Archive: May 2009

Forecast: Showers Clear, Then Fair Weather's Here!

EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Early showers, then clearing. 78-82. | Tonight: Clear and cool. 50-53. | Tomorrow: Dry and bright, 77-81. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL We'll squeeze every last drop of rain we can out of this month as a last bastion of showers should push through early...

By Brian Jackson | May 31, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Forecast: Cooler, Drier, But Not Completely Clear

* Green Your Routine | Car vs. Tornado: What Should You Do? * * Friday's Storms Round Out One of Wettest Weeks in Months * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Partly sunny, 20% chance of p.m. thundershowers. Near 80. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 55-62. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Near 80...

By Jason Samenow | May 30, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

Storm Threat Ends, Drier Air to Move In

The majority of the thunderstorm activity has now moved east of the metro area. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch along with the Flood Watch issued earlier have been canceled. After a few widely scattered showers through 8 p.m., skies will gradually clear as the cold front responsible for the earlier inclement...

By Jason Samenow | May 29, 2009; 7:06 PM ET | Comments (4)

Storms Continue Rolling Through Region

Hail, wind damage reported north and southeast of District * Severe T-Storm Watch & Flash Flood Watch til 8 PM | Full Forecast * * Outside Right Now? See Radar, Temps & More: Weather Wall * Scattered thunderstorms have swept through the area this afternoon, some of which have been...

By Jason Samenow | May 29, 2009; 6:10 PM ET | Comments (9)

Strong to Severe Storms Finish Off the Week

* Severe T-Storm Watch & Flash Flood Watch til 8 PM | Full Forecast * * Outside Right Now? See Radar, Temps & More: Weather Wall * Here we go with another round of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon into early evening. Some storms could be severe with heavy rain,...

By Capital Weather Gang | May 29, 2009; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (16)

Green Your Routine Mid-Atlantic Style

* Flash Flood Watch From Noon to 8 p.m. | Full Forecast * * Car vs. Tornado: What Should You Do? | Obama's Hurricane Week * By Pamela Szatanek, Guest Contributor You don't have to drive a hybrid or become a vegan to go green. Admit it, some of these...

By Capital Weather Gang | May 29, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (5)

Forecast: Storms Threaten Again This Afternoon

More sun & less humid for weekend * Flash Flood Watch in Effect From Noon Through This Evening * * Car vs. Tornado: What Should You Do? | Later: Going Green * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: A few showers. Then scattered p.m. storms. 79-83. | Tonight: Early-evening storm? Then clearing. Around...

By Camden Walker | May 29, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

PM Update: T-Storms Dump Heavy Rain

More storms Friday? Better weather for weekend * Car vs. Tornado: What Should You Do? | Obama's Hurricane Week * Showers and storms, occasionally with heavy rain, last into the evening after having messed with the commute home. Temperatures that reached highs near 80 this afternoon dropped to near 70...

By Capital Weather Gang | May 28, 2009; 11:50 PM ET | Comments (10)

Confusion on What to Do If Car Meets Tornado

National Weather Service & Red Cross agree to disagree * Stormy P.M. Commute? Full Forecast | Preparing for Hurricanes * The National Weather Service uses this picture of a mangled car to discourage people from staying in their vehicle during a tornado. Pop quiz: You're driving along when suddenly the...

By Steve Tracton | May 28, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (15)

Forecast: Continued Unsettled Today, Tomorrow

But weekend offers improvement... * Obama's Hurricane Week | Later: Tornadoes, Cars, & Controversy * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy; p.m. thundershowers. Near 80. | Tonight: Cloudy and showery. Mid-60s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny; scattered thundershowers. Near 80. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL In stark contrast to what...

By Josh Larson | May 28, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

PM Update: Temperatures Slow to Rebound

* Obama Proclaims Hurricane Week | National Climate Service? * Yesterday's chilly maritime flow (from the east) has yet to evolve to a more tropical flow (from the south) so temperatures have struggled to highs near 70 under mostly cloudy skies. The sun and warm air aren't too far away...

By Capital Weather Gang | May 27, 2009; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Proclaims Hurricane Preparedness Week

* Full Forecast | Congress Ponders National Climate Service * If you tend to avoid thinking about natural disasters, this is the week for you. In cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Hurricane Center, President Obama has proclaimed May 24-30, 2009, National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The...

By Ann Posegate | May 27, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Forecast: Warming Back Up. Drying Out?

Clouds & shower chances show some staying power * Congress Ponders New Climate Agency | Later: Hurricane Week * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy. Isolated shower/t-storm. Low-to-mid 70s. | Tonight: Isolated shower. Mid-to-upper 60s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. Isolated a.m. shower. 60% chance p.m. showers/t-storms. Low 80s. |...

