Archive: December 2008

PM Update: 2009's Wind-Chilled Arrival

Sunshine, more cold temperatures on New Year's Days Wind Advisory remains in effect until 10 p.m.; some damage reported * Top 5 Local Weather Stories of 2008 | Predict Inauguration Weather * Temperatures: Current area temperatures. Powered by Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Hover over and click icons for more...

By Ian Livingston | December 31, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (12)

Top Five Local Weather Events: 2008

Wx and the City * Full Forecast * Earlier this week, guest contributor Robert Henson ran down his selection of the top 10 (1-5, 6-10) U.S. weather events of 2008. But what about the year's most memorable D.C. area weather stories? With tornadoes ripping through the Midwest and South, floods...

By Ann Posegate | December 31, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Forecast: Windy, Cold Countdown to New Year

A few a.m. snow showers; midnight wind chill in teens Wind Advisory until 10 p.m. this evening; power outages possible * Predict Inauguration Weather | Later: Top 5 Local Weather Stories of 2008 * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Fierce winds. A.M. snow shower. Upper 30s to mid 40s, dropping in the...

By Dan Stillman | December 31, 2008; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (29)

PM Update: Crawling Back Toward Winter Chill

Cold gusty winds bring blustery and dry New Year's Eve * Predict Obama's Inauguration Weather | Top 10 Weather Events of 2008 * 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...

By Ian Livingston | December 30, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Can You Predict Obama's Inauguration Weather?

* Latest Inauguration Forecast | Full Local Forecast * Inauguration Weather • Features• ForecastsInauguration Central President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is exactly three weeks away. From now until then, the Capital Weather Gang will be providing regular inauguration weather features and forecasts. Lead meteorologist Dan Stillman and I will provide dueling...

By Jason Samenow | December 30, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (12)

Forecast: Temperatures Descend as 2009 Rings In

* Top 10 Weather Events of 2008 | Later this a.m.: Can You Predict Obama's Inauguration Weather? * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Partly cloudy. 50-54. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 30-34. | Tomorrow: Colder with variable skies. 41-45. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL As Jason described yesterday, we've had quite...

By Matt Rogers | December 30, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

PM Update is Off

(the hook) The weather is nice now and will again be tomorrow, so enjoy. Refer to our full forecast through the weekend from earlier today. Our next update will be tomorrow morning. * From earlier: Top Ten Weather Events of 2008 - 1-5 and 6-10 *...

By Jason Samenow | December 29, 2008; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Top Ten Weather Events of 2008: 1-5

* Top 10 Weather Events of 2008: 6-10 | D.C. Area Full Forecast * By Robert Henson Earlier, we posted choices 6-10 in the top 10 weather events in 2008. Now, we give you the top five. Such lists are always judgment calls, so please weigh in with your own...

By Capital Weather Gang | December 29, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

Top Ten Weather Events of 2008: 6-10

By Robert Henson * Full Forecast | Top 5 Weather Events of 2008 * To paraphrase Charles Dickens, 2008 was the calmest of times and the stormiest of times. In a two-post series, we'll recap some of the highest impact U.S. weather events of the last 12 months. In this...

By Capital Weather Gang | December 29, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Forecast: A Gradual Return to Winter

Temperatures to turn steadily colder this week * Later: Top 10 Weather Events of 2008 | Weather Checker Chimes In * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly sunny. 51-55. | Tonight: Partly cloudy and chilly. 32-38. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. 49-53. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Last week,...

By Jason Samenow | December 29, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Forecast: Spring Warmth Stays For One More Day

EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Warm and windy. Chance of p.m. showers. 65-68. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 34-37. | Tomorrow: Sunny, a bit cooler. 49-52. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL It will feel more like springtime today than early winter as temperatures soar to near 70 ahead of a cold...

By Brian Jackson | December 28, 2008; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (22)

Forecast: Weekend Warm-up

Showers possible Sunday * Weather Wall | 'Nothing Takes Longer Than Waiting for Snow' * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy and mild. 55-60. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy, 48-53. | Tomorrow: Chance of showers, still mild. Mid 60s. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL The first two days of the...

By Jason Samenow | December 27, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Active Pattern. Accurate Forecast?

Weather Checker * Warm Weekend on the Way: Express & Detailed Forecast * Weather Checker is an outsider's analysis of CWG's forecast accuracy. See previous Weather Checker posts. By Jamie Yesnowitz In addition to reviewing the accuracy of multiple forecasts for a single weather event, from time to time I'll...

