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Capital Weather Gang: March 22, 2009 - March 28, 2009

Forecast: Much-Needed Rain for the Weekend

* UnitedCast: Rain? | Fargo's Record Flooding | D.C. Area Drought * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Cloudy and drizzly. Mid-50s. | Tonight: Rain and t'storms. Near 50. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy; A.M. showers. Mid-60s. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Yes, it's the weekend. Yes, most of it will be...

By Josh Larson  | March 28, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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UnitedCast: Soggy Soccer for Home Opener?

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Soccer Insider * United vs. ChicagoSaturday March 28, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain49-53F49-53FShowers?60%The season could get off to a damp and dismal start -- at least as far as the weather is concerned. Showers are possible during the game,...

By Dan Stillman  | March 28, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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PM Update: Some More Showers Tonight

Cloudy weekend with shower/thunderstorm threats * UnitedCast: Rain? | Fargo's Record Flooding | D.C. Area Drought * Morning fog and sun were replaced with mostly cloudy skies this afternoon. Despite the clouds, temperatures rose a little above average as highs reached the low 60s. Outside an isolated break in the...

By Ian Livingston  | March 27, 2009; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fargo: Scrambling, Sandbagging as Waters Rise

* D.C. Area Forecast: Weekend Rain | UnitedCast * The Red River, which runs through Fargo, North Dakota, has already crested above its previous 112-year record level and may still rise another foot or two. From the Grand Forks National Weather Service office yesterday (hat tip, USA Today Weather Guys):...

By Jason Samenow  | March 27, 2009; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Forecast: Back & Forth Between Sun & Showers

Warmer and dry today before rain chances return * UnitedCast: Soggy Soccer? | Moderate Drought for D.C. Area * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Peeks of sun. Low 60s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Showers? Upper 40s. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy a.m. Rainy p.m. Mid-50s. | Sunday: A.M. showers? Near 60. | A...

By Camden Walker  | March 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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PM Update: More Much-Needed Rain

Brief break in unsettled pattern Friday; Wet weekend * Moderate Drought for Metro Area | What Wx Features Interest You? * Morning showers dropped around a tenth of an inch of rain across the area, and more significant rain has arrived this afternoon. Thanks to persistent clouds and periods of...

By Ian Livingston  | March 26, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Moderate Drought for D.C. Metro Area

Rainy period a real relief * Rainy Afternoon & Evening: Full Forecast | Owning the Weather * Latest U.S. Drought Monitor maps for Maryland and D.C. (top) and Virginia (bottom), released today. April showers have arrived early, and it's none too soon. You don't need a meteorologist to know you...

By Dan Stillman  | March 26, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Forecast: On and Off Rainy Periods Into Sunday

* What Wx Features Interest You? | Owning the Weather * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Rain increasing towards noon. Near 50. | Tonight: Rain decreasing in the evening. 40-45. Tomorrow: Partly sunny, and milder. Late rain south? Low 60s. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Dust off your (of late)...

By Jason Samenow  | March 26, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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PM Update: Scattered Light Showers Tonight

More significant and much-needed rain tomorrow * What Wx Features Interest You? | Owning The Weather (& Climate) * Morning sun has been replaced with mostly cloudy skies, which will stay with us through tomorrow. Highs are reaching the low 50s most places this afternoon as some light showers slowly...

By Ian Livingston  | March 25, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Movie Trailer: Owning The Weather (and Climate)

* Rain on the Way: Full Forecast | What Wx Features Interest You? * Whether you think controlling, or "geoengineering," the weather or climate is a good idea or bad idea -- the American Meteorological Society is rather wary (pdf) -- the following movie trailer for the documentary "Owning The...

By Capital Weather Gang  | March 25, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Forecast: We Need Rain, and May Just Get Some

Several rain chances over next several days * What Wx Features Interest You? | CWG on Facebook & Twitter * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Partly sunny early, then mostly cloudy. Near 50. | Tonight: 30% chance of early-evening showers. Better chance late evening & overnight. Low 40s. | Tomorrow: Overcast. Chance...

By Dan Stillman  | March 25, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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PM Update: Enjoy the Clear Sky While it Lasts

Cloudier and unsettled pattern returns Wednesday * What Weather Features Interest You? | Wx History: Snow in 1990 * A cold morning became a cool afternoon today. But on the bright side, lots of sunshine was on display. Just a few high clouds are spreading across the area this afternoon...

By Ian Livingston  | March 24, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Today in Weather History: Snow in 1990

* Full Forecast * Once late March arrives and average high temperatures are around 60 degrees, it's easy to forget it can snow this time of year. Just 19 years ago on this date, the region received 1-6" of heavy, wet snow... with the higher amounts in elevated areas to...

By Jason Samenow  | March 24, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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What Weather Features Interest You?

* Cool now, showers later in the week: Full Forecast * Early-to-mid spring in the metro area can be a little slow for interesting weather. The threat of snow is quickly fading, it's on the early side for thunderstorms, and hurricane season is a good four or five months from...

By Jason Samenow  | March 24, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Forecast: The Cool Continues

Late-week warming offset by spring showers. * World Meteorological Day Feature | Later: Poll on CWG Content * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Clouds and sun. 48-52. | Tonight: Clouds increase. 30-34.| Tomorrow: Cloudy. 47-51. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Our normal high in D.C. in late March is...

By Matt Rogers  | March 24, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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PM Update: Hard Freeze Tonight

Continued sunny and cool tomorrow * EPA: Global Warming Endangers Health | World Meteorological Day * * Bob Ryan Challenged on Climate (Ryan, challenger exchange comments) * Despite brilliant sunshine today, temperatures have been a good 10 degrees colder than yesterday thanks to a steady southward stream of Canadian air....

By Capital Weather Gang  | March 23, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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World Meteorological Day: The Air We Breathe

Wx and the City * Work Week Starts With Early-Spring Chill: Our Full Forecast * Today, meteorologists and weather and climate enthusiasts throughout the world will be celebrating World Meteorological Day, a holiday of the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization. You may want to greet and congratulate your local meteorologists...

By Ann Posegate  | March 23, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Forecast: Spring to Encounter Growing Pains

* Later: World Meteorological Day Feature and Quiz * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly sunny, cool. Near 50. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 25-31. Tomorrow: Breezy and chilly. 47-51. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Those of you anxious for warm temperatures will need to have some patience. After yesterday's 60-degree...

By Jason Samenow  | March 23, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Forecast: Warmth Concludes the Weekend

* Climate Discussion Continues (Bob Ryan, Brian Valentine, & others) * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly sunny. 62-66 | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 31-34. | Tomorrow: Sunny, cooler. 49-52. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL We'll end the weekend with a brief shot of spring warmth to enjoy. The warmth will...

By Brian Jackson  | March 22, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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