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  • As Hurricane Maria slowly pulls away from Puerto Rico, the U.S. East Coast awaits its next move September 20, 2017
    (This article, originally published at 12:50 p.m., was updated at 5:45 p.m. with the latest information from the National Hurricane Center.) Hurricane Maria tore across Puerto Rico Wednesday unleashing destructive winds, knocking out power to the entire island, and “catastrophic” flooding. The storm, which will continue to batter the island with strong winds and torrential […]
    Jason Samenow
  • PM Update: Pleasant tonight, and more of the same for Thursday September 20, 2017
    It felt more like summer than a day on the cusp of fall today, as high temperatures reached the mid-80s in most spots. Humidity isn’t crazy high, but it’s higher than it should be by now, so we’ve got that to deal with as well. Plan on a very similar story into tomorrow. Listen to […]
    Ian Livingston
  • The leaves are starting to show signs of autumn. Here’s why they change. September 20, 2017
    Whether or not the current weather conveys it, summer is over. D.C.-area kids are back in school and the first signs of yellow and orange are appearing in the trees. We might not be enjoying cool, crisp days yet (warm, sunny weather is in the forecast through the weekend), but fall is here. The autumnal equinox is just […]
    Matthew Cappucci
  • Hurricane Maria sweeps across Puerto Rico with destructive winds and tremendous rainfall September 20, 2017
    (This article, originally published Tuesday, was updated at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday to reflect the latest conditions in Puerto Rico and the National Hurricane Center advisories.) Extremely dangerous Hurricane Maria plowed across Puerto Rico Wednesday morning, inflicting a disastrous combination of destructive winds, tremendous rainfall and coastal inundation from surging ocean waters. The storm slammed ashore […]
    Jason Samenow
  • D.C.-area forecast: Staying warm as summer spills into fall September 20, 2017
    TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10. 7/10: Kind of fun to hang on to summer sun, though starting to feel too hot for the calendar. EXPRESS FORECAST Today: Mostly sunny and warm. Highs: Mid-to-upper 80s. Tonight: On the muggy side. Lows: Mid-60s to […]
    Dan Stillman
  • PM Update: Wednesday kicks off a very warm and sunny stretch September 19, 2017
    Today’s clouds were a little slow to erode under an increasingly weak mostly fall sun. Once they did, conditions turned glorious. Skies are now mostly sunny as we head into the evening. Clear is going to be the story Wednesday, and the day after … and … well, probably for a long while. Listen to […]
    Ian Livingston
  • Hurricanes are menacing our economy. We have to invest in better prediction. September 19, 2017
    Antonio J. Busalacchi is the president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a nonprofit consortium of 110 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related sciences. When a deadly hurricane last plowed directly into downtown Miami, back in 1926, the city had fewer […]
    Antonio J. Busalacchi
  • Puerto Rico has a long history with tropical storms. None of them were like Hurricane Maria. September 19, 2017
    Hurricane Maria is on a catastrophic collision course with Puerto Rico. When it makes landfall early Wednesday morning, it will in all likelihood be a Category 5 storm, the strongest on the hurricane scale, with sustained winds well over 150 mph. And, in all likelihood, it will be the island’s worst hurricane disaster on record. […]
    Angela Fritz
  • Mean and menacing, the most chilling satellite images of Hurricane Maria September 19, 2017
    Images of monster Category 5 hurricanes from space are hard to stop staring at. They unmask the structure of one of nature’s most powerful forces in vivid and striking detail. The satellite views of Category 5 Hurricane Maria are no exception, coming just two weeks after we gazed at the mind-blowing pictures of Hurricane Irma. […]
    Jason Samenow
  • A crazy, beautiful sunrise and the conjunction of the moon and Venus over Washington September 19, 2017
    The sunrise Monday morning was incredible. It began drab, gray and cloudy but then suddenly exploded in color as the sun rose above the horizon and cleared a low deck of clouds. The resulting scene, while momentary and fleeting, resembled an oil painting. And the crazy sunrise was preceded by the conjunction of the moon and Venus in […]
    Kevin Ambrose

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