By Capital Weather Gang | December 26, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Forecast: Warm Weekend on the Way

Best chance of showers on Sunday * National Christmas Tree Photos | Later: Weather Checker Weighs In * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy. P.M. shower? Mid 40s. | Tonight: Slight shower chance. Around 40. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Near 60. | Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Showers? Near 60, maybe higher. |...

By Camden Walker | December 26, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

National Christmas Tree, Sans Snow

* Bitter Cold Takes a Break: Express & Detailed Forecast * The National Christmas Tree and the National Hanukkah Menorah on a blustery evening last Sunday. I had high hopes that I'd get to photograph the National Christmas Tree with snow this holiday season. In recent years, some December snowstorms...

By Kevin Ambrose | December 25, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Forecast: Sunny, Seasonable Christmas Weather

Noticeably milder, though showery, this weekend * Forecast From... Santa?! | 'Nothing Takes Longer Than Waiting for Snow' * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Sun & clouds. Upper 40s | Tonight: Dry. Lower 30s | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Low 40s | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL While this Christmas won't be...

By Josh Larson | December 25, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

PM Update: Some Showers for Santa's Arrival

Sunny and not too cold Christmas Day * 'Nothing Takes Longer Than Waiting for Snow' | Forecast From... Santa?! * 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...

By Ian Livingston | December 24, 2008; 4:10 PM ET | Comments (3)

Forecast From... Santa?!

* Showery Christmas Eve: Express & Detailed Forecast | Travel Weather * This Just In: Santa has sent Capital Weather Gang his annual Christmas Eve forecast update! Here's his message below. But first, our message to you -- have a wonderful holiday, and in the words of Mr. Claus himself,...

By Ann Posegate | December 24, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Forecast: Warmer Weather is Welcome Gift

Evening showers clear out for Christmas Day * Travel Forecast | 'Nothing Takes Longer Than Waiting for Snow' * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Cloudy. Increasing shower chances late. Near 50. | Tonight: Showery, breezy and low 50s early. Showers end around midnight. Near 40 by morning. | Christmas Day: Mostly sunny....

By Dan Stillman | December 24, 2008; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (5)

PM Update: Pre-Holiday Thaw, Plus Showers

Touch of ice tonight? Holiday travel mostly wet, not wintry Winter Weather Advisory from 10 p.m. tonight to 10 a.m. Wednesday * Travel Forecast | 'Nothing Takes Longer Than Waiting for Snow' * The onset of light breezes from the south this afternoon and evening spells the beginning of the...

By Dan Stillman | December 23, 2008; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

'Nothing Takes Longer Than Waiting for Snow'

A Snow Lover's Refrain Welcome to winter, but where's the snow? From the latest (sometimes sensationalist) news reports, it seems snowstorms are everywhere (even New Orleans!) -- except, as local snow lovers (including myself) can attest, in the D.C metro region. Although we've had periods of sufficiently cold conditions for...

By Steve Tracton | December 23, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (22)

Forecast: Christmas Eve Rain; Yuletide Warming

Slight chance of a little ice late tonight * Later this morning: 'Nothing Takes Longer Than Waiting for Snow' * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Clouds return. Slightly warmer. 34-38. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Rain/ice late? 30-33. | Tomorrow: Warmer. Mainly PM showers 50-54. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Yesterday's...

By Matt Rogers | December 23, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

PM Update: Winds Begin to Weaken, Cold Remains

Some single digits overnight; Slightly warmer Tuesday * New Photo Gallery | TWC Criticized for One-Sided Reporting * 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...

By Ian Livingston | December 22, 2008; 5:35 PM ET | Comments (20)

Our New Weather Photo Gallery

* Outlook through Christmas and beyond: Express & Detailed Forecast * Last month, we displayed the top 10 weather photos submitted in our photo contest. With winter weather (hopefully soon) upon us, there are bound to be more opportunities for cool weather phenomena to be captured on camera. We have...

By Ann Posegate | December 22, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Weather Channel Criticized for One-Sided Reporting

* Full Forecast: Bitter Cold to Steadily Moderate * Weather Channel Accused of Pro-Weather Bias Rumor has it similar accusations will be directed at the Capital Weather Gang. We are busily drafting talking points in response......

