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This Time, Fall is For Real

Dan Stillman @ 11:05 PM

Herndon sunsetYesterday's cold front has ushered in our first true spell of fall weather. Unlike last week, which featured fall-like highs near 70 but with persistent dreariness, this week we get the real deal, complete with crisp mornings and sunny, dry afternoons. There's nothing like 70 and sunny in September, or is there?

Pictured: The sun sets yesterday over a football field in Herndon, Va. By photographer Kevin Ambrose.


Nice Day StampRefreshingly cool, dry. A steady breeze from the northwest will bring increasingly dry air as the day goes on. Look for mostly sunny skies and a high in the low 70s. Tonight, the bottom drops out as winds diminish and lows dip to near 50 in town, mid 40s in the burbs.


Forecast Confidence: High-Very HighThe same as today, but less breezy. Gone is the wind, as the center of high pressure moves overhead, but back is the sunshine and gloriously dry air. After a cool morning -- in fact downright chilly in the burbs -- the high temperature should reach near 70. Overnight, calm winds and clear skies should allow low temps to once again drop to near 50 in town, mid 40s in the burbs.


Forecast Confidence: HighSlightly warmer. After another cool start, we'll enjoy another pleasant day with highs in the mid 70s. I think we'll see mostly sunny skies for the bulk of the day, but could see some clouds roll in toward evening. Overnight, partly cloudy and not as cool with lows in the low 60s in town, mid-to-upper 50s in the burbs.

The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: MediumWarmer still ... not as dry. We'll find ourselves in the warm sector ahead of a slowly approaching cold front. The result will be a warmer and moister air mass characterized by partly cloudy skies and highs near 80. As far as precipitation is concerned, Saturday should be dry, but we could see a few showers or thunderstorms Sunday afternoon or evening as the front comes through.

What's Your Favorite "70 and Sunny"?

Taking a break from what SportsTalk 980's Steve Czaban readily acknowledged as incessant Redskins coverage, Czaban and cohost Andy Pollin conducted an informal weather poll on their morning show yesterday. The question up for debate was whether 70 degrees and sunny feels better in May or September. The brief segment yielded a 4-3 margin in favor of May.

Listeners cited a variety of reasons for their selections. Those who picked May noted the liberating impact of warming temperatures after a long, cold winter, and also mentioned the positive feeling brought about by increasingly longer days. September supporters were partial to the dropping humidity and the thoughts of snow, football and other activities that come to mind as fall and winter approach.

Which "70 and Sunny" do you like better -- September or May? Let us know using the comments link at the bottom of this post. And don't forget to participate in our current poll -- Will another tropical system affect the DC area this year? -- seen along the right sidebar of the page.

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