Five myths about summer weather

1. D.C. is miserably humid in the summer because it was built on a swamp.This one is a double myth. Not only was the District not built on a swamp, but even if it had been, that wouldn’t necessarily affect our weather hundreds of years later. The idea that D.C. used to be swampland is a cliche, especially among politicians who like to bash the city. But according to local historian Don Hawkins, only about 2 percent of the land in Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan would meet the...

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