By Dan Stillman | May 27, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

PM Update: Showers, Flooding to Subside

* CWG Summer Outlook | Congress Ponders New Climate Agency * Moist flow off the ocean interacting with a warm front draped over the region brought frequent and sometimes intense showers to the area overnight and this morning, causing localized flooding in some areas, particularly in Montgomery County. Showers diminished...

By Capital Weather Gang | May 26, 2009; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

Congress Ponders National Climate Service

A significant shakeup may soon take place within the federal government's weather and climate programs, as the House Science and Technology Committee is scheduled to consider legislation on June 3 that would establish a "National Climate Service" within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Climate Service would head...

By Andrew Freedman | May 26, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Forecast: Dour Showers Today

* Flood Warning for Seneca Creek & Rock Creek (Montgomery Co.) * * Flood Watch for Metro Area Until Wed. Morning | Warning Area Map * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Frequent showers. Mid-to-upper 60s. Tonight: Mainly evening showers. Cloudy. Steady temperatures. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Some showers. 76-79. | A Look...

By Matt Rogers | May 26, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (15)

Flash Flood Warning for Large Part of Metro Area

Northern half of region most impacted * Warning Area Map | Get There | Full Forecast Through the Weekend * * Heavy Rain Slams Region | Later: Congress Weighs Climate Service * Warning is in effect until 11:30 a.m. From the National Weather Service: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED...

By Jason Samenow | May 26, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Storms Sliding into Metro Region

* Outside Right Now? See Radar, Temps & More: Weather Wall * * Full Forecast Through the Week | Scenes for Memorial Day * The rain mercifully held off for a good part of the metro area through mid-afternoon, providing warm sunshine for Memorial Day activities. But through this evening,...

By Jason Samenow | May 25, 2009; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (8)

Scenes for Memorial Day

* Showers and Thunderstorms Likely Through Tonight: Full Forecast * The WWII Memorial decorated with flowers for Memorial Day, May 24, 2009. I made a quick trip to the WWII and Vietnam Memorial on Sunday morning to capture a few photos and enjoy the great weather. As with each Memorial...

By Kevin Ambrose | May 25, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Forecast: Downpours to Dampen Memorial Day

* Outside Right Now? See Radar, Temps & More: Weather Wall * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Showers/T-storms likely. Near 80. | Tonight: Occasional showers. 60-65. | Tomorrow: Showers likely. 65-69. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL At least we made it through two out of three holiday weekend days with...

By Jason Samenow | May 25, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

Forecast: Moisture May Mess With Memorial Day

Slight chance of t'storms late this afternoon * NatCast: Warm, Late Inning Storm? | Summer Outlook * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy, chance of afternoon t'storms. 79-83. | Tonight: Chance of showers, sticky. 63-67. | Memorial Day: Chance of showers, 77-81. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Please don't...

By Brian Jackson | May 24, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

NatCast: Warm, Late Inning Storm?

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. OriolesSaturday May 23, 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain80F82FPartly cloudy25%It will be a warm and somewhat humid afternoon at the park. By the late innings, clouds may increase and there's a slight chance of...

By Jason Samenow | May 24, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Forecast: Warm Weekend With Some Storms

Rain chances highest late in the day Sunday and Monday * UnitedCast | NatCast | Don't Fry | Summer Outlook * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Partly sunny, slight chance of late storms. Mid-80s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Near 60. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny, p.m. storms possible. Low 80s. | A Look...

By Jason Samenow | May 23, 2009; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (2)

UnitedCast: Mild, Probably Dry

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Soccer Insider * United vs. Real Salt LakeSaturday May 23, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain79F74FPartly cloudy20%Any storminess will probably stay north. Enjoy the comfortable 70s...   UnitedCast appears on the day of every United home game. Also, if you...

By Jason Samenow | May 23, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

NatCast: Storm Risk Slim for Local Showdown

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. OriolesSaturday May 23, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain80F75FPartly cloudy20%An isolated storm presents the outside chance of a rain delay. Otherwise, expect pleasantly warm conditions, with temperatures generally in the 70s.   NatCast appears...

By Jason Samenow | May 23, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Forecast: Not Bad for Much of Holiday Weekend

Warm & a bit humid through Memorial Day; Showers? * BeachCast & Guide | NatCast | Traffic | Sun Safety: Don't Fry Day * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly sunny. Mid-80s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low-to-mid 60s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny a.m. Partly sunny p.m., with isolated shower/storm? Mid-80s. | Sunday:...