By Jason Samenow | December 22, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (12)

Forecast: Bitter Cold to Steadily Retreat

Above-average temperatures return Christmas Eve EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Windy and cold. 27-31 | Tonight: Clear and very cold, 9-14 | Tomorrow: Not as windy, but chilly. 34-38 | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Sub-freezing cold and a biting wind start the week, but long-term indicators suggest high temperatures warm...

By Jason Samenow | December 22, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (8)

Extremely Cold and Windy Tonight

Wind chills will drop below zero in many places Wind Advisory in effect from 8 p.m. tonight to 6 p.m. tomorrow * Full forecast through Christmas Eve * Taking into account the wind and plunging temperatures, tonight may be the coldest night locally since February 6, 2007 when it dropped...

By Jason Samenow | December 21, 2008; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (24)

Forecast: Winds to Usher in an Arctic Chill

* SkinsCast: Brutally Cold * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Precip ends early, and windy, 35-39 | Tonight: Extremely cold and windy, 15-20 | Tomorrow: Sunny, breezy and very cold, 28-32 | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL By Brian Jackson As this morning's wintry mix works its way out of the...

By Brian Jackson | December 21, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Light Ice Glazing Region, Ending This Morning

Winter Weather Advisory through noon. * Coming mid-morning (9 a.m.): Full Forecast through Christmas eve * Pockets of freezing rain continue to cause icy conditions early this morning. Temperatures are at or below freezing in most locations. The precipitation will likely end over the next several hours (by 9 or...

By Jason Samenow | December 21, 2008; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

SkinsCast: Windy and Very Cold

Redskins vs. EaglesSunday, 4:15 p.m., FedEx Field Kickoff2-Min WarningWeatherChance of Precip.35F30FGradual clearing, cold10%If you attended the Ravens game in Baltimore, you can probably still feel the cold in your bones two weeks later. Today's game will have a similar feel. Strong winds and falling temperatures through the 30s (wind...

By Josh Larson | December 21, 2008; 6:29 AM ET | Comments (4)

Icy Late Night for Metro Area and Points N&W

Winter Weather Advisory 11 p.m. tonight through 10 a.m. tomorrow * Outlook into early next week? Full Forecast | SkinsCast * A cold wind from the north has caused temperatures to fall into the low 30s. Overnight, as one area of low pressure passes to our north and west, and...

By Jason Samenow | December 20, 2008; 9:50 PM ET | Comments (29)

Forecast: Clouds, a Quick Mix, then Cold

Perhaps a little slick late tonight * SkinsCast | Weather Wall * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy. Near 40. | Tonight: Mix late. 30-34 | Tomorrow: A.M rain/mix, then blustery. Upper 30s. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL As much as some recent forecasts have downplayed the brief bout...

By Jason Samenow | December 20, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (20)

PM Update: Patchy Fog as Storm Begins Exit

Cloudy, chilly Saturday; What about the next storm? * Flurry of Fed Science News | Redskins-Eagles Forecast * 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...

By Ian Livingston | December 19, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (12)

Flurry of Fed Science News

NOAA chief and presidential science adviser named * Latest on Weekend Storm: Express & Detailed Forecast * The Post reports that Oregon State University marine biologist Jane Lubchenco will be the next head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, while Harvard University physicist John Holdren will serve as Obama's...

By Capital Weather Gang | December 19, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Forecast: Gloomy Friday; Saturday/Sunday Slop?

Weekend storm still taking shape. How wintry? * Ex-Bush Official Joins AccuWeather | Redskins-Eagles Forecast * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Batches of rain. Mid 40s. | Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Upper 30s | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Near 40. | Tomorrow Night & Sunday: Wintry mix changing to cold rain. |...

By Camden Walker | December 19, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

PM Update: Gray Skies Portend Coming Showers

Occasional rain on Friday; Record snow in Vegas * Ex-Bush Official Joins AccuWeather | Weekend Wintry Weather Cancel? * 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...

By Ian Livingston | December 18, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (22)

Ex-Bush Official Lautenbacher Joins AccuWeather

* Full Forecast | Weekend Winter Weather Cancel? * Former NOAA Administrator Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher Jr. The Bush administration's longtime point person on weather and ocean issues, Conrad C. Lautenbacher Jr., has joined the board of directors at AccuWeather Inc., one of the most prominent players in the private...

