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Capital Weather Gang: August 31, 2008 - September 6, 2008

Hanna is History

*Coastal Flood Advisory until 6:30 a.m. Sunday for tidal Potomac and Chesapeake Bay* News article: Tropical Storm Hanna Drenches Washington Region Besides some lingering flooding from rising streams in a few spots, Hanna has finished its business here. Skies have rapidly cleared and winds are subsiding. After dropping generally 2-7"...

By Jason Samenow  | September 6, 2008; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Rain to Exit Stage Right; Winds Hang On

Numerous road closures, power outages *Tropical Storm Warning near and east of I-95.* *Flood Warning for urban areas and small streams in D.C., Montgomery, and Loudoun Counties until 9 p.m.* Hanna Live Updates Blog (up to the minute) | Track Hanna | Satellite image | Dominion Power Outages | Pepco...

By Dan Stillman  | September 6, 2008; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Hanna Deals a Saturday Soaker; End in Sight

Numerous road closures; Never cross a flooded road *Tropical Storm Warning near and east of I-95.* *Wind Advisory for north and west suburbs until 11 p.m.* *Flash Flood Watch for metro area through this evening* *Flash Flood Warning for D.C., Montgomery, Frederick, Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford Counties* Hanna...

By Dan Stillman  | September 6, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Massive Deluge Across Metro Area

Flash flooding a danger, mainly along and west of I-95 *Tropical Storm Warning near and east of I-95.* *Wind Advisory for north and west suburbs until 11 p.m.* *Flash Flood Watch for metro area through this evening* *Flash Flood Warning for D.C., Montgomery, Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford Counties*...

By Jason Samenow  | September 6, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Hanna Pouring Very Heavy Rain over Region

*Tropical Storm Warning near and east of I-95.* *Wind Advisory for north and west suburbs until 11 p.m.* *Flash Flood Watch for metro area through this evening* *Flash Flood Warning for Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford Counties* Hanna Live Updates Blog (up to the minute) | Track Hanna | Satellite...

By Jason Samenow  | September 6, 2008; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Hanna to Blast Region with Rain and Wind

*Tropical Storm Warning near and east of I-95.* *Wind Advisory for north and west suburbs until 11 p.m.* *Flash Flood Watch for metro area through this evening* 7:00 a.m. update: Hanna made landfall near the South Carolina and North Carolina border early this morning as a strong tropical storm. The...

By Jason Samenow  | September 6, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Showers Streaming In Ahead of Hanna

Radar: Latest mid-Atlantic radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Click here or on image to enlarge. Refresh page to update or restart animation. Powered by HAMweather. *Tropical Storm Warning issued for immediate metro area and Eastern shore.* *Wind Advisory for north and west suburbs between...

By Jason Samenow  | September 5, 2008; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Hanna Not Quite a Hurricane as Showers Approach

Ike and Josephine on Hanna's Heels *Tropical Storm Warning issued for metro area and Eastern shore.* *Flash Flood Watch for metro area Saturday morning through evening* Clouds associated with Tropical Storm Hanna -- as of 5 p.m. a strong tropical storm with winds of 70 mph, just short of the...

By Capital Weather Gang  | September 5, 2008; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Hanna On Course to Pound Region Saturday

Rain odds up tonight; heavy rain & strong winds Saturday *Tropical Storm Warning issued for metro area and Eastern shore.* *Flash Flood Watch for metro area Saturday morning through afternoon* Satellite image of Hanna, positioned east of Florida, at 2 p.m. Courtesy NOAA. Live Chat Transcript Increasingly tropical conditions are...

By Capital Weather Gang  | September 5, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Hanna Charging Towards Carolina Coast

Satellite image of Hanna, positioned east of Florida, at 11 a.m. Courtesy NOAA. *Tropical Storm Warning issued for entire metro area and Eastern shore.* *Flash Flood Watch for metro area Saturday morning through afternoon* Live Chat at 2 p.m. At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Hanna was about...

By Capital Weather Gang  | September 5, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Hanna Heading to Region With Heavy Rains, Wind

Partly sunny today; wind-swept rain tomorrow *Tropical Storm Warning issued for metro area and Eastern shore.* *Flash Flood Watch for metro area Saturday morning through afternoon* As partly to mostly sunny morning skies help area temperatures rise toward highs in the upper 80s today, Hanna inches closer to an early...

