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Capital Weather Gang: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Storm Rainfall Totals Mounting

Since Thursday, periods of showers and a few thunderstorms, have produced some needed rainfall across the region. Here are some of the totals since Thursday: Reagan National Airport: 1.35" Dulles Airport: 0.95" Baltimore Washington International Airport: 1.82" (1.24" today) These totals don't reflect some of the localized heavier amounts that...

By Jason Samenow  | September 27, 2008; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Forecast: Showery Saturday

Slow clearing late Sunday Intermittent showers will continue pivoting through the metro region into Sunday. During the second half of Sunday, the persistent cloud cover may finally break and some sunshine may break out, especially to the south. But it won't probably be until Monday that appreciable sunshine returns to...

By Jason Samenow  | September 27, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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PM Update: Unsettled Conditions Continue

More showers possible Saturday Low pressure moving further inland along the Carolina border continues feeding a moist and dreary air mass into the area. Throughout the day, spotty light rain and areas of drizzle have kept things damp. Temperatures have risen to the mid and upper 60s in most locations...

By Ian Livingston  | September 26, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Salt Shortage: A Real Reason to Freak Out?

Snow falls in downtown D.C. on Jan. 17, 2008. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston. Washingtonians tend to go a bit cuckoo when presented with even a small amount of snow or ice. But is a reported salt shortage across the nation a legitimate reason to panic this coming...

By Dan Stillman  | September 26, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Forecast: Dank and Damp but Better by Sunday

Clouds, showers, and breeze-chilled temperatures (at times) will remain constant in the region until Saturday night. Rain chances lessen as sun chances increase on Sunday. The trend toward upper 70s and fewer clouds will continue from Sunday through a splendid Monday & Tuesday! Just be patient while we soak up...

By Camden Walker  | September 26, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Update: Could be a Rough Morning Rush

*Gale Warning until 6 a.m. Friday for tidal Potomac, Chesapeake Bay* Tonight and Tomorrow: A gentle area of rain has broken up a bit this evening. Precipitation will likely be light and intermittent through most of the night. But a heavier batch of rain may move in toward dawn just...

By Dan Stillman  | September 25, 2008; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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PM Update: Rain, Gusty Winds Spread Across Area

Occasional showers continue on Friday *Wind Advisory until midnight east of D.C.* *Gale Warning until 6 a.m. Friday for tidal Potomac, Chesapeake Bay* *Coastal Flood Advisory until 6 a.m. Friday for tidal Potomac, western Bay shore* Low pressure moving toward the Carolina coast is now spreading precipitation and gusty winds...

By Ian Livingston  | September 25, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Autumn's First Dusk at the National WWII Memorial

7:22 p.m. Monday | Photo stats: 8 second exposure at f/14 and ISO 160. Fall often provides several stretches of pleasant weather each year -- notwithstanding the next few days of rather gloomy conditions -- and the beginning of the astronomical season happened to fall in the middle of one...

By Ian Livingston  | September 25, 2008; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Forecast: Stormy End to Week

Clouds, wind & rain likely through Saturday *Wind Advisory until midnight east of D.C.* *Gale Warning until 6 a.m. Friday for tidal Potomac, Chesapeake Bay* *Coastal Flood Advisory until 6 a.m. Friday for tidal Potomac, western Bay shore* In light of the ideal early fall weather over the last week,...

By Josh Larson  | September 25, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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NatCast: Stormy Season Finale

Nationals vs. MarlinsTonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain63F62FRain and wind80%As the Nats approach 100 regular-season losses, it's only fitting they may reach this unenviable milestone in a literal storm. That's if the game is played. This forecaster gives 50/50 odds the game is postponed due...

By Jason Samenow  | September 25, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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PM Update: Beautiful Stretch of Weather Ending

Conditions go downhill on Thursday *High Wind Watch in effect Thurs. for higher terrain to the W and NW* *Gale Warning for Tidal Potomac, Chesapeake Bay Thurs. into Fri.* *Coastal Flood Watch in effect Thurs. along Bay, Eastern Shore.* Clouds: Latest mid-Atlantic infrared satellite loop, courtesy Unisys. Click here to...

By Ian Livingston  | September 24, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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NOAA Administrator Resigns

Yesterday, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator Conrad C. Lautenbacher announced his resignation, effective Oct. 31. The agency has made many contributions to weather and climate science, monitoring, and warnings during the retired Navy vice admiral's seven-year term, including: *National Integrated Drought Information System *Advances in climate science, such...

