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Capital Weather Gang: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

The Rap on Weather

* Cold This Afternoon and Tonight: Full Forecast * This will make you laugh. Caution: some material is not politically correct....

By Jason Samenow  | November 22, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Humor  
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Forecast: Cold Pattern Persists

* Winter Outlook | Weather Channel Firings * Don't let either the calendar or today's sunshine fool you: mid-winter cold is upon us. Tomorrow and Monday, the bite of the cold air eases a little before reinforcements arrive Tuesday. Throughout this cold stretch, it will remain dry but for a...

By Jason Samenow  | November 22, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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NBC Fires Weather Channel Environmental Unit

Some on-camera meteorologists also let go * New (11/24) commentary: Weather Channel Cuts Earn Mixed Reviews * NBC Universal made the first of potentially several rounds of staffing cuts at The Weather Channel (TWC) on Wednesday, axing the entire staff of the "Forecast Earth" environmental program during the middle of...

By Andrew Freedman  | November 21, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (303)
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PM Update: More November Snow and Cold

Guess what? Still chilly and windy on Saturday! * Weather Channel Layoffs | Rouge Waves: Real, and Spectacular * 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. Our string...

By Ian Livingston  | November 21, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Rogue Waves: They're Real, & They're Spectacular

* Snowflakes Outside Your Window? Full Forecast | Photo Contest Winners * Estimated at 60 ft. high, a rogue wave off of Charleston, S.C., moves away from a ship after crashing into it a short time earlier. Courtesy NOAA. I recently learned I might serve this spring as a subject...

By Steve Tracton  | November 21, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Forecast: More Cold. More Flakes?

Some snow showers today; slightly warmer by Sunday * Also on CWG: Photo Contest Winners | Late morning: Rogue Waves * A chance of snow showers will be the opening act for our reinforced chilliness today and tomorrow. BUNDLE UP! Wind chills both days will struggle to get to freezing....

By Camden Walker  | November 21, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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PM Update: Cold Air Reinforcements Arrive

More snow showers possible Friday 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. Cold air eased just a bit today, but more is now ready to rush back into...

By Ian Livingston  | November 20, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Weather Gang Photo Contest Top 10 Picks

Creative snapshots of the sky * CWG's Winter Outlook and Q&A Transcript | Full Forecast * Photo contest top 10 pick. By Bennett Lipscomb. Taken from Mt. Pleasant on June 7, 2008. Our skies are constantly showing us the world of weather; all it takes is one click in the...

By Ann Posegate  | November 20, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Contests, Photography, Posegate, Wx and the City  
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Forecast: Briefly Milder Today Then Colder Again

* CWG's Winter Outlook and Q&A | Late Morning: Photo Contest Winners * After two days in a row of temperatures that didn't make it past 40 in most areas, we'll see the cold air retreat a bit today (in relative terms, as temperatures will still be below normal). But...

By Josh Larson  | November 20, 2008; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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PM Update: Winds Slacken, Chilly Air Remains

Slightly warmer Thursday before more cold arrives * CWG's Winter Outlook and Q&A | Tomorrow: Photo Contest Winners * 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. Temperatures running...

By Ian Livingston  | November 19, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2008-09 Capital Weather Gang Winter Outlook

Does D.C. snow continue its decline? * Q&A Transcript: Matt Ross, Outlook Lead Forecaster | Near-term Forecast * For local snow lovers, it's the sorry truth: average seasonal snowfall has been dropping and dropping fast over the past 120 years. Around the turn of the 20th century, Washingtonians would typically...

By Capital Weather Gang  | November 19, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Forecast: Winter Cold Coming on Strong

* Also on CWG: Our Winter Outlook & Live Chat (1 p.m.) | Weather Wall * The calendar says fall, but the coldest weather since late last February has arrived and appears to be going nowhere. We probably won't escape the 40s at least through the weekend (and possibly through...

By Jason Samenow  | November 19, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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PM Update: Midwinter-Like Chill Grips Area

Cold and breezy conditions Wednesday *** Coming Tomorrow: CWG's Winter Outlook & Live Chat (at 1p.m.) *** 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. Midwinter-like chill has settled...

By Ian Livingston  | November 18, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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First Snow Sightings Reported in the District

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. Snow sightings are being reported across the D.C. region. The first local Tweet came about...

By Mike McPhate  | November 18, 2008; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Saturday's Fleeting Rainbow

*** Tomorrow: CWG's Winter Outlook & Live Chat (1 p.m.) | Forecast *** A close-up view of Saturday's rainbow in Oakton, Va., with a bit of autumn foliage. The rainbow Saturday afternoon was brief, lasting a only a few minutes in central Fairfax County. It occurred as a second line...

By Kevin Ambrose  | November 18, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Forecast: Into the Icebox

Snow showers, flurries possible today *** Tomorrow: CWG's Winter Outlook and Live Chat (1 p.m.) *** A hearty plunge of polar air is sweeping the eastern half of the nation and it is delivering quite a pre-winter punch. The majority of this week, this weekend, and even possibly next week...

By Matt Rogers  | November 18, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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PM Update: Cold Gets Colder... First Snowflakes?

Evening rain, snow showers; Mid-winter preview Tuesday *** Coming Wednesday: CWG's Winter Outlook | Weather Wall *** After one of the coldest mornings of the season, sunshine gave way to increasing clouds associated with an upper-level disturbance moving through. Temperatures, having reached highs in the mid-to-upper 40s, will drop back...

By Ian Livingston  | November 17, 2008; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Freedman: Dirty Skies -- the ABCs of "ABCs"

*** Coming Wednesday: CWG's Winter Outlook | Full Forecast *** Satellite image of smog over Beijing, China in March, 2006. Courtesy NASA (click here for more on this image). "Atmospheric Brown Clouds" don't sound like a lovely weather phenomenon. After all, clouds are supposed to be almost any color but...

By Andrew Freedman  | November 17, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Climate Change, Environment, Freedman, Science  
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Forecast: After Wild Weekend, Wintry Reality

Get familiar with highs in the 40s -- and some flakes, too? The excitement of the weekend -- a Saturday of highs in the 70s, heavy showers, rumbles of thunder and rainbows; and a windy and suddenly cold Sunday -- has passed. What are we left with? The reality that...

By Dan Stillman  | November 17, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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You Tell Us: How Much Snow this Winter?

I've already posted about a half dozen or so winter outlooks that have been issued for our area. If you missed these summaries, you can find them in our archive in the Local Climate category. Before we release our winter outlook this coming Wednesday, we want to give you the...

By Jason Samenow  | November 16, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Forecast: The Sun Grows Cold

By Brian Jackson Cold is the word into the middle of next week unfortunately (unless you happen to like it) as our high temperatures steadily decline. Most of the time, you won't know it looking out the window as the majority of the forecast calls for at least partly sunny...

By Brian Jackson  | November 16, 2008; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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SkinsCast: Brrrrr... Bundle-Up Football!

Redskins vs. CowboysSunday, 8:15 p.m., FedEx Field Kickoff2-Min WarningWeatherChance of Precip.43F39FBreezy and cold5%Temperatures in the low 40s along with occasionally breezy conditions (producing wind chills in the 30s) will necessitate warm clothing during the game. The good news: no precipitation to contend with.   SkinsCast appears before every Redskins...

By Josh Larson  | November 16, 2008; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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