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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 10/ 7/2008

Forecast: The Weather Market Stays Stable

By Matt Rogers

Calm weather contrasts with economic turmoil

The economy and weather are often equated due to their volatility and unpredictable nature. But compared to Wall Street's roller coaster ride over the past few weeks, our local weather has been remarkably tranquil and well-behaved. Indeed, today and tomorrow bring more of what's been the norm: plenty of sunshine and very comfortable temperatures. Showers may cause a small stir Thursday and Friday, but the weather market outlook for the weekend suggests a return to smooth sailing.


Super Tuesday. Highs near 70. Big high pressure will slowly move from Southeast Canada to the Northeast over the next two days. Mostly sunny skies are favored today with high temperatures mostly in the 60s, but maybe touching 70 inside the city. Light winds from the north with very low humidity are anticipated.

Tonight should highlight mostly clear skies with lows in the 40s throughout the area. A brisk evening throughout.

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend!


Wonderful Wednesday. Lower 70s. Yes, some areas could have high temperatures stall in the upper 60s tomorrow, but sunshine and pleasant breezes will continue. We are talking high-comfort weather here as high pressure slowly edges to the Eastern Seaboard.

On Wednesday night, some clouds will attempt to make their way into the metro region as high pressure exits the stage and a weak disturbance enters the picture. Lows should only drop into the lower to middle 50s, but some upper 40s are still possible in the suburbs.


Thursday and Friday are forecast to see the continued impacts from a weak disturbance (as well as an upper-level area of low pressure possibly approaching from the south). This means clouds will be more common and some scattered showers possible. Look for just a 30% chance of rain each day right now, but we will probably need to fine tune that in the next day or two as it's uncertain exactly how this system will affect our area. Regardless, expect clouds, highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend looks to come back strong on the weather front with more sunshine, highs in the comfortable 70s, and lows in the seasonably cool 50s. Right now, it looks like a mostly cloud-free and rainless situation, but we will have to watch the progress of the weather disturbance from Thursday and Friday. Most computer models carry this moisture away just in time for the weekend, and that is where our official forecast thinking will stand too. Come back for updates as the week progresses. Confidence: Medium

By Matt Rogers  | October 7, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Tropical Storm Marco is close to landfall with 65 MPH winds. Marco is the smallest storm on record in the Atlantic Basin. I think our June 4th derecho event was larger than this thing!

And it's 44°F here in Lake Ridge. I haven't seen the thermometer have that cold of a reading in a very long time.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | October 7, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse

Check out the extent of tropical storm force winds:

Posted by: Sterling | October 7, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

weatherdude and Sterling: Thanks for the reports. We'll have a brief tropical update later this morning.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | October 7, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Some seriously chilly overnight lows last night! 42 at Dulles, 41 in Baltimore, and 38 in Hagerstown. Of course a much milder 50 degrees in the heat island of downtown DC

Posted by: Josh, Capital Weather Gang | October 7, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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