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Capital Weather Gang: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

A Few Evening Storms; Hot & Humid Sunday

A few thunderstorms have popped up in the southwestern suburbs, now affecting parts of Fauquier and Prince William counties. These are moving toward the east-southeast, so areas near and south of the District should be on the look out over the next couple hours, after which storm activity should dissipate....

By Dan Stillman  | September 13, 2008; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Ike Deals Significant Blow to Texas and Gulf Coast

Landfall at Galveston; Aftermath assessments beginning Washington Post Coverage | Hurricane Ike Photos | Houston/Galveston Reports 25 minute radar loop as Ike officially makes landfall in Galveston at 2:10 a.m. CDT. Image courtesy Weather Underground. Hurricane Ike fell just short of major hurricane status at landfall, but don't tell that...

By Ian Livingston  | September 13, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Forecast: Return to Summer Stickiness

Muggy, mid-summer like weather is back this weekend. Today and especially tomorrow will be warm and very humid. On the plus side, outside some spotty showers this morning, the chances of rain are pretty low through Monday, when the remnants of Ike will pass well to our north. TODAY...

By Jason Samenow  | September 13, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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UnitedCast: Sticky Saturday Night Soccer

United vs. FC DallasTonight, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain76F73FMostly cloudy20%Expect a warm, humid evening. A shower or thunderstorm is not likely, but not out of the question either.   UnitedCast appears on the day of every United home game. Also, see our full forecast into next...

By Jason Samenow  | September 13, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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PM Update: Some Rain to End the Work Week

Warm start to the weekend Saturday Radar: Latest regional radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here to enlarge and expand. Or see image bigger on our Weather Wall. Clouds have been the story of the day so far,...

By Ian Livingston  | September 12, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ike Stands Alone, Looms Large as Texas Prepares

Galveston, New Orleans already feeling storm's impacts Water vapor satellite image of Hurricane Ike from this morning. Courtesy NOAA. Remember a week ago, when Ike was one of three active tropical systems in the Atlantic, in addition to the remnants of Gustav that were raining on parts of the central...

By Dan Stillman  | September 12, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Forecast: A Summery September Weekend

The D.C. area will see the sun battling the clouds over the next several days. With the exception of Sunday, Friday through Monday will be susceptible to showers and storms, but no day looks like a washout. Temperatures are on their way up for the weekend, and so is the...

By Camden Walker  | September 12, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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PM Update: More Gray Skies Are Coming

Some rain possible Friday; Ike storm surge threatens Tx. Much like yesterday, clouds of this morning have decreased across much of the area throughout the day providing at least partial sunshine to most locations. Temperatures are mostly in the mid and upper 70s across the area right now and should...

By Ian Livingston  | September 11, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Meteorologist: 'Ike is a Freak Storm'

Evacuations underway in Galveston and Houston Probability of experiencing tropical storm force surface winds from Ike. See image bigger. Courtesy NOAA. The first sentence of a recent post by Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters puts Hurricane Ike into proper perspective: Hurricane Ike's winds remain at Category 2 strength, but Ike...

By Dan Stillman  | September 11, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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Stormwater and Sewage: The Fate of D.C. Rainfall

Wx and the City Pop Quiz: What is the minimum amount of rainfall required for sewage and stormwater to overflow into the District's waterways? Where D.C. rain drains: a Combined Sewer Overflow outfall. By Max Nepstad. a) 3.0 inches b) 1.5 inches c) 0.7 inches d) 0.1 inches Maybe I've...

By Ann Posegate  | September 11, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Forecast: Cool Today; Then Warmer & More Humid

Clouds & spotty showers this weekend Though temperatures this month thus far have averaged almost 5 degrees above normal, a cool breeze from the east and clouds hold keep temperatures below normal today. Clouds will also feature prominently into the forecast through the weekend along with milder temperatures and higher...

By Josh Larson  | September 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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PM Update: Cool Weather to Continue Another Day

Morning clouds, afternoon sun on Thursday 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. Morning clouds burned off quite well in most of the area, though those folks well...

