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by Fatimah Waseem November 9, 2017 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

The National Weather Service issued a freeze watch today for Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. In Reston, the freeze watch is in effect from Friday evening through Saturday morning.

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing after sunset Friday night and through Saturday morning at around 10 a.m.

Freezing temperatures may kill or damage sensitive vegetation like outdoor plants, according to NWS.

The Farmers Almanac provides the following tips to protect your plants from frost:

If a frost is predicted, cover your plants, both to retain as much soil heat and moisture as possible and to protect them against strong winds, which can hasten drying and cooling. You can use newspapers, baskets, tarps, straw, and other materials to cover your plants. Cover the whole plant before sunset to trap any remaining heat. Be sure to anchor lightweight coverings to prevent them from blowing away.

Keep the soil moist by watering your plants the day a frost is predicted.

by RestonNow.com November 3, 2017 at 10:18 am 1 Comment

With only a few slight chances of rain, Reston could be looking at a warmish days for the first weekend in November. Here’s what weather reports for the region are predicting:

Friday: Sunshine should dominate most of the day, but chances of rain increase as the evening hours approach. The folks at Capital Weather Gang say to look out for a “Hunter’s Moon” tonight which will cool temperatures, bringing us into the mid-40s to lower 50s overnight.

Saturday: Easterly winds will bring in clouds for most of the day, with temperatures in the 50s to, at most, the low 60s, with a chance of sprinkles in the mid-afternoon to early evening. Chances of light rain increase to about 40 percent later in the evening.

Sunday: We can expect mostly clear skies Sunday, with temperatures possibly approaching 70 with some humidity.

by RestonNow.com October 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

As the calendar moves into the second half of October, weather forecasters are predicting a sure sign of the season.

A frost advisory will be in effect for the entire region from 1-9 a.m. Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service:

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has issued a Frost Advisory, which is in effect from 1 AM to 9 AM EDT Wednesday.

* TEMPERATURES…Dropping into the mid 30s by dawn, especially away from larger bodies of water and urban areas.

* IMPACTS…A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.

The Farmers Almanac provides the following tips to protect your plants from frost:

If a frost is predicted, cover your plants, both to retain as much soil heat and moisture as possible and to protect them against strong winds, which can hasten drying and cooling. You can use newspapers, baskets, tarps, straw, and other materials to cover your plants. Cover the whole plant before sunset to trap any remaining heat. Be sure to anchor lightweight coverings to prevent them from blowing away.

Keep the soil moist by watering your plants the day a frost is predicted.

by Fatimah Waseem October 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

Scattered rain showers are expected to swing through Reston this week as the former Hurricane Nate slogs through the region.

The storm was downgraded over the weekend from a hurricane to a tropical storm and later to a tropical depression, but it will still send a wave of rain across the East Coast. Nate sped through the Gulf Coast over the weekend as a Category 1 Storm, leaving more than 100,000 customers without electricity in the region. The hurricane was also the first to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005.

In Reston, the National Weather Service expects a break from the rain on Tuesday, followed by back-to-back showers on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

On Tuesday, the chance of rain is 20 percent, with temperatures hovering in the low 60s in the evening. On Wednesday and Thursday, the chance of showers is 50 percent. Skies will remain cloudy through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Weather Channel provides a 10-day snapshot of the forecast here.

by Dave Emke September 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm 5 Comments

As the southeast U.S. prepares for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma, the National Weather Service in DC/Baltimore says the Mid-Atlantic region should be paying attention as well.

While the storm will likely dwindle after weekend landfall, the NWS says it may still be able to pack a punch between Monday and Wednesday of next week if its track takes it up the Eastern Seaboard to our region. According to the NWS, if the storm tracks here, threats it will bring will include damaging winds, possible tornados and flooding brought on by rainfall. Tidal flooding is also a concern for coastal area.

“Families and businesses should ready their disaster plans and kits,” the NWS warns.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the National Weather Service in DC/Baltimore, as well as the National Hurricane Center, for updates on the track and power of the storm as it continues through the rest of this week and into the weekend.

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey passed through our area last Friday and Saturday, bringing heavy rain at times and forcing the cancelation of events including the Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival.

by Dave Emke August 22, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Hot Again Today — Once again, Fairfax County emergency officials want to make sure residents are aware of the dangers of excessive heat. Temperatures are expected to again reach the 90s today, with a heat index topping 100. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

Safety, Health More Urged for School Year — School starts next week, and Fairfax County officials want to make sure all the information residents need is being shared. Topics emphasized include the need to watch for stopped school buses, where to go for anxiety and stress relief, how to pack a healthy lunch and more. [Fairfax County]

‘Fake News’ Seminar Tonight — George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, along with the Fairfax County library system, is sponsoring a workshop titled “News Blues and How to Defuse.” It will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. [WTOP]

Herndon Firm Working on Tank Protection — Herndon-based Artis is working on Iron Curtain, defense technology that would protect US Army tanks from rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles. [Business Insider]

by RestonNow.com August 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm 1 Comment

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire region that will be in effect until 9 p.m. Friday.

