Monday, April 1, 2013
A new report shows a dramatic gap between housing prices and wages.
Washington metro area residents face one of the nation’s largest gaps between wages and housing prices, according to two recent surveys – and experts are worried it could make the region less attractive to the workforce. According to the Washington Business Journal, a recent report from ZipRealty, Inc. shows that the D.C. region’s median housing price is about $1.03 million as of Feb. 10. That’s almost 17 times the region’s median income. Washington landed ahead of New York City’s popular Brooklyn borough and the bay area in San Francisco. ZipRealty came up with their ratio by studying median income and median sales price, the Journal reports. The report considered houses with three to four bedrooms – approximately 2,000 square feet – to …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Sun, warmer temperatures on the way.
Sun and warmer weather will welcome Easter Weekend this year across Northern Virginia. After Monday’s rare late-March snow, Spring does appear to be making some sort of a comeback. Friday, local forecasters predict partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 50s. Saturday, expect much of the same only a few degrees warmer. Lows Friday and Saturday night will be in the mid-30s and there is just a 10 percent chance of rain those days. Easter Sunday—You may still want a light sweater with that Easter outfit. Expect partly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 62 degrees. WJLA reported in 2012 that Easter can be a day of weather extremes. The warmest Easter ever was in 1960 when temperatures hit 60 degrees on April 23. The coldest: 15 …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patch sites around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 19. More Than 200 Pack Serial Groper Meeting Thursday Night in Springfield: Approximately 250 Springfield residents packed a Fairfax County Police community meeting Thursday night to discuss their concerns about a series of assaults — likely 22 in all — by a man dubbed "the serial groper," that have occurred throughout the Springfield area since September. FCPD scheduled the meeting to update residents on the case and answer questions from concerned citizens. 18. Vice President Biden Visits Injured Officer's First Responders: Vice President Joe Biden visited the Alexandria Police Department last Friday, meeting with…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Temperatures will warm up into 40s by Wednesday.
The big chill in Northern Virginia continues through Tuesday night with highs in the 30s on Monday and Tuesday. Expect cloudy skies during the days and a possiblity for snow flurries Monday and Tuesday nights, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will feel much colder Monday. Wind gusts up to 25 mph will continue through Monday afternoon. As a result of the wind, the National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory until 3 p.m. Monday that includes the Potomac River. This means that wind speeds of 18 to 33 knots are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions for small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions. Here are the daily …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Just as long as the snow doesn’t interrupt midterm exams, they are all for it.
With snow expected to start falling Thursday morning in Northern Virginia, students at George Mason High School in Falls Church don’t mind it at all. Maeve Curtin loves the snow and welcomes any that may fall on the area. A junior, Curtin said she can do without a wintery mix but if it means a little time off from school, she’s fine with that. “The mix of rain and snow creates slush that ices over and reeks havoc on our transportation system,” Curtin said Wednesday. “This is a really stressful time for all high school students with exams coming up next week. As much as we could use the extra day to catch up on sleep and do some extra studying, missing review days and other tests could just add to the stress of this time.” Wednesday, the …
Friday, December 28, 2012
An inch or two may accumulate before snow turns to rain Saturday.
Northern Virginia will see snow for the second time in less than a week Saturday morning as a storm system moves through the area. An inch or two of snow may accumulate Saturday, particularly north and west of Washington, D.C. On Friday night, temperatures will drop to near freezing with precipitation starting after midnight to the north and west, but beginning closer to dawn south and east of D.C. Temperatures Saturday will struggle to reach 40 degrees as snow turns to a wintry mix during the day. In some areas, the snow may turn to rain. The storm system is expected to move out of the area by mid-afternoon Saturday, leaving sunny skies and cold weather in its place. Temperatures Saturday night will drop into the upper 20s. Sunday will be…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Salvation Army’s National Capital Area is looking to raise a total of $1.6 million from their 250 kettles.
The sound of ringing bells outside supermarkets in Northern Virginia is a sign that the holiday season has arrived. For Anthony Alexander, a seasonal Salvation Army worker, his small bell symbolizes his way of giving back. Entering his fourth year as a bell ringer, Alexander, who is not employed, says helping raise money to help others is what drives him to come back every year. “It’s not about the money,” Alexander said Thursday outside a Giant Food store in Falls Church. “It’s about giving back.” In 2011, the Salvation Army’s National Capital Area – which includes Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William counties and Alexandria City as well as Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, Md. – raised $1.4 million from their 250 kettles. Ken …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Haunted houses, terrifying trails and ghastly ghost tours in Herndon, Northern Virginia.
It's that time of year when people go out looking for things that go bump in the night. Halloween and the weeks before it are full of local haunted houses, ghost tours and frightening forests. We've got a great listing of local places to go to find yourself scared silly. NORTHERN VIRGINIA SPOOKS, SCARES & HAUNTS • Bradley Farm Haunted House, Herndon This year's haunted house will feature The Evil Around Us: Horrifying Local Legends, based on scary stories from around Virginia. The weekend of Oct. 26 and 27 only; proceeds benefit Herndon-Reston FISH. • The Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods, Sterling Visit the haunted forest, where you'll walk through outdoor paths filled with ghouls and ghosts. Halloween Woods also hosts the Run Zombie Run…
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The National Weather Service reports this line of storms is dangerous.
A service thunderstorm warning is in effect in the area until 4:30 p.m. The line of storms has a history of producing hail and gusting winds, according to the National Weather Service. "This is a dangerous line of storm," the warning reports. "If you are in its path...move indoors to a sturdy building and stay away from windows." At 3:50 p.m., The Washington Post reported that a storm produced a tornado near Fairfax City. Patch has not been able to confirm the the presence of a tornado in the area. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. This story has been updated.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Governor says citizens should prepare for a multi-day power restoration and recovery effort.
UPDATE - Sunday, 7 a.m.: For a full update of conditions, outages, water restrictions and more across Nothern Virginia on Sunday, see this story: 290,000 Still Without Power in Northern Virginia Sunday Morning. --------- Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) declared a state of emergency Saturday morning as Virginia prepares for what he says will be a "multi-day event with the potential for further problems." At least 2.5 million people in the state lost power in the rare derecho storm, which ripped through the area with winds from 60 to 80 miles per hour around 10:30 p.m. last night. There were six fatalities - two in Fairfax County, the governor said. All were killed when trees fell on homes or cars. "This is the largest non-hurricane power …