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Capital Weather Gang: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Forecast: Some sun and a windy chill

Cooler than average days have been tough to come by since early March, but we'll experience a pair of them this weekend. Behind last night's front, Canadian air funnels into the region, capping afternoon temperatures in the 60-65 degree range. Once the weekend ends, a slow and steady warming trend begins. There's no rain to worry about in the foreseeable future.

By Jason Samenow  | April 17, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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UnitedCast: Crisp air for big kicks

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Soccer Insider * United vs. Chicago FireSaturday April 17, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium KickoffFinal WhistleWeatherChance of RainUpper 50sLow 50sPartly cloudy10%The air will be chilly, dropping through the 50s (and with a breeze at times), so be sure to have a jacket. All...

By Jason Samenow  | April 17, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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NatCast: A little breezy & kind of cool

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. BrewersSaturday April 17, 1:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of RainMid-60sLow 60sPartly sunny10%Though you'll want at least a light jacket, it will be a pretty nice day at the park. It will be partly sunny and...

By Jason Samenow  | April 17, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: A risk of showers and storms

Back to below-average temperatures this weekend * Weather models: More than just pretty pictures | NatCast * * Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | CWG T-Shirts * As has been fairly standard on warm days this spring, highs reaching the mid-80s (and even some upper 80s) ended up...

By Ian Livingston  | April 16, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Weather models: More than just pretty pictures

You, too, can predict the weather * Short sleeves today, jackets tomorrow: Full Forecast | NatCast * Want to predict the weather? Or at least understand some of the pictures and numbers meteorologists look at when making their forecasts? Most of this information is available on the Internet to anyone,...

By Dan Stillman  | April 16, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Forecast: Short sleeves today, jackets tomorrow

Breezes from the west really warm us up today ahead of a cold front approaching from our northwest. The best chance of showers and storms associated with the front conveniently waits until later this evening into the overnight, and the rain threat should quickly diminish as we get into the weekend. While both Saturday and Sunday will be dramatically cooler than today, with sometimes gusty winds to boot, times of sun may still make the outdoors somewhat inviting.

By Camden Walker  | April 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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NatCast: Mild & breezy; late-game t-storm chance

For much of the game, we're looking at just a small chance of a shower or thundershower. But shower and storm chances increase to around 40% as we get into the later innings (from around 9 p.m. onward).

By Camden Walker  | April 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: Splendid tax day weather

Quite warm on Friday before weekend cooldown * Why is climate change popular online? | Flowers at Battlefield Park * * Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | CWG T-Shirts * Though you might be pulling your hair out today, the weather is surely not among the reasons. We...

By Ian Livingston  | April 15, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Why is climate change more popular online?

Here's a question I've been pondering lately: Why is climate science a wildly popular topic on the Web every day, yet it barely registers on the radar screen of the traditional press, unless of course there is an outbreak of extreme weather or a scientific brouhaha like the so-called 'climategate' affair (which was originally pushed by bloggers)? A closely related question is why skeptics of the well-supported conclusion that recent climate change is predominately manmade dominate the conversation online, but not in the traditional press?

By Andrew Freedman  | April 15, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Forecast: Beautiful today, cooler this weekend

Today will be a picture perfect one; the kind you want to save for those dog days of summer. However, we will then embark on a roller coaster ride of weather starting with a summery day on Friday capped by some late-evening thundershowers. Then we dive down to a weekend of much cooler temperatures. Isolated pockets of frost are even possible Sunday morning in the colder suburbs. Finally, we pull into the station with a seasonable day to start the work week on Monday.

By David Streit  | April 15, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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PM Update: Cool temperatures heading warmer

Well into the 70s Thursday and Friday * Flowers at Battlefield Park | Butterflies battered by Mother Nature * * Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | CWG T-Shirts * Although temperatures in the low-to- mid 60s are a bit below average this afternoon, it has turned into a...

By Ian Livingston  | April 14, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bluebells and Redbuds at Battlefield Park

The bluebells and redbuds were blooming at the same time this past weekend at the Manassas Battlefield Park, about a week-and-a-half ahead of schedule due to our recent warm weather. It was a beautiful scene along Bull Run near the Stone Bridge, with bluebells providing a carpet of blue along the forest floor and red buds providing splashes of lavender along the stream's bank.

By Kevin Ambrose  | April 14, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Forecast: Staying in the springtime groove

If there's one thing we Washingtonians feel entitled to (OK, there's probably more than one thing), it's a sufficient spring. Not a couple perfect spring days sandwiched between winter cold and summer heat, but rather a several-week stretch of moderate warmth. To a large degree, with exceptions such as last week's mini heat wave and yesterday's cool and damp one, spring 2010 has delivered. That trend continues over the next several days, though not without a chance of showers toward the weekend.

By Dan Stillman  | April 14, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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PM Update: A few more showers into evening

Sun returns tomorrow, warmer temps as well * Ann Posegate Science Feature: Guarding Antarctic ecosystems * * Butterflies battered by Mother Nature | Is April snow gone for good? * * Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | CWG T-Shirts * Periods of rain that began late this morning...

By Ian Livingston  | April 13, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Atmosphere's revenge? Monarchs in short supply

Normally this time of year, millions of real-life monarch butterflies are migrating from their winter haunts in Mexico toward the northern U.S. and Canada. This year, however, it seems the atmosphere has taken revenge by devastating the butterflies' winter sanctuary in the mountains of Mexico.

By Steve Tracton  | April 13, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Forecast: Cool & damp then warming back up

Temperatures take a 10-15 degree tumble today (compared to yesterday), so if you've been heading to work jacket-free of late, re-think that this morning. You also should bring along an umbrella, as damp flow from the east and a weak disturbance passing by combine to increase showers chances as the day goes on. While today's highs will be cooler than average, we should see above-normal levels again by Thursday and Friday with warm 70s. Over the weekend, we may dip back into the 60s with showers possible again Saturday.

By Matt Rogers  | April 13, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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PM Update: Another glorious evening

Rain, mainly light, arrives tomorrow afternoon * Is April snow becoming more rare? | Our weather is not so normal * * Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | CWG T-Shirts * April continued to produce today as mostly sunny skies led to another nice one with highs near...

By Ian Livingston  | April 12, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Is April snow in D.C. becoming more rare?

Despite the early-April warmth (and maybe to spite people who consider it a four letter word) some snow lovers can't ever get enough. So before we put to bed discussion of snow chances 'til 2010-11, let's take a look at what April typically has to offer metro region snow hounds. By the books, April provides close to nothing in the snow department. Nonetheless, snow does occasionally stick in April and an analysis of the stats tells an interesting story about its characteristics and long-term trends. Possibly the most important conclusion of my snow analysis is that snow of any consequence (of say, at least an 1") has always been fairly rare in the D.C. area during April. Interestingly, April snow might be a dying breed, at least in the city itself.

By Ian Livingston  | April 12, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Forecast: Sunny start to week, a little cooler

Since March began, more than 85% of our days have been warmer than average. The first week of April was the warmest on record. But temperatures this week will be pretty average, mainly holding in the 60s for highs. We'll also see a couple rain chances: Tuesday into Wednesday and once again late Friday into Saturday. Not the nicest of the weeks, but could be worse.

By Jason Samenow  | April 12, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Forecast: Continued stretch of sun for now

We'll warm up enough today to significantly improve on yesterday's pleasant, but slightly brisk conditions and to close out the weekend in style. Above-average temperatures briefly return before a dry cold front moves through to push us back to our climatalogical norms.

By Brian Jackson  | April 11, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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