Posts Tagged ‘heat’

D.C. is Under a Heat Emergency. Here’s What You Need to Know

The temperature in D.C. hit 91 degrees with a heat index of 96 degrees this afternoon, which means the city's Heat Emergency Plan has been activated.
In cases of extreme heat (when the heat index tops 95 degrees), the D.C. government opens four cooling centers throughout the city each weekday between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. They are:

One Judiciary [...]

The Needle: Saunter Edition

Drink Local, Root Local: You'll finally be able to buy local beers from DC Brau, 3 Stars, Port City, and Mad Fox at Nationals Park—just not tonight as initially announced, because graphics for the cart selling the brews weren't ready yet. Tomorrow, head to section 139, grab your local beer, and then make like a [...]

The Needle: In Congress, Opinions Are Like Assholes Edition

Express Yourself: Voters approved an amendment to the Home Rule Charter in April that would allow D.C. to spend locally raised money without waiting for Congress to appropriate it to us by an overwhelming 81-13 margin. The official word from the House of Representatives: Well, that's just your opinion. Literally—a report issued by the GOP-controlled [...]

The Needle: Yup, It’s Hot Edition

Under the Dome: That unpleasant feeling you got if you made the mistake of venturing outside today will continue most of this week, thanks to what forecasters call a "heat dome" that's landed on top of the Mid-Atlantic. The good news: Last year, we had more heat waves like this. The bad news: It's still [...]

The Needle: Return of Strasburgmania Edition

Singletown U.S.A.: People complain enough about dating in D.C. that new statistics are enough to make you wonder whether anyone anywhere in the nation is having any luck—the District turns out to have the most favorable ratio of women to men (for women) anywhere in the country, and it's been rated in the top [...]

The Needle: ¡Visca el Barça! Edition

Mes Que Un Irritating Bureaucracy: It's not just Capital Bikeshare, pedicabs, and dancers who have a tough time enjoying themselves on the Mall. European soccer champions FC Barcelona, in town to play an exhibition match against Manchester United at FedEx Field tomorrow night, were ordered not to do an informal training session yesterday while wandering [...]

The Needle: Don’t Blame Us Edition

Washington, Not D.C.: For residents of the District, looking at Twitter this weekend was even more alarming than usual. A charming slogan—#FuckYouWashington—threatened to take over the site. But this had nothing to do with Harry Thomas Jr.'s nonprofits, or the fate of Tommy Wells, or any of the local scandals that get myopic little twits [...]

The Needle: The Heat Index Is Too Damn High Edition

Welcome to the Heat Dome: It's both the heat and the humidity, apparently. The heat wave that swept the Midwest this week arrived in the District in full force today, bringing temperatures near 100 degrees and humidity near 100 percent, for heat index readings that the region hasn't seen in more than a decade. The [...]

The Needle: Fish Invasion Edition

The Snakeheads Are Coming: When snakehead fish first appeared in Maryland a few years back, it was easy enough to be amused at the prospect of land-borne invasive fish, at least if you didn't live near Crofton, where they were first spotted; the whole thing sounded like a horror movie concept that didn't quite make [...]

The Needle: Rickey Don’t Lose That Number Edition

Cocktails And Dreams: Official symbols are the stuff state and local governments are made of. Why else would jousting be the state sport of Maryland, the brook trout the state fish of Virginia, or the scarlet oak the (ahem) state tree of the District? Add to that list one new item; the Rickey, a limey [...]

The Needle: Pokémon Edition

Games Without Frontiers: In the mid-1990s, Pokémon video games, anime cartoons, and merchandise were wildly popular, despite the fact that the TV show caused occasional seizures. Now comes news on two related fronts: Pokémon still exists, and the D.C. area is home to one of its champions. McLean resident Wolfe Glick, 15, won the Masters [...]

The Needle: Peace Edition

Exploding Evidence: Around the time that the ad hoc fireworks shows around District neighborhoods were reaching a crescendo last night, the D.C. Fire and EMS department tweeted out a plaintive message—remember, those things are illegal. And in fact, some of them are; authorities busted the dealers of about $10,000 worth of fireworks in two separate [...]

Unions: D.C.’s Broken Ambulances Too Hot to Handle

This week, the District has been besieged by relentless heat. It’s uncomfortable, perhaps even more so, for those on the verge of death. When that's the case, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, and registered nurses think D.C. ambulances shouldn't be a very uncomfortable 107 degrees. In a statement released today, union leaders for those groups [...]

The Needle: ¡Ay, Que Calor! Edition

Yes, Actually, It Is Hot Enough For Me: Leave town. Now. That's the only reasonable advice for how to deal with the early heat wave that's suffocating the region today—it is, after all, still only spring. The high temperature at National Airport was 102 degrees, tying a record first set in 1874, and combined with [...]

The Needle: Doug McKelway, Political Prisoner, Edition

Leave Doug McKelway Aloooone!: The banjo-playing WJLA-TV anchor has been suspended "indefinitely" following a run-in with station management. The cause: A fight over a McKelway report that "may have lapsed into partisan territory." Within hours, McKelway was cast as a martyr by the tortured conservative minds behind Newsbusters, which speculated as to whether the firing was [...]