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PHOTOS: Amazing DC Sky

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Meteorologist Howard Berstein posts amazing photos of the D.C. sky and we have to share.

*If you're viewing this on our iPad app, click VIDEO then choose photo option.

You can follow Howard on Twitter @hbwx for more photos and weather updates. 

Power Companies Gearing Up for Thursday Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- Myra Oppel was sitting in her office at Pepco's Headquarters when the Derecho of 2012 hit. 

She watched as the power company's outages jumped from a few thousand to almost half a million. By the time it was all over, more than two-million people in Virginia, Maryland, and the District were in the dark, and it would take nearly two weeks before all the power was restored.

Almost a year later, Oppel met with WUSA9 to discuss what Pepco's doing to prepare for this latest round of storms. 

A Tale of Two Seasons

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- What a difference a year makes as March 2013 will be remembered for being cooler than average in the Nation's Capital. 

That's in stark contrast to March 2012, which was 10 degrees warmer than normal. This March also saw more snowfall than in any month since early 2011 and this colder than normal weather also had other repercussions.

Many will recall that March 2012 was a balmy month in the Mid-Atlantic Region, with four days of temperatures in the 80s. Such unusual warmth, more characteristic of June, helped the cherry blossoms reach their peak bloom along the Tidal Basin by mid-month. 

In contrast, the warmest temperature this March was just 63 degrees at National Airport on the 10th. Consequently, the cherry blossoms did not reach their peak bloom until just this week.

Avoiding the Derecho's Autumn Harvest

On June 29th, like so many in the path of the Derecho, my power went out around 10PM. For roughly two days. Almost immediately I felt an itchiness arising from my carpet. By Sunday, since my apartment faces West and catches the afternoon Sun, I sought shelter in a hotel, as the temperature in my unit was fast approaching 90 degrees. I'm originally from upstate New York. Growing up, Summer was six weeks. I don't do heat, let alone this!

When I swung by my abode Monday morning, I had power, so I checked out of my temporary digs. The A/C was on; the apartment was cooling; but the scratchiness remained.

Councilmember Cheh Examines the District’s Snow and Ice Removal Readiness

Councilmember Cheh Examines the District’s Snow and Ice Removal Readiness

 

From Kiara Pesante:

Yesterday, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Works, and Transportation, held a public oversight roundtable on the District’s plan to manage and remove snow and ice.

DC Snow Team Deploys Tonight

DC Snow Team Deploys Tonight

 

This advisory comes to us from Linda Grant:

The DC Snow Team (Department of Public Works and the District Department of Transportation) will deploy 45 plows beginning at midnight tonight to focus on elevated structures and bridges, including I295 and its ramps, Potomac River and Anacostia River crossings, and other bridges.  While no more than one-half inch of snow is predicted to accumulate on grassy surfaces, elevated structures freeze more quickly and slush can form when the temperature dips overnight.