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Capital Weather Gang: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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