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Capital Weather Gang: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

Forecast: Saturday showers; Sunday storms?

We've had so much good weather this spring, that it's almost become difficult to imagine a weekend with anything less than picture perfect conditions. But this weekend isn't going to deliver due to chances of rain.

By Jason Samenow  | April 24, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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NatCast: Shower chances increase

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. DodgersSaturday April 24, 1:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of RainNear 60Near 60Cloudy, chance of showers50%As the game wears on, the shower chances increase. The rain isn't likely to be that heavy and the bulk of...

By Jason Samenow  | April 24, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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PM Update: Get outside this evening, weekend iffy

Showers Saturday and storm risk on Sunday * Severe storm, tornado season cranks up | NatCast * * Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | CWG T-Shirts * Today shaped up to be another great one around here as pleasant daytime temperatures climbing through the 60s top out in...

By Ian Livingston  | April 23, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Severe storm, tornado season cranks up

After a quiet start to the spring severe weather season, more than 30 tornadoes ripped across the Plains on Thursday with more than 100 severe reports altogether. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) expects the severe threat to continue today into tonight, shifting several hundred miles to the east.

By Ian Livingston  | April 23, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Forecast: Fabulous Friday, then weekend showers

First the great news: Today's sunny and 70 will be pretty amazing! However, clouds increase tonight, and the likelihood of showers and thunderstorms isn't too far behind. On the bright side, there is hope that neither Saturday nor Sunday will be total washouts, and temperatures remain mild through the weekend. But we'll have a hard time shaking the shower chances even as we get into next week.

By Camden Walker  | April 23, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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NatCast: Some clouds, but comfortable

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. DodgersFriday April 23, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of RainUpper 60sLow 60sPartly cloudy10%A great night at the stadium, at least as far as the weather is concerned. Besides some clouds, temps in the 60s sound...

By Camden Walker  | April 23, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: Passing shower?... Fantastic Friday

Weekend showers or storms possible * News & Notes: An Earth day mishmash | NatCast * * Outside now? Radar, temps & more: Weather Wall | CWG T-Shirts * After a modest watering yesterday, the greenery soaked up a whole bunch of rays today and hopefully you had at least...

By Ian Livingston  | April 22, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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News & Notes: An Earth day mishmash

Happy Earth Day. It's been a while since I've prepared a random assortment of weather odds and ends. So here are a few fun, maybe informative? items...

By Jason Samenow  | April 22, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Forecast: Two pretty nice days ahead

At first glance this forecast looked like a loser, but on closer examination I think it's going to be better than some expect. Today will be more sunny than cloudy despite the chance of an isolated late-afternoon shower or two. Moreover, Friday will definitely be a winner with sun and mild temperatures. Though the weekend won't be sunny and beautiful, showers may be more miss than hit at times -- with the best chance of rain Saturday night into early Sunday -- and highs in the mid-60s to near 70 won't be far from normal.

By David Streit  | April 22, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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NatCast: Mild with small shower chance

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. RockiesThursday April 22, 4:35 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of RainNear 70Mid-60sPartly cloudy20%A passing shower isn't out of the question. Otherwise, it should be quite pleasant with temperatures dropping into the 60s as the sun starts...

By David Streit  | April 22, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: Rain to depart, but watch for fog

Pleasant on Thursday and Friday; Wet weekend? * Earth Day turns 40: Celebrate with local events | NatCast * * Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | CWG T-Shirts * Light to sometimes moderate rain that began this morning and lasted into the midday became intermittent during the afternoon....

By Ian Livingston  | April 21, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Earth Day turns 40: Celebrate with local events

Forty years ago, the inaugural Earth Day took the country by storm. On April 22, 2010, over 20 million American citizens, including teachers, students and community leaders in more than 1,000 cities and towns across the country, raised awareness of environmental degradation in their communities and demanded government protection for the natural environment.

