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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Thanksgiving outlook with the Weather Gang lab

By Jason Samenow

* PM Update: Delightful sunshine thru weekend *

Today I hosted the first edition of the new live chat video program "Weather Gang Lab." Weather Gang Lab provides an in-depth look at the big weather story of the week with original analysis. It will tend to focus on D.C. area weather stories but may sometimes address weather making news elsewhere. At the end of each segment, I'll address user questions. The program will run each week, probably on Thursday afternoon.

This week's edition focuses on the pattern change likely to occur next week and the outlook for Thanksgiving. Check it out and feel free to provide topic ideas for future editions of the Weather Lab in the comment area below.

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By Jason Samenow  | November 19, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang  
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Work it Jason.
It's gonna get cold next week. But alas, no sign yet of that SLCB.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | November 19, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Very nice. But you don't have to wear a tie next time. Not for family like us :-)

Posted by: ASColletti | November 19, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

WOW! That was so neat to hear one of the CWG members rather than just reading words. All this time, I was pronouncing Mr. Samenow's last name incorrectly as "same-now".

Mr. Samenow makes a pretty good T.V. meteorologist! I know I would have been too nervous to do that.

Posted by: Yellowboy | November 19, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Nice job, Jason! My request, as always: Please include more discussion of surface in our area. And yes, it's good to know how to correctly pronounce your name. :-)

Posted by: --sg | November 19, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

That was great. Only bit of advice would be to see if there is some way to zoom in a little closer on the maps so we can see more clearly what you're referring to.

Posted by: khmack | November 19, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the nice feedback all. This was my first video so I was a little nervous. I'm hoping to have fun with these and get more polished as I do more...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 19, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Great job Jason! Nice to see a forecast on the internet without the hype ;)

Posted by: KRUZ | November 19, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Serious, helpful information, with more meaningful detail than OCMs provide. Look forward to seeing Jason on camera with a SLCB "prop", as the first snowfall bears down on DC. You could have fun with that!

Overall, a good production (although given the tie, I wondered if Jason roots for the Denver Broncos, the Tennessee Volunteers, the Auburn Tigers, or the Syracuse Orange?).

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | November 20, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse


You were onto something. But of all the orange teams, you missed the most important one: University of Virginia... Go 'Hoos :) Thanks for the nice note.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 20, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Boo Hoos. Go Hokies.

Posted by: VaTechBob | November 20, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Best Orange team...Still Tennessee...go Vols!!!

IMO the Big East ought to lose their automatic BCS spot to the Mountain West. Both the BCS and NCAA football/hoops ought to adopt the promotion/relegation system current in the UK Premier, Bundesliga and other European soccer federations.

As for the weather, I'm rather disappointed that much-unneeded rain is trying to spoil my Thanksgiving on the verge of my first Thanksgiving dinner date in some years.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 20, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Good job Jason. I too am glad to know how to pronounce your name! If you're nervous, try doing the next one without the tie! A couple of technical bits: (1) there's got to be a way of making the monitor appear larger in the screen so we can make out the details; and (2) check your audio level to make sure you're not recording too hot, it's a tiny bit distorted. Can't wait for the next edition.

Posted by: petworthlad | November 20, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

very nice Jason.... wonderfully done.

Nice maps by which seriously rocks

Posted by: wxrisk | November 20, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Great job, Jason!

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | November 20, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

You buried the lead.

Posted by: sandydc1 | November 20, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

A nice addition to your repetoire which the readers will appreciate.

My only nitpick - it was difficult to make out the states on the charts. Would be nice to have a blow up of the DC/MD/VA area as well.


Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | November 20, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to Swami Samenow (wearing an orange turban?) conjuring with the Snow Lovers Crystal Ball.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | November 20, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Great job, Jason! Keep 'em coming :)

Posted by: Snowlover2 | November 20, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

The audio is distorted, turn down the gain or something. We already have lots of TV weather people. I love the weather gang, but we don't need an attempt at TV weather. They do that better, let them do that. Do what you do really well, which is post colorful weather analysis several times a day. If you want to do video, do something besides a person in front of a TV. That will never bring me back. Keep being creative! This one just doesn't work.

Posted by: mattpayne1 | November 21, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for the feedback. We're going to try to do some different things from TV weather and provide some deeper analysis than normally provided there. This was the first show and we obviously have some technical issues to work through. And we're also going to experiment with some formats, bring in some other members of CWG to mix it up, etc. We'll learn by doing and see how/where it goes. And don't worry, the written blog content isn't going to get short-changed...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 21, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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