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Capital Weather Gang Archive: Environment

Video of day: Tsunami wave height animation

This animation shows the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research's wave height estimation for the March 11, 2011 tsunami that started off the coast of Japan and has placed the entire Pacific basin on alert.

By Jason Samenow  | March 11, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The "SuperMoon" and the Japan earthquake

On March 19, the moon's orbit will make its closest approach to Earth in 18 years while at the same time be in full phase. Such a coincidence has been named a "SuperMoon" by astrologer Richard Nolle. As entertainingly chronicled by John Metcalfe over at TBD, Nolle predicts all kinds of weather and natural hazard mayhem, including strong earthquakes, in conjunction with the Supermoon. So the questions that emerge are: 1) Is there any legitimate science linking the Supermoon and extreme natural hazards? and, 2) Did the upcoming Supermoon play a role in this morning's horrific earthquake in Japan?

By Jason Samenow  | March 11, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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The tsunami's path and progress to Hawaii, California, Oregon and other U.S. sites

The extraordinary earthquake that devastated parts of coastal Japan this morning has triggered tsunami activity currently propagating across the Pacific ocean. At the same time, a flood of information is pushing through cyberspace that could easily overwhelm anyone seeking the basic facts. Let's break down what we know based on information from sources we trust.

By Jason Samenow  | March 11, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Spring into action, gardeners!

Notwithstanding the current and recent deluges, planting time is fast approaching. I always like to keep an eye on the map of average temperatures over the past several weeks. It is a good rule of thumb for monitoring soil temperatures in the garden. We have risen above the 40 degree mark and that signals the beginning of plant awakening in our area.

By David Streit  | March 10, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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This winter has tested our gardens

The mid-Atlantic is not an area I would consider hard to garden in, especially after growing up in the Plains. The climate here is reasonably moderate and rainfall is unusually evenly distributed throughout the year. In fact, this region is one of the very few in the U.S. or even in most of the world that has such regular moisture. However, this winter has presented more than a few challenges to we garden enthusiasts. Probably the one least noticed has been the significant deficits in precipitation over the past 3 months.

By David Streit  | February 24, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Cold Chesapeake Bay waters likely behind fish kill

Weather has mostly been ruled out as the cause of the massive bird kill in central Arkansas (now suspected to be fireworks), but chances are good it was behind the death of more than two million fish in the Chesapeake Bay this past week.

By Jason Samenow  | January 6, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Older Entries in This Category »

NOAA imagery: Pollution over China, Jason Samenow , November 10, 2010
Did melting ice cause D.C. earthquake?, Steve Tracton , July 22, 2010
I felt it too: Earthquake information..., Jason Samenow , July 16, 2010
The fog of the Cape Cod wind farm, Steve Tracton , May 20, 2010
Kids' solutions to air pollution, Ann Posegate , May 7, 2010
'Be air aware' this week, Ann Posegate , May 6, 2010
Green Your Routine Mid-Atlantic Style, Capital Weather Gang , May 29, 2009
Congress Ponders National Climate Service, Andrew Freedman , May 26, 2009
The Scoop on D.C.'s New Wet Weather Fee, Ann Posegate , May 20, 2009
NASA Celebrates Ten Years of Stunning Images, Andrew Freedman , May 4, 2009
No Separating Weather From the Environment, Ann Posegate , April 22, 2009
Warming Changes Where Birds Wait Out Winter, Ann Posegate , February 11, 2009
2008 Was Warm, But Coolest Since 2001, Andrew Freedman , January 21, 2009
Freedman: Dirty Skies -- the ABCs of "ABCs", Andrew Freedman , November 17, 2008
Update on D.C.'s Stormwater Management, Ann Posegate , November 12, 2008
Freedman: Climate News from the Arctic to Texas, Andrew Freedman , September 22, 2008
Wind Turbines and More at U.S. Botanic Garden, Ann Posegate , September 17, 2008
Stormwater and Sewage: The Fate of D.C. Rainfall, Ann Posegate , September 11, 2008
Freedman: Hot Weather, Heated Political Rhetoric, Andrew Freedman , August 22, 2008
Freedman: Hot Summers in our Future, Andrew Freedman , August 18, 2008
Freedman: In-flight Magazines and Polar Bears, Andrew Freedman , August 11, 2008
Sun Paradox: Getting Your Daily Dose of D, Capital Weather Gang , June 18, 2008
Arlington: Meet the EnviroCAB, Dan Stillman , March 26, 2008
School Colors: Turning Green, Steve Scolnik , March 1, 2008
 
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