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Capital Weather Gang: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

Forecast: Same ol' sweat & storms for weekend

While it's not officially summer yet, a typical summertime weekend is on tap and veterans of D.C. area summers know the drill all too well: -- prepare for a mild and muggy morning and a hot and humid afternoon, and hope that any thunderstorms hold off until after your early-to-midday outdoor activities and finish early enough to salvage the evening. At least that's the plan for today and tomorrow. A cold front comes to the rescue late Sunday leading to a cooler and drier return to work.

By Dan Stillman  | June 5, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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NatCast: Departing t'storm?

Maybe an early-game thunderstorm before the rain threat dissipates. Doubtful we're looking at anything capable of canceling the game.

By Dan Stillman  | June 5, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UnitedCast: An early storm?

There's a chance that any late-day storms linger into the early part of the game. On the flip side, if the stadium area doesn't happen to catch a cooling thunderstorm, then it'll be that much more warm and muggy through the game.

By Dan Stillman  | June 5, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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StrasCast: All eyes on the eighth

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | NatCast | Nationals Journal * The warm-up act is done. Stephen Strasburg's minor league career is complete, at least for now, with few issues (weather or otherwise). Now, all eyes turn to Nationals Park on June 8 for Strasburg's projected first major...

By Jamie Jones  | June 5, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PM Update: Some cooling showers and storms?

Another sticky day in a rather hot week is winding down, with not much relief in the immediate future besides the potential for thunderstorms to cool the air. That relief may be on the way in the next few hours for some as a few storms forming to the west progress eastward. Meanwhile, highs reaching around 90 have mixed with a summer-like haze just enough to make one wonder if it's still early June or if we're deep into summer.

By Ian Livingston  | June 4, 2010; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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A beautiful evening at the Vietnam Memorial

I've always felt that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is best viewed on Memorial Day. The gifts, the people, and the displays at the memorial are both touching and amazing. I made the drive to Washington to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial late on Memorial Day. The weather was quite warm and breezy and it was a very pleasant evening for a walk on the Mall.

By Kevin Ambrose  | June 4, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Heat, humidity slow to budge

We stick with the stickiness through most of our weekend, as we battle highs in the 80s to near 90 along with our usual summertime shower and storm chances. The greatest chance of storms firing comes Sunday as a cold front approaches. The front should sweep out the heat, humidity and any showers and storms in time for a more spring-like start to the next work week.

By Camden Walker  | June 4, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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NatCast: Warm with chance of storm interruption

Dress for summer mugginess and note the storm potential -- not a sure bet but a small umbrella is adviseable. Take cover immediately if you hear thunder!

By Camden Walker  | June 4, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Showers and thunderstorms quieting down

A line of showers and thunderstorms, some strong to severe, is exiting the D.C. area to the east. The immediate metro area largely avoided the large hail and damaging winds that were a threat, though some trees were reported blown down in Loudoun County. For now, things are quiet behind the earlier line, though a few more showers and storms could still pop up through evening. We'll keep an eye on things.

By Ian Livingston  | June 3, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Severe Thunderstorm Watch for D.C. area

* CWG's Full Forecast | NYC hurricane scenario | StrasCast * * Where are the storms now? Radar & more: Weather Wall * The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 9 p.m. for the entire metro area. Here are excerpts from...

By Capital Weather Gang  | June 3, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Landstrike: New York's horrible hurricane scenario

I found it easy to imagine what a hurricane like Hugo, or the '38 storm, would do if it hit New York City directly. Although I had never intended to write fiction, I soon found myself sketching out a story. Some friends encouraged me, and before long I was writing what became Landstrike. My goal for Landstrike was to make it as realistic as possible, while educating the reader about what a storm like this would be like. Most likely, a major storm threatening New York would be moving fast--thus reducing warning time (the 1938 hurricane was moving faster than 50 mph when it came ashore on Long Island). Also, because hurricanes approaching the Atlantic coast tend to curve northward, their landfall is much more difficult to predict than a storm approaching the Gulf Coast. As a result, New Yorkers would get relatively little warning time, a fact highlighted in the book.

By Jason Samenow  | June 3, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Forecast: Heat sets stage for p.m. t'storms

The next few days see typical afternoon and evening thundershowers pop up as we have a good moisture feed from the Gulf of Mexico and just enough of a jet stream overhead to cause instability. Fortunately, it looks like the severe storm potential -- while a possibility today and tomorrow -- is mostly isolated. Temperatures run nearly 10 degrees above normal every day. We finally get a nice break in the sticky weather just in time to go back to work on Monday!

