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Humid Weekend with late day T'storm Risk
Will Barry Brush Us?

Jason Samenow @ 12:00 AM

Sticky conditions will stick around for the weekend thanks to persistent southerly flow ahead of a slow moving cold front to the west. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are a possibility each day. Shower and thunderstorm activity could be enhanced Sunday due to the proximity of the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighPartly cloudy and humid with a few PM storms. It'll be a characteristic DC summer day. Expect a mix of clouds and sun, a bit of haze, and a chance (30%) of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. A few storms could produce heavy rain, particularly west of DC. Highs will be in the upper 80s. Winds will be out of the south at about 8-12mph. Overnight, it will be partly cloudy and warm, with lows 66-72.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighBarry to increase shower and storm threat. The remnants of Barry are expected to come up the coast, with the center likely passing to our east Sunday night (offshore the Delmarva). However, our area still lies in the cone of uncertainty, so a more direct hit cannot be ruled out. Some scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Sunday afternoon and night (but not a sure thing), with heavier and more widespread rains east of the Bay. The cloud cover will hold high temperatures to around 80 degrees. Winds from the south at 5-10mph will shift to northeasterly and increase to 10-20mph by late Sunday afternoon.

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Hurricane Season Off with a Bang with Barry

From the look of things, it may well be a LONG hurricane season. Barry, on the season's first "official" day, became the 2nd name storm. According to Jeff Masters at WUnderground 2007 is in second place for the earliest development of a second named storm. The earliest date by which two storms had already formed was May 17, all the way back in 1887. By comparison, the second storm didn't form until July 17 last season (2006).

Barry's track and development is GREAT news for Florida. Many parts of the wildfire- plagued state have a rainfall deficit of 10-15." The widespread 2-4+" amounts predicted from Barry will put a nice dent in that.

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