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Capital Weather Gang: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Forecast: Winds Whip to Start Weekend

Wind Advisory for N&W Suburbs through 8 p.m. * A Windy NatCast and UnitedCast | Cherry Blossom Coverage * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Windy. 60-65. | Tonight: Not as windy. 35-40. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Light winds. 65-70. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL The weekend presents two sunny, dry...

By Jason Samenow  | April 4, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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NatCast: Breezy Baseball

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. OriolesSaturday April 4, 6:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain62F55FWindy0%Winds won't be as gusty as during the mid-to-late afternoon, but should still blow at around 15-25 mph, with some gusts over 30 mph. Under clear...

By Jason Samenow  | April 4, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UnitedCast: Breezes Start to Abate

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Soccer Insider * United vs. HoustonSaturday April 4, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain59F54FBreezy0%Gusty winds (at 15-25 mph) early in the game should slowly diminish (to 10-20 mph at final whistle). But it will remain brisk throughout the game with...

By Jason Samenow  | April 4, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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PM Update: Some Gusty Winds Through Tomorrow

Nice weekend ahead for cherry blossom festivities * WeatherBug's 2009 Hurricane Outlook | Cherry Blossom Coverage * We finish the work week with one of the wilder weather days we've seen in a while. Overnight showers gave way to some heavy rain and thunderstorms this morning, followed by breaks of...

By Ian Livingston  | April 3, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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WeatherBug Issues 2009 Hurricane Outlook

* Wind & Sun Follow Rain: Full Forecast | Cherry Blossom Coverage * WeatherBug is out with its 2009 hurricane outlook, and it's similar to the one issued in March by AccuWeather's Joe Bastardi. WeatherBug predicts a slightly above-average season with 11 to 13 named storms (a storm is named...

By Dan Stillman  | April 3, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Forecast: Showery Friday, Then Blossoms Blow

Thunderstorm possible today; some weekend sun * Geoengineering and Global Warming | Cherry Blossom Coverage * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Showers ending by late afternoon. T-storm? Increasing wind. 60s. | Tonight: Winds begin. Becoming mostly clear. Mid-40s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Strong winds continue. Low-to-mid 60s. | Sunday: Partly sunny. Upper...

By Camden Walker  | April 3, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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PM Update: Clouds Refuse to Budge; Rain Coming

Showers, some thunderstorms and gusty winds on Friday * Geoengineering and Global Warming | Cherry Blossom Coverage * Anyone (myself included) hoping for sun today has been disappointed by the continuation of clouds, areas of fog and some drizzle. Need to blame something? Look to the ocean and its cool...

By Ian Livingston  | April 2, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Geoengineering Our Way Out of Global Warming

* Nice Weekend? Full Forecast | Cherry Blossom Coverage * An increasing number of prominent climate scientists and environmentalists (e.g., here and here) are expressing concerns that the point of no return -- when even the most extreme measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be inadequate to reverse many...

By Steve Tracton  | April 2, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Forecast: Alternating Dry and Wet Periods

Mostly dry today, wet tomorrow * Cherry Blossom Coverage | March Recap * * Later: Averting Catastrophic Global Warming * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Early A.M. Fog. Partly cloudy. Low-to-mid 60s. | Tonight: Cloudy. Low 50s. | Tomorrow: Rain showers again. Low 60s.| Tomorrow Night: Clearing skies, breezy. 40s. | A...

By Matt Rogers  | April 2, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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PM Update: Showers Fail to Produce Much Rain

Some a.m. fog, breaks of sun and warmer Thursday * March in Review | Cherry Blossoms: Near Peak Photos and more * Lots of clouds produced not much precipitation today, though some light showers are still possible this afternoon. One thing the gray skies did do was help to keep...

By Ian Livingston  | April 1, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Cherry Blossom Morning

* Showery Full Forecast | March Recap | Climate Controversy * * Blossoms: Changing Dates | Poetry | Photos of Early Bloomers * The light from the rising sun shines on the cherry blossoms near the Washington Monument Tuesday morning. If you want to view the cherry blossoms at the...