By David Streit  | June 3, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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StrasCast: One last hurdle

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | NatCast | Nationals Journal * So, where are we in "As the Strasburg start turns?" Friday, June 4th was looking like a celebration of the start of major league Stras-mania in Washington, D.C., but quickly turned into a minor league farwell appearance...

By Jamie Jones  | June 3, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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PM Update: Feeling a bit like the dog days

Highs are reaching the upper 80s to near 90 this afternoon. Otherwise, it's not a bad day. Lots of sun, a bit lower humidity and something of a breeze are making things fairly comfortable for around here during the warm season. But humidity levels are about to rise again as the heat sticks with us. To top it off, we have the risk for significant thunderstorms tomorrow.

By Ian Livingston  | June 2, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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StrasCast: The final countdown

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | NatCast | Nationals Journal * So, where are we in "As the Strasburg start turns?" Friday, June 4th was looking like a celebration of the start of major league Stras-mania in Washington, D.C., but quickly turned into a minor league farwell appearance...

By Jamie Jones  | June 2, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Scientist sues media for libelous climate coverage

As regular readers of this column know well, the past several months have been unusually good to climate skeptics, and extremely bad for the majority of climate scientists who think the scientific evidence pointing to manmade climate change is extremely robust. The key opening salvo came last December, when several well-known scientists had their emails stolen and used for an effective assault on climate science via out-of-context quotes and baseless allegations. This dustup, referred to by many as 'climategate,' helped foster the notion that climate science is controlled by a tight-knit cabal of experts determined to rig the science to suit their best interests. Although several investigations have since cleared these scientists of most allegations, individual researchers have come under heavy fire as a result of this episode, as well as the discovery of several relatively insignificant errors in the landmark 2007 U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. In the process, the public has grown more confused about what scientists know about the climate system and how human activities are transforming it, and public concern about climate change has declined significantly in several key countries, including the U.S. How should scientists counterattack? One researcher, prominent Canadian climatologist Andrew Weaver, thinks he has an answer: Sue the media for libel.

By Andrew Freedman  | June 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Freedman, Media, News & Notes  | Tags:  Andrew Weaver, climate change, climate skeptics, climategate, IPCC  
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Forecast: Still warm, storm chances back Thurs.

Despite being the first Code Orange air quality day of the year, today's lower humidity and lack of storm chances are an improvement over yesterday. Both return tomorrow along with highs in the 90s as a cold front approaches. Said cold front brings temperatures back down a bit for Friday through the weekend, with highs mostly in the 80s and shower/storm chances persisting in the low to moderate range.

By Dan Stillman  | June 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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UnitedCast: Warm, increasing humidity

A mild evening at the stadium with humidity starting to increase again after being briefly lower earlier in the day.

By Dan Stillman  | June 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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PM Update: Showers and storms to dwindle

More heat, but less humidity, on Wednesday * Capital Weather Gang's 2010 Summer outlook * * Outside now? Radar, temps & more: Weather Wall * Scattered showers and a few strong thunderstorms that pressed through this afternoon are now headed east of the area, and anything else that pops up...

By Ian Livingston  | June 1, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Capital Weather Gang's 2010 Summer outlook

After an epic, record-breaking winter, can we expect similar extremes this summer? We present our annual Summer Outlook. This summer we're predicting above average temperatures. While not historic, the heat this summer should be classically D.C., similar to the summers of 2005-2008: consistently hot, and perhaps quite dry.

By Matt Ross  | June 1, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Forecast: Clouds return with afternoon storms

While yesterday is the unofficial start of summer and June 21 is the first day on your calendar, today is the first day of meteorological summer (which runs through Aug. 31). Yesterday brought summer heat and humidity to the D.C. area, but today will bring the other feature of our typical summers: thunderstorms! Look for the rumblers to get fired up this afternoon and they could linger into the evening hours. At this point, most of the storms shouldn't be severe, but there may be some isolated intense storms to monitor.

By Matt Rogers  | June 1, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Forecast: A hot & humid holiday

The unofficial start of summer is here and the heat and humidity have arrived right on schedule. Most spots soar above 90 today and it remains warm to hot for the duration of the work week. The best chance of showers and storms in the next five days comes tomorrow and Friday, with isolated opportunities today and Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  | May 31, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Forecast: Holiday weekend heats up

The clouds that had dogged the area for the last couple days parted rather suddenly yesterday afternoon, letting in the sunshine that stays with us for most of the rest of the holiday weekend. Said sunshine pushes the temperature upwards each of the next two days - as high as 90 today, and perhaps 93-95 tomorrow. The building heat and humidity may juice the atmosphere sufficiently for an isolated thunderstorm to close out Memorial Day.

By Jason Samenow  | May 30, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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