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Capital Weather Gang: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

75 Years Since Chesapeake Potomac Hurricane

Rainfall amounts from the 1933 Chesapeake Potomac Hurricane. Courtesy NOAA/Paul Kocin. [Today] marks the 75th anniversary of the Chesapeake and Potomac Hurricane, one of the Mid-Atlantic region's most destructive natural disasters. It struck the North Carolina Outer Banks, coming ashore with 100 mph winds, before tearing through Virginia, Maryland and...

By Jason Samenow  | August 23, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Forecast: Worry-free Weekend Weather

August's dry weather pattern will hold strong through the weekend. That's a good thing for all the outdoor events happening around town, but a bad thing for moisture-starved vegetation. Some wet weather could finally return to the region next week as what's left of Fay possibly heads in our general...

By Jason Samenow  | August 23, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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UnitedCast: Super for Soccer

United vs. Colorado RapidsTonight, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain77F73FMostly Clear5%Nice conditions tonight: moderate humidity and temperatures in the 70s.   UnitedCast appears on the day of every United home game. Also, see our full forecast through the weekend....

By Jason Samenow  | August 23, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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PM Update: Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Pleasant weather persists; Mild and partly sunny Saturday Summer high pressure often brings hazy, humid, and hot conditions to the area -- not this time. A long easterly fetch across the Atlantic is bringing us an afternoon with deep blue skies, mild temperatures in the mid 80s, increased but still...

By Ian Livingston  | August 22, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Freedman: Hot Weather, Heated Political Rhetoric

With high gas prices this summer, a bitter political debate erupted regarding drilling for oil and gas in offshore areas in order to increase the supply of gasoline and lower prices at the pump. Since climate change is inextricably tied to how we generate and use energy, it's worth briefly...

By Andrew Freedman  | August 22, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Forecast: Exceptional Eighties

Hopes for rain stay south with Fay Today will again be sunny with highs in the 80s. And dry. The whole weekend will be dry in fact. And in the 80s. Is it getting repetitive yet?! We could certainly use a little moisture from, say, the remnants of a tropical...

By Camden Walker  | August 22, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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PM Update: Clear Skies and Mild Temperatures

Friday ends work week on sunny and warm note Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. Another day of haze-free blue skies and low humidity levels has unfolded across the area as highs reach into the...

By Ian Livingston  | August 21, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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What to Do With This Ideal Outdoor Weather

Wx and the City By Ann Posegate Wondering what to do with this unusually awesome late-summer weather? Here are some ideas... Check out a film at the Outdoor Film Festival at Strathmore any (or every) night through Sunday in North Bethesda. If you're a James Bond fan, the Crystal Screen...

By Capital Weather Gang  | August 21, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fay Just Won't Go Away

Radar-estimated precipitation from late Sunday night through Thursday morning puts rain totals as high as 15 inches (pink) along the east-central Florida coast. Courtesy National Weather Service. Which is worse? A low-grade hurricane that leaves as fast it comes? Or a tropical storm that keeps coming back for more? Many...

By Dan Stillman  | August 21, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Forecast: Too Good to be True

Near-ideal August weather lingers through weekend Why do I have a nagging feeling that we're going to pay for this continued very pleasant weather (for August) with lots of 90s in September? Despite the fact that we need rain -- two-thirds of the month has passed with just 16% of...

By Josh Larson  | August 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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PM Update: Summer Delivers Nice Weather

Thursday promises more of the same Some stubborn high clouds that have covered portions of the area are now giving way to increasingly sunny skies. Highs are reaching the low 80s just about everywhere and humidity levels are way down following the passage of a cold front yesterday. The evening...

By Ian Livingston  | August 20, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Flood Stories

Wx and the City By Ann Posegate While there is no flooding in sight for the Washington area (and slim chance for much-needed rain in the forecast for that matter), I still can't help but have flooding on my mind. Quite a few notable floods have occurred in the U.S....

By Capital Weather Gang  | August 20, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Forecast: High Pressure Keeps Fay Away

Next few days as nice as August gets Sure, this summer has had its usual fair share of heat and humidity. But it has also been marked by several significant stretches of comfortable temperatures and refreshingly dry air. Another such stretch begins today, courtesy of a sprawling area of high...

By Dan Stillman  | August 20, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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PM Update: Brief Heat Begins Retreat

Mostly sunny and beautiful on Wednesday Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. Today is day 27 of 90 degrees or higher at National Airport this year, the second such day in a row, and probably...

By Ian Livingston  | August 19, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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In Focus: Fay's Foggy Future

Radar: Latest southeast radar loop from the National Weather Service showing Tropical Storm Fay. Click on image to expand. Refresh page to update. As Tropical Storm Fay batters south Florida today, it has already created a legacy as a frustratingly fickle storm. Predicting both its path and power has...

By Jason Samenow  | August 19, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Forecast: High and Dry

Weather to cool after today, needed rains elusive As readers have pointed out on these pages, the nice weather in the past few weeks has come at a price: drier than normal weather. Through the first two-thirds of August, Reagan National Airport is reporting a monthly rain deficit of almost...

By Matt Rogers  | August 19, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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PM Update: Return of Summer Heat

Sunny and hot on Tuesday During most August days, temperatures near or above 90 are nothing to mention. However, since it's been over 10 days since these readings last appeared, today's highs in the upper 80s and low 90s are somewhat newsworthy. Partly sunny skies are being accompanied by a...

By Ian Livingston  | August 18, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Freedman: Hot Summers in our Future

A new study shows that in future summers, many parts of the world may experience unusually hot weather that more closely resembles conditions found today in places like Death Valley, California and the Sahara Desert in Africa. The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters by a group of...

By Andrew Freedman  | August 18, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Climate Change, Environment, Freedman, Media, Temperature Extremes  
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Forecast: A Hint of Heat

Fay's remnants *may* bring late week rain For the first time in almost two weeks, afternoon highs should rise above 90 today. We'll have another hot one over 90 tomorrow, before 80s return for the rest of the week. While August has been somewhat cooler than average, it's also been...

By Jason Samenow  | August 18, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Buses and Tornadoes Don't Mix

Tornadoes and thunderstorms in south Poland Friday killed three people and injured many others according to news reports. One of these tornadoes allegedly slammed into a bus and flipped it, but caused no serious injuries. Amazingly, the bus-tornado collision was captured on video......

By Jason Samenow  | August 17, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Forecast: Warm and Dry, Again and Again

Effects from Fay on Friday? By Brian Jackson The upcoming forecast is, quite frankly, a repetitive one. I apologize beforehand for sounding like a broken record. High pressure will hold at least through Wednesday meaning sunny and warm will be the norm. Homeowners should prepare to do some heavy-duty lawn...

By Brian Jackson  | August 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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NatCast: Warm Summer Sunshine

Nationals vs. RockiesToday, 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain83F86FMostly Sunny0%It will be pretty warm sitting in the sun, but at least humidity levels will be low. Stay hydrated and enjoy the game.   NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our...

By Jason Samenow  | August 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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