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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 05/30/2008

CommuteCast: Setting the Stage for Saturday

By Ian Livingston

Humidity levels rising; Severe weather tomorrow?

The work week comes to a close on a partly to mostly sunny, warm and increasingly humid note today. High temperatures are now reaching the low 80s across the area as a southerly breeze stiffens, bringing with it higher dew points, and setting the stage for the possibility of severe weather tomorrow.

Tonight: We start with mostly clear skies this evening and trend cloudier overnight. A light wind from the south will continue to transport moisture into the region, keeping lows from falling much below the mid 60s. A stray shower cannot be ruled out toward morning.

Tomorrow: Expect the day to feature at least some sunshine as temperatures rise into the mid 80s. A small chance of showers during the morning will transition to a higher likelihood of thunderstorms by mid or late afternoon. The main severe weather threats should be strong winds and large hail, but the formation of tornadoes is also a possibility. There is also a chance the main area of energy in the atmosphere stays too far north to cause widespread severe storms in the immediate metro area.

By mid to late evening, the threat of storminess begins to pass, as drier and somewhat cooler air enters the area.

See Camden's full forecast through early next week, and Dan's post on the sometimes confusing language used to describe severe weather.

By Ian Livingston  | May 30, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

Tomorrow should be interesting. Gonna check WX Radio to see if it's set up and working properly and gonna get my radar website links in order. I'm ready for ya, severe weather! Why can't we just have a storm without the severity? Whyyyyyyyyy?

And a random little tidbit about something mentioned a few weeks ago

From www.dcrtv.com:

Weather Channel In NBC's Forecast - 5/30 - It looks like NBC Universal is leading in the battle to acquire The Weather Channel from Norfolk-based Landmark Communications. For $3.5 billion (with a "b"). Sources tell DCRTV that NBC will merge the Atlanta-based TWC with its NBC Weather Plus, which is carried on the digital broadcast signals of its owned and affiliated stations, including DC's 4 and Baltimore's 11.....

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I could see them making TWC a digital cable station. Would just be another (possibly life-threatening) ploy to make everyone dish out more $$$ to watch TV.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | May 30, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Hm. NWS already has a SCA posted starting at 6am tomorrow; CBOFS shows SW winds picking up quick to 15-20kt around 10am. Doesn't sound like even tomorrow morning I could get in a safe couple of hours on the Potomac. Will the wind really come up that early, or might it hold off until the storms come in later?

Posted by: ~sg | May 30, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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