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Tropical Beat Continues

Steve Scolnik @ 4:20 PM

5:40 Update:It is now raining heavily here in Montgomery County.

After some showers this morning mainly in the eastern portion of the region, skies in the Washington metro area were partly sunny to cloudy in most locations at mid afternoon. Temperatures were generally in the mid 80s, although the typical warm spot of Leesburg reached 91 at 3pm. Except for Dulles, which reported 69, dewpoints were all in the "sweaty" range on the muggometer at 70 or above, with 73-75 typical. The most active area on radar stretched from central Pennsylvania through the Harrisburg area into the northeastern corner of Maryland. There was another area of lighter showers from east of Elkins, West Virginia southeastward to just west of Charlottesville and onward to near the North Carolina border.

By 5pm, an area of thunderstorms had developed just outside the Beltway and east of Dulles from near Herndon through Vienna to near I-95 south of Springfield. This is expanding and moving to the north and east towards the District and Montgomery County, where it is just beginning to rain as I type this.


Showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and move through the area through this evening. The chance of measurable precipitation at any given location is 60%. Lows tonight will be in the mid 70s. Tomorrow will be warm and continued humid, with highs in the mid 80s and a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tropical Topics

5:40 Update: Emily is a category 3, as of the 5pm advisory, max winds 115 mph.

Emily is now a category 2, maximum winds 100 mph, with further strengthening expected. The AP reported that there was serious damage from the storm in Grenada, especially the northern portion of the island. There were also reports of widespread flooding in Trinidad and Tobago. The current projected path is more northerly than yesterday, passing just south of Jamaica on Saturday, over northern Yucatan early Monday, and re-emerging in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Several tropical waves continue to percolate in the Atlantic, with one of them about midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles showing the possibility for development as it moves over warmer waters.

Broadcast News: MIA

The DCRTV blog reports that "weatherman Tom Sater's name has gone missing from the 'Inside Fox 5' listing of Channel 5/WTTG personalities."

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