By Capital Weather Gang  | September 5, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Hanna to Pack a Punch for Metro Area

*Tropical Storm Watch in effect for entire metro area and Eastern Shore* *Flash Flood Watch in effect for entire metro area. Potential for 3-6" of rain Saturday morning through afternoon.* Image shows extent of Hanna's tropical storm force wind field (as much as 315 miles) in orange. The light orange...

By Andrew Freedman  | September 4, 2008; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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PM Update: Still Hot as Hanna Moves Closer

Increasing chance of rain Friday *5 p.m. update: Tropical Storm Watch in effect for Washington, D.C., Tidal Potomac, Chesapeake and Delaware Bay, and Va./Md./De. beaches* *Flash Flood Watch in effect for entire metro area. Potential for 3-6" of rain Saturday morning through afternoon.* A south wind has funneled in increasing...

By Ian Livingston  | September 4, 2008; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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You know Hurricane Season Has Arrived When...

...there are three tropical systems -- Hanna, Ike and Josephine -- lined up in the Atlantic, and the remnants of Gustav are lingering in the central U.S. Suddenly, the comic below doesn't see so far-fetched... The nerd in me was immediately drawn to hurricane COS(x). Though would that be considered...

By Jamie Jones  | September 4, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Hanna Struggles; Local Impacts Difficult to Pinpoint

Exact track will decide weather for late Friday & Saturday Latest forecast track for Hanna. Courtesy National Hurricane Center Dry air and moderate wind shear have prevented Tropical Storm Hanna from strengthening, and in fact as of 11 a.m. she is slightly weaker than earlier this morning, with maximum sustained...

By Capital Weather Gang  | September 4, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Forecast: Heat & Humidity Precede Hanna

Wet, windy & stormy late Friday into Saturday? Though temperatures today will be similar to yesterday's -- into the mid 90s -- the increase in humidity may well presage Tropical Storm Hanna's effects on the D.C. area beginning late Friday and lasting into Saturday. Friday's short-lived morning sunshine will hold...

By Josh Larson  | September 4, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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PM Update: Heat Continues Ahead of Hanna

More humid Thursday; Hanna threatens an active Saturday 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. Wall to wall sunshine today has helped produce another hot one. Temperatures have...

By Ian Livingston  | September 3, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Hanna's Track Trends East as it Heads Toward D.C.

A first call on local impacts Latest forecast track for Hanna from the National Hurricane Center. Hanna has remained a tropical storm today, with sustained winds near 60 mph, as it moves slowly north away from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. While it has not strengthened since yesterday, it has...

By Dan Stillman  | September 3, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Talking to Kids about Hurricanes

Wx and the City By Ann Posegate Tropical storms and hurricanes can be both fascinating and frightening for kids, let alone adults. Watching an image on TV of a rotating white blob over a blue-and-green map might not translate in young minds to pictures of flooded rivers and flying debris....

By Capital Weather Gang  | September 3, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Forecast: Summer Heat for Now. A Nasty Saturday?

Hanna's impact on D.C. area still uncertain Gustav: No Easy Road Home | Track Hanna Between the busy tropics, political party conventions and schools back in session, the world is alive with activity as of late. Yet there's a calm in the air here in the D.C. area, where summer...

By Dan Stillman  | September 3, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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UnitedCast: A Warm One for U.S. Open Cup Final

United vs. Charleston BatteryTonight, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain87F82FPartly to mostly clear0%A warm evening at the stadium, and you may notice the humidity increasing. But all in all this is pretty good stuff, with no rain in sight.   UnitedCast appears on the day of every...

By Dan Stillman  | September 3, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NatCast: Nice 'n Warm

Nationals vs. PhilliesTonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain88F82FPartly to mostly clear0%Temperatures in the 80s will be warm, and humidity will be higher than earlier in the day, but still not so bad.   NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see...

By Dan Stillman  | September 3, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: Cloud Free and Rather Toasty

Continued sunny and hot on Wednesday September is generally the beginning of the end of heat around the area but the next few days won't play by those rules. Today's highs are running about 5-8 degrees above average, as most places hit the upper 80s to near 90 this afternoon...

By Ian Livingston  | September 2, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Could Hanna Hit D.C. Hard?

Struggling storm downgraded but may recover National Hurricane Center track forecast for Hanna. The current track takes Hanna right over Washington, D.C. The 2008 tropical season, like a gifted quarterback, is spreading the action all over the playing field -- in this case the U.S. Gulf and East Coast. Dolly...