According to the alert, isolated hail up to the size of a ping-pong ball is possible, as are scattered wind gusts up to 70 mph. In addition, frequent lighting is possible.

The watch extends from Virginia all the way up the East Coast to Connecticut.

Locally, the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang says they “expect that there will be a few severe thunderstorm warnings,” and to “anticipate scattered power outages from downed limbs.”

by RestonNow.com August 18, 2017 at 6:40 am 1 Comment

A heat advisory from the National Weather Service will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, as temperatures soar into the 90s.

From the alert:

…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT
THIS EVENING…

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has
issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from 11 AM this
morning to 8 PM EDT this evening.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES…Around 105 degrees due to temperatures in
the lower 90s and dewpoints in the mid to upper 70s.

* IMPACTS…The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during
outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is
expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity
will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke
is an emergency — call 911.

The National Weather Service says strong thunderstorms are possible this afternoon as well, with frequent lightning, damaging winds and large hail possible.

File image via Flickr

by RestonNow.com August 16, 2017 at 6:20 am 1 Comment

Drivers are asked to exercise caution this morning as the National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory that will be in effect until 9 a.m.

According to the NWS advisory:

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EDT WEDNESDAY…

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has
issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 9 AM EDT
Wednesday.

* VISIBILITIES…One quarter mile or less at times.

* IMPACTS…Areas of dense fog will cause sudden reductions in
visibility and rapidly changing conditions, making travel
difficult.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Dense Fog Advisory means visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving, slow down, use
your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue has shared a number of fog safety tips for drivers who will be out in the hazardous conditions this morning.

  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Make your vehicle visible to others both ahead of you and behind you by using your low-beam headlights since this means your taillights will also be on. Use fog lights if you have them.
  • Never use your high-beam lights. Using high beam lights causes glare, making it more difficult for you to see what’s ahead of you on the road.
  • Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.
  • To ensure you are staying in the proper lane, follow the lines on the road with your eyes.
  • In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to first turn on your hazard lights, then simply pull into a safe location such as a parking lot of a local business and stop.

Photo courtesy National Weather Service

by Dave Emke July 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm 4 Comments

Heavy rains are being predicted for the entire region the next two days, and emergency agencies are warning that may mean flash flooding.

A flash-flood watch has been issued for the area, to be in effect Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, a stationary low pressure cell may bring torrential rains.

Low pressure is going to develop over the Mid-Atlantic Friday and remain nearly stationary this weekend. This will have the potential to bring 3 inches or more of rain to the region through Saturday afternoon. Thunderstorms could cause locally higher rainfall amounts.

Heavy rainfall may result in rapid rises in streams and creeks. This could quickly result in flooding… especially in low lying and poor drainage areas.

Precautionary/preparedness actions… a flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang says this storm’s structure is similar to that of a winter storm. They say some pockets within the storm may see upward of 7 inches of rain.

“Heavy storms may line up along a corridor and hit the same areas repeatedly — a worrisome phenomenon known as training,” the CWG says. “Areas that experience training will be most prone to flooding.”

Fairfax County offers some of the following tips of how to stay safe if flash flooding occurs or has the potential to occur:

  • Move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Always stay away from floodwaters.
  • If you must walk in water, walk where water is not moving; use a stick to check the ground.
  • Be aware of streams, drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.
  • Keep your children inside and away from streams and creeks.
  • Stay away from downed power lines to avoid the risk of electric shock or electrocution.
  • Keep your vehicle parked in your garage or on the driveway away from low-lying areas and large drains.

Residents are also reminded not to drive on flooded roads:

  • Stop and take an alternate route. The depth, current and condition of the road are all unknowns and can be deadly.
  • If your vehicle stalls on a flooded road and water is rising, get out of the car, call 9-1-1 and move to higher ground.
  • Be especially cautious during periods of limited visibility or nighttime when it is extremely difficult to see and judge conditions — state law requires headlights when wipers are on.

File photo

by Dave Emke July 21, 2017 at 6:40 am 0

With high temperatures forecast in the mid- to upper 90s, and humidity making it feel like upward of 105, the National Weather Service is again placing the area under a heat advisory. Today’s advisory will be in effect 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

According to the NWS alert:

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has
issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from 10 AM to 8 PM EDT
Friday.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES…Around 105 due to temperatures in the mid to
upper 90s, and dewpoints in the lower 70s.