By Kevin Ambrose  | April 1, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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March in Review: Cool and Very Dry

* Some April Showers: Full Forecast | Blossom Bloom Dates & Poems * March will go down in the record books as the second cool month of 2009 (joining January), finishing just over a degree below average at Reagan National Airport (DCA). But the dry weather was more notable than...

By Jason Samenow  | April 1, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Forecast: April Showers Arrive on Cue

Mostly cloudy through Friday; weekend looks good 11:50 AM Update: Showers should hold off until after the lunch hour, and even then look to be scattered and mostly light during the afternoon into early evening. EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Cloudy. Chance of showers late morning into early evening. Low-to-mid 50s. |...

By Dan Stillman  | April 1, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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PM Update: Clouds Return for Another Stay

Wednesday brings cooler, cloudier and rainier weather * Cherry Blossoms: Changing Dates | Photos | Poems | WaPo Guide * Clear skies, along with some high clouds floating by, helped create a pleasant early-spring day across the area. Highs are settling into the low-and-mid 60s this afternoon while a light...

By Ian Livingston  | March 31, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Weather, Climate and Blossom Bloom Dates

Wx and the City * April Showers? Full Forecast | Cherry Blossom Poems * It's that time of year again: peak bloom time for Yoshino cherry trees around the city. This year, peak bloom is predicted to be April 1-4, after a slight adjustment of dates last week by the...

By Ann Posegate  | March 31, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Waxing Poetic on Cherry Blossoms

Wx and the City * March Exits Like a Lamb: Full Forecast | Cherry Blossom Guide * Cherry blossoms, just beginning to bloom, frame the Jefferson Memorial on Friday. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston. Spring speaks to me of poetry. In the spirit of celebrating Japanese culture and springtime, here...

By Ann Posegate  | March 31, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Forecast: March Exits Like a Lamb

But April showers to start right away * NY Times Climate Controversy | Cherry Blossoms Begin Blooming * * Later: Weather & Bloom Dates, and Blossom Poetry * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Partly sunny. 60-64. | Tonight: Cloudy. 39-44.| Tomorrow: PM showers. 53-57. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL The...

By Matt Rogers  | March 31, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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PM Update: Clouds Disappear for a While

Sunny skies Tuesday before clouds return * NY Times Climate Controversy | Cherry Blossoms Begin Blooming * 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 weather story today...

By Ian Livingston  | March 30, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Washington D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Bloom Begins

* Our Full Forecast | NY Times Climate Story | Cherry Blossom Guide * Blossoms begin to bloom on the Tidal Basin. With the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, spring has undoubtedly arrived in D.C. In order to beat the crowds, and weekend weather, I decided to head...

By Ian Livingston  | March 30, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NY Times Climate Story Stirs Controversy

NASA's Hansen clashes with famous physicist on climate * Dry Start to Work Week: Full Forecast | Later: Blossom Photos * Sunday's New York Times Magazine cover story, "The Civil Heretic," on prominent physicist Freeman Dyson's stance on climate change has been met with intense criticism from many in the...

By Andrew Freedman  | March 30, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Forecast: Dry Weather to Start and End the Week

Damp stretch possible Wednesday through Friday * Later: Climate Controversy, and Cherry Blossom Photos * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly sunny, windy. 55-60 | Tonight: Clear and cold. 30-37. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Mid-60s. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Although it rained less than we thought over the weekend (especially...

By Jason Samenow  | March 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A Few Severe Storms Possible Mostly North of DC

* Sunny Skies for Early Next Week: Full Forecast * The cool air mass that had us socked in with low clouds, drizzle and fog for much of yesterday and into this morning, has finally eroded as a warm front has lifted northward. Temperatures have jumped 20 degrees in just...

By Jason Samenow  | March 29, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Forecast: Warmer with Chance of Showers, Storms

EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mild, 50% chance of showers and t'storms. 68-72.| Tonight: Partly cloudy. 39-42. | Tomorrow: Sunny, breezy. 60-63. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL An energetic cold front will sweep through the region today, possibly triggering some showers and even a gusty thunderstorm. The threat of rain...

By Brian Jackson  | March 29, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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