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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/28/2008

Forecast: Warm Rebound, Cool Takeaway

By Camden Walker

WeatherCamMarch madness strikes again. After a brief warm-up today, the stubborn front just north of us will finally slip south of the area this afternoon. This frontal action will probably produce some showers as it passes by and then cool us down for the weekend. The good news on the front clearing our area? Sunshine Saturday, and a decent Sunday too.


Showers, breezy. Warm 60s. Early morning showers should give way to some late morning sunshine. However, the sunshine coupled with the cold front pushing through our area will contribute to some atmospheric instability. As a result, afternoon showers and even a thunderstorm could erupt, but not before we hit the mid to upper 60s. Winds will be breezy, out of the southwesterly direction.

Into the overnight hours, skies will clear as the front moves away. Temperatures will drop down to 35-40. Winds will shift to the colder, drier northwesterly direction.


Sunny, but breezy, mid-50s. Gorgeously refreshing weather awaits our Saturday, with sunny skies and a slight breeze out of the northwest. Temperatures may make it into the middle-50s with all this sunshine, but the breeze still might demand a light jacket or windbreaker.

During the evening, northerly breezes will diminish and temperatures will fall below 50 into the upper 30s downtown, but lower 30s in outlying spots like Gainesville and Gaithersburg. Skies will likely be partly cloudy.

Keep reading for the forecast through early next week. See NatCast for the forecast for Sunday night's regular-season opener at Nationals Park, and for Saturday night's exhibition game.

Blossoms Abound
Blossoms bloom near 22nd & N St. NW, by Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston


Partly cloudy and cool. Near 50. Partly cloudy skies and a cool easterly breeze off the cooler bay & Atlantic waters will keep us in the 40s to near 50 degrees. In the evening a warm front will approach, increasing clouds and providing a very slight chance of showers (20%) overnight. Winds will become southerly as temperatures drop just slightly, down to 40-45.


Some widely scattered showers may continue into Monday although it should be mostly dry. A wind out of the south means, you guessed it, warm temperatures into the lower 60s.

Clearing skies Tuesday will only destabilize the atmosphere for potential afternoon showers and storms ahead of our next cold front. Warm southwesterly winds will likely rocket temperatures into the 70s.

By Camden Walker  | March 28, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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What is the situation in the SE US regarding the drought? the reason I ask with rivers at historical low levels this could mena shutting down nuc power plants which could have a ripple feect and mean substantially higher electicity prices and possible big time black outs this summer???


Posted by: Dave | March 28, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Dave: Yes-- parts of the Southeast remain in a serious drought. See the U.S. Drought Monitor. An article at MSNBC talks about the possible impacts on nuclear plants.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | March 28, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Canadian lightning update: Isolated activity in southwest VA/eastern KY near or just to west of Roanoke. Otherwise clear of strikes.

Jet stream update: CRWS from 12Z NAM. We are officially just south of the jet. Projection is for the jet to be mainly north of us in the near term. This means the weekend cool spell could be short-lived and we might finally get into REAL SPRING. Whoopee!!!

Otherwise a note for Dave is in order. The Southeast drought has been largely mitigated by recent rains. However local pockets of drought will probably persist throughout the area. In addition continuation of the La Nina could point towards a renewal of dryness this summer. However a continued La Nina also threatens an active Atlantic/Caribbean hurricane season later this summer.

Posted by: El Bombo | March 28, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Note for old "HFS" progressive rock fans. Please tune in to 94.7 The Globe this weekend. They are doing old familiar songs done by groups other than the most recently heard versions. It's called the "Under the Covers Weekend" as every song is a "cover" of a familiar tune by a different band.

Granted 94.7 The Globe doesn't always do this. Sometimes they seem to act like a warmed-over version of a couple of other rock stations around here (BIG 101, MIX 107). But at least this is a relief from those "urban" stations which continually grind out the same ol' same ol' hip-hop, not to mention our lone country outlet (MZQ) which won't innovate at all. Where oh where can I get a LOCAL station that will play some of the old classic country and some of the new Americana and not FORCE me to buy a highly expensive "HD" radio??? And why are some notable artists NOT played on our radio outlets (PAYOLA??? Maybe it's behind some of this "hip-hop" which seems so popular but which I never seem to care for!) Anyway I've NEVER heard Tift Merritt on radio around here. However the write-up on her recent Birchmere appearance mentioned her being influenced by some French music and that Tift has strayed from her alt-country roots. Perhaps she's trying to become the "new" Peggy Lee or at least Linda Ronstadt. No wonder she's not being heard here. That music (American traditional) is NEVER played on the radio nowadays! Why can't I get some Steve Lawrence/Eydie Gorme for a change???

Posted by: El Bombo | March 28, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

nice out in capitol hill today, no rain yet... but cloudy

Posted by: madison | March 28, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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