By Camden Walker | May 22, 2009; 5:05 PM ET | Comments (10)

Sun Safety: Don't Fry Day Friday

* Holiday Forecast & BeachCast | NatCast | CWG Summer Outlook * Move over, Sun Day. Make way for Fry Day Don't Fry Day. Today marks the launch of Don't Fry Day, a campaign for sun safety awareness organized by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and the Environmental...

By Ann Posegate | May 22, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Natcast: No Worries For Nats & O's

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. OriolesFriday May 22, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain80F74FClear & Mild0%Clear skies and warm temperatures equals no worries. Just a light breeze from the south. Perhaps a little humid. But how great is it...

By Camden Walker | May 22, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PM Update: Clear Skies and Warmth Persist

Fantastic Friday; Pretty decent holiday weekend * NatCast | CWG Summer Outlook | MIT Climate Study Attention * Like recent days, finding a cloud overhead has been a bit of a task today. Temperatures have risen to the lower 80s across much of the area while a light south wind...

By Ian Livingston | May 21, 2009; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

MIT Climate Study Garners More Attention

* Forecast: Warm Sunshine | NatCast | CWG Summer Outlook * A study in the latest edition of the peer reviewed scientific publication the Journal of Climate shows that, absent effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions, climate change is likely to be much more significant than some previous studies had indicated....

By Andrew Freedman | May 21, 2009; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (21)

Summer Outlook: Less Hot Than Recent Years

* Forecast: Warm Sunshine | NatCast | D.C.'s New Stormwater Fee * Despite a somewhat cool May, the heat and humidity that epitomizes summer in the D.C. metro area is an inevitable reality. As such, we present our annual Summer Outlook. This summer we're predicting average to slightly above average...

By Matt Ross | May 21, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Forecast: Warm and Pleasant Weather Prevails

Holiday weekend will feature plenty of sunshine * NatCast | D.C.'s New Stormwater Fee | Later: CWG Summer Outlook * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Sunny and milder. Around 80. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 55-60. | Tomorrow: Sunny and warm. Mid-80s. | Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy and mild. Mid-60s. | A Look...

By Josh Larson | May 21, 2009; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (4)

NatCast: Mighty Nice Baseball Weather

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. PiratesThursday, May 21, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain75F66FClear and dry5%If you ask me, it seems like nearly-ideal baseball weather with sunshine transitioning to clear skies and temperatures dropping from the mid-70s to the...

By Josh Larson | May 21, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PM Update: Fine Spring Weather Continues

Thursday temps to top 80 as sunny skies continue * NatCast | UnitedCast | The Scoop on D.C.'s New Stormwater Fee * Sunshine once again led to a brilliant springtime day around here as temperatures rise mainly into the upper 70s to near 80 for highs. The clear skies, low...

By Ian Livingston | May 20, 2009; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

The Scoop on D.C.'s New Wet Weather Fee

Wx and the City * Full Forecast | NatCast | UnitedCast | DHS Targets Hurricanes * Examples of impervious surface areas. Courtesy WASA. Click image to enlarge. If you own property in the District, you may be wondering what that new charge is on your water and sewer bill this...

By Ann Posegate | May 20, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Forecast: Superb Stretch of Spring Sun

Memorial Day weekend forecast still taking shape * NatCast | UnitedCast | DHS Rebuffed on Hurricane Modification * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Bright sun & blue skies. 75-80. | Tonight: Clear & cool. Upper 40s to mid-50s. | Tomorrow: Sunny. Low 80s. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Did you...

By Dan Stillman | May 20, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (7)

UnitedCast: Sweet Spring Soccer Weather

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Soccer Insider * United vs. New YorkWednesday May 20, 7:00 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain74F68FClear0%No weather worries whatsoever, other than having a sweater or light jacket to throw on once temperatures cool off after sunset.   UnitedCast appears on the...

By Dan Stillman | May 20, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

NatCast: Perfect at the Park

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. PiratesWednesday May 20, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain74F66FStarry Skies0%Have an extra layer to throw on once the sun goes down and you're good to go.   NatCast appears on the day of every...

By Dan Stillman | May 20, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

PM Update: Springtime at Its Finest

More sun and warmer temperatures on Wednesday * NatCast | DHS Rebuffed by NOAA on Hurricane Modification * Today was arguably spring at its finest around here. After a chilly start that led to some records, including a 38 at BWI (besting 39 in 2003), temperatures soared to highs near...