By Ian Livingston  | September 10, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Hurricane Ike and Hype Kick Into High Gear

Storm now a Category 2 with 100 mph winds Latest National Hurricane Center forecast track for Hurricane Ike. Powered by HAMweather. Despite tracking over a large part of Cuba, Ike maintained much of its structural integrity traversing the hostile landmass. Amazingly, it emerged in the toasty Gulf of Mexico with...

By Jason Samenow  | September 10, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Freedman: Climate-Hurricane Debate Yet to Come?

Hurricane Ike as it approached Cuba. Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, NASA. This hurricane season has been a destructive one for the United States, with five consecutive tropical cyclones making landfall so far, while a sixth storm -- Ike -- now threatens the Gulf Coast. If the recent past is any guide,...

By Andrew Freedman  | September 10, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Forecast: A Pair of Pleasant 70s

Humidity waiting in the wings for weekend The last time the high temperature at Reagan National Airport failed to reach 80 degrees two days in a row with no measurable rain on either day was May 24-25. I think we have a good chance of finally doing it again today...

By Dan Stillman  | September 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Photography: Hurricanes From Orbit

Hurricane Emily on July 16th, 2005 from the International Space Station. The storm was a strengthening category 4 with 155 mph sustained winds over the northwest Caribbean Sea about 135 miles southwest of Kingston, Jamaica. (Image Courtesy NASA) While Hurricane Ike was tearing across Cuba the past several days, the...

By Ian Livingston  | September 9, 2008; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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PM Update: Showers Begin to Usher in Cooler Air

Wednesday brings a taste of autumn 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. Clouds efficiently blocked the sun today, allowing for very little surface heating. The ultimate...

By Ian Livingston  | September 9, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Hurricane Ike Hammering Cuba

Up-to-date radar animation courtesy the Meteorological Institute of the Republic of Cuba. While the U.S. can't seem to catch a break from hurricanes, neither can Cuba. After Gustav raked the island's western tip just over a week ago, Ike has battered most of the country. Ike's interaction with the island...

By Capital Weather Gang  | September 9, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Forecast: Cold Front Coming With Showers, Storms

Some thunderstorms today could be strong or severe *Flash Flood Watch in Effect through this evening* *Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 4 p.m. cancelled except for eastern counties-- nastiest storms northeast of our immediate area* A significant cold front is on the way into the area today and it...

By Matt Rogers  | September 9, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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PM Update: Pleasant Today, Stormy Tomorrow

Some thunderstorms may be strong on Tuesday Sunshine and a south wind have combined to create a warm but pleasant day with highs mostly in the mid 80s. Humidity levels have moved up a bit since yesterday, but are still rather low, even if more noticeable. This evening will be...

By Ian Livingston  | September 8, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Some Hurricane Tracks Trickier Than Others

With Hurricane Gustav, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) set a high standard for forecasts this tropical season, thanks to a huge assist from the computer models. It's a standard that may be hard to live up to with Ike -- now weakened to a Category 2 hurricane as it batters...

By Steve Tracton  | September 8, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Photography: Hanna's Sunset

Sunset at the Manassas Battlefield Park as the last cloud bands from Hanna move east Saturday evening. I have found that tropical storms often produce beautiful sunsets. The clear, tropical air combined with distinct cloud bands produce nice shades of red and yellow in the sky. I made the trip...

By Kevin Ambrose  | September 8, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Forecast: Week Begins with Summer Warmth

Taste of Fall Two Days Away Highs in the 70s. If you didn't need enough reminders that the summer blew by way too fast, the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday might be the dagger. But before the crisp fall-like air overtakes the region, warm weather fans can soak in two...

By Jason Samenow  | September 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Photography: Hanna Visits D.C. and Alexandria

Boat at dock in Alexandria on the Potomac River during Hanna on Saturday. Post Storm Forecast Assessment After several weeks of benign weather, Hanna decided to stir things up by throwing a good dose of heavy rain and gusty winds at the region. Over 24 hours would pass between the...

By Ian Livingston  | September 7, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Forecast: Drying Out After Deluge

By Brian Jackson Heavy Rain Forces Evacuations, Causes Floods Across Area Mother Nature gives us a couple of days to dry out from the tropical rains that drenched the area yesterday. High pressure in Hanna's wake builds in and gives us clear and warm conditions today and tomorrow. We'll have...

By Brian Jackson  | September 7, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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