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Capital Weather Gang: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Photography: Fine Weather for Golf Tournament

Redskins' legends tee it up Brian Mitchell, NFL record holder and sports host, crushes a drive at the ESPN Redskin Radio Golf Tournament. In this photo, the golf club appears invisible during the swing, but the ball traveled 350 yards straight down the middle of the fairway. As a kid,...

By Kevin Ambrose  | October 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Outstanding Outdoors

This holiday weekend gifts us a trio of nice days, with beautiful sunshine throughout. Temperatures will reach the upper 70s to near 80 each afternoon, which is about 6-10 degrees above average. What a great time to spend some time outside. This could well be the last weekend it's warm...

By Jason Samenow  | October 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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PM Update: Clear, Calm and Comfortable

Beautiful conditions continue on Saturday 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. Another day of plentiful sunshine has led to...

By Ian Livingston  | October 10, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Snow in October?

It's happened before, and although the odds are long, there's no reason it couldn't happen again. Let's rewind the video tape... It's Oct. 10, 1979. A cold rain the night before, which postponed the 1979 World Series opener at Memorial Stadium between the Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates, turned...

By Steve Tracton  | October 10, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Tracton, Winter Storms  
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Forecast: Weather Stays Warm & Worry-Free

Sun and more sun for this weekend -- just like the last one. We are in the midst of yet another mostly dry streak with only 0.04" of rain at National Airport for the month thus far (compared to the average value of 1.01"). Still, we're 1.65" above normal since...

By Camden Walker  | October 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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PM Update: Autumn's Cool Down Takes a Break

Near-perfect conditions expected Friday 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. Plenty of sunshine has helped warm us up into...

By Ian Livingston  | October 9, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Katrina Returns to Apologize

The Onion reports that Hurricane Katrina recently returned to New Orleans to apologize for the damage it inflicted during its first visit over three years ago. "According to witnesses, the extremely remorseful 120-mile-wide storm was initially sighted off the Louisiana coast nervously rotating in circles and emitting long sighs that...

By Ann Posegate  | October 9, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Monarch Weather

Wx and the City Monarch butterflies gather around a flower. Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I love fall. Not just the crisp weather and full-blazed foliage, but also because it's a season of transition. For example, each fall, millions of monarch butterflies all over Canada and the U.S. migrate...

By Ann Posegate  | October 9, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nature, Posegate, Wx and the City  
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Forecast: After Today, A Sunny & Warm Display

Although October has featured slightly below average temperatures and we'll have to contend with clouds and possible showers today, a sprawling ridge of high pressure will build over the area by Friday. This weather pattern will foster abundant sunshine and temperatures some 5-10 degrees above average through the holiday weekend....

By Josh Larson  | October 9, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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NBC Subtracts Weather Plus

NBC will reportedly phase out Weather Plus, its 4-year-old digital cable network that features local and national weather 24/7. The service airs on digital cable systems nationwide and on the digital channels of some NBC affiliates, including Washington's NBC4 (WRC-TV). Weather Plus content also appears on the Web sites of...

By Capital Weather Gang  | October 8, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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PM Update: Thickening Clouds; A Shower or Two?

Variably cloudy and warmer Thursday Radar: Latest regional radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here to see radar bigger. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall. Morning cloudiness briefly broke across the area early this afternoon, but...

By Ian Livingston  | October 8, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Animal-Shaped Clouds Aid Hurricane Forecasters

Girl's drawing sparks new way to gauge storm strength MIAMI, Oct. 8 -- While hurricane track forecasts are better than they used to be -- five-day forecasts are now as accurate as three-day forecasts were 15 years ago -- there has been little improvement in predictions of a given storm's...

By Dan Stillman  | October 8, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Forecast: Mother Nature's Bail Out Already Working

For the most part, a continuation of pleasant weather We may not know the economic impact of Congress's "rescue plan" for quite a while. But Mother Nature's bail out is already paying dividends in the D.C. area in the form of below-average October heating and air conditioning use. The welcome...

By Dan Stillman  | October 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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PM Update: Clear Skies and Cool Temperatures

Pleasant conditions continue Wednesday 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. Following one of the chillier mornings of this season, today has been brilliantly sunny if not a...

By Ian Livingston  | October 7, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Sarah Palin: How Dare You?

Governor Sarah Palin Sarah Palin's got some nerve. The Huffington Post's Andy Borowitz reports Palin attacked Barack Obama yesterday for "longstanding ties" with The Weather Channel. As if ascribing evil intentions to a friend of a network I watched 24/7 as a child wasn't enough, she then had to insult...

By Jason Samenow  | October 7, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Marco Reminds Us It's Still Hurricane Season

Tiny Tropical Storm Marco yesterday evening. Marco's peak winds reach 65 mph. A welcome calm settled over the tropical Atlantic, the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico after the parade of storms in late August through mid-September. But Tropical Storm Marco's emergence in the Bay of Campeche yesterday is a distant...

By Jason Samenow  | October 7, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Forecast: The Weather Market Stays Stable

Calm weather contrasts with economic turmoil The economy and weather are often equated due to their volatility and unpredictable nature. But compared to Wall Street's roller coaster ride over the past few weeks, our local weather has been remarkably tranquil and well-behaved. Indeed, today and tomorrow bring more of what's...

By Matt Rogers  | October 7, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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PM Update: Clouds to Break for Chilly Overnight

Mostly sunny and cool on Tuesday Clouds: Latest mid-Atlantic infrared satellite loop, courtesy Unisys. Click here to expand. Refresh page to update. A fair amount of mid and high-level cloudiness throughout the day has kept temperatures a little lower than forecast as highs now reach the upper 60s and low...

By Ian Livingston  | October 6, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Candidates on Climate Change Science

Unlike the two most recent presidential elections, when there were stark differences between the candidates' views on climate science and policy, this year three of the four candidates for president and vice president agree with the scientific consensus on climate change. The lone skeptic on human-caused warming of the four...

By Andrew Freedman  | October 6, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Climate Change, Freedman, News & Notes  
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Forecast: Fall to Keep Feeling Fantastic

Arguably our area's finest weather comes in late April to mid-May and mid-September to mid-October. That's when we see the best chance of dry, warm days and clear, refreshing nights in extended stretches. We're in such a stretch now, so we should savor it. November rains will be here before...

By Jason Samenow  | October 6, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Forecast: Beautiful Sunday Sunshine

By Brian Jackson We'll take this fine weather any time we can get it, and this time it isn't going anywhere. Mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures will greet us daily through late in the coming week. Our next chance for inclement weather could come next weekend as the series...

By Brian Jackson  | October 5, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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