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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 04/29/2009

PM Update: Light Showers for Evening Commute

By Ian Livingston

Cool & gray through Thursday; warmer Friday

* Poets on Climate Change | Air Quality Awareness Week: Day 3 *

Summer temperatures have gone back into hiding for a while as more typical April showers visit the region today. Highs near 70 occurred just after midnight, before cooler air started filtering in; daylight readings have struggled to get out of the 50s. Rainfall totals have been light but may get a boost from any additional showers this afternoon and early evening.

Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here to see radar bigger. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Light showers will linger during the late afternoon and possibly into early evening, then most of the evening and overnight (from around 7 p.m. onward) should just be cloudy and cool with mist or drizzle possible. Temperatures should settle to lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. Winds continue light from the east.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Clouds and cool temperatures stick around Thursday. Additional light showers will be possible, though most of the real activity should stay to our north and west. Highs will top out near 60 or maybe into the low 60s.

See Jason Samenow's full forecast through the weekend.

National Climate Service: Following testimony on the Hill yesterday, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke endorsed the creation of a new National Climate Service at NOAA. The new office is intended to fill an information gap in climate studies and would be set up similar to the National Weather Service. A hearing on creating the service is scheduled for next week at the House Science and Technology Committee. CWG's Steve Tracton will also explore the issue here soon.

By Ian Livingston  | April 29, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Did someone hack your site? The link below this one says "featured advertiser" and is a long ad for weight reduction and colon cleaning. I got an immediate spyware warning so I would advise people NOT to access it.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 29, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Just one of the nasty effects of selling out to dying corporate media.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | April 29, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: MKadyman | April 29, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

What's unbelievable is that the rain dance conspiracy has stuck us with another of these stalled raw crud fronts with more of this drizzly junk until at least Tuesday. I guess our little heat wave was just too much for them to take. Since we must be near or above our normal precipitation for the year by now, I might as well start calling for another MUCH-NEEDED dry spell.

It seems we have had too much of this raw wintriness all spring.

Meanwhile the Chicago area continues to drown in their precipitation surplus... We may be joining them soon if this current stuff keeps up.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 29, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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