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Goodbye Rain, Hello Wind

Jason Samenow @ 1:10 AM

So never mind the darkness
We still can find a way
'Cause nothin' lasts forever
Even cold November rain
-Guns N' Roses, "November Rain"

Yesterday was just downright ugly, with cool temps (45-50) accompanied by moderate to heavy rains. Rainfall totals were in the 1 to 2 inch range across the Capital area.

Today, in the wake of yesterday's strong fall storm, while the sun emerges, it will be very windy and brisk. Temperatures will reach the mid 50s. Winds should be sustained at 25-30 mph, with gusts near 35 mph.

Speaking of rain and wind, today's Washington Post reports the National Weather Service gives itself high marks in a self-evaluation of its communications during Hurricane Isabel last fall:
"Ninety-nine percent of what the Weather Service did was outstanding," said Russell Pfost, chief of an in-house team that wrote the critique of the agency's performance during Isabel's destructive march up the East Coast last year.
NWS criticized its tidal surge forecasting, which was too conservative according to the article.

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