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Topper's Blog: Robins in Winter

12:09 AM, Jan 9, 2014

Topper's Blog: The Blizzard of 1996

11:12 PM, Jan 7, 2014

Topper's Blog: January's Almanac

9:44 PM, Jan 2, 2014

Topper's Blog: Snowflake Watching

9:28 PM, Jan 2, 2014

Bird watching is way more popular but you can snowflake watch too. This activity gets you outdoors and does not require much equipment. Did you know that snowflakes do form from water droplets ?

Topper's Blog: December's Top Ten

11:28 PM, Dec 19, 2013

Topper's Blog: Friday the 13th

7:02 PM, Dec 12, 2013

Are you a little afraid of Friday the 13th ? Do you not date checks on the 13th of a month ? Do you think that the number 13 is bad luck ?

Topper's Blog: December Almanac

4:24 PM, Dec 2, 2013

December 1 marks the beginning of meteorological winter. Meteorological winter is comprised of December, January and February.

Topper's Blog: Thanksgiving Day Swim

5:16 PM, Nov 27, 2013

I always chuckle to myself on Memorial Day weekend when many flock to the beach and shiver in the ocean. The ocean temperature is about fifty four degrees as opposed to about fifty two on Memorial Day.

Topper's Blog: Winter Outlook 2013 - 2014

3:29 PM, Nov 21, 2013

This winter there will not be a El Nino or La Nina. It looks like a La Nada winter this year. These winters are very difficult to predict.

Topper's Blog: Time to add Moisture to Home

5:08 PM, Nov 20, 2013

Topper's Blog: Veteran's Day Snowstorm

6:56 PM, Nov 8, 2013

Getting snow in November is rare, but not unheard of. National and Dulles Airports both average around an inch of snow in a typical November - making the "Veteran's Day" storm totals one for the record books.

Topper's Blog: November Almanac, Solar Eclipse

5:49 PM, Oct 31, 2013

Topper's Blog: Halloween

5:15 PM, Oct 31, 2013

Topper's Blog: First Frost

10:41 PM, Oct 16, 2013

Most of us have already planted mums, bought pumpkins and put out hay to get ready for fall. We have not yet had a frost warning for the immediate Metro Area yet and with high approaching seventy Friday frost warnings are still a ways off.

Topper's Blog: Earliest Snow

9:21 PM, Oct 8, 2013

On this date in 1979 the earliest measureable snowfall was recorded at National with three tenths of an inch. Twelve inches fell in parts of West Virginia. It was also Logan airport's earliest snow in Boston with two tenths of an inch.

Topper's Blog: Why Leaves Change Color

8:47 PM, Oct 2, 2013

It's been more like summer this week but the process of the leaves changing color is still occurring. Frost and cold air are often thought of as the reasons the leaves turn color every fall. It's not the frost or the cold air but rather the inability to replenish Chlorophylls (which occurs a few weeks before the first frost).

Topper's Blog: Long Journey

5:06 PM, Oct 2, 2013

I haven't seen any hummingbirds at my feeder for over a week now. These bird are said to follow insects south in the Fall as they begin their migration. Hummingbirds are beginning the process of returning to Central and South America, Mexico as well as the Caribbean.

Topper's Blog: October Almanac

10:44 PM, Sep 30, 2013

Topper's Blog: September Wrap

9:30 PM, Sep 30, 2013

We close the book on September with another gorgeous day with highs in the mid seventies. The headlines for September 2013 are: average in temps but well below average in rainfall.

Topper's Blog: Hurricane Gloria

8:59 PM, Sep 24, 2013

On this date in 1985 Hurricane Gloria passed forty five miles east of Cape Henry, Virginia en route to Long Island and Connecticut. At one time 2.2 million people were without power from Maryland to Massachusetts.

Topper's Blog: Remembering Isabel

10:03 AM, Sep 18, 2013

It has been ten years since hurricane Isabel pounded the southeast and the Mid-Atlantic. Winds were clocked well over fifty mph in the Metro Area, the Bay Bridge was closed and 1.4 million were without power.

Topper's Blog: Friday the Thirteenth

10:52 PM, Sep 12, 2013

Topper's Blog: Indianola Hurricane

10:48 PM, Sep 12, 2013

Topper's Blog: Playing the odds

2:28 PM, Sep 10, 2013

Although the hurricane season this year has been eerily quiet today is the most likely to have a hurricane.

Topper's Blog: Hurricane Katrina

9:04 AM, Sep 5, 2013

Katrina was the last 'major' hurricane to hit the United States. It's difficult to believe that happened eight years ago. No major hurricane has made landfall since.

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