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Enough Already
Warmer, sunnier and less windy weather on the way

Dan Stillman @ 8:30 AM

Most of us have had it up to here with the wind, the clouds and the cool temperatures. We'll get rid of the wind first, with some improvement today and even better tomorrow. But it looks like the clouds and cool temperatures will stick around through tomorrow.


Forecast Confidence: HighLess windy. More sunshine would be nice -- after some morning sun skies will turn partly to mostly cloudy. Warmer temperatures would help, too -- highs will only be in the mid 50s. But at least the persistent strong winds should finally diminish to a slower speed -- about 10 mph. Tonight, cloudy with a slight chance of a shower, lows in the low-to-mid 40s.


Forecast Confidence: MediumDreary. The best I can say is that winds will be light. Skies, on the other hand, are likely to be overcast with on-and-off sprinkles and possibly a shower or two mixed in. The cloud cover and slight breeze from the northeast should limit highs to the mid 50s. Overnight, partly to mostly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower, lows in the low-to-mid 40s.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighMore sun, higher temps. There's hope that we'll finally break into some significant sunshine. Let's call it at least partly sunny with highs into the low 60s. Overnight, becoming mostly clear with lows in the low 40s in town, upper 30s in the burbs.

The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighVery nice. High pressure moves in to give us a sunny and, finally, seasonable weekend. High temperatures are likely to be in the upper 60s to low 70s. Saturday night, lows head for the mid 40s in town, upper 30s to low 40s in the burbs.

For Nats, Weather is Worst-Case Scenario

With predictions of a 100-loss season, attendance at Nationals games was already expected to be sluggish. Bad weather to start the season was the last thing the Nats needed.

Since the first two games -- both of which featured first-pitch temperatures in the low 70s -- it's hard to imagine how the weather could have been worse. In the seven games since, the average first-pitch temperature has been 47°. To make conditions really inhospitable, Mother Nature threw in light rain and wind gusts of 35-40 mph during Monday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.

Overall, the average first-pitch temperature for the first nine home games is 53° with an average attendance of 20,369, compared to 68° and 24,928 after the same number of games last season, though it's impossible to say what percentage of the lackluster attendance is due to the weather.

The Nats aren't alone in their weather woes. This April's cold, windy and stormy weather has impacted many major league teams with delays, postponements and generally poor playing conditions. Getting the worst of it was the Cleveland Indians, forced to play a three-game home series in Milwaukee as an estimated 33 inches of snow covered Jacobs Field.

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