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Photo by PoPville flickr user Claire Uziel

November has caught up with us…

From Alert DC:

“DHS reports that the Hypothermia Alert will be activated at 7:00 pm. According to NWS, the current temperature is 51 degrees. Tonight’s low temperature will be 35 degrees with an overnight wind chill of 30 degrees. West wind around 5 mph.

Hypothermia season has begun. When the actual or forecasted temperature, including wind chill, is 32 degrees or below, the District issues a Hypothermia Alert. To request shelter transport for DC residents who are homeless and on the street now, contact the Shelter Hotline at [email protected], (202) 399-7093, 211, or 1-800-535-7252 (toll-free from a pay phone).

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw

From an email:

“If you’re in the mood for outdoor ice skating, amble up the road to Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veteran’s Plaza [8523 Fenton St] – it’s open for the season! Public skating is open every day, including all holidays, through March. Even when it’s warm out, the ice is solid.”

Which also reminds me to check in on the Canal Park Rink in Navy Yard:

“The ice rink will be open from November 11, 2016 to February 26, 2017 with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday – 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday – 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday – 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm”

and the ice rink at the National Gallery of Art:

“The Ice Rink will open for the season mid-November 2016.

Located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, the Ice Rink is a favorite Washington destination, attracting thousands of visitors to skate in the nation’s capital.”

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From a press release:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Christopher Shorter, District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Leif Dormsjo, Director of the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) Chris Geldart, Serve DC Director Delano Hunter, and DC General Services (DGS) Acting Director Greer Gillis kicked off the District’s 2016-2017 snow season with a snow dry run practice session and a citywide winter exercise.

“Today, we put our planning, procedures and equipment to the test,” said Mayor Bowser. “This dry run ensures our snow team is staffed, trained, equipped and ready for winter. We’re ready for snow, but hoping for none.”

This year’s Snow and Ice Removal Program features: (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From the National Weather Service:

“FLASH FLOOD WATCH FROM 6PM EDT WED UNTIL 8AM EDT FRI

… FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT INTO FRIDAY MORNING…

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF MARYLAND… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN MARYLAND… ANNE ARUNDEL… CALVERT… CARROLL… CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY… CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD… CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY… CHARLES… FREDERICK MD… NORTHERN BALTIMORE… NORTHWEST HARFORD… NORTHWEST HOWARD… NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY… PRINCE GEORGES… SOUTHEAST HARFORD… SOUTHERN BALTIMORE… ST. MARYS AND WASHINGTON. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA… ALBEMARLE… ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA… AUGUSTA… CENTRAL VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE… CLARKE… CULPEPER… EASTERN LOUDOUN… FAIRFAX… FREDERICK VA… GREENE… KING GEORGE… MADISON… NELSON… NORTHERN FAUQUIER… NORTHERN VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE… ORANGE… PAGE… PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK… RAPPAHANNOCK… ROCKINGHAM… SHENANDOAH… SOUTHERN FAUQUIER… SPOTSYLVANIA… STAFFORD… WARREN AND WESTERN LOUDOUN. IN WEST VIRGINIA… BERKELEY… EASTERN MINERAL… HAMPSHIRE… HARDY… JEFFERSON AND MORGAN.

* INTO FRIDAY MORNING

* A POWERFUL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE MIDWEST WILL BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN TO OUR AREA THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.

* WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. LOCALIZED AMOUNTS UP TO A FOOT OF RAIN ARE POSSIBLE… INCLUDING ALONG THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE AND CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN IN MARYLAND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THESE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL BE A DANGEROUS TIME… REQUIRING MORE THAN THE USUAL AWARENESS… PLANNING AND PREPARATIONS.

IF YOU ARE NEAR STREAMS OR DRAINAGE DITCHES… KEEP AN EYE ON THEM AND BE READY TO QUICKLY SEEK HIGHER GROUND. WATER MAY RISE RAPIDLY.

CLEAR OUT STORM DRAINS.

THOSE PRONE TO BASEMENT FLOODING SHOULD PREPARE. COMMUNITIES PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD PREPARE.

CONTINUE TO CHECK IN ON THE FORECAST FOR UPDATES. (more…)

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Hard. Updates when more info is available.

Update:

“NWS has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Washington DC. A storm with wind gusts of over 60 MPH and quarter sized hail is currently in Bethesda. It is moving south at 20 MPH (into the District). Please head indoors. Be ready to pull over if driving.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

From DPR:

“Due to the expected high temperatures for the remainder of the week, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will keep the District Spray Parks open for an additional week. Spray Parks were scheduled to close on Monday, September 5 at 7 pm. The following spray parks will extend hours of operation until Sunday, September 11 at 7 pm. (more…)

tree down pub
1648 North Capitol St, NW

Remember that tree that went down in front of Pub and the People last week? You gotta see the video! Thanks to P&P for sending:

“Our server Walter nearly being decapitated by the tree last week. We’re updating training to tell all employees umbrellas aren’t worth risking their lives.”

Walt v. Tree (Bar Front)

Two more videos after the jump. (more…)