By Ian Livingston | May 19, 2009; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

DHS Rebuffed by NOAA on Hurricane Modification

* Sunny Full Forecast | NatCast | Renaming Climate Change * Satellite image of Hurricane Katrina as it approaches the Gulf Coast on Aug. 28, 2005. Courtesy NOAA. The field of hurricane modification research has been largely silent since 1983, which marked the end of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

By Steve Tracton | May 19, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (5)

Forecast: More Spectacular Spring Weather

* NatCast: Premium Weather | Climate Change: What's in a Name? * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Sunny, highs in low 70s. Tonight: Mostly clear, cool. 40-48. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, again. 75-79. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Splendid springtime conditions will prevail today after a chilly morning. Each day...

By Matt Rogers | May 19, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (8)

NatCast: Premium Baseball Weather

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. PiratesTuesday, May 19, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain68F61FComfortable0%Excellent evening weather, but temperatures may dip fast after sundown. Still very comfortable for late May.   NatCast appears on the day of every Nationals home...

By Matt Rogers | May 19, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PM Update: Chilly with Some Frost Overnight

Beautiful Tuesday as 70s return to the area Frost Advisory for Fauquier, Frederick and Loudoun counties from 3 a.m. till 9 a.m. Tuesday * NatCast | Renaming Climate Change - Does it Matter? * If you did not glance at the calendar today, you may have thought it was early...

By Ian Livingston | May 18, 2009; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Renaming Climate Change - Does it Matter?

* Full Forecast: Gradually Warmer | NatCast * Global warming. Climate Change. Anthropogenic [man-made] climate change. Climate disruption. Voldemort. These are the most popular terms, in descending order, which are currently used to refer to the recent phenomenon of increasing global average surface temperatures due primarily to human activities, which...

By Andrew Freedman | May 18, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (23)

Forecast: Week Starts Cool, Turns Warm Then Wet

* NatCast: Dry and Chilly | Later: Renaming Climate Change * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Becoming mostly sunny. Mid-60s. | Tonight: Clear and cool. 38-46. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. 72-76. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL It's hard to believe that it's late May, and we're still talking about 30s...

By Jason Samenow | May 18, 2009; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

NatCast: Dry and Chilly

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. PiratesMonday, May 18, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain58F53FClear and Calm0%I definitely advise an extra layer for this evening, as temperatures fall through the 50s. Enjoy the crisp, dry weather!   NatCast appears on...

By Jason Samenow | May 18, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Forecast: Showers End, Cool Weather Follows

* NatCast: Cool and Breezy | Great Falls Flowing * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Early showers, then gradual clearing. 60-65. | Tonight: Clearing, cool. 40-45. | Tomorrow: Sunny and cool, 64-67. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Good growing weather continues, at least for the grass and weeds, as yesterday's...

By Brian Jackson | May 17, 2009; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (10)

NatCast: Cool and Breezy

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. PhilliesSunday, May 17, 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain62F63FDecreasing clouds, cool20%A light Nat's jacket would be a good idea to bring along today. A slight chance of a shower exists in the early innings...

By Brian Jackson | May 17, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strong Storms Possible; Mugginess Continues

* Full Forecast | Great Falls Photos | Weekend Rain is Parents' Pain * Muggy air and an approaching cold front are combining to produce a good chance of some storms in the metro area this evening and tonight. Along with the potential for heavy downpours, some storms could be...

By Dan Stillman | May 16, 2009; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

Forecast: Warm & Humid, Storms Developing Late

Gradual clearing Sunday * PreaknessCast | NatCast | Great Falls Photography * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Humid, chance of afternoon storms. Low 80s. | Tonight: Showers and t'storms. Near 60. | Tomorrow: Chance of morning showers, afternoon clearing. Near 70. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL It's a HUGE weekend...

By Jason Samenow | May 16, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

NatCast: Muggy Matinee, Stormy Nightcap

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. PhilliesSaturday, May 16, 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First GameSecond GameWeatherChance of RainLow 80sMid-70sT'storm chances increasing30 and 60%The first game will be partly sunny and muggy, with temperatures maxing out in the low 80s. Showers...

By Jason Samenow | May 16, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PreaknessCast: Muggy with Chance of Storms

* D.C. Area Full Forecast | Preakness Preview * Preakness StakesSaturday, 6:15 p.m., Pimlico Race Course Afternoon HighRace Time (6:15 p.m.)WeatherChance of Precip.81F77FChance of storms40%When gates at Pimlico open at 8 a.m. for InfieldFest, it will probably be mostly cloudy and mild with temperatures in the upper 60s. Some sun...

