Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The historic groundhog's prediction of an early spring was proved wrong when Northern Virginia received heavy snowfall Monday; the National Weather Service tells Patch what the region should prepare for going into spring and summer.
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 heavy snowfall the past Sunday night into Monday morning that caused school delays and closures and a bit of trouble during the morning commute. Luckily, the snowy winter is finally moving along, and sunshine is soon to come according to meteorologist Chris Strong with the National Weather Service (NWS). "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," Strong said. "It's a situation where you go from winter straight into summer." Strong said Northern Virginia should …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Chance of rain returns on Friday.
Get ready for a bumpy start to the week. Monday is expected to be cloudy with a chance of rain and the area could see some thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. But after Monday, Northern Virginia will see a string of beautiful fall weather, the National Weather Service predicts. Monday will start out cloudy with a 50 to 60 percent chance of thundershowers starting possibly around mid-morning, with highs around 75 degrees, according to the weather service. Any rain should clear out by late Monday night, according to the Capital Weather Gang blog. Beginning Tuesday and continuing through Thursday, the Northern Virginia area is expected to see sunny, clear days with highs between 65 to 71 degrees. (The average high …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Northern Virginia's extreme weather started last winter, meteorologists say.
Derechos, blizzards, hurricanes, thunderstorms, extreme heat...is there any wacky weather Northern Virginia hasn't seen in recent years? This past summer saw enough 100-plus degree days to make 2012 the most intense in 141 years of record-keeping according to the Capital Weather Gang. “Starting from this past winter, we had temperatures that were much above normal,” said Ken Widelski of the National Weather Service. “It was an abnormally warm winter, followed by a cooler than normal spring and we definitely had our periods of hot weather over the summer.” As for this June's derecho, it’s typical climatologically for this area to see a derecho every couple of years, Widelski explained. What was unique about this year's derecho was the …
Monday, September 17, 2012
A Fairfax County alert warns area could see strong storm Tuesday between 4-8 p.m.
Forecasters predict Northern Virginia could see a strong storm hit the area Tuesday late afternoon through the evening, between 4 and 8 p.m., according to an alert sent out Monday by Fairfax County's Community Emergency Alert Network. The alert notes that a cold front moving into the area between 4 and 8 p.m. could bring "damaging wind gusts in excess of 55 mph, locally heavy rainfall and an isolated tornado." The alert also noted flooding is possible. The National Weather Service reports "heavy downpours will cause a threat for localized flooding." Once the storm moves out of the area late Tuesday night, the area will see cooler temperatures on Wednesday, with highs in the low 70s forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Best days: Thursday and Sunday — no rain forecast.
Weather forecasters say to enjoy the lower humidity Monday, after some scattered storms blew the mugginess out of the area over the weekend. Expect temperatures this week to hit the high 80s to low 90s for highs, forecasters predict. The drier air disappears a bit with more humidity and possible thunderstorms hitting the area on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service gives the metro area a 50 percent chance of seeing thunderstorms Tuesday night. The Weather Channel gives it just a 10 percent chance. If we do see a storm Tuesday night, that could bring the humidity levels and temperatures down, according to the Capital Weather Gang. The Weather Channel is giving Thursday a zero percent chance of rain, if you…
Sunday, July 8, 2012
National Weather Service forecasts thunderstorms could hit area after 3 p.m.
While Kingstowne and Rose Hill will get some relief from the heat Sunday as temperatures drop back into the 90s, afternoon thunderstorms could bring strong storms, wind and hail to the area after 3 p.m. The National Weather Service predicts Sunday will begin partly sunny with a high near 97 and a heat index value as high as 105. Around 3 p.m., the beginning of a cold front pushing southward across the Mid-Atlantic will bring showers and thunderstorms, with a possibility of damaging wind and hail, NWS said. Some areas will see only a tenth of an inch of rainfall; in areas with thunderstorms, however, that amount will be greater. The National Weather Service offers the following safety tips for thunderstorms: In the event of a power outage, …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Powerful 'derecho' slams metro area. Dominion Power says it could be 'multiple days' before power restored to all. Temperatures in some areas reached 100 degrees at 3 p.m.
Update 10 p.m. The number of homes in Northern Virginia without power Saturday night is still immense after Friday night's "derecho" storm, but the number is shrinking. As of 10 p.m., there were 345,630 Dominion Power customers without power in Northern Virginia. Burke Centre Library will be open Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. for residents seeking relief from the heat. Regional libraries with power will also be open. Please call ahead if possible. Library locations and contact information. Due to ongoing power outages, all indoor activities at Fairfax County Public Schools are canceled for Sunday. Outdoor activities may continue as scheduled. Get statewide road updates from VDOT: Online, Twitter, Facebook or call 800-FOR-ROAD. Update 6:45 p.m…
Friday, April 20, 2012
Rain will still leave region below normal rainfall for April.
Grab your umbrellas! Fairfax County residents can expect a rainy weekend, but the showers won’t be enough to bring rainfall levels up to normal for April. For Saturday, expect a chance of showers and even thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent during the day and 80 percent into Saturday night. Rain up to three-quarters of an inch to more than an inch is possible. The chance of rain on Sunday is 80 percent, according to the weather service, with new rainfall amounts of a half-inch to an inch. Rain is also in the forecast for Monday, and beyond, with a chance of precipitation on Tuesday, according to the weather service. The sun should make an appearance on Wednesday. The rain will…