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There's Nothing Happening Here

Matt Ross @ 1:00 AM


Today we will see some occasional showers, but mostly it will be just overcast with highs in the mid 40s. We will have a cooler shot move in temporarily this weekend, but for the foreseeable future, weather looks generally boring with temperatures at or mostly above normal.

Image Courtesy of Accuweather

December Recap

December 2005 finished at 36.4 degrees or right around 3 degrees below normal. While not remarkable, it did finish tied for the 6th coldest December in the last 30 years at National Airport(DCA). December also finished with 4.8" of snow at DCA for the 5th snowiest December at DCA in the last 30 years. While December wasn't particularly memorable, I do think the cold was persistent and pervasive enough to make an early winter impression on Washingtonians. In our Winter Outlook put out in October we indicated normal temperatures for December. As we finished over 3 degrees below normal, this was clearly erroneous. The miss was tempered by the fact that the cold started in November and didn't last through December as indicated in the outlook. Additionally, we didn't finish above normal as we did 13 out of the last 20 years, which would have been a complete bust. As such we get a solid C for December. Hopefully we can do better in January and the rest of winter. It is much too early to get a good read on snow, but we are ahead of average pace, and thus our slightly above average seasonal snowfall call is still well within reach.

An uncharacteristic line of January Thunderstorms moves through DC Metro late last evening around Midnight, courtesy of Channel 9.


As of Publication, Tropical Storm Zeta has strengthened to 60 mph, or just 14 mph below Hurricane Strength. While technically not a big deal as it will weaken and have little sensible effect on actual weather, it is still a remarkable occurrence. Not only have we reached the Greek Alphabet for the first time this tropical season, but we are 6 letters deep. Speechless...

Snow Lover's Crystal Ball

Next Chance of Snow: Friday January 6th-Sat January 7th
Probability: 10%
Potential Impact:
Commentary: Models indicate a wave of low pressure developing well offshore to our North and East this weekend. However, it is far enough away to warrant some monitoring as the weekend approaches. Accuweather's Joe Bastardi has mentioned the possibility of this developing as an East Coast snow event, but I wouldn't pay too much attention until we get a bit closer. Of course as always, stay tuned!

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