By Jason Samenow | May 16, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

PM Update: A Few Storms Through Sunset

Warm again Saturday; Severe thunderstorms late? * NatCast | PreaknessCast | Great Falls Flowing, in Pictures and Video * From the feel of things, summer can't be too far off. Muggy dew points above 60 combined with temperatures rising to near 80 made today feel a bit uncomfortable outside, especially...

By Ian Livingston | May 15, 2009; 5:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Great Falls Flowing, in Pictures and Video

* Full Forecast | NatCast | PreaknessCast | Parents vs. Weekend Rain * The Potomac River flows fast and furious at Great Falls on Wednesday. There was no sign of our recent drought at Great Falls this past Wednesday. The river, swollen from the recent rain, cascaded over the falls...

By Kevin Ambrose | May 15, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Forecast: Weekend Storms, But When?

Best chance of rain is late Saturday into Sunday * NatCast | PreaknessCast | For Parents, Weekend Rain is a Pain * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Partly sunny. A passing a.m. shower? 40% chance p.m. showers/storms. Upper 70s to near 80. | Tonight: A shower or storm early? Mid-60s. | Tomorrow:...

By Camden Walker | May 15, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (8)

NatCast: Mild & Muggy; Maybe a Thundershower

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. PhilliesFriday, May 15, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain76F72FThundershower?30-40%Humid conditions may be accompanied by a scattered shower or thundershower, but any interruptions to the game shouldn't last too long.   NatCast appears on the...

By Josh Larson | May 15, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

PM Update: Showers and Thunderstorms Tonight

Near 80 again on Friday; Unsettled weather continues * For Parents, Weekend Rain is One Big Pain | Sunny Sunday Photos * Clouds dominated the day today with just a few peeks of sunshine. A stiff south wind has brought in more warmth and humidity with highs rising mainly to...

By Ian Livingston | May 14, 2009; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (20)

For Parents, Weekend Rain is One Big Pain

* Full Forecast: T-Storms Today? | Photos: A Sunny Mom's Day * Sorry moms and dads. That nasty four-letter word is in the weekend forecast: R-A-I-N. I've never been a big fan of weekend rain. Sure, there was a time when I didn't see it as the worst thing in...

By Dan Stillman | May 14, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (18)

Forecast: Warm, Humid and Thundershowery

Unsettled and, at times, wet through the weekend * Mother's Day Photography | Later: Challenges of Rainy Day Parenting * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy; milder. Thundershowers? Upper 70s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy; thundershowers. Low 60s. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Thundershowers? Near 80. | Tomorrow Night: Mostly cloudy. Thundershowers? Low...

By Josh Larson | May 14, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

PM Update: Milder Tonight, Cloudier Tomorrow

T-storms late Thursday? Unsettled into weekend * Sunny Sunday Photos | The World of Big Weather Media * Plentiful morning sunshine has been gradually giving way to increased cloudiness today, but that has not stopped it from being another beautiful one. Temperatures are now settling into the low-and-mid 70s for...

By Ian Livingston | May 13, 2009; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (4)

A Sunny Mother's Day in Arlington and Alexandria

* Full Forecast | Changes in Big Weather Media | More CWG Photos * U.S. Marine Corps Memorial and a plane departing National Airport under sunny skies. My dad visited this weekend and we decided to spend Sunday seeing some local Virginia hot spots: The U.S. Air Force Memorial, U.S....

By Ian Livingston | May 13, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Forecast: Pleasant Weather Just Passing Through

Shower chances return late Thursday into weekend * Re-framing Emissions Goals | Later: Sunny Mother's Day Photos * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly sunny a.m. Partly cloudy p.m. 68-73. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated shower? 50s. | Tomorrow: Sun & clouds. Stray shower? 40% chance late-day showers/t-storms. | A Look Ahead...

By Dan Stillman | May 13, 2009; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (9)

PM Update: Chilly Night; Pleasant Wednesday

Temperatures rise a bit tomorrow * The World of Big Weather Media | Re-framing Emissions Goals * Blue skies, mixed with puffy cumulus clouds, combined for a quiet and enjoyable springtime day across the area. Temperatures remain a few degrees below normal (now in the mid-70s) with highs mostly reaching...

By Ian Livingston | May 12, 2009; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (4)

Around the World of Big Weather Media

*Two days of beautiful sunshine: Full Forecast * AccuWeather and The Weather Channel (TWC), two of the heavyweights in the weather reporting business, are bringing aboard new talent and management. And what would personnel changes in the media be without some irony and intrigue...? *AccuWeather has snagged veteran on-camera meteorologist...

