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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/ 8/2009

Forecast: Same Ol' Showers; Drier by Mom's Day

By Camden Walker

Storm chances, mugginess continue through Saturday

* A Greener Greensburg After Tornado | Later: Bye-Bye Drought *


Today: Morning fog/mist, then some sun. Late-afternoon/evening showers & storms? 75-80. | Tonight: More showers & storms? Low 60s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny & muggy. Chance of showers & storms. Upper 70s to near 80. | Sunday: Breezy. Partly to mostly sunny. Low-to-mid 70s. | A Look Ahead


Just try to hold out for Sunday, and beyond, for better weather ahead. For the time being, we'll have to contend with more showers, storms, fog -- ah, that humid springtime air -- through Saturday evening. But while you'll want to keep your eye on radar later today and tomorrow, things are looking up Sunday and into next week.

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Today (Friday): More mugginess and morning fog and/or mist. Depending on how dense any fog is, we may break into partly sunny skies later in the morning into the afternoon -- seemingly a nice day ensues with highs on their way to around 75-80. But wait, after 2 p.m. or so we have a 50% chance of more showers and storms. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: A 50% chance of showers and storms continues through dinnertime and overnight. Our familiar nighttime fog and mist could return as well, with lows only getting down to the low 60s. Confidence: Medium

Seriously, when the heck is this weather pattern done with? Keep reading for the forecast through Mother's Day and beyond...

Pedestrians brave the rain yesterday morning near Thompson's Boat House along the Potomac. (Gerald Martineau/Washington Post)

Tomorrow (Saturday): You guessed it. Some morning fog and mist are possible, along with a blanket 50% chance of showers & storms through the day. High temperatures will mimic Friday's -- upper 70s to near 80 as clouds and sun mingle again. And yes it will be somewhat muggy. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tomorrow Night: More showers and storms possible after dinner, I'm afraid. But overnight, a cold front comes through and, finally, starts the drying process. Clouds begin to clear and winds pick up. Lows should get down to the upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Oh my, we could see partly or maybe mostly sunny skies, with highs around 70-75. Winds from the northwest could be gusty, near 25 mph, as they dry us out. Get outside and throw that ball around... even if it doesn't throw in a straight line. Confidence: Medium


Sunday night: Brrr (at least compared to recent nights). Lows in the upper 40s to near 50. Skies look to be partly cloudy. Sorry sky watchers. Not the clear-sky forecast you were hoping for. Confidence: Medium-High

For Monday, we'll need to keep our eye on cloud cover, even some showers down to our south. But for now, we're forecasting partly sunny skies with no rain and highs in the upper 60s. A light breeze from the north or northwest should make for a nice, albeit cool spring day. Confidence: Medium-High

Tuesday -- splendid conditions as skies trend mostly sunny! Still, though, cooler than average, with highs expected in the upper 60s again. Enjoy! Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | May 8, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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Okay so what about the long term for the end of next week? I'm going on an outdoors overnight trip with 170 middle schoolers, would be nice to leave the rain out of the picture.

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OK, it's been over a week and I'm tired of this happening every day.

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Still waiting on afternoon conditions to determine which dance I'll attend tonight...

Very interesting cirrus radiatus cloud formation this morning converges on a point to the southwest. This is of only moderate concern for two reasons: [1] The clouds are moving W to E rather than advancing from the SW; [2] Today is May 8 rather than Aug. 8 or Sept. 8. A similar cloud formation on one of the latter dates, particularly if advancing from the point where the cirrus mares' tails converge, would be a probable forerunner of tropical action to come in a day or two. This would be particularly ominous if the cirrus radiatus should advance from the southeast!

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Lindemann777 -- The forecast for the day is always up at 5 am, and was today. There was maybe one day recently when a publishing error delayed it until later in the morning.

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This inland hurricane looks to be very interesting to say the least.
The system looks to have some serious intensity and energy with high winds, hail, etc..
It also appears to be headed right for us!
Will it get this far? And if so, when could we expect it to arrive?
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