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Monsoon Weeding

Steve Scolnik @ 4:35 PM

Following the storms which interrupted power to 150,000 customers in the Washington metro area last night, a mixture of clouds and sun behind the cold front has kept temperatures to the 70s and low 80s this afternoon. At 4:45, radar showed an area of light to moderate rain outside the Beltway, south of I-66 and west of I-95. By 5:20, some light rain had worked its way eastward across the river into southwestern Prince George's County.


Tonight will see the likelihood of showers, especially south and west of the Beltway this evening. Lows should be around 70. Tomorrow will be cloudy with an 80% chance of showers or thunderstorms, highs in the upper 70s. Some rainfall amounts could be heavy, especially through central and southern Virginia.

Tropical Topics

Tropical Storm Franklin is finally getting its act together. Its intensity has increased to maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. It's being picked up by the trough which brought our cold front, and the track is now toward the northeast at 17 mph, which should bring it a little south of Newfoundland on Saturday.

The tropical wave in the Atlantic about 425 miles east of the Leeward Islands is showing more signs of organization and could become a Tropical Depression in the next day or two. Air Force reconnaissance is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

Could Be Worse

If you think we've been having a lot of rain in this area, consider the record-breaking monsoon in India. Rains continued into Wednesday after a record one-day total of 37.1 inches fell in the vicinity of Mumbai (Bombay). (Yes, that is the correct decimal point. By comparison, the long-term average precipitation for a whole year in Washington is under 40 inches.) At least 513 people are dead from the flooding.

Scourge of Spurge

The Post says today that the wet weather is producing a bumper crop of weeds.

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