By Jason Samenow  | September 2, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Computer Models Nailed Gustav's Track

A Gustav forecast from the GFDL model simulated 5.5 days prior to landfall (left). A satellite image of the actual Gustav (right). Notice how well the model approximated Gustav's location. Gustav Resources: WaPo: Levees Tested | Storm Tracking | Photo Gallery | New Orleans Times-Picayune Kudos to the Geophysical Fluid...

By Jason Samenow  | September 2, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Forecast: Some Summer in September

Brief bout of heat about; Here comes Hanna? New Orleans Appears To Avoid Disaster | Interactive Tropical Tracking Map The Labor Day weekend was spectacular around the area, especially on Sunday and Monday. But the atmospheric thermostat is going a bit higher over the next few days, reminding us that...

By Matt Rogers  | September 2, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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NatCast: Everything Going Right

Nationals vs. PhilliesTonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain86F79FClear Skies0%When a team gets on a streak like the Nationals -- winners of seven in a row -- everything just seems to fall into place. Tonight, the weather will be no exception -- clear skies and low...

By Dan Stillman  | September 2, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gustav Fades, Hanna Strengthens, Ike is Born

Satellite image of Gustav (west), Hanna (Bahamas), and Ike (far east). Courtesy NASA. Gustav Monitoring: Satellite Loop | Radar Loop | Interactive Tracking Map | Live Storm Chasing | Streaming Local News from New Orleans | New Orleans Damage Reports | New Orleans Times-Picayune blog | Eyewitness photos and videos...

By Ian Livingston  | September 1, 2008; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Gustav Ashore, Hanna a Hurricane

Satellite image of Gustav (west) and Hanna (east). Courtesy NASA. Gustav Monitoring: Satellite Loop | Radar Loop | Interactive Tracking Map | Live Storm Chasing | Streaming Local News from New Orleans | New Orleans Damage Reports | New Orleans Times-Picayune blog | Eyewitness photos and videos | Capital Weather...

By Jason Samenow  | September 1, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Eye of Hurricane Gustav Moving On Shore

Latest Gulf Coast radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past three hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update or restart animation (updates approx. every 10 minutes). Storm Monitoring: Satellite Loop | Radar Loop | Interactive Tracking Map | Live Storm Chasing | Streaming Local News from New...

By Jason Samenow  | September 1, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Forecast: Sunny Skies for Several Days

While the Gulf coast of Louisiana contends with the wrath of Gustav, Washingtonians are fortunate to sit high and dry this Labor Day. Both because it's a holiday and our coverage is focusing on Gustav, I'll keep the forecast narrative short and sweet today... Major points: Today and tomorrow it...

By Jason Samenow  | September 1, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NatCast: Fine Weather for Phillies

Nationals vs. PhilliesToday, 3:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain88F82FSunny, warm0% The first half of the game will be hot, especially in sunny areas of the stadium. The late innings will become more comfortable as the sun lowers and temperatures slowly fall into the low 80s.  ...

By Jason Samenow  | September 1, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gustav Closing in on Louisiana Strike

Gustav satellite image at 11 p.m. Sunday night. Courtesy NASA. Overnight Storm Monitoring: Latest satellite | Latest radar | Interactive Tracking Map The 11 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center indicates Hurricane Gustav remains a low-end Category 3 storm with maximum winds of 115 mph. Gustav has become somewhat...

By Jason Samenow  | August 31, 2008; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Gustav Set to Engulf Louisiana

Satellite image of Gustav. Courtesy University of Wisconsin-Madison SSEC. Hurricane warnings are in place, evacuations have been ordered, and we are left to watch as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the coast of central and southeast Louisiana. Already, some of Gustav's outer rain bands are coming ashore. If there's any...

By Jason Samenow  | August 31, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Forecast: Fantastic Foreseeable Future

By Brian Jackson A stretch of very nice weather takes hold of our region today, just in time to salvage the remainder of the long weekend. This sunny, warm weather will dominate the mid-Atlantic landscape through the coming week. Still, for all of our fortunes, we should keep a wary...

By Brian Jackson  | August 31, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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NatCast: Sunday Sunshine

Nationals vs. BravesToday, 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain85F86FSunny, warm20% It will be very warm in the sun, but fortunately humidity levels will be lower than yesterday. Hydrate and enjoy the game.   NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our...

By Jason Samenow  | August 31, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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