Our network


Is Washington in for a Harsh Winter?

Washington, DC (WUSA 9) - Now that fall is here, Washingtonians start to ponder what the upcoming winter season will bring. Will the winter be significantly warmer than normal or colder and snowier than in recent years? Recent weather history - including a wrap up of this past summer - could serve as an indication as to what lies ahead this winter.

It was the coolest summer since 2009 - the last summer without any triple digit heat in the Nation's Capital. It got off to a very wet start with above average rainfall in June and July. In fact, June 2013 was the fourth wettest June on record with 9.97" of rain - more than 6" above normal. July was also wetter than average, but August and September were both drier than average. Since June and July were both such rainy months, the 2013 summer finished with nearly 3 inches more rain than normal.

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. 

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.

24 Hour Irene Time Lapse Video

Check out this video uploaded to Youtube by user "maubaill" that we saw via DCist.

The video is a 24 hour time-lapse of Hurricane Irene, scrunched down into 52 seconds.

The video was shot at the corner of 16th and Harvard.