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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 04/13/2009

PM Update: More Needed Rain Arrives Tonight

By Ian Livingston

Showers and raw conditions persist Tuesday

* Climate Extreme Reporting Presents Challenges *

Scattered sunny breaks in the high clouds of today are now being replaced by lowering and thickening clouds in advance of a series of storms that promises to keep us wet off and on for the next two days. Temperatures have not risen too much off their chilly start and are settling into the low 50s for highs. Dry weather should persist into the evening before showers arrive tonight.

Radar: Latest regional 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.

Tonight: The dry air mass still in place will help hold most of the rain off till later tonight, though a shower is possible by late evening. More widespread activity should arrive within a few hours of midnight and then continue into the morning. Most locations should see .25"-5" of rain overnight.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Intermittent rain is likely throughout the day on Tuesday, though much of it should be light. Thanks to the continued cloudiness and precipitation, highs will be fairly uniform near 50 or maybe into the low 50s. Additional rainfall around .25-.5" is possible during the day tomorrow.

See Jason Samenow's full forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | April 13, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
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The headline refers to "more needed rain". Are we still in a drought, and if so, how much of one?

Posted by: csdiego | April 13, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Today puts the month to date temperature (slightly) below average for the first time this month.
Precipitation is above average for the month, but still almost 40% low for the year.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | April 13, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

We're still four inches below normal precipitation for the year. If we get over an inch, we cut that deficit to two-plus inches on the year.

Many of us are fed up with this continually recurring raw/boring forties scenario. It would be nice to get some of our rain with mid-sixties for a change.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 13, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Rain with mid-sixties will come, but following right on its heels will be rain with mid-80s that turns the air into soup.

I'll stick with these rainy 50s for now!

And, in light of the rain deficit, I'll try not to complain when I'm waiting for the bus in the rain tomorrow.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | April 13, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Boy, it felt unpleasant out there today! Just...dank and chilled to the bone. I'm really looking forward to the end-of-week warmup!

Posted by: thepill | April 13, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I thought it felt quite refreshing outside today. Cool, but not enough so for a sweatshirt. I am dreading the days of the humid 80s, let alone the inevitable 90s.

Posted by: wecndo | April 13, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

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