* IMPACTS…The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during
outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is
expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity
will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke
is an emergency — call 911.

Fairfax County offers these pieces of advice for people to help avoid heat-related illness and other calamities:

  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
  • When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
  • Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
  • Drink plenty of fluids: Drink two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Do not drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages because they dehydrate the body.

The county suggests that residents without access to air conditioning should consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities, or visit one of Fairfax County’s Cooling Centers.

by RestonNow.com July 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

(This article was updated at 1:45 p.m. after a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the area.)

The National Weather Service has again issued a heat advisory for an area including Fairfax County, as the sizzling hot temperatures that we’ve felt all week just won’t go away.

From the NWS alert:

…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING…

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has
issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect until 7 PM EDT this
evening.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES…Around 105 this afternoon.

* IMPACTS…Risk of heat-related illness for those without air-
conditioning or those outdoors for an extended period.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is
expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity
will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke
is an emergency — call 911.

In addition, the NWS has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the area that will be in effect until 9 p.m.

by RestonNow.com July 12, 2017 at 3:10 pm 0

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the area that will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday.

According to the NWS:

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has
issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from noon to 8 PM EDT
Thursday.

* TEMPERATURES…Highs in the mid to upper 90s.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES…Around 105 degrees.

* IMPACTS…Risk of heat-related illness for those without air-
conditioning or those outdoors for an extended period.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is
expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity
will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke
is an emergency — call 911.

Fairfax County urges residents who do not have air conditioning to find somewhere cool: head to the movies, visit shopping centers or go to one of the county’s designated cooling centers — including Reston Regional Library and the Southgate Community Center.

In addition, residents should know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

by Katherine Berko July 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

If you ever had that fantasy of cracking an egg on the sidewalk and watching it sizzle to perfection, this week may be your chance to make that a reality.

Today, the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Fairfax County and other Northern Virginia areas. This outlook applies to the coming days as well. In the next few days, the mercury will be way up on the thermometer — even nearing the triple-digit zone.

While your instinct may be to throw some “floaties” in the pool and stock up on bottles of rosé for the fridge, you may want to keep an eye out for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

According to the National Weather Service, symptoms of heat exhaustion include feeling faint or dizzy, sweating excessively, cool, pale or clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, a rapid, weak pulse, and muscle cramps. It is recommended that anyone experiencing those symptoms should go indoors to a cool place, drink water, and take cool showers or use cold compresses.

Signs of heat stroke include throbbing headaches; the absence of sweating; a body temperature above 103 degrees; red, hot, dry skin; nausea or vomiting; a rapid, strong pulse; and the potential to lose consciousness. Should a person encounter this scenario, they must call 911 immediately.

For those who do not have air conditioning in their house, Fairfax County recommends going to the movies, visiting shopping centers or going to one of the county’s designated cooling centers — including Reston Regional Library and the Southgate Community Center.

The county also recommends that citizens:

  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Take several breaks from the heat, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and sunscreen. Remember that you should reapply sunscreen every three to four hours.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on friends or neighbors during extremely hot days and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.

Cornerstones, a nonprofit organization in Reston, offers short-term emergency financial assistance to people who need help with their cooling bills.

So, keep cool and carry on.

by Kalina Newman June 30, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Weather Report for Holiday Weekend  This Saturday, expect a high near 90 degrees, but a chance of afternoon thunderstorms might impact projected fireworks shows in the area. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will also have highs in the low 90s, but there’s a chance of rain on the Fourth. [The Weather Channel]

Heavy Congestion Projected on Holiday Weekend  According to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s interactive traffic trends map, expect major traffic jams along Interstate 95 on Sunday as people travel for the holiday. [VDOT]

Residents Reminded to Be Safe With Fireworks  Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them, never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse, never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned, and never point or throw fireworks at another person. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

New Laws Take Effect Tomorrow — Take a look at some of the new legislation that will go into effect July 1, including changes to rules about absentee voting, concealed carry permits and more. [Fairfax County]

Toll Road Ramp Work Starts After Holiday  Make sure to reevaluate the morning commute starting next next Friday. The ramp from the eastbound Dulles Toll Road to the Fairfax County Parkway will be diverted through the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride parking lot, starting next Thursday night and lasting “through 2017.” [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

Local Artist Wins Tröegs Contest — Marni Manning’s “Renaissance of Beer” painting was the big winner in the Pennsylvania craft beer company’s recent art contest. [Tröegs]

Herndon Man Admits to Bank Robberies — Bruce Wayne Higgins robbed four banks in Maryland and New Jersey last December. [WTOP]

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