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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 09/15/2008

PM Update: Signs of Fall Return

By Ian Livingston

Partly sunny and pleasantly cool Tuesday

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update.

The unbearable heat and humidity of the weekend has been swept away today as warm conditions continue. Highs are reaching the mid 80s in most locations while a gusty wind from the northwest brings drier air into the region. A few puffy cumulus clouds will drift by the remainder of the afternoon before dissipating for a time around sunset.

Tonight: Tonight will be variably cloudy, and perhaps mostly cloudy for a time. We'll see low temperatures drop much further than last night as readings fall to near 60 in the city and into the mid 50s in the suburbs. Light winds from the north will continue overnight.

Tomorrow: Tuesday looks to be partly sunny and quite pleasant, if not a little cooler than normal. Highs should reach the mid 70s across the entire region while a light north wind continues.

Tropics: For the first time since August 15, there are no active tropical systems today. Rescues, cleanup, and assessment for Ike continue throughout the Gulf coast and as far away as the Midwest and Ohio Valley, where gusts over hurricane force moved through yesterday.

See Jason's full forecast through the weekend and NatCast for tonight's game.

By Ian Livingston  | September 15, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Mr. Livingston wrote, "For the first time since August 15, there are no active tropical systems today."

Woo hoo!! That is fantastic news! I am sure there are literally millions of Americans who will breathe a sigh of relief when they learn that. As well as all of the residents of other countries that have been hammered lately.

Plus, maybe Jason will have the time to post the follow up to his "How Many 90 Degree Days This Summer" article. I too have been tracking that and I am interested in seeing if his number agrees with my own.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

My numbers show 35 ninety degree or higher days at National Airport this season. 29 during the June-August period, and 6 this month.

Some more photos of Ike rolling in today, this time from the Boston Globe.

Also, Ike was the 6th named storm in a row to make landfall on the U.S. this season, going back to Dolly. Cristobal was close.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | September 15, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

90 degree days--pretty remarkable. Averaged 10 per month in heat of summer, and have 6 already in half of Sept. (although is that it for them?).

Posted by: ah | September 15, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Here's a before and after animation from the Bolivar Peninsula (north of Galveston). The full image set is in this post under the "assessment" link above.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | September 15, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

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