Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Rain, thunderstorms, small hail predicted across Northern Virginia and DC.
A line of thunderstorms is expected to move through Northern Virginia and DC during this evening’s commute. Forecasters expect rain and wind to pick up between 4 – 5 p.m. Wednesday. “Numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected into this evening,” according to the National Weather Service. “Some storms will produce heavy rainfall…which may lead to flooding problems.” The Capital Weather Gang, however, predicts “as rainfall totals have generally been 1 inch or less from the recent rain, the ground isn’t yet saturated and widespread flooding is not anticipated” in the DC metro area. The National Weather Service also predicts small hail with this storm system. The rain and storms should move out of the area overnight, leaving …
Friday, April 19, 2013
National Weather Service says severe thunderstorms expected in Fairfax City and surrounding areas through 10 p.m. Friday.
A tornado watch is in effect for much of Northern Virginia through 10 p.m. Friday. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a risk of "severe thunderstorms" Friday afternoon and evening from eastern Georgia and the Carolinas northward across Virginia and Maryland and into southern Pennsylvania. The watch is also in effect for Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and Loudoun counties, among other areas of the state. "The main threat is damaging wind, though a few supercell thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, are possible," the organization said on its website. A tornado watch indicates "conditions are favorable for a tornado and that tornadoes are possible." It is not as severe as a warning, which means a …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Days get warmer Monday through Thursday; temperatures expected to dip on the weekend.
This week's weather in Northern Virginia starts out mostly cloudy with a high of 65 degrees Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Monday night's low will be about 53 degrees. Temperatures will climb throughout the week, hitting near 80 degrees and higher Wednesday and Thursday. The area could see some rain Thursday night and Friday. The National Weather Service predicts a 30 percent chance of rain Thursday night and a 60 percent chance of rain Friday. Northern Virginia could see isolated thunderstorms Friday. Here's a day-by-day breakdown of the week's weather, according to the National Weather Service: Monday: Mostly cloudy with a high of 65 degrees Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a high of 76 degrees Wednesday: Partly sunny …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Temperatures may go up to 81 degrees by midweek in Northern Virginia.
The peak of cherry blossom season this week should be a breath of fresh air after a long winter, with temperatures expected to reach a high near 76 degrees Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The highs come with a chance of rain, but don't let that dampen your spirit. Just a few weeks ago Northern Virginia was dealing with snow and generally dreary weather. The rest of the week’s (tentative) forecast from the weather service: Are you happy to see that spring has sprung?
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The updated weather forecast in DC for the 2013 cherry blossom peak period.
The cherry blossom trees around the DC Tidal Basin will most likely peak this weekend or early next week—and the weather will cooperate with spring-like temperatures and sunshine. The National Park Service says the peak bloom will be April 3 - 6 (Wednesday through Saturday), but the Capital Weather Gang predicts a peak April 6 - 10 (Saturday through Wednesday). The only significant of rain is Friday. Temperatures will rise into the mid-60s across the region, but there is a 40 percent chance of rain, particularly in the morning, according to The Weather Channel. Saturday, temperatures will be slightly cooler (around 60 degrees), but skies will be sunny. Sunday will be warm with high temperatures near 70 degrees under partly-cloudy skies…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Cool temperatures and buds still closed up tight prompted an adjustment to the 2013 cherry blossoms peak bloom date around the DC Tidal Basin.
We're still about a week away from the peak bloom time of the cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang predicted Tuesday. "The colder than average March and chilled start to April has slowed the emergence of [DC's] famed cherry blossoms. Peak bloom may not be achieved in the previously forecast April 3-7 window. Our revised window for peak bloom is April 6-10," the Capital Weather Gang stated. As of Tuesday afternoon, the National Park Service had not revised its own estimate for the peak bloom, since it adjusted its prediction from late March to early April. To make sure you do not miss the peak bloom, the National Park Service has created a live web cam of the cherry …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Early spring-like temperatures predicted for the first week of April in Washington and across Northern Virginia.
Update, Tuesday, April 2, 2013: The Capital Weather Gang says that cool temperatures and flower buds still closed up tight mean the peak bloom dates may be April 6 - 10, 2013, instead of April 3 - 7. Read more about the revised 2013 DC Tidal Basin cherry blossom peak bloom dates here. ----- Original post, Monday, April 1, 2013 This week brings the 2013 peak bloom of the famous cherry blossom trees around the DC Tidal Basin, and the weather for most of this week will be nice for enjoying pink and white flowering trees. The official estimated peak dates are Wednesday through Saturday, according to the National Park Service. Monday may be the nicest day of the week in terms of weather — a significant change from last Monday, when up to 3 …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The groundhog was wrong about an early spring, but Northern Virginia may get an early summer, weather forecasters say.
On Saturday, Feb. 2, the well-known groundhog Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, leading an entire nation to believe spring was soon to come. Unfortunately, Northern Virginia saw more winter-like snowfall with cool temperatures in March and snow this past Sunday night into Monday morning that caused school delays and closures and a bit of trouble during the morning commute. But spring is a time of hope, right? "We will really start to turn the corner in April. We'll be seeing a transition the first of April instead of in March like some areas," said meteorologist Chris Strong with the National Weather Service (NWS). "It's a situation where you go from winter straight into summer." Strong said Northern Virginia should expect to see …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Sun, warmer temperatures on the way.
Sun and warmer weather will welcome Easter weekend this year across Northern Virginia. After Monday’s rare late-March snow, Spring does appear to be making some sort of a comeback. Friday, local forecasters predict partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 50s. Saturday, expect much of the same only a few degrees warmer. Lows Friday and Saturday night will be in the mid-30s and there is just a 10 percent chance of rain those days. Easter Sunday—You may still want a light sweater with that Easter outfit. Expect a chance of showers with a high temperature in the upper 50s. WJLA reported in 2012 that Easter can be a day of weather extremes. The warmest Easter ever was in 1960 when temperatures hit 60 degrees on April 23. The coldest: …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Heavy, wet snow blanketed the trees around the DC Tidal Basin Sunday night and Monday.
The National Park Service (NPS) assured local residents and visitors that the late March snow that fell Sunday and Monday should not affect the peak bloom dates of cherry blossom trees around the DC Tidal Basin, according to the Associated Press. NPS originally predicted a peak bloom from March 26-30, but a colder-than-expected March meant NPS had to adjust those dates to April 3-6. For more on the Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade, click here. The 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival marks the 101st anniversary of the gift of the trees from Japan. Be sure to follow McLean Patch on Facebook and on Twitter @McLeanPatch.