By Jason Samenow | May 12, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Forecast: A Duo of Comfortably Cool Days

* Climate Goals | Later: Around the World of Weather Media * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly sunny, high near 70. Tonight: Mostly clear, cool. 36-46. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, again. 70-73. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Very low relative humidity, like the kind we will see today into...

By Matt Rogers | May 12, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Line of T'storms to Roll Through Region

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. Radar indicates a line of storms will sweep through the metro region in the...

By Capital Weather Gang | May 11, 2009; 6:26 PM ET | Comments (9)

PM Update: An Evening Shower; Thunder?

Sun tomorrow but on the cool side * Scientists Suggest Re-framing Emissions Goals * Clouds, some showers and cool weather returned today, with highs generally topping out in the low 60s. Fortunately these conditions won't stick around nearly as long this time as the last. Clouds and the risk of...

By Ian Livingston | May 11, 2009; 5:45 PM ET | Comments (4)

Scientists Suggest Re-framing Emissions Goals

* Cool and damp, but dry weather to return: Full Forecast * "Climate scientists have begun to feel like a bunch of Noahs - thousands of Noahs," University of Victoria in British Columbia climate scientist Andrew Weaver told the British science journal Nature, in an article in its April 30...

By Andrew Freedman | May 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

Forecast: Briefly Rainy Today, Then Pleasant

* Later: Re-framing Climate Goals * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Cloudy, patchy rain. 60-64. | Tonight: Clearing and cool. 44-49. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Near 70. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL If there's a way for it to rain this spring, it will. This time yesterday, a sunny Monday...

By Jason Samenow | May 11, 2009; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (4)

Update: Monday Trends Cloudy With Rain Chance

We mentioned on Friday that Monday was looking partly sunny with no rain, but that we needed to keep an eye on cloud cover and some showers to the south just in case. Indeed, latest indications are (despite our forecast from this morning) that our return to nice weather may...

By Dan Stillman | May 10, 2009; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (5)

Forecast: No Rain on Mom's Parade

* Drought Out, Pollen In | Weather & Swine Flu * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly sunny, breezy. 72-75 | Tonight: Mostly clear. 48-51. | Tomorrow: Sun and clouds. 68-72. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Say good-bye to the damp pattern as high pressure begins to take residence over...

By Brian Jackson | May 10, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Severe Thunderstorm Watch South of Region

Isolated strong storms possible in metro area * Watch includes Calvert County in Md., and points to the southwest (map) until 9 p.m. | Full Forecast | UnitedCast * Though it's a warm and seemingly tranquil afternoon, a few storms may fire up later this afternoon and this evening, especially...

By Jason Samenow | May 9, 2009; 2:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Forecast: Warm & Drier, But Slight P.M. Storm Risk

* UnitedCast | Drought Out, Pollen In | Weather & Swine Flu * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Partly sunny. P.M. storms? Low 80s. | Tonight: Clearing. 55-60. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy. 71-75. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Our weather is definitely trending drier after a very wet 10-day...

By Jason Samenow | May 9, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

UnitedCast: Remote Thunderstorm Risk

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Soccer Insider * United vs. Toronto FCSaturday, May 9, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain75F70FPartly cloudy20%There's a very slight chance a thunderstorm could affect the beginning of the game, but any storminess will probably be done before it starts. Temperatures...

By Jason Samenow | May 9, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

PM Update: Sun Returns; Storms Tonight

More warmth and thunderstorm chances Saturday * Drought Out, Pollen In | Greensburg Goes Green * At long last, we have been graced with sunshine today. Said sun has helped temperatures soar into the upper 70s to near 80 this afternoon -- a much needed respite from the recent rain....

By Ian Livingston | May 8, 2009; 8:30 PM ET | Comments (11)

Drought Down & Out; Pollen Poised to Return

* Full Forecast: Drier Times Ahead | Weather & Swine Flu * Joggers run yesterday morning past floodwalls that were raised along the Potomac River in Georgetown. When not threatened, the walls are lowered down to the walkway level out of sight. (Gerald Martineau/Washington Post). Click here for larger size....

By Dan Stillman | May 8, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Forecast: Same Ol' Showers; Drier by Mom's Day

Storm chances, mugginess continue through Saturday * A Greener Greensburg After Tornado | Later: Bye-Bye Drought * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Morning fog/mist, then some sun. Late-afternoon/evening showers & storms? 75-80. | Tonight: More showers & storms? Low 60s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny & muggy. Chance of showers & storms. Upper...

