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Capital Weather Gang: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009

Forecast: Gray Skies to Gradually Clear

* Outside Now?: Weather Wall | Hurricane Tracking Center * * New Tool for Hurricane Forecasting | Corn Moon Photos * * A Skeptical Take on Global Warming * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy. Mid-70s. | Tonight: Clearing. 57-63. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. 80-84. A Look Ahead |...

By Jason Samenow  | September 12, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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PM Update: Pesky Coastal Storm Moving Out

Clearing Saturday and quite nice on Sunday * New Tool for Hurricane Forecasting | Corn Moon Photos * * New! Get CWG's Express Forecast by E-mail: Sign Me Up * After several days of waiting for rain, it showed today. Some places south and west of the city probably wonder...

By Ian Livingston  | September 11, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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New Tool for Hurricane Forecasting: WISDOM

A WISDOM balloon is launched during last year's testing phase in Miami, Fl. Photo courtesy NOAA. The accuracy in predicting the track of tropical storms and hurricanes has increased substantially over the past decades. For example, the average error of the official National Hurricane Center 3-day forecasts has decreased from...

By Steve Tracton  | September 11, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Corn Moon Rising

* Nice Weather for the Weekend: Full Forecast * The Corn Moon rises above the Marine Corps Memorial Friday evening. A week ago today , the Full Corn Moon rose over Washington. The Corn Moon, sometimes called the Fruit Moon, occurs in late August or early September. Its name is...

By Kevin Ambrose  | September 11, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Forecast: Damp Friday, Winner of a Weekend

Clearing begins Saturday, returning to 80 degrees * Finding Fred: Hurricane Tracking Center | Weather Wall * * A Skeptical Take on Global Warming * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Showers likely, breezy. 69-73. | Tonight: 30% chance of lingering showers. Low 60s. | Tomorrow: Partial clearing. Around 80. | Sunday: Sunny...

By Camden Walker  | September 11, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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PM Update: Slow-Moving Storm Proves Tricky

Probably damp and cool Friday, unless we see some sun * A Skeptical Take on Global Warming | NatCast * * Follow Fred with our Hurricane Tracking Center * * New! Get CWG's Express Forecast by E-mail: Sign Me Up * Tricky forecasting of recent did not get easier today...

By Ian Livingston  | September 10, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A Skeptical Take on Global Warming

* Freedman: Response to Climate Depot Distortions -- New Comments * This Capital Weather Gang blog entry is written with considerable trepidation given the politically-charged atmosphere surrounding human-induced global warming. I am a meteorologist with a life-long weather fascination. As I'm sure you know, meteorology is an inexact science due...

By Matt Rogers  | September 10, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (226)
Categories:  Climate Change, Science  
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Learn How Scientists Predict Climate Change

Wx and the City Next week, the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation, is hosting a lecture on the "Emerging Science of Climate Change." Dr. Michael Winton, an oceanographer at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) of the...

By Ann Posegate  | September 10, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Climate Change, Posegate, Wx and the City  
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Forecast: Clouds, Showers Slowly to Depart Area

But no truly sunny & warm weather 'til the weekend * NatCast | What's Fred up to? Hurricane Tracking Center * * Ike Dike Proposed * | August Climate Summary * * Later: A Skeptical Take on Global Warming * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy & breezy; periodic showers. Low...

By Josh Larson  | September 10, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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NatCast: Cloudy with Showers Around

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. PhilliesThursday, Sep. 10, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain68F63FCloudy with showers65%Overcast skies and rounds of showers will make for less-than-ideal baseball weather. Bring your rain gear.   NatCast appears on the day of every...

By Josh Larson  | September 10, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: A Few Breaks Now, Not for Long

Thursday brings more of the same, clouds and some rain * Ike Dike Proposed for Texas Coast | NatCast | UnitedCast * * Follow Major Hurricane Fred with our Hurricane Tracking Center * * New! Get CWG's Express Forecast by E-mail: Sign Me Up * Scattered showers, focused mainly on...

By Ian Livingston  | September 9, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A Hot and Dry August for the Region

* Showers Here to Stay: Full Forecast | NatCast | UnitedCast * During August, temperatures were well above average while precipitation was lower than average across the region. Thanks to the National Weather Service Office in Sterling, Va. for these useful monthly weather summaries: Reagan National Airport (DCA) Summary: TEMPERATURES...

