First-Person: Superstorm Sandy in Washington, D.C.
Oct30

First-Person: Superstorm Sandy in Washington, D.C.

Superstorm Sandy came and went right on by Washington, D.C. — much more of a fizzle and a drizzle than a whirling dervish. As a native New Jerseyan transplanted to the Maryland suburbs as a teenager, I’ve come to expect something that continues to play out time and again in this area: The worse the forecast is for disastrous weather, the smaller the actual impact will be. I enjoyed countless snow days in high school, when...

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Top 4 strangest D.C. weather events in recent history
Oct26

Top 4 strangest D.C. weather events in recent history

Residents of Washington, D.C. , were surely surprised to see that on Saturday, October 29, there is a slight chance of snow predicted in the metro area. This is according to information provided from the Washington Post and the European weather model. Snow in D.C. in October is extremely rare and certainly very strange. In fact, through 140 years of recorded D.C. weather through 2010 – that’s 4,340 October days –...

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Hurricane Names and Their Origins; Where Do Hurricane Names Come From?
Aug27

Hurricane Names and Their Origins; Where Do Hurricane Names Come From?

In the wake of the long path of Hurricane Irene, the topic of hurricane names and their origins has been front and center. While hurricane names may seem as if they are randomly chosen, there’s actually a very precise system for how hurricanes get their names. Beginning in 1953, the National Hurricane Center, now a piece of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Commerce, has had control over...

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10 Biggest Earthquakes in History
Aug25

10 Biggest Earthquakes in History

A List of the Strongest and Most Powerful Earthquakes in Recorded History Along the East Coast and in places like Washington D.C., Tuesday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake was literally as big and powerful as it gets. It was strong enough to damage the Washington Monument, and leave people buzzing for days. While it was a massive quake for the D.C. area, but it doesn’t come close to sniffing the biggest earthquakes in history....

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Is the Washington Monument Leaning or Tilting After Earthquake?
Aug24

Is the Washington Monument Leaning or Tilting After Earthquake?

After Tuesday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake, one of the most powerful in the history of the Washington area, there have been swirling rumors about the Washington Monument leaning or tilting. Luckily, these rumors about the new Leaning Monument of Washington are incorrect, but the landmark did sustain damage in the quake. Stones near the top of the Washington Monument have shown cracking, and as of Wednesday morning, engineers were...

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