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Capital Weather Gang: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Forecast: Sunshine and a modest warm-up

The chilly air that brought the abrupt end to our midweek heat wave won't have much staying power. High temperatures bottomed out yesterday, when they were held to the upper 50s. Today, we start to warm back up with temperatures climbing into the 60s. And on Sunday, we're back into the 70s. Sunshine all weekend long will delight outdoor enthusiasts and it looks to hang on into early next week though temperatures will cool back down a bit.

By Jason Samenow  | April 10, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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PM Update: Cool breezes through tonight

Back near average Saturday; Awesome Sunday! * Our weather is not so normal | Pollen is blowin' in the wind * * Clouds and more: Weather Wall | Pollen, AQI & UV: Health page * Highs today are cooler than average for the first time in over a week, and...

By Ian Livingston  | April 9, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Normally, our weather is not so normal

A few weeks ago, some of you may remember my article, "Believe it or not, D.C.'s is a Climate to Relish," in which I argued that, despite our winter of record-setting snow, the D.C. area's climate -- the highs, the lows, the extremes and the normals -- is relatively tame compared to other parts of the country. As a postscript to that article, and in the wake of yet another period of notable weather (this time a stretch of summer heat in early April), I will now focus on the latter of those climate components -- the "normals."

By Don Lipman  | April 9, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Forecast: Welcome back, spring!

Today's winds and considerably cooler air are courtesy last night's stormy cold front. Hope you didn't sustain any storm damage? While temperatures closer to average over the next several days will feel cool compared to the recent heat, we'll still be able to revel in plenty of splendid sun.

By Camden Walker  | April 9, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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PM Update: Showers and storms into night

Main severe threat is isolated wind damage * Trees down around town | Pollen is blowin' in the wind * * Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | CWG T-Shirts * Our April heat is departing and it went out with a bang in some spots. Highs that made...

By Ian Livingston  | April 8, 2010; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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The pollen, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The single biggest complaint I've heard about this week's weather is neither the above-normal heat, nor the crowds of tourists ... It's allergies. The sudden burst of warmth and sun combined with the lack of rainfall over the past several days have sent trees that were snow-bound just weeks ago into a reproduction frenzy. Tree pollen has been the main culprit.

By Ann Posegate  | April 8, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Forecast: Season's first severe t'storm threat

Our premature taste of summer may end with a bang today with the threat of strong thunderstorms late this afternoon. More typical spring conditions will follow the storms. Tomorrow will feel almost cold, but surprise, the readings will actually be very close to normal for this time of year. It may even be chilly enough for pockets of frost in coldest areas tomorrow night. The weekend will be very pleasant with light winds and moderating temperatures.

By David Streit  | April 8, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Thunderstorms may add to stadium fireworks

Thunderstorms are likely to sweep through the area sometime during the game. The good news is they are likely to be fairly fast moving but the first rain delay of the season is a distinct possibility.

By David Streit  | April 8, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: End to record heat in sight

Chance of t-storms late Thurs., then much cooler * 3 years ago today: snow | Heat poll | Nats-Phillies forecast * * CWG T-Shirts | Clouds and more: Weather Wall | Get There * Another day and another record at Dulles, where the high has reached at least 90 so...

By Ian Livingston  | April 7, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Spring: in one day, out the next

Perhaps the words of Robert Frost best describe Washington's weather so far this spring: The sun was warm but the wind was chill.

By Ann Posegate  | April 7, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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What a difference three years makes

As we're sweating through some of the hottest April weather in recent memory, can you believe it actually snowed on this day three years ago?

By Jason Samenow  | April 7, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Forecast: April heat wave still in high gear

My goodness, was yesterday a warm one or what?... The unusual warmth hangs around through tomorrow, before a cold front passing through tomorrow night ushers in much cooler, but overall still pleasant, weather for Friday and the weekend. The only chance of disruptive weather over the next several days comes later tomorrow into tomorrow night.

By Dan Stillman  | April 7, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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NatCast: As mild as a mid-summer evening

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. PhilliesWednesday April 7, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of RainLow 80sLow-to-mid 70sMostly clear%You have permission to wear short-sleeves and even shorts. Just don't get used to this... there will probably be some bundle-up kind of...

By Dan Stillman  | April 7, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: Mid-summer or still early April?

More record highs broken; Hot again on Wed. * Cherry blossom sunrise | March recap | TV climate coverage * * CWG T-Shirts | Radar and more: Weather Wall | Get There * OK, what happened to spring? High temperatures ranging from the mid-80s (mostly upper 80s except near water)...

By Ian Livingston  | April 6, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Easter Sunrise in Washington

It was 6:10am on Easter Sunday morning and I was crawling toward the Tidal Basin in a blossom-related traffic jam. I was hoping to do a sunrise photo shoot, but I also had to be back for an Easter service at 8:00am to watch my kid sing in the choir. With sunrise at 6:48 a.m., there was not much time to photograph.

By Kevin Ambrose  | April 6, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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March recap: The month of melting snow piles

As high as the snow piles from February's epic snows reached into the sky, most were no match for March's mild temperatures. Melting occurred uninterrupted in the warmer parts of the region. As I mentioned last week, the temperature did not dip to freezing the entire month at Reagan National Airport (DCA), for the first time on record. In fact, the average low temperature at DCA was warmer than it has ever been since records have been kept.

By Jason Samenow  | April 6, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Forecast: Spring sunburst offers summer sizzle

A large ridge of high pressure will be anchored over the area for most of the next three days. The result will be impressive early season heat for the entire East Coast. Now, these 80s will not equate with the typically more humid summer versions, but we could notice a slight increase in humidity in the coming days. Tomorrow has the best chance to see some areas touch 90 degrees for the first time this year.

By Matt Rogers  | April 6, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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PM Update: Turning up the heat

Big warmth before late-week return to near normal * TV weathermen should re-think climate coverage * * CWG T-Shirts | Clouds and more: Weather Wall | Get There * We have seen plenty of warmth recently and today was certainly no exception. Hope you like it, because we're about to...

By Ian Livingston  | April 5, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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TV weathermen should re-think climate coverage

It's no secret that weather forecasters and climate scientists don't see eye-to-eye about global climate change. Weather geeks, including TV meteorologists ('TV mets,' in media lingo), tend to be far more skeptical that human activities are changing Earth's climate than climate scientists, the vast majority of whom view the human influence as a near certainty.

By Andrew Freedman  | April 5, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Forecast: A midweek spell of summer-like heat

What a spring we've had so far. Only two days in the past 30 have been cooler than average and we've had 11 days with highs at least 68. Today will be another spring-like day but tomorrow and Wednesday we skip a season with conditions more typical of summer. Temperatures will climb at least into the mid-80s with some spots making a serious run at 90, especially Wednesday. It will cool down briefly Friday, but temps gradually rebound over the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  | April 5, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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NatCast: Obama to bring the heat

Temperatures will be much warmer than average when President Obama throws out the ceremonial opening pitch and may max out around 80 degrees.

By Jason Samenow  | April 5, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: A whole lot of "nice"

I'm running out of ways to say "nice" for this recent stretch of weather we're enjoying. There's not much change looming either, and what little chance for showers we do have, Monday night/Tuesday morning, will likely occur while we're all asleep, clearing out in time for some 80s by mid-week! Any meaningful cool down waits until at least Thursday.

By Brian Jackson  | April 4, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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