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Capital Weather Gang Archive: Nature

Local pumpkins survive summer heat, fall rains

Summer heat and dry weather affected pumpkin patches and other fall crops throughout the region this year, but the extent varied.

By Ann Posegate  | October 15, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Nature, Posegate  
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Eaten by Aedes: The buzz on summer mosquitoes

Let's face it. Mosquitoes in the DC area have been voracious this summer. Their prolific populations have left us grabbing for the nearest can of DEET. Is it the heat? Severe thunderstorms? Drought? How have we coped ...or have we?

By Ann Posegate  | August 25, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Nature, Posegate, Wx and the City  
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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)
Categories:  Climate Change, Freedman, Nature, News & Notes, Science  
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Atmosphere's revenge? Monarchs in short supply

Normally this time of year, millions of real-life monarch butterflies are migrating from their winter haunts in Mexico toward the northern U.S. and Canada. This year, however, it seems the atmosphere has taken revenge by devastating the butterflies' winter sanctuary in the mountains of Mexico.

By Steve Tracton  | April 13, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Nature, Tracton  
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Cherry blossom bloom: Make your prediction

In keeping with Cherry Blossom Festival tradition, the U.S. Park Service's chief horticulturalist on Thursday morning will announce his prediction for the 2010 peak bloom period. Check the Going Out Guide blog for his announcement. Take our poll and make your prediction, and may the best cherry blossom fanatic win!...

By Meghan Louttit  | March 3, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cherry Blossoms, Nature  
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Fall foliage update: peak conditions arrive

Wx and the city * Rain relents: Full Forecast | Autumn rain photos | Photo contest * The latest fall regional fall foliage update, courtesy the Foliage Network (this is a week old and we will insert new one as soon as it is available. Peak conditions have shifted east.)...

By Ann Posegate  | October 28, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Local Climate, Nature, Posegate, Wx and the City  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Woolly worm makes winter forecast, Ann Posegate , October 23, 2009
Whale Watching for Hungry Humpbacks, Ann Posegate , August 13, 2009
Weather, Climate and Blossom Bloom Dates, Ann Posegate , March 31, 2009
Waxing Poetic on Cherry Blossoms, Ann Posegate , March 31, 2009
Warming Changes Where Birds Wait Out Winter, Ann Posegate , February 11, 2009
Caution: Giant Snakes Ahead, Andrew Freedman , February 9, 2009
Warm Weather: When the Ants Come Marching In, Ann Posegate , February 5, 2009
Top Five Local Weather Events: 2008, Ann Posegate , December 31, 2008
Squirrels Achin' for Acorns, Attack Pumpkins, Ann Posegate , December 3, 2008
Monarch Weather, Ann Posegate , October 9, 2008
Pigeon Weather, Capital Weather Gang , July 2, 2008
 
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