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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 02/ 1/2008

CommuteCast: Much Needed Rain Ending

By Ian Livingston

Sunny and warmer than average Saturday

Latest MidAtlantic winter weather radar loop, courtesy Intellicast. Green is rain; pink is a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and/or snow; and blue is snow. Refresh page to update, or click here to expand.

The wettest day since late October 2007 has brought welcome amounts of precipitation to the area. Many places have now seen more rain on the first day of February than during the whole month of January combined. Some area totals through 3 p.m. include a February 1 record shattering 1.92" (previous, 0.92" in 1985) at Ronald Reagan Washington National, a record breaking 1.36" (previous, 1.14" in 1985) at Washington Dulles International, and a significant 1.12" at Baltimore-Washington International where the daily record is likely to fall before the rain ends.

Earlier iciness to the north and west of DC mostly came to an end before noon as temperatures rose above freezing across the entire region. The bulk of the precipitation has already fallen, and the back edge of heavier rain is now moving through. Areas of drizzle and isolated showers will continue through the evening as temperatures begin to fall from their afternoon highs. The drive home promises to be trickier than normal due to the all-day rain that has caused ponding on area roadways -- extra caution is advised.

Tonight: Any leftover showers will exit the area during the evening and skies will begin to clear by midnight. Winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour will move through following the passage of a cold front associated with today's storminess. In areas that still have ice accumulation on trees, increasing winds may cause limbs to break and could lead to some power outages. Lows will range from the upper 20s west of the District to right around freezing in the city and to the southeast.

Tomorrow: Saturday will be mostly sunny and warm for early February standards. High temperatures are expected to range from the upper 40s north and west of DC to the low 50s in the city as well as to the south and east. Tomorrow will only be the beginning of a warm spell for the area, find out more by reading Camden's forecast for Sunday and into the middle of next week.

By Ian Livingston  | February 1, 2008; 3:30 PM ET
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Guys I am telling you that when you begin the comment threads over again after each update you are not going to win friends. However I have 1.50 inches of rain in NW Montgomery and the temp is just 34.5

Posted by: JT | February 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

JT: Our goal is to keep the content fresh and provide updates during rapidly changing conditions. Just because a comment thread isn't at the top, doesn't mean it can't remain active. The new format takes some getting used to, but there are a lot of advantages.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | February 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

That's quite a contrast just across MoCo; closer to the Beltway (but still several miles north), it's 44° here.

Posted by: Steve, Capital Weather Gang | February 1, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I agree with JT, all the updates with separate comments feels disjointed to me compared to the old system. 2.21" so far with brightening skies.

Posted by: steve takoma park md | February 1, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

It is probably more like what the Post is telling them to do.

Posted by: NTOMB | February 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

me too with JT and steve...hard to find the current/last commented blog places

Posted by: missy | February 1, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The Post is quite a ridiculous newspaper.

Posted by: Period | February 1, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Suggestion: could you consider as an option just adding updates to the same posting, sort of like what you used to do at Cap Weather. This way you continue to provide the benefit of these helpful updates and alerts yet for your readers retain a single thread for posting.

Posted by: jeffc | February 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

It took some getting used to but I quite like the new posting format. It used to make me nuts at the old site when a post had been udpated but I couldn't tell what had changed. Also, I like having to wade through fewer comments.

Keep up the good work guys.

Posted by: Ana B | February 1, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Why not make all "Comments" links link to the same page? There would be one continuous set of comments for each day, and you could post updates to your heart's contents while keeping discussions alive.

Posted by: mcleaNed | February 1, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Final total 2" in Mount Vernon.

Posted by: Etta | February 1, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Ana-- Thanks for the nice feedback. Ned-- I'll see if an "all comments" link is possible. Not sure.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | February 1, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

You could also have a "recent comments" section on the side the way you have a "recent post", though with the volume of comments you get here, it might still not be great, so something more like an aggregate that maybe shows a timestamp with the latest comment time for each of the recent posts, so readers can keep track of how current the comments are in the various posts.

I subscribe via reader to the blog - I think a lot of your readers would also like to subscribe to the comments themselves. This should be possible - it is in pretty much every blogging format I've seen. (some software makes it easier than others)

I hadn't read the other blog for very long (had really just found it) before it switched to this format. One thing I definitely like better about this format is that by subscribing to the posts, I know when updates have been posted, since they're new posts, and show up in my reader. The downside that people have already talked about, with the many posts causing a sort of disjointed conversation is the side-effect. Not sure there is ever going to be a perfect solution, but certainly making it easier for people to be aware of new comments (for instance, by subscribing to the comments) even on older posts would do something to bridge the gap

Posted by: debiguity | February 1, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

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