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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 04/17/2009

PM Update: 'Perfect' Spring Weather Grips Area

By Ian Livingston

Sunny Saturday; Showers possible late Sunday?

* A Chat with Bill Read | NatCast | UnitedCast | Spring Happenings *

If I was going to deem a calm-weather day "perfect" (I'm going a step further than Camden's "near-perfect"), this might be it. Wall-to-wall sunshine greeted those who were able to get outside along with temperatures rising up into the low 70s this afternoon. Readings will fall back through the mighty-pleasant 60s this evening as we head toward sunset. I suggest starting the weekend off right by spending some time outdoors!

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Tonight: Temperatures drop off quickly overnight thanks to clear skies and low humidity, but we'll stay warmer than last night. Lows should range from near 40 in the chillier suburbs to the mid 40s downtown.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Downsloping westerly winds will crank up the warmth another notch or two tomorrow helping to create one of the warmest days of the year so far. Under tons of sun, watch for highs to reach the mid-to-upper 70s.

See Camden Walker's full forecast through the beginning of next week.

Drought? April has been rather wet, so does the drought continue? For now, the experts say it does (NOTE: the new update does not capture this week's rain). On the year, National and Dulles airports are running 3.29" and 3.40" behind normal, respectively. In April, many locations are currently above normal rainfall, with National recording 2.52" of rain (91% of normal for the entire month) and Dulles coming in with 2.13" (66% of normal for the entire month). With more rain on the way, both stations have a good shot of a normal or better month of rain.

By Ian Livingston  | April 17, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Keep in mind - and as I'm sure the CWG knows! - that one good week, month, or even SEASON of rain may not end a drought. Drought is a seasonal to inter-annual climate phenomenon, and can persist for months or years, even with normal or above-average rainfall (see North-Central CA), if that percip is not sustained, or if the drought is too deeply ingrained.

It's also good to note that the Drought Monitor - while a very useful product - is just that: a "monitor" of recent/current drought. The impact of very recent rains or expected future rains will be better displayed in drought forecast products:

Posted by: TheBorg | April 17, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure how accurate the sensor is (it's on the shady/north side of a 4X4" deck support, but my weather station shows a high of 77.2F today (Blue Ridge east of Front Royal).

Current temp showing 62.8F.

Posted by: spgass1 | April 17, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Those are all good points, TheBorg. I think while the recent pattern has been good news (not for nice weather fans) we need to continue seeing normal+ rains for a bit at least.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 17, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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