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A Visit From the Tropics?

Dan Stillman @ 11:45 PM

The frontal boundary that Jason talked about in his post yesterday will sink to our south today, but will remain close enough to give us about a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. I don't expect any storms to be as intense as we saw yesterday afternoon and night. We'll remain humid today, although slightly less so than yesterday, with highs in the upper 80s.

Looks like we'll get a break in the rain tomorrow, but we'll be watching the approach of precipitation from Tropical Storm Cindy (see later in this post) for Friday.

Bad Timing for a Breakdown

Adjacent is a radar image, courtesy of Weather Underground, from 5:24 p.m. yesterday afternoon, right when a loud and electrifying cluster of thunderstorms rumbled through Washington. Upon close examination (see bottom right corner of image), you'll notice this image was taken by the National Weather Service radar in Dover, Del., rather than the one in nearby Sterling, Va., which according to a message from the NWS had to be taken offline for maintenance at 4:18 p.m. The Sterling radar did manage to recover in time to catch the second round of storms that passed through the area between 10 p.m. and midnight last night.

Cindy Could Make Stop in MidAtlantic

Tropical Storm Cindy was headed for landfall in southeastern Louisiana late last night. As of 11 p.m. last night, the National Hurricane Center was predicting the storm would weaken as it tracked toward the Carolinas and, by Friday, Virginia. If that track holds true, Friday could be a rainy, stormy day for at least parts of the Washington area.

To the south of Cindy, Tropical Storm Dennis was moving northwest across the Caribbean. Last night's track from the NHC had the storm's center tracking just north and east of Jamaica by Thursday morning and making landfall in western Cuba Friday night.

Nationals vs. Mets, 7:05pm, RFK
Still a possibility of showers or thunderstorms this evening, but chances will be lower than yesterday -- I'd say about 20 percent. Expect first-pitch temps around 82 degrees, dropping into the upper 70s as the game goes on.

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