By Andrew Freedman | December 18, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Weekend Winter Weather Cancel?

* Weather Calms, Briefly: Express & Detailed Forecast | SkinsCast | Later: Ex-Bush Official Joins AccuWeather * Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Saturday Night & Sunday Probability of Accumulating Snow: 35% Most Likely Potential Impact: A significant winter weather event for the weekend appears increasingly unlikely. While cold air will...

By Jason Samenow | December 18, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (23)

Forecast: Unsettled End to the Week

All eyes on weekend's possible winter weather * SkinsCast | Later: AccuWeather Brings On Ex-Bush Official * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy. Mid 40s | Tonight: Rain. Mid-to-upper 30s | Tomorrow: Showers. Mid 50s | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Whatever way you slice it, mostly cloudy to overcast...

By Josh Larson | December 18, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PM Update: The Lull Between Storm Systems

Quiet weather Thursday ahead of next rainmaker * Give the Gift of Weather | Weekend Storm?: Snow Lover's Crystal Ball * 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....

By Ian Livingston | December 17, 2008; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (10)

Give the Gift of Weather

Wx and the City * Weather Doesn't Stay Calm for Long: Full Forecast | Weekend Storm? * Do you have a friend or family member who just won't appreciate getting another pair of socks as a gift this holiday season? Fortunately, if that person is even remotely interested in weather,...

By Ann Posegate | December 17, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Storm Has Eyes on Washington for Weekend

* Weather Calms, Briefly: Express & Detailed Forecast | Later: Weather Gifts * Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Saturday Night & Sunday Probability of Accumulating Snow: 40% Most Likely Potential Impact: It would figure that our best chance yet for accumulating snow (or other types of frozen precipitation) in this...

By Dan Stillman | December 17, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Forecast: Weather Calms Down, But Not for Long

Watching the weekend for next wintry threat * Later: Snow Lover's Crystal Ball and Weather Gifts * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Stray shower or sprinkle. Mostly cloudy. Mid 40s to near 50. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Mid 30s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Mid-to-upper 40s. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL...

By Dan Stillman | December 17, 2008; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (10)

Morning Commute Should Mainly Be Wet, Not Icy

Expect most schools to open on time Winter Weather Advisory N&W of D.C. through 11 a.m. Wed. morning (includes Montgomery, Loudoun & Frederick counties) * What about the rest of the week? Forecast * Light rain, mixed with sleet in a few spots, continues this evening. Inside the beltway and...

By Jason Samenow | December 16, 2008; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

PM Update: Falling Temperatures Lead to Some Ice

Light rain turning to sleet/freezing rain in N&W suburbs Winter Weather Advisory N&W of D.C. through 11 a.m. Wed. morning (includes Montgomery, Loudoun & Frederick counties) * Ice Forecasts by Area | What about the rest of the week? Forecast * Temperatures are slowly dropping through the 30s, but most...

By Ian Livingston | December 16, 2008; 5:15 PM ET | Comments (21)

Update: Potential for Icy Evening in N&W Suburbs

* Winter Weather Advisory N&W of D.C. from 6 p.m. this evening through 11 a.m. Wed. morning (includes Montgomery, Loudoun & Frederick counties) * * Full Forecast Through Weekend | Track Radar & Temps: Weather Wall * Cold air continues to bleed southward due to an area of cold high...

By Capital Weather Gang | December 16, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Forecast: Falling Temps with Rain, PM Ice N&W

* Winter Weather Advisory N&W of D.C. from 6 p.m. this evening through 11 a.m. Wed. morning (includes Montgomery, Loudoun & Frederick counties) * * Track Falling Temperatures: Weather Wall | Later: Forecast Update * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Rain. Temperatures falling. 40-45 early, 30s late. | Tonight: Rain, sleet, freezing...

By Matt Rogers | December 16, 2008; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (10)

PM Update: Cold Air Poised for Return; Ice N&W?

Tuesday rain could turn icy by evening in northwest burbs * Close Encounter with the Moon | Snow Jokes * Winter Storm Watch N&W of D.C. Tue. evening through Wed. morning (includes Montgomery, Loudoun & Frederick counties) Today was a rather pleasant start to the work week. Partly sunny skies...

