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A native to the Washington, D.C. area, Dave Dildine is no stranger to the
complex traffic and weather patterns associated with the region.
Before joining WTOP as a full-time traffic reporter, Dave was a weather research
analyst for a private company in Austin, Texas. He also organized storm chasing
tours with a company based in Oklahoma City.
Having chased tornadoes for over a decade, Dave has logged countless miles on the
highways and rural farm roads of the Great Plains.
Dave joined WTOP in 2010 as the station prepared to launch its own in-house
traffic service. In addition to reporting on the 8s, Dave has covered breaking
weather stories for WTOP. He flew with the Hurricane Hunters into the eye of
Hurricane Irene three days before the storm lashed Mid-Atlantic coast in August
He also reported live as the 2012 Derecho tore through downtown D.C. with 70
When he's not in the traffic center, Dave enjoys running, playing tennis and
photography. He currently lives in Arlington, Va.
If you see more than he says, call Dave on the WTOP Traffic hotline at 202-895-5048 or email him at email@example.com.
Last weekend, when forecasters began calling for an "incredible lake effect snow event," WTOP's Dave Dildine wanted to be a part of weather history.
Saturday - 11/22/2014, 03:24pm EST
People near Buffalo are suffering under six feet of snow in some places, and this week WTOP traffic man Dave Dildine is indulging his other passion -- weather -- by looking into the conditions in upstate New York. They're boggling even his mind.
Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 07:30am EST
Below-normal temperatures have swept across much of the
continental United States, and the early arctic invasion could be the first of
many. Research links autumn snow cover on the opposite side of the planet to
colder, harsher winters in the Northern Hemisphere.
Thursday - 11/13/2014, 04:37am EST
The National Park Service is urging drivers to prepare for road closures around the National Mall this Veterans Day for HBO's Concert for Valor.
Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 10:05am EST
After more than a year of construction, Washington Circle now sports triple the number of signalized crosswalks. And its created a mess for drivers.
Thursday - 11/06/2014, 09:29am EST
One of the largest marathons in the country takes to the streets in Washington and Arlington this weekend, and that means road closures.
Sunday - 10/26/2014, 10:51am EDT
Last week, two weak tornadoes skipped across Virginia and Maryland and warnings were issued to take cover. So what triggers such a warning? A National Weather Service meteorologist explains.
Thursday - 10/23/2014, 01:35am EDT
By the end of 2014, the number of pedestrian fatalities is on pace to meet or beat last year's 45 deaths in the D.C. metro area.
Friday - 09/12/2014, 12:47pm EDT
WTOP's Dave Dildine reports
Thursday - 09/04/2014, 01:03am EDT
British pop stars One Direction will perform to a sold out Nationals Park crowd at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11.
Monday - 08/11/2014, 06:35am EDT
Friday - 08/08/2014, 06:11pm EDT
A slew of street closures are on tap for downtown Washington next week as President Obama welcomes African leaders to a three-day summit.
Monday - 08/04/2014, 07:32am EDT
Damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes could pass through the Mid-Atlantic.
Saturday - 07/26/2014, 10:01pm EDT
The term "polar vortex" resurfaced earlier in July when a cool
airmass oozed southward from Canada. Through social media, the catchy
classification again spread like a common cold.
Thursday - 07/24/2014, 07:04am EDT
It's been two years since a powerful derecho blew through the Washington area. Tuesday's wind storm conjured memories of the 2012 incident and its aftermath.
Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 05:16pm EDT
Travelers returning from holiday weekend getaways Sunday found themselves stuck in stop-and-go traffic for hours, and it was some of the worst traffic WTOP's Director of Traffic and Transit Operations has ever seen.
Monday - 07/07/2014, 06:17pm EDT
The highest number of accidents and the most fatal crashes on the Capital Beltway occurred in Prince George's County, Maryland.
Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 08:36am EDT
When heavy rains and rush hours coincide, delays are inevitable.
Thursday, the worst of the region's traffic woes have correlated with the flash flood
warnings issued for Loudoun County in Virginia and Montgomery and Frederick
counties in Maryland.
Thursday - 06/12/2014, 07:27pm EDT
An isolated, severe thunderstorm developed over the Potomac
Highlands Wednesday evening, prompting the issuance of a tornado warning for parts
of Frederick County in northwestern Virginia.
Thursday - 06/12/2014, 07:24am EDT
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray dedicated the Benning Road Bridge in honor of Ethel
widow of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
Thursday - 05/22/2014, 08:54am EDT