local weather, see our full forecast and stay tuned for further updates if/as storms develop this afternoon.* By Charlie Wilson, Guest Contributor Image courtesy of the National Weather Service in Brownsville, Tx. As the remnants of Hurricane...

By Jason Samenow  | July 27, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Stormy End To Our Weekend

*Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 8 p.m. for metro area.* By Brian Jackson The approach of a cold front heightens thunderstorm chances this afternoon and evening. Some storms may be severe so stay tuned. Before storms begin to affect our area from the northwest, we should see a fair...

By Brian Jackson  | July 27, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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