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Capital Weather Gang Archive: Lipman

Weather leading up to the Civil War

In conjunction with the Post's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, we are doing a series of stories describing the difficult weather conditions often encountered in both the North and the South. This first installment broadly outlines the winter weather prior to the outbreak of war in April 1861.

By Don Lipman  | March 8, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  History, Latest, Lipman  
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Was this winter really that windy in Washington?

I don't know about you, but I thought that this past (meteorological) winter, although not particularly snowy around here, was brutally windy on many days, perhaps more so than in many years. But perceptions are often wrong, particular when it comes to the weather, so I decided to do a little research. Was I right or am I just getting older so that I can't take those "hold-your-hat-down-days" any more?

By Don Lipman  | March 3, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Latest, Lipman, Local Climate, Wind  
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Washington D.C. weather in the year 2076, part II

This is a continuation of my futuristic journey into how the year 2076 unfolded, both weatherwise and otherwise--in retrospect from the year 2077.

By Don Lipman  | February 9, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Climate Change, Latest, Lipman  
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Washington D.C. weather in the year 2076

As the year, and the decade* have drawn to a close, many are looking back at the stand-out stories that have captured our attention. Instead, I've chosen to look ahead. But regardless of which side of the (political) fence you're on, take my little futuristic journey with a grain of salt. The various projections and assumptions are drawn from a variety of sources and are quite controversial, to say the least. Flash forward to December 2076, America's tercentennial (sometimes called tricentennial) year.

By Don Lipman  | January 5, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Climate Change, Latest, Lipman  
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Forecasting turkeys: Bad predictions since 1970

In "Forecasting Turkeys" part I, I walked you through some of the worst forecast busts from the founding of the National Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) in 1870 to 1969. Now, I walk you through some of the most horrendous prediction failures in the modern age of weather forecasting.

By Don Lipman  | December 9, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  History, Humor, Latest, Lipman, Media  
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Remembering the Dust Bowl of the 1930s

Our recent flirtation with drought-like conditions calls to mind the political wrangling which occurred a little over 75 years ago during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s. On March 21st 1935, Hugh Bennett, a Roosevelt advisor, testified in a Senate hearing that several years of "black blizzards"* and severe soil erosion revealed that the nation was in dire need of more efficient soil conservation methods. (1) His testimony was hardly needed, however, because Bennett, aware from Washington Post stories and other sources that a Midwest dust cloud was about to overtake Washington, made sure windows were left open with water glasses nearby (as they usually were during both winter and summer in pre-air-conditioned DC).

By Don Lipman  | November 10, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Older Entries in This Category »

It's Old Farmer's Almanac time, Don Lipman , October 12, 2010
Otto may form, but tropical season slowing?, Don Lipman , October 6, 2010
Into the fog: when the weather was a secret, Don Lipman , September 22, 2010
The six great early American climate myths, Don Lipman , September 16, 2010
The six great early American climate myths, Don Lipman , September 8, 2010
Weather and war throughout history, Don Lipman , August 17, 2010
Heat waves, then and now plus... , Don Lipman , July 20, 2010
Lightning: To crouch or not to crouch...?, Don Lipman , June 16, 2010
When a drought is not a drought, Don Lipman , May 26, 2010
A few words about lightning myths, Don Lipman , May 12, 2010
Weather sayings: Do they have any value?, Don Lipman , April 20, 2010
Normally, our weather is not so normal, Don Lipman , April 9, 2010
Now you know the power of El NiƱo, Don Lipman , March 25, 2010
Watch out for those ice dams!, Don Lipman , February 7, 2010
December weather: expect anything/everything, Don Lipman , December 2, 2009
Veterans Day often signals stormy weather, Don Lipman , November 11, 2009
October Offers Fall's Finest (Usually), Don Lipman , October 13, 2009
An Inch of Rain - What Does it Mean?, Don Lipman , September 15, 2009
Hurricane Camille: She Was No Lady!, Don Lipman , August 17, 2009
It's Not the Heat..., Don Lipman , July 23, 2009
June Recap: Another Wet Month, Don Lipman , July 6, 2009
A Year Without a Summer?, Capital Weather Gang , June 19, 2009
Reader Mail: Use of the Dewpoint Should Die, Capital Weather Gang , June 9, 2009
Not Your Typical May - Or Was It?, Capital Weather Gang , June 2, 2009
 
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