When the cherry trees in front of her Northwest Washington apartment building
began to turn pink with blossoms several days ago, delighting her and her
children, Nina Chkhenkeli took pictures and sent them to family members in
Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia.
"It's amazing," she said yesterday, standing next to one of the Macomb Street
trees and joining the rest of the Washington area in celebrating the end of a
warm year. "I told everyone back home, this is what it is like in Washington in
Well, at least in 2006.
Steve Zubrick, science and operations officer at the National Weather Service's
weather forecasting office in Sterling, said December probably will be one of
the 10 warmest on record for the Washington area. Additionally, 2006 might be
the area's eighth-warmest year since 1871, when data were first collected.
December's warmth proved a fitting end to a year of abnormal weather in ...