By Ian Livingston | December 15, 2008; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (9)

Snow Jokes

* Full Forecast: Wet and Sometimes Warm | Close Encounter with the Moon * The recent post by Ann Posegate, Winter Weather Joke, inspired me to review my collection of winter-related jokes accumulated from various sources over the years. As a snow lover frequently crushed by the rainy realities of...

By Steve Tracton | December 15, 2008; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Close Encounter with the Moon

The moon rises over the District Saturday night. Kennedy Center in the foreground. Forecast: A Wet Week | Weather Wall If the full moon looked unusually big and bright this past weekend, there was an explanation. The moon passed by the earth at its closest distance, or perigee, Friday evening,...

By Kevin Ambrose | December 15, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Forecast: A Wet and Sometimes Warm Week

* Later: Moon Shots and Snow Jokes * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Cloudy and mild with sprinkles. Low 60s. | Tonight: Rain showers. Near 40. | Tomorrow: Colder with rain. Low 40s. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL The holiday season itself may have to put you in a festive...

By Jason Samenow | December 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Hotel Savings a Reason to Root for Cold

* Warming Up: Full Forecast | Going Out? Check Temps: Weather Wall * Many hotel guests in Fairfax County were probably quite happy about yesterday's cold temperatures. As part of a Visit Fairfax and Weatherbug promotion, their Saturday rate was determined by putting a dollar sign in front of the...

By Dan Stillman | December 14, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Forecast: Warming Up Before Turning Wet

* Later: Hotel Savings a Reason to Root for Cold * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Becoming partly cloudy, not as cold. 45-50. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy, chance of drizzle. 40-45 | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with showers late. 55-60. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL The colder than average weather of...

By Jason Samenow | December 14, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Snow Shutout: New Orleans 1, D.C. 0

* D.C. area full forecast * Snow lover's in DC were surely disappointed to see nary a flake (but rather record rains) from the recent storm that produced accumulating snow all the way down to the Gulf Coast in places like Houston and New Orleans. Here are some interesting facts...

By Jason Samenow | December 13, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Forecast: Arctic Air's Last Gasp, For Now

* 2009 Washington Area Weather Calendar | Later: Snow Shutout * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Sunny and cold, 37-40 | Tonight: Partly cloudy, mid- to upper 20s | Tomorrow: Sunny and warmer, 49-52 | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL By Brian Jackson Cold air persists today behind the cold front...

By Brian Jackson | December 13, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PM Update: Clouds Fade But Cold Remains

Bright moon tonight; Sunny Saturday in store * 2009 Washington Area Weather Calendar * 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. Mostly cloudy skies, and cold winds occasionally...

By Ian Livingston | December 12, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (5)

2009 Washington Area Weather Calendar

* How Low Does the Temperature Go? Full Forecast * Front cover of the 2009 Washington Area Weather Calendar. For the third year in a row, I've published a calendar featuring my Washington area weather photography. This year, I've included information on historic D.C. area weather events, such as the...

By Kevin Ambrose | December 12, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Forecast: Wind & Cold Return Before Warm-up

* Later: CWG Photographer Kevin Ambrose's 2009 Weather Calendar * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Morning rain/snow showers. No accumulation. Windy. Near 40 | Tonight: Mostly clear & breezy. Upper 20s | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Around 40 | Sunday: Mostly sunny. Mid-to-upper 40s | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL After the...

By Camden Walker | December 12, 2008; 8:15 AM ET | Comments (11)

Sleet and Snow May Follow Soaking Rain

Sloppy a.m. commute may affect some schools * Radar, Temps & More: Weather Wall | PM Update * Winter Weather Advisory early Friday for Montgomery, Loudoun, Frederick & Howard counties Rain continues to fall steadily this evening with temperatures mainly in the upper 30s to around 40 except in the...

By Jason Samenow | December 11, 2008; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

PM Update: Drenching Drive Home. Any Snow?

Storm departs Friday but leaves cold behind * Traffic | Radar, Temps & More: Weather Wall | This Evening: SchoolCast * Winter Weather Advisory early Friday for Montgomery, Loudoun, Frederick & Howard counties As predicted here, today has been a cold, raw washout. Rain that began around sunrise continues, and...

By Ian Livingston | December 11, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (13)

Update: Heavy Rain on the Way; Morning Dusting?

* Full Forecast | Traffic | Radar, Temps & More: Weather Wall * A Flood Watch remains in effect through tonight as we reach the midway point of a raw and so far showery day in D.C. and vicinity, with the heaviest rain on its way for mid-afternoon through late...