By Ann Posegate  | September 24, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In Focus: A Wind-Swept Soaking Tomorrow

Coastal storm could become tropical system *High Wind Watch in effect Thurs. for higher terrain to the W and NW* *Gale Warning for Tidal Potomac, Chesapeake Bay Thurs. into Fri.* *Coastal Flood Watch in effect Thurs. along Bay, Eastern Shore.* A major early fall storm, which could become tropical in...

By Jason Samenow  | September 24, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Forecast: Quiet Weather to Finally Make Noise

Sunshine today; clouds, rain and wind tomorrow Another day, another Nice Day Sun. That's the way it's gone as of late around these parts, and that trend continues today. But the pattern finally breaks tomorrow thanks to a slow-moving coastal storm that could bring gusty winds and over an inch...

By Dan Stillman  | September 24, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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NatCast: Too Bad Tonight's Game Isn't the Last

Nationals vs. MarlinsTonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain71F67FBreezy0%If only the home portion of the schedule ended tonight, it could end on a high note, at least as far as the weather is concerned. Instead, the weather for tomorrow night's home finale looks much less promising....

By Dan Stillman  | September 24, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: Early Autumn at Its Best

Wonderful weather continues Wednesday Temperatures: Current area temperatures. Powered by Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Hover over and click icons for more info. Click and hold on map to pan. Refresh page to update. See map bigger on our Weather Wall. The recent string of nice weather continues today as...

By Ian Livingston  | September 23, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Local Forecaster Sees Cold, Snowy Winter

A snowy scene at the Capitol, March 7, 2007. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose. Now that summer is officially over, winter is no longer hopelessly in the future for cold weather fans and snow lovers. With the release of veteran forecaster Keith Allen's winter outlook, anticipation for the...

By Jason Samenow  | September 23, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Forecast: Rain Looms at Week's End

Tip top weather through tomorrow Our stellar series of excellent D.C. days should carry on for at least two more today and tomorrow. Comfortable highs in the 70s and lots of sunshine will prevail through midweek. But I'm hearing more from District dwellers and suburbanites alike about increasing allergy problems...

By Matt Rogers  | September 23, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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NatCast: Good Start to Final Home Series

Nationals vs. MarlinsTonight, 7:10 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain74F68FPleasant conditions5% Excellent weather tonight and Wednesday, but showers possible for final home game Thursday.   NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast through the weekend....

By Matt Rogers  | September 23, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: A Pleasant Transition Into Fall

More beautiful weather Tuesday Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall. The first day of fall has brought lots of sunshine and comfortable temperatures to the area. Highs...

By Ian Livingston  | September 22, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Freedman: Climate News from the Arctic to Texas

This was a busy week in climate-related news, so let's get right to it, shall we? First up was the finding that the Arctic summer melt season of 2008 has ended without breaking a new sea ice loss record. Instead, this year will be recorded as the second "meltiest" melt...

By Andrew Freedman  | September 22, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Forecast: An Amazing Autumn Arrival

Late-week rain threat For the past week, we've enjoyed glorious fall weather even before the actual arrival of the season. With the official start of autumn at 11:44 a.m. today, our fine stretch of weather won't miss a beat. Expect more dry, pleasantly warm afternoons and crisp nights right on...

By Jason Samenow  | September 22, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Could it be Kyle?

To the left, a satellite image of a tropical wave south of Puerto Rico, courtesy NOAA. To the right, a model (GFDL) simulation of this wave's evolution by Friday, when it is a hurricane near the East Coast, courtesy Florida State University. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical...

By Jason Samenow  | September 21, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Forecast: Continued Comfortable

By Brian Jackson Today and tomorrow will be slightly warmer than recent days with highs approaching 80, but the weather will remain sunny and dry. What a way to bring in the new autumn season! A dry cold front passing through tonight means temperatures will cool a bit for mid-week...

By Brian Jackson  | September 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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NatCast: Beautiful Baseball Weather

Nationals vs. PadresToday, 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain77F79FMostly Sunny0% The season's last Sunday matinee will be splendid. Enjoy lots of sunshine and temperatures generally in the upper 70s   NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home game. Also, see our full forecast into...

By Jason Samenow  | September 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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SkinsCast: Fantastic Fall-Like Football Weather

Redskins vs. CardinalsSunday, 1:00 p.m., FedEx Field Kickoff2-Min WarningWeatherChance of Precip.76F78FMostly sunny%You can't get much better than this: mostly sunny skies and low humidity levels along with temperatures topping out in the upper 70s to around 80. Remember, the September sun is still quite strong, so wear sunscreen if...

By Josh Larson  | September 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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