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Capital Weather Gang Archive: Reports

Is D.C.'s planned flood wall enough?

As reported recently in the Washington Post, a flood control plan is in the works to protect the Washington Mall and large sections of downtown DC by constructing large earthen berms and eight-foot high aluminum panels just west of the Mall near the Washington Monument (see enlarged map). But will this project alone offer anything close to a guarantee that DC's flood problems will become something of the past? No way!

By Steve Tracton  | November 19, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Floods, Reports, Tracton  
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U.S. lags other nations in global weather prediction

Despite the numerous lives and billions of dollars saved by weather forecasts every year -- not to mention the significant progress in observing, understanding and predicting weather during the past 15 years -- the report concludes that the "United States has failed to match or surpass progress in operational numerical weather prediction achieved by other nations and failed to realize its prediction potential; as a result, the nation is not mitigating weather impacts to the extent possible." ("numerical weather prediction", or NWP , is a reference to the computer models that meteorologists use as guidance when making forecasts).

By Steve Tracton  | October 7, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Reports, Tracton  
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Why weather matters

Weather and climate have been and remain integral factors -- directly or indirectly -- in a majority of socioeconomic activities in the lives of individuals, families, tribes, countries, and the global community. Regardless of who you are and where you live, just about everything in life is affected by weather. As the theme of a new National Research Council (NRC) report describes, weather matters!

By Steve Tracton  | September 21, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Region Battered by Heavy Rains, Wind, Tornado?

*Damage, Flooding Reported After Storms* Trees down. Lights and power off. Numerous reports of flooding, wind damage and road closures. Over 2.5 inches at Reagan National Airport since last night. Oh, and there's that issue of a possible tornado in Stafford County. Just your average night in the D.C. metro...

By Jamie Jones  | May 9, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Recaps, Reports, Thunderstorms  
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Report: Earthquake in Annandale

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed a small earthquake (or microquake) measuring 1.8 on the Richter scale occurred in Annandale, Va. at 1:30 p.m. Weak to light shaking from the quake could be felt throughout eastern Northern Virginia (mainly Fairfax County) and small parts of the District and Maryland:...

By Capital Weather Gang  | May 6, 2008; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: Boats Tip in High Winds on Potomac

From NBC4: About a dozen people had to be plucked from the frigid water near Hanes Point as high winds toppled a boat full of rowers from Georgetown University about 11:30 a.m. Eight more rowers were rescued earlier in the day when a boat capsized near Thompson's Boat Center. All...

By Jason Samenow  | March 1, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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