By Dan Stillman | December 11, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (10)

Forecast: Much Colder With Buckets of Rain

Rain may end as snow Friday morning * Flood Watch in effect through tonight; 2-4 inches of rain possible * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Rainy & much colder. Near 40. | Tonight: Rainy. Mid-to-upper 30s | Tomorrow: A.M. snow/rain. Near 40. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Get out your...

By Josh Larson | December 11, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (25)

Snow in Houston and Galveston, Texas

Here we sit near 60 degrees in the D.C. metro region and it's snowing all the way down to the Gulf coast in southeast Texas. Galveston and Houston, Tx. reported snow in the last hour with temperatures of 34 and 33, respectively. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for...

By Jason Samenow | December 10, 2008; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

PM Update: Bye Bye Warmth, Hello Storm #2

Cold rain arrives Thursday, ending as snow? * The Science and Wonder of Snowflakes | Radar & More: Weather Wall * Spotty showers today have been accompanied by near-record warmth in the low-to-mid 60s. Additional showers are possible this evening ahead of an approaching cold front, but rainfall amounts should...

By Ian Livingston | December 10, 2008; 5:15 PM ET | Comments (19)

The Science and Wonder of Snowflakes

Wx and the City * Mild Showers, Then Cold Rain: Full Forecast | Weather Wall * Courtesy UCAR With the D.C. area's first dusting of snow this past weekend and the slight possibility of more flakes this week, I got to thinking: What's so great about the white stuff? Is...

By Ann Posegate | December 10, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Forecast: Mild Showers, Then Cold Rain

Some icing possible well north and west late Thursday * Why Is Local Snow Declining? | Later: The Science of Snowflakes * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Showers. Cloudy. Low-to-mid 60s | Tonight: Showers continue. 35-43 | Tomorrow: Rain. Touch of sleet N&W? Mid 30s to near 40 | A Look Ahead...

By Dan Stillman | December 10, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (10)

PM Update: Warm & Wet Wednesday. Then What?

Mild temperatures, chance of showers overnight * What's Causing Snow to Decline Locally? * Despite overcast skies, temperatures today climbed higher than recently -- and back above average values -- as afternoon highs reached near and just over 50. A fresh south wind gusting over 20 mph at times is...

By Ian Livingston | December 9, 2008; 7:20 PM ET | Comments (13)

What's Causing Snow to Decline Locally?

The answer may lie in Atlantic weather pattern * Rain & Warmth Tomorrow: Full Forecast | Snow Lover's Crystal Ball * The long-term trend in snowfall locally is decidedly downward, as I demonstrated in our Winter Outlook. I speculated the cause might be some combination of: *the urban heat island...

By Jason Samenow | December 9, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Coastal Storm Threat Is End-of-Week Wildcard

Main threat delayed to late Thursday and Friday * Full Forecast | Later: What's Causing Snow to Decline? * Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Thursday-Friday Probability of Accumulating Snow: 30% Most Likely Potential Impact: We still have an interesting situation on our hands. After seeing exceptional warmth tomorrow (60s!), the...

By Matt Rogers | December 9, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Forecast: Bring Back the 60s

Big warm-up will be brief; wintry threat late week * Snow Lover's Crystal Ball | Where Will Obama Lead NOAA? | Later: Why is Snow Declining Locally? * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: All clouds. 48-52 | Tonight: A few showers, mainly late. 46-50 | Tomorrow: Showers and warmth likely. 61-65 |...

By Matt Rogers | December 9, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

PM Update: Mostly Cloudy, Not as Cold Tonight

Mini warm-up begins Tuesday; late-week wintry threat? * Where Will Obama Lead NOAA? * 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. Today is the third straight day the...

By Ian Livingston | December 8, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (16)

Where Will Obama Lead NOAA?

Weather and oceans agency awaits new head * Late-Week Storm? Full Forecast * Given the incoming Obama administration's emphasis on tackling global climate change and restoring scientific integrity in policymaking, federal science agencies that had taken a back seat under President Bush, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

By Andrew Freedman | December 8, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (12)

Midweek Storms May Be Wild and Crazy

* Warming Up: Full Forecast | Later: Where Will Obama Lead NOAA? * Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Thursday Probability of Accumulating Snow: 30% Most Likely Potential Impact: Sixty degrees with thundershowers Wednesday afternoon, and 30s with snow Thursday? Not out of the question! A rather wild weather scenario may...