By Camden Walker | May 8, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

PM Update: Scattered Storms Through Evening

Mostly cloudy, warm and some showers/storms Friday * Greensburg Goes Green After Tornado | Summer & Swine Flu * Near-average temperatures returned today as a southwest wind helped highs rise into the 70s. Scattered showers and thundershowers that blew through during the midday mixed with breaks of sun in many...

By Ian Livingston | May 7, 2009; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (9)

A Greener Greensburg Two Years After Tornado

* Full Forecast | Will Summer Weather Suppress Swine Flu? * Steps were all that was left of a Greensburg, Kansas, church dismantled by the EF5 tornado that devastated the small town on May 4, 2007. Photo taken Oct. 14, 2008, by CWG's Ann Posegate. Two years ago this week,...

By Ann Posegate | May 7, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (4)

Forecast: Rain Chances Run Rampant

Sun at times though; milder * Weather & Swine Flu | Later: Greensburg, 2 Years After Tornado * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy; milder. Showers? Upper 70s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy; shower? Upper 50s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. PM storm? Near 80. | Tomorrow Night: Mostly cloudy. Shower? Low 60s....

By Josh Larson | May 7, 2009; 8:40 AM ET | Comments (18)

Potent Storms, Particularly Southeast of D.C.

Tornado Watch Southeast and South of D.C. * Tornado Watch, in effect until 4 a.m., includes parts of Anne Arundel, Calvert, and Charles counties in Md. (view map) * Showers and thunderstorms, with embedded torrential downpours, are pivoting through the metro area from southwest to northeast. Rainfall amounts will conservatively...

By Jason Samenow | May 6, 2009; 9:13 PM ET | Comments (17)

PM Update: More Rain and Some Storms Tonight

Back into the 70s Thursday, more showers possible * Will Summer Weather Suppress Swine Flu? | A Mild and Wet April * The sun made some rare appearances through the clouds today. Sadly for clear-sky fans, clouds are going to win out again and more rain threatens for the evening...

By Ian Livingston | May 6, 2009; 5:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

Will Summer Weather Suppress Swine Flu?

* Full Forecast | An Imperfect Temperature Forecast * Laboratory image of the swine flu virus. Courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bring on the heat -- and the humidity. Bad hair days may be just what the doctor ordered for slowing the spread of swine flu. Traditional flu...

By Ann Posegate | May 6, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Forecast: Sun Still Elusive as Weather Warms

Next round of rain late today * April Recap | Later: Will Summer Slow Swine Flu? * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy. 40% chance of showers by evening. Upper 60s to near 70. | Tonight: Showers and storms (70% chance). Breezy. Low 60s. | Tomorrow: Morning showers? Then an isolated...

By Dan Stillman | May 6, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (9)

PM Update: Here Comes Another Batch of Rain

Warmer Wednesday, some more showers possible Flood Warning for the Potomac River at Point of Rocks * A Mild & Wet April | Weather Checker | Stunning NASA Imagery * Surprise, surprise! More clouds visited us today and more rain is on the way. Temperatures have warmed up a bit...

By Ian Livingston | May 5, 2009; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (7)

An Imperfect Temperature Forecast

Weather Checker * Full Forecast | NatCast | April Climate Recap * Weather Checker is an outsider's analysis of CWG's forecast accuracy. See previous Weather Checker posts. By Jamie Yesnowitz Brian Jackson's forecast for yesterday (Monday) published on Sunday provided a good opportunity to critique a temperature prediction since the...

By Capital Weather Gang | May 5, 2009; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Recap: A Mild and Wet April

* Warmer But Wet: Full Forecast | NatCast * The National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. released its climate summary for April yesterday. Here are a few highlights from the Reagan National Airport (DCA) summary: Temperatures finished the month 0.9 degrees above average. The highest temperature was 92 on April...

By Jason Samenow | May 5, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Forecast: Warmer, But Can't Shake the Showers

* NatCast | Stunning NASA Imagery | Later: April Recap * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Cloudy; showers, mainly in the p.m. 61-65. Tonight: Cloudy, showers (80% chance). 52-56. | Tomorrow: Status quo showers (60% chance). 66-70. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Our dreary Monday weather is behind us. High...

By Matt Rogers | May 5, 2009; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (6)

NatCast: Possible Showers

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. AstrosTuesday, May 5, 12:35 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain63F65FScattered Showers40%Rain chances increase deeper into afternoon and the late innings. Chances are good the game will be played. Clouds abound, but temperatures will be warmer...

By Matt Rogers | May 5, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PM Update: Heavier Rain Breaks For Now

Cool through Tuesday with some occasional showers * NatCast | NASA Celebrates Ten Years of Stunning Images * Clouds, rain and a northeasterly wind have helped keep the area much cooler than normal today as highs generally rise (or really, remain steady) to the mid-50s. Much of the area has...

