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Posted at 3:05 PM ET, 05/12/2008

CommuteCast: Cold and Water-Logged

By Ian Livingston

Flood warnings continue; gusty winds a concern

*Flood Safety: Never Drive or Walk Through a Flooded Road*

Radar: Latest mid-Atlantic radar loop from the National Weather Service. Click here to expand. Refresh page to update. What is UTC?

Our second big rainmaker in less than a week is ending, finally. Some storm totals through 3 p.m. include 3.84" at National Airport, 4.37" at Dulles Airport, and 3.70" at Baltimore Washington International. These 2-day totals, added to significant rain last week, have water-logged most areas, making flooding a continuing concern and also causing trees to fall in the wind.

Rest of the afternoon: As the low slowly departs to the northeast, another area of occasionally moderate rain will pass through this afternoon as winds blow at 15-25 mph with some higher gusts. Chilly conditions will also continue through the rest of today and into tonight, after high temperatures only managed to rise to the upper 40s and low 50s.

Tonight: Cloudy and cold conditions will continue overnight. Some showers may continue through midnight, but the last of the rain should be pulling out around that time. Lows will drop to the mid 40s in D.C. and to the southeast, while hitting the low 40s in the north and west suburbs.

Tomorrow: Remaining morning clouds will give way to... ready? Sun! Tuesday should be the nicest day in some time across the area as highs reach the upper 60s to low 70s across the region. Northerly winds will blow around 10-15 mph, with some higher gusts.

See Jason's full forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | May 12, 2008; 3:05 PM ET
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Is there a school cast for tomorrow?

Posted by: Joey DC | May 12, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The storm! It's moving backwards!

If only we got this Nor'easter in the winter. Lack of moisture in colder air aside, 4 inches of rain x 10 inches of snow per inch of water equals...


Posted by: mcleaNed | May 12, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Question: Where does this put us in terms of our drought? Do we have a surplus yet?

Posted by: Kalorama Park | May 12, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, it looks like it's going to be cloudy and gloomy starting late Wednesday all the way until next Monday!

Posted by: Karen | May 12, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

School cast for tomorrow: Everyone is open unless there is another catastrophic flood or power outage county-wide. I was very surprised when Mix 107.3 started reading off school closings. You should have seen the look on my face, lol.

If we could go to school with a 20 foot deep, 50-60 foot wide sinkhole on Dale Boulevard in Dale City, plus downed trees, power outages, and flooding, then anyone can. Of course, a bunch of kids at our school didn't get there until 30 minutes after school started, but they got there.

CoCoRaHS says Woodbridge got 4.49 inches of rain as of 7:00AM this morning. Impressive.

I'm extremely shocked at how over-performing this storm is. Usually we're told (not by the CWG of course) that the rain/snow will last all day and it'll be a washout/snowout; when in reality the rain is out by 10AM and it's sunny all day. I didn't think that this storm would sit and pinwheel like it's been doing. Absolutely amazing.

Like I said yesterday, the Inland Hurricane of 2008. ;)

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | May 12, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Kalorama Park -- We plan to have a drought piece tomorrow.

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | May 12, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

This storm has already moved DCA into 5th all time wettest May.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | May 12, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

3.44 for a storm total out here, couple that with last weeks rain and 7.06 for the month of April and that puts me a tad over 12 inches for the last 42 days....unreal...

Posted by: Mike from the Blue Ridge | May 12, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Cloudy and gloomy is okay -- just no more rain.

Also, it needs to be sunny and beautiful from May 22-25 for my graduation weekend. Thank you.

Posted by: ep | May 12, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

This has been one of the worst rainstorms since the wet windy winter of 1997-98 or the deluge of late June 2006. Fortunately this was not a dance weekend (that's Memorial Day weekend). However, those continuing to call for "much-needed rain" please be assured that by now, the farmers are so waterlogged that they can't even plant! One inch or so every three days would have been a much better rain distribution for good crops.

Posted by: El Bombo | May 12, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Don't we seem to be getting a lot of these stalled weather patterns over the past few springs? What is it about this area that keeps rain going on for days and days on end? There's another one of those coming, apparently, for the weekend.

Posted by: rmd | May 12, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

El Bombo:

While this was a lot of rain, I think what we had a few years ago was a lot more. Does anyone have any comparison numbers?

Posted by: JP | May 12, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Like rmd, I feel like unusual weather patterns are becoming usual. (My basement agrees.) I grew up in the Midwest, where big thunderstorms would blow in, knock you on your butt, and move on. But these spinning storms that stand still for days on end (24 consecutive hours of steady rain?) are bizarre and really unpleasant (especially if you own your home). (I had to sleep on the couch in the basement last night so I could periodically replace the towels lining the bottom of the door to our backyard. And my toddler son has two buckets stationed in his room to capture water from the leaks that have sprung up. I'm scared to go home today and see what happened in my absence.)

Posted by: Matt in DC | May 12, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"This storm has already moved DCA into 5th all time wettest May." [moving ahead of 1989]

Wait, this is on May 11/12!!!! Oh my goodness.

I remember a particularly big overnight thunderstorm in early May 1989. That storm prompted an American Bittern, which is a shy, cryptically colored marsh heron, to take refuge in a tree near Hains Point. There was a also a fallout/grounding of many sandpipers on the golf course at East Potomac Park.

Posted by: Murre | May 12, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Just looked at the radar, it looks like more rain is coming down from the North (aka the Hurricane that won't quit giving).

Posted by: Jaime, Vienna | May 12, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Prior to this storm, the gypsy moths/caterpillars were plentiful. With all this rain is there a positive impact on that front? What does all this rain mean for the summer mosquito season?

Posted by: Jaime, Vienna | May 12, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The Friday, May 9 Print Edition of the WPost said "Sunday, Mostly Cloudy", and "Monday, Chance of Rain". Were we taken by surprise by the Noreaster/Hurricane?

Posted by: Jaime, Vienna | May 12, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Oops. Rain just started again.

Posted by: mcleaNed | May 12, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

This sudden cold and wind (which happened to kick in just in time for my graduation). It's been raining for three days now, but why the sudden onset of wind and cold? Is that a typical way for a nor'easter to end? Or is the cold and wind from something else that will push the system out? Or is it CAD?

Posted by: Laura in NWDC | May 12, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Laura-- A cold wind from the north behind a departing nor'easter is characteristic.

Jaime-- We called for heavy rain Sunday night and Monday on Friday. We don't do weather for the print edition.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | May 12, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Mike From The Blue Ridge:
During the past 42 days, I have received 6.42, about half of your total. It has not been a feast for everyone. The D.C. area seems to have been the "sweetspot" more than once this year.

You do not have to remove yourself far to be be normal or below normal for the year.

This is not good long term considering a 15 inch deficit from last year.

Posted by: Augusta Jim | May 12, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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