By Jason Samenow | December 8, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Forecast: Bitter Start and End to Work Week

Midweek: Big temperature swings with rain, maybe snow * Snow Lover's Crystal Ball | Later: Where Will Obama Lead NOAA? * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Cold. 35-39 | Tonight: Increasing clouds. 25-30 | Tomorrow: Slight chance of p.m. shower, milder. Near 50 | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Today and...

By Jason Samenow | December 8, 2008; 7:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

Wind Advisory Until 8 p.m.

Full Forecast | SkinsCast From the National Weather Service: NORTHWEST WIND GUSTS WILL INCREASE TO 45 TO 50 MPH THROUGH EARLY THIS AFTERNOON...AND CONTINUE THROUGH SUNSET. THE GUSTY WINDS WILL SUBSIDE BELOW ADVISORY CRITERIA LATER THIS EVENING. A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WIND GUSTS OVER 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS...

By Jason Samenow | December 7, 2008; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Forecast: A Cold Wind Blows In

* Skins-Ravens Forecast: Bone Chilling Cold * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: A bitter cold wind. 34-37 | Tonight: Clear & less windy. Upper teens to low 20s | Tomorrow: Continued dry and cool. 39-42 | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL By Brian Jackson So, did everyone enjoy the first semi-accumulations...

By Brian Jackson | December 7, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

SkinsCast: Bone-Chilling Cold

Redskins vs. RavensSunday, 8:15 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore Kickoff2-Min WarningWeatherChance of Precip.30F27FBreezy5%It would've been rather cold regardless. But the move to prime time (this game was originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. start) means temperatures falling into the 20s. A 10-15 mph breeze will produce wind chills in...

By Dan Stillman | December 7, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Snow Dusting D.C. Area

* Full Forecast | Redskins-Ravens Forecast * Radar: Latest D.C. area 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. The potential dusting we've been talking about for...

By Jason Samenow | December 6, 2008; 6:05 PM ET | Comments (14)

Forecast: Some Flakes, Then Freezing

A dusting, some slick spots, possible this evening * Redskins-Ravens Forecast | Ski Season Starts Solid * The persistently chilly pattern reinforces itself this evening as another cold front blasts through the region. Out ahead of it, some snow showers and flurries could amount to a dusting for some. Once...

By Jason Samenow | December 6, 2008; 5:40 PM ET | Comments (53)

PM Update: Cold Tonight; Light Snow Tomorrow?

Flakes could fly late Saturday, followed by windy Sunday * Snow Lover's Crystal Ball | Solid Start to Ski Season | SkinsCast * 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...

By Ian Livingston | December 5, 2008; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

Light Snow Still Possible Late Saturday

Accumulation chances low but not impossible * How Cold? Full Forecast | Skins-Ravens Forecast | Ski Season Starts Solid * Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Saturday evening Probability: 25% Potential Impact: A cold front passing by late Saturday (coupled with a wave in the atmosphere aloft) could give us a...

By Jason Samenow | December 5, 2008; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Solid Start to Mid-Atlantic Ski Season

Good snow-making temperatures, and actual snow to boot * Light Snow Late Saturday? Local Forecast | Redskins-Ravens Forecast * Ski Conditions: Current mid-Atlantic ski conditions. Powered by Ski Bonk. Map by Google. Hover over and click icons for lift, trail and weather info. View larger map. Cold air and early-season...

By Dan Stillman | December 5, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Forecast: Cold Comes With Chance of Light Snow

Light snow or flurries late Saturday; Strong winds Sunday * Ice Skating in D.C. | SkinsCast | Late Morning: Solid Start to Ski Season * Besides a chance of light snow or flurries late Saturday, the weather today through Monday should be mostly dry and MOSTLY COLD. Bundle up, especially...

By Camden Walker | December 5, 2008; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (4)

PM Update: Showers then Cold; Weather Course

Back into the icebox Friday * Snow Lover's Crystal Ball | Ice Skating in Washington | SkinsCast * 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...

By Ian Livingston | December 4, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (5)

Ice Skating in Washington

* Turning Colder: Full Forecast | Snow Lover's Crystal Ball | SkinsCast * Ice skating on the Reflecting Pool, circa 1918. Source: "Washington Weather." The Washington area offers a nice selection of indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks for the novice skater to the serious hockey player. It's fortunate that...