By Ian Livingston | May 4, 2009; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

NASA Celebrates Ten Years of Stunning Images

* A Wet Start to Week: Full Forecast | NatCast * Extratropical Cyclones near Iceland posted by NASA on January 2, 2007. Voted by Earth Observatory readers as a "top 10" image. Last week marked the 10th anniversary of NASA's Earth Observatory, which is one of the best places on...

By Andrew Freedman | May 4, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Forecast: Week Starts Wet, Will Turn Warmer

* NatCast | Later: Stunning Images of the Earth * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Periods of rain. Near 60. | Tonight: Rain gradually diminishing. 50-55. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. 65-69. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Are you sick of the clouds and the rain yet? Hang on for another...

By Jason Samenow | May 4, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (26)

NatCast: Rain to End?

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. AstrosMonday, May 4, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain58F57FRain diminishing50%After yesterday's rain-out, today's rain may end in time for tonight's game to be playable. Lingering rain should diminish in coverage and intensity throughout the...

By Jason Samenow | May 4, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Forecast: Damp Days Ahead

Sunday showers followed by more on Monday * NatCast: On the Wet Side * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Rain showers. 59-63 | Tonight: Chance of showers. 50-53. | Tomorrow: A.M. rain, afternoon showers. 61-64. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Ready yourself for a good dousing of rain during the...

By Brian Jackson | May 3, 2009; 4:15 PM ET | Comments (10)

NatCast: On the Wet Side

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. CardinalsSunday, May 3, 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain62F61FRain likely70%It's likely to be a wet day at Nationals Park. Light to moderate rain is a strong possibility at times and it's iffy whether the...

By Jason Samenow | May 3, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mostly Dry Evening Ahead

Rain a better bet on Sunday Despite the earlier forecast for numerous showers late this afternoon and evening, it now looks like most rain should hold off until later tonight. Through midnight or so, just a few sprinkles or isolated showers should be in the picture with temperatures in the...

By Jason Samenow | May 2, 2009; 5:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

UnitedCast: Slight Shower Chance

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Soccer Insider * United vs. DallasSaturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain68F66FMostly cloudy30%The game should end up being mostly dry with just a slight chance of showers. Temperatures will be comfortable -- in the upper 60s.   UnitedCast...

By Jason Samenow | May 2, 2009; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (4)

Forecast: Wet Weekend and Early Week

* NatCast | UnitedCast | Weather Trivia | Photo Shoot * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Chance of showers, especially in the afternoon. Low 70s. | Tonight: Chance of showers, especially early. Near 60. | Tomorrow: Rain likely. 60-65. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL Last weekend this time, we were...

By Jason Samenow | May 2, 2009; 8:15 AM ET | Comments (7)

NatCast: Mild with Chance of Showers

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. CardinalsSaturday, May 2, 1:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain72F69FMostly cloudy, showers possible50%Some scattered showers are possible -- especially late in the game, but there's a decent chance (60% chance) they'll get the game in...

By Jason Samenow | May 2, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

PM Update: Showers on the Way Out for Evening?

A cloudy and sometimes showery weekend upcoming * NatCast | Weather Trivia | Air Quality Awareness Week: Day 5 * A sometimes gusty south wind helped temperatures climb into the mid-70s this afternoon even though the area was socked in with clouds through mid-afternoon. A few showers moved through during...

By Ian Livingston | May 1, 2009; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

Weather Trivia: Think Trillions, Not Billions

* Full Forecast: T-Storms Today? | NatCast | Capitol Sunrise Photos * "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money," the late Senator Everett Dirksen is supposed to have said in the early 1960s. That was then. Now, in the context of today's federal budget,...

By Steve Tracton | May 1, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

NatCast: Mild, Shower/Storm at the Onset?

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. St. LouisFriday May 1, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain70F66FClamy; Shower/Storm?30%While a passing shower or thunderstorm can't be ruled out, especially leading up to and just before first pitch, chances are looking better for...

By Camden Walker | May 1, 2009; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Forecast: May Begins Milder but Off-and-on Wet

Daily shower & storm chances through weekend * NatCast | Sunrise Photos | Later - Weather Trivia: Think Trillions * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy. Occasional showers (60% chance). P.M. T-storms? Mid-70s. | Tonight: Decreased chance of rain. Around 60. | Tomorrow: Showers likely. P.M. storms? 70s. | Sunday: Clouds...

By Camden Walker | May 1, 2009; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (9)

 

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