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Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 12/ 1/2008

PM Update: December In, Hurricane Season Out

By Ian Livingston

Partly sunny Tuesday and continued cool

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Mostly cloudy skies, combined with temperatures rising to around 50 degrees and winds gusting to 30 mph, made this first day of December feel just a bit wintry. A thin band of briefly moderate showers and thundershowers affected parts of the area this afternoon, but no further precipitation is expected this evening as temperatures drop through the 40s.

Tonight: Look for decreasing clouds overnight with a healthy breeze from the southwest. Lows will drop to around freezing in the suburbs and into the mid 30s in D.C.

Tomorrow: Tuesday will be partly sunny, cool, and continued breezy. High pressure moving into the area won't help temperatures rise too high as we reach the mid-to-upper 40s across the area. Winds will be lighter than today, but still should blow around 10-15 mph before decreasing by evening.

Hurricane Season Ends: Yesterday was the last official day of hurricane season, although hurricanes have formed as late as Dec. 31 (Alice, 1954). Jeff Masters has a wonderful recap of the season, highlighting a slew of records that were set, including most consecutive U.S. storm landfalls, costliest Texas hurricane (Ike), smallest tropical cyclone on record (Marco), furthest east forming hurricane so early in the season (Bertha), and highest hurricane wind gust recorded over land (Gustav, Cuba).

See Jason's full forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | December 1, 2008; 10:45 PM ET
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Accuweather's infamous long-range forecasting service caught my attention with a prediction of snow for next Tuesday. Looking at the GFS, I must say that things appear promising... for now, at least.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | December 1, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyone in the path of the surprisingly intense showers/thundershowers this afternoon? It was exciting for a brief time in Loudoun, Frederick and parts of Montgomery counties, while D.C., Fairfax and Prince George's didn't see much of anything. Here's a radar loop for the past 12 hours.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | December 1, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

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