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More Rain Today, Major Improvement Tomorrow

Dan Stillman @ 11:15 PM

High temp as of last hour:949697
Record for the day (year):99 (2002)100 (1980)99 (1933)

More rain is probably the last thing most people want to see after strong thunderstorms interrupted holiday activities across the region yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, more rain is what we have today, prompting the National Weather Service to issue for the entire metro area a Severe Thunderstorm Watch through 9pm and a Flash Flood Watch through tomorrow morning. Tomorrow, however, is a new day, and with it comes increasing sunshine and drier air that looks to set up shop through the weekend.


Forecast Confidence: HighMostly cloudy, humid, stormy, highs in the low 80s. Showers and thunderstorms are likely thanks to a slowly moving cold front draped across the area. Rain is possible throughout the day, even during the morning through lunchtime hours, but the afternoon and evening hold the greatest potential for strong and potentially severe storms. Tonight, a continued threat of showers and thunderstorms, then clearing skies and decreasing humidity toward morning as the front finally passes by. Lows in the mid-to-upper 60s.

Tomorrow and Friday

Forecast Confidence: High-Very HighBeautiful. After some lingering clouds tomorrow morning, expect the remainder of the day and Friday as well to be mostly sunny with low humidity, highs in the low-to-mid 80s, and overnight lows 60-65. You can't get much better than this in July in Washington.

The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: HighLooks pretty good! ... With high pressure in control, it'll be mostly sunny with fairly comfortable humidity. Highs should be in the mid-to-upper 80s on Saturday, and around 90 on Sunday. Under mostly clear skies, Saturday night's low should bottom out in the low-to-mid 60s.

Pictured: Late-afternoon stroms cleared out before yesterday evening's fireworks display on the National Mall, by photographer Kevin Ambrose.

A Flood That Was Uniquely Washington

National Archives July 4th CelebrationWashington-based columnist Dale McFeatters has this humorous recap of last week's flooding and the "Deeper Significance" of summer rainstorms in the nation's capital versus other parts of the country. Here's an excerpt:
The capital's National Airport recorded over a foot of rain in that period and a close-in suburb got over 10 inches in just 24 hours. The meteorological explanation is that warm, saturated tropical air pushed into a cold front trapped between two more or less immobile masses of high pressure.

Few people are buying that theory in a city where many politicians question evolution. One faction sees the storm as a natural consequence of Republican indifference to global warming while the other faction sees the storm as God's punishment of Democrats for being, well, Democrats.
Pictured: The National Archives was able to recover from last week's flooding in time for yesterday's July 4th celebration, by photographer Ian Livingston.

Ryan Leads the Pack

From DCRTV: Washingtonian magazine is out with its latest "bests." Local TV weather personalities were ranked in the following order: 1. Bob Ryan, 2. Doug Hill, 3. Topper Shutt.


In case you were wondering, the tropics are quiet.

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