Posts Tagged ‘thunderstorms’

The Needle: Swagga Like Us Edition

99 Problems But a Motorcade Ain't One: Turns out the list of celebrities who've gotten police escorts through the District doesn't begin and end with Charlie Sheen and Fran Drescher. Internal Metropolitan Police Department records show Jay-Z and Bill Gates have also sped through D.C. with flashing lights. Gates' escort cost $445.68, and Jay-Z's cost [...]

The Needle: No Rain, No Gain Edition

Stop Us If You've Heard This One: At 2:21 p.m., the bulletin went out from the National Weather Service: "A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM. A COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE AREA... PRODUCING NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS WILL BE THE PRIMARY THREAT." Fun! By now, the routine should be more [...]

The Needle: Prepare An Ark Edition

The Gods Are Angry With Us: Torrential downpours and furious lightning aren't really so out of the ordinary for the D.C. region in August, but the two rounds of storms today seem to have knocked the city back to the Stone Age. The rain led to Metro station closures, a sinkhole and the shocking second [...]

The Needle: City Paper‘s D.C. Quality of Life Index

Longtime Washington City Paper readers may remember a feature called the Needle: every month, your friendly neighborhood alt-weekly would recap news and events in and around D.C., weigh how they affected quality of life in the region with pseudo-scientific numerical accuracy, and provide a score on a scale from 1 to 100. Starting today, we're [...]