By Jason Samenow  | September 9, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ike Dike Proposed to Protect Texas Coast

* Showers Stick Around: Full Forecast | NatCast | UnitedCast * Landsat 7 images of Galveston, Texas before (left, 10/12/07) and after (right, 9/28/08) Hurricane Ike ("scarring" depicted by red color enhancement). Image courtesy NASA. One year after the Hurricane Ike's 20-foot storm surge devastated Galveston, Texas, and surrounding areas,...

By Ann Posegate  | September 9, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Forecast: Overcast, Cool & Damp Through Friday

First totally dry day may not arrive 'til Saturday * NatCast | UnitedCast | Hurricane Tracking Center * * 10 Things Weather Gang Forecasters Will Tell You * * Freedman: Response to Climate Depot Distortions -- New Comments * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Overcast; spotty showers. 72-77. | Tonight: Overcast with...

By Josh Larson  | September 9, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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UnitedCast: Mostly Cloudy, Slight Shower Chance

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Soccer Insider * United vs. Kansas City WizardsWednesday, August 9, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of Rain70F66FFew showers?30%Any showers will be widely scattered and light. Hopefully the bulk of the game will stay dry.   Updated at 3:15 p.m. UnitedCast appears...

By Josh Larson  | September 9, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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NatCast: Mostly Cloudy, Shower?

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. PhilliesWednesday, Sep. 9, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain71F68FShowers; drizzle?30%Plan on mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance for some drizzle or a few light showers. It's possible that much of the game may...

By Josh Larson  | September 9, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: Gray and Damp with Some Showers

More clouds and rain chances on Wednesday * 10 Things Weather Gang Forecasters Will Tell You | NatCast * * Follow Tropical Storm Fred with our Hurricane Tracking Center * * New! Get CWG's Express Forecast by E-mail: Sign Me Up * Bad news if you like sun, it's mostly...

By Ian Livingston  | September 8, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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10 Things Weather Gang Forecasters Will Tell You

By Jason Samenow and Dan Stillman The August issue of Smart Money features the article "10 Things Weather Forecasters Won't Say." The author, Jim Rendon, takes a candid look at the weather profession and draws 10 conclusions. In our opinion, some are fine, others are flawed, the rest somewhere in-between....

By Capital Weather Gang  | September 8, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Forecast: Bye Bye Dry (More Showers Seen)

* NatCast | Outside Right Now? Radar, Temps & More: Weather Wall * * Fred Forms: Hurricane Tracking Station * * Later: 10 Things Weather Gang Forecasters Will Tell You* EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly cloudy, cool with periods of rain. 70-75. Tonight: More clouds, some showers. 62-67.| Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy,...

By Matt Rogers  | September 8, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NatCast: Bring Rain Gear

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. PhilliesTuesday, September 8, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain69-7268-70Cloudy, showers40%Not a complete washout, but the I-95 clash between the Phillies and Nats could be challenged by Mother Nature at times too.   NatCast appears...

By Matt Rogers  | September 8, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Overcast, Damp Weather Moves In

* Radar, Temps, & More: Weather Wall | Hurricane Tracking Station * * New! Get CWG's Express Forecast by E-mail: Sign Me Up * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Cloudy, 40-50% chance of showers, especially in the p.m. 75-79. | Tonight: Increasing rain chances (50-60%). 64-67. | Tomorrow: Chance of rain (40%...

By Jason Samenow  | September 7, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Update: Labor Day Could Turn Cloudy, Wet Late?

A few showers also possible this evening * Full Forecast (from earlier) | Current Temps & More: Weather Wall * Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see...

By Jason Samenow  | September 6, 2009; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Forecast: Nice Weather Stretches to the Horizon

* NatCast | Outside Right Now? Radar, Temps & More: Weather Wall * * New! Get CWG's Express Forecast by E-mail: Sign Me Up * EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly sunny. 83-86. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 61-67. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. 80-83. | A Look Ahead FORECAST IN DETAIL There's not...

By Brian Jackson  | September 6, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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NatCast: Mostly Sunny, Very Warm

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. MarlinsSunday, September 6, 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of Rain79F83FMostly Sunny0%Sunscreen would be useful today if you plan on taking in the game in a sunny seat. Near perfect conditions continue to bathe us in...

By Brian Jackson  | September 6, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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