by Prince Of Petworth June 19, 2017 at 1:50 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

So cover your ukuleles if you got ’em.

From AlertDC:

“The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the DC Metro area from now until 8 PM. Expected wind gust are 60 to 80 mph and possible small size hail. Please clear catch basins and bring in loose items.”

Update 3pm:

“The National Weather Service has issued the following update: Flash Flood Watch & Thunder Storm Watch continues with storms approaching from the western suburbs reaching the the District in about an hour. Threats include flooding rain and wind gusts.”

by Prince Of Petworth June 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm 2 Comments

Call (202) 399-7093 or by dialing 311

From the Mayor’s Office:

With temperatures on the rise and expected to remain high throughout the week, the DC Government is urging residents to stay safe. In the event of extreme heat, residents should take the following precautions: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm 9 Comments

North Capitol and H Street, NW

Jeff reports at 1:50pm:

“Gonzaga high school’s church roof just got blown off!! Quite the cyclonic wind gust!”

Lori G. also reports:

“Wow, torrential rain in Chinatown, umbrellas turning inside out; detritus flying off rooftops.”

Rachel reports:

“Roof of the church peeled off like a tangerine. We just watched a bunch of this roof (Gonzaga? North Capitol between H and K) peel off in a mini tornado and scatter around the street.”


by Prince Of Petworth March 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm 1 Comment

puffy white
Photo via National Mall NPS

From the National Park Service:

“Blossoms at “puffy white,” 1 stage from peak; bloom period has begun, 20% at full blossom. Warm weekend weather may put us over the top.”

Full release:

“The Yoshino cherry blossoms reached puffy white today, with 70% of the blossoms at that stage (or, more specifically, 70% of the blossoms that survived last week’s cold snap at that stage; roughly 50% of the Yoshino blossoms were killed by the cold temperatures).

The Yoshino trees are also at the start of the bloom period as of today, defined as when 20% of the blossoms are at full bloom. The bloom period starts several days before the peak bloom date and can last as long as 14 days, however, deep frost or high temperatures combined with wind or rain can shorten this period.

There probably won’t be much activity over the next 24 hours as temperatures will be at or below the 40 degree mark required for the development of the blossoms. But with the temperatures forecast for the 60s on Friday and 70s on Saturday, we expect to reach peak bloom this weekend. There is a lot of white around the Tidal Basin already (see attached ‘pagoda and blossoms’); peak bloom should still be a sight this year!”

Pagoda and blossoms

by Prince Of Petworth March 17, 2017 at 3:55 pm 1 Comment

Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

From the National Park Service:

“The National Park Service estimates that approximately half of the cherry blossoms have survived the recent cold snap, and will be emerging over the next week or so around the Tidal Basin, in East Potomac Park and on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

Although the bitter cold temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week killed virtually all of the blossoms that had reached “puffy white,” (the fifth of six stages in the bloom cycle), blossoms from earlier stages forced open showed little if any damage. The earliest stage affected by the cold were peduncle elongation (stage four), but only approximately 5% of those blossoms appear to show damage. As of last Friday, the day the cold weather set in, approximately 50% of the cherry trees were peduncle elongation or earlier in the bloom process. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 15, 2017 at 11:25 am 4 Comments

blossoms freeze
Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

From the National Park Service:

“The National Park Service has completed an inspection of the Japanese flowering cherry trees around the Tidal Basin this morning in the wake of bitter overnight temperatures. Horticulturalists examining the trees found widespread damage in blossoms that had reached “puffy white,” the fifth of six stages in the bloom cycle. They have taken cuttings of branches containing blossoms at earlier stages and will force them open over the next 24-48 hours to determine what, if any, damage may have occurred in those blossoms.

Because the blossoms are so close to peak bloom and are exposed from the protection of the buds, they are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures right now. Cherry blossoms start to sustain damage when temperatures hit 27 degrees; at 24 degrees, up to 90% of exposed blossoms can be affected. (more…)


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