By Kevin Ambrose | December 4, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Snow May Dust D.C. Region Saturday Evening

* Full Forecast | SkinsCast | Ice skating in D.C. * Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Saturday evening Probability: 30% Potential Impact: A cold front passing by late Saturday (coupled with a wave in the atmosphere aloft) could give us a brief period of snow showers or flurries. Accumulations, if...

By Jason Samenow | December 4, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Forecast: After Today, Back Into The Icebox

Is some white stuff coming our way? * Redskins-Ravens Forecast | Late Morning: Ice Skating in Washington * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy. P.M. Shower? Low 50s | Tonight: Shower? 26-33 | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Upper 30s | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL A staggering 17 out of the...

By Josh Larson | December 4, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

PM Update: More Cold Approaches; TV Shuffle

Briefly warmer Thursday, shower threat late * Squirrels Achin' for Acorns * Wall-to-wall sunshine mixed with lighter winds to create a rather pleasant December day across the area. After a solid freeze overnight, temperatures rose into the mid and upper 40s, which is a little below average for this time...

By Ian Livingston | December 3, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Squirrels Achin' for Acorns, Attack Pumpkins

Wx and the City * Another Cold Snap Looms: Full Forecast | Politico's Climate Controversy * By John Mossesso Jr. Courtesy the National Biological Information Infrastructure digital image library. Two days after Halloween, while in Arlington, I happened to see a squirrel devour a front-porch pumpkin. At first, I thought...

By Ann Posegate | December 3, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (19)

Forecast: Another Cold Snap Looms

* Politico Criticized on Climate | Squirrels Achin' for Acorns * Remember that cold snap in mid-November when temperatures had trouble making it much higher than the low 40s? Well, another one is on its way starting Friday. So if you don't like the cold, you better "soak up" today's...

By Dan Stillman | December 3, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

PM Update: Gray Skies to Turn Clear; Cold Night

Sunny Wednesday with near-average temperatures * Politico Falls Into Climate Coverage Trap * After some morning sun, cloudiness associated with an upper-level disturbance moving by helped cap temperatures in the mid 40s -- many locations have since fallen a few degrees this afternoon. Winds that have been on the decrease...

By Ian Livingston | December 2, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Politico Falls Into Climate Coverage Trap

Outspoken critics of mainstream climate science briefly celebrated last week when the online political news outlet Politico published two articles that asserted there is a "growing accumulation of global cooling science" that may stymie passage of climate change legislation in Congress. The stories generated scathing criticism from many corners of...

By Andrew Freedman | December 2, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (15)

Forecast: Indecisive December

Some warming, then Polar blast this weekend * Later this morning: Climate Confusion in the Media * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Some sun and some clouds. 45-49 | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 25-30 | Tomorrow: Sunniest day of the week. 48-52 | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL What does December want...

By Matt Rogers | December 2, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

PM Update: December In, Hurricane Season Out

Partly sunny Tuesday and continued cool * Weather Checker: When Is a Miss a Miss? * The moon appears this evening with Venus (bottom) and Jupiter (right). By Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose. Related article. Mostly cloudy skies, combined with temperatures rising to around 50 degrees and winds gusting...

By Ian Livingston | December 1, 2008; 10:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Update: Band of Heavy Showers, Some Thunder

* Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Weather Checker * Assuming it holds together, a narrow line of heavy showers with some lightning and thunder mixed in will move from west to east through the immediate metro area over the next hour or two. Storms could contain small hail and...

By Capital Weather Gang | December 1, 2008; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Weather Checker: When Is a Miss a Miss?

* Afternoon Shower? Full Forecast | Radar & More: Weather Wall * A rainbow seen from Oakton, Va., on Saturday Nov. 15. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose. Welcome to the first installment of Weather Checker, an outsider's analysis of CWG's forecast accuracy. By Jamie Yesnowitz We had some...

By Capital Weather Gang | December 1, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Forecast: December Brings Breezy Beginning

* Weather Checker: An Outsider's Analysis of CWG's Forecast Accuracy * By the meteorological calendar, winter begins today and gusty winds will give it a wintry feel. However, highs near and above 50 for the next several days will feel pretty good compared to what's coming later this week. On...

By Jason Samenow | December 1, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

 

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