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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Two weeks after a dose of record-setting rains drenched the region, another round of heavy precipitation is moving in.
Thursday - 05/15/2014, 08:01pm EDT
A lengthy rush hour is expected through Southeast and Southwest D.C. Friday as fans leave Nationals Park following the home opener.
Friday - 04/04/2014, 11:57am EDT
The District Department of Transportation says that a portion of 11th Street in Southeast will be closed near the Navy Yard this weekend as crews beginning demolishing an old elevated ramp that once connected the inbound 11th Street Bridge to the westbound Southeast/Southwest Freeway.
Friday - 03/21/2014, 04:26am EDT
Snowfall in March is not
entirely unusual for the D.C. region.
Monday - 03/17/2014, 04:41pm EDT
It's that time of year again: The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is coming to town.
Friday - 03/14/2014, 08:46am EDT
After several days of beautiful weather, the Washington area is about to get walloped by high winds and a return to winter temperatures, and that means it's time to tie down loose furniture and trash cans.
Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 12:09pm EDT
Motorcades are just part of the fabric of life in D.C. But getting stuck by one of these rolling roadblocks only adds to the stress of driving here. Our Traffic Center has tips to help you stay out of a jam.
Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 04:24pm EST
The National Weather Service says some thunder and lightning could accompany the heavy snow that is predicted to fall across the Washington area.
Monday - 03/03/2014, 05:33am EST
ABC7's Lauryn Ricketts says a social media following, in the right hands, is an
asset during a weather emergency.
Friday - 02/28/2014, 04:31am EST
Although winter has been crueler to the New England and the Midwest, the D.C. region has seen above-average snow totals so far this season.
Thursday - 02/20/2014, 04:32am EST
A new flyover bridge on Interstate 695 was quietly unveiled by the
District Department of Transportation Friday in Southeast D.C.
Friday - 02/07/2014, 09:29pm EST
The latest freeze-thaw cycle has taken its toll on the roads. Orphaned hubcaps have been found strewn along shoulders, leaning against jersey walls, laying in culverts -- footstones for travelers who have fallen victim to the region's eruption of potholes.
Thursday - 02/06/2014, 04:47am EST
One of the busiest highways in the Washington metro area is a likely place for a wreck. This
4-mile stretch has high demand and possibly an out-of-date design.
Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 07:49am EST