By Ann Posegate  | April 21, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Forecast: Briefly cooler today with showers

If Mother Nature had a suggestions box, it would probably be pretty empty right now, other than a "quit it, already" leftover from after the February snowstorms. Customer satisfaction has to be quite high considering the lopsided count of spectacular days vs. stinkers this spring. While today may not be a total stinker, it will most certainly draw complaints with showers and cooler temperatures. Nicer weather is back for most of tomorrow and Friday before showers threaten again this weekend.

By Dan Stillman  | April 21, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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NatCast: Decreasing showers

Showers should diminish as the evening progresses, though some mist or drizzle may remain. My hunch is they'll get this game in, although there may be a rain delay if the steadier showers expected for the afternoon last into early evening.

By Dan Stillman  | April 21, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: April showers on tap tomorrow

Sunshine returns for Thursday and Friday * Weather sayings: Do they have any value? | NatCast * * Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | CWG T-Shirts * Despite a little more in the way of clouds than expected, today turned out pretty typical for this time in April,...

By Ian Livingston  | April 20, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Weather sayings: Do they have any value?

In earlier times, before weather satellites, radar, and even the U.S. Weather Bureau (founded around 1870), farmers, sailors, etc. needed an easy way of associating the precursors of weather changes with the actual weather that followed.

By Don Lipman  | April 20, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Forecast: Sunny and warmer today

The combination of dominant sunshine and warmer temperatures may make today a contender for best day of the week. While still cool, this morning should start out a bit warmer than yesterday, allowing the area to make a solid run at 70 degrees. After a cooler day tomorrow with possible showers, some sun and slight warming returns for the end of the week. Weekend rain chances are still looming. So get out there and enjoy today if you can!

By Matt Rogers  | April 20, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Natcast: Nice night to rock the Rockies

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. RockiesToday, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of RainMid-60sNear 60Partly cloudy and mild10%While clouds will begin moving into the area this evening, temperatures should hold in the comfortable 60s with very little chance of rain for...

By Matt Rogers  | April 20, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: Mostly clear and calm

Temperatures approach 70 on Tuesday * Iceland volcano unlikely to cause global cooling | NatCast * * Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | CWG T-Shirts * If you don't mind some wind -- which was lighter than over the weekend but still gusty -- today was a fairly...

By Ian Livingston  | April 19, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Iceland volcano unlikely to cause global cooling

The eruption of Mt. Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland has had a chilling effect on air travel, but unless the eruption starts lofting far greater amounts of volcanic material higher into the atmosphere than it has to date, or continues unabated for months, the volcano with the tongue-twisting name probably will not join the ranks of famous climate-altering volcanoes, such as Mt. Tambora in Indonesia and Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines.

By Andrew Freedman  | April 19, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Forecast: Slow and steady warming

For the first several days of the week, we'll edge closer and closer to 70 degree territory. By mid-to-late week, we'll reach it. Warmer weather fans we'll be glad to know that in a week, 70 will, in fact, be average. Having said that, we've been no stranger to 70-degree weather this month despite our coolish weekend: the average high has been in the low 70s. While temperatures have been warmer than average, it's been drier than average. And we'll be dry for a lot of this week, although showers may threaten this weekend.

By Jason Samenow  | April 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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NatCast: Clear and cool

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. Rockies7:05 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of RainUpper 50sLow 50sClear0%Another chilly night at Nationals Park, with temps in the 50s. Bring along the jacket but the rain gear can stay home.   NatCast appears on the...

By Jason Samenow  | April 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: A chilly Sunday, but turning milder

When the last several cold fronts have passed through the region, temperatures have quickly rebounded into the 70s and 80s. This time the warm-up won't be so fast, but I don't think we'll have much to complain about. While today holds a bit of a chill, we'll soon be rewarded with seasonable temperatures warming into the mid-to-upper 60s and plenty of sunshine.

By Brian Jackson  | April 18, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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NatCast: A cool day for a cold one at the ballpark

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Nationals Journal * Nationals vs. Brewers1:35 p.m., Nationals Park First Pitch9th InningWeatherChance of RainMid-50sNear 60Partly to mostly sunny10%Definitely wear a long sleeve t-shirt under your Nats jersey today! Conditions will improve throughout the game as more sun comes to shine on those...

By Brian Jackson  | April 18, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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