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Posted at 3:10 PM ET, 05/ 9/2008

CommuteCast: Rain Temporarily Pauses

By Ian Livingston

Risk of showers overnight into early Saturday

**Report: Tornado Confirmed in Stafford County Last Night**

Light -- and occasionally moderate to heavy -- rain continued across the area through early afternoon and has now departed, leaving spotty drizzle in its wake. Daily rainfall records have been set at all three major area airports today, including a record-shattering 2.22" (through 3 p.m.) at National Airport (besting 1.13" set back in 1919). Temperatures today topped out in the mid 60s, and are now dropping back through the 50s on cool northerly winds.

Tonight: Clouds will hold tough overnight, and after a break in the rain, more showers will move in between midnight and sunrise as an upper level system passes by. Rainfall will not be nearly as intense as last night, but it will add to the already overflowing rain gauges across the area. Lows will drop to right around 50 at most locations, with some upper 40s possible in the suburbs.

Tomorrow: Showers may last through midday as tonight's system moves off to our east. By late afternoon, a few breaks in the clouds are possible. Temperatures will once again be cool, with highs only reaching the upper 50s to low 60s (mid 60s possible if sun comes out early afternoon). Winds from the north will continue to blow around 10-15 mph.

See NatCast for tonight's game at Nationals Park and Camden's full forecast through early next week.

By Ian Livingston  | May 9, 2008; 3:10 PM ET
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Confirmed EF2 in Stafford...a little surprised that it was that strong. What is really nuts is that the damage in Spotsy was confirmed as straight line winds - at 100mph! Thats some serious gust action. Anyway, we finished at 3.55 inches here in the LoCo bootheel. Here's to some sun tomorrow hopefully.

Posted by: Dulles ARC | May 9, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Dulles ARC or anyone: Are straight-line winds of 100 mph not common in non-hurricane systems?

This evening on Channel 4 I saw one closeup shot of Bob Ryan and thought he looked a little haggard. He must have stayed up really late. He said (I think it was him) that he's never seen tornado warnings in this area as late as 1:30 am.

What a night.

Posted by: Murre | May 9, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

It was a rough night last night in N. Stafford. We finished with almost 4 inches of rain and LOTS of lightning/thunder to keep us awake.

A coworker lives not too far from where the tornado touched down in S. Stafford. He said it looked like a war zone.

Posted by: David A. in Stafford | May 9, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

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