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Posted at 8:30 PM ET, 05/ 8/2009

PM Update: Sun Returns; Storms Tonight

By Ian Livingston

More warmth and thunderstorm chances Saturday

* Drought Out, Pollen In | Greensburg Goes Green *

At long last, we have been graced with sunshine today. Said sun has helped temperatures soar into the upper 70s to near 80 this afternoon -- a much needed respite from the recent rain. Just a few isolated showers are possible through evening before a larger complex of showers and storms - which may be intense - threatens later tonight.

Tonight: After a remote (20%) chance of isolated showers or storms this evening (mainly north of town), rain chances increase overnight. Much of the area should (60% chance) get some showers and even some embedded strong thunderstorms, which may contain gusty winds and very heavy rain. The general range for places seeing rain should be .25"-.50", but a few locations could see 1"+. Temperatures are likely to fall to between 60 and 65 overnight.

An intense complex of storms, with some extreme winds, in the vicinity of Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana at 3:15 p.m. today. This complex will head towards the metro region later tonight, but will likely weaken. Still, the metro region may experience very heavy rain and strong winds. Image courtesy

Tomorrow (Saturday): Clouds and showers may persist into the beginning of the day (through mid-morning), but we should at least partially clear out before noon. By late afternoon, there will again be a risk of isolated thunderstorms (1-in-3 chance) -- some of which could be severe. We look to take one more step up on the temperature ladder, so low 80s should do it, maybe even mid-80s if we see a lot of sun.

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By Ian Livingston  | May 8, 2009; 8:30 PM ET
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Does that storm complex have an eye?

Posted by: rubysoccer | May 8, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

the sun is finally out in nw dc!

Posted by: madisondc | May 8, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that looks like a hurricane! What an image!

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | May 8, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

If that storm blob ( to use the technical term) keeps on track, you can say "goodbye" to any sports on grass tomorrow.

Posted by: MDScot | May 8, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 77.2 with overcast skies.

WOW! I haven't posted a comment on this site in a long time! Anyway...

Accuweather is calling this storm system a Derecho or Inland Hurricane:

Posted by: Yellowboy | May 8, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The big question: Will this MCS hold together while it passes over West Virginia? If so, it might hit before I get out of my dance around midnight.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 8, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, BOTH of my son's lacrosse games are on TURF tomorrow, so unless there's actual lightning in the vicinity of the field (at 8 A.M.!!!) they will play on.

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | May 8, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I looked up "derecho" on wikipedia and was very intrigued by the article. I was even more intrigued to find the "May 2009 derecho series" on wikipedia, which outlined events from May 2-May 8 (today!) in which all of these tornadoes formed and at least 7 people died.

I have so many questions. First: did someone from the future write this article? It kinda weirds me out.

Second: This can't all be from one major conglomerated system, right? The article is just about how there was a lot of severe weather in the country this week. Right?

Also, do folks agree that what's going on in the Ohio River Valley right now is a derecho? Have there been reports of straight line winds? The wikipedia poster of the future doesn't seem to think so, but what do you think?

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | May 8, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Looks like this storm will pass well south of the DC area; Richmond and Southern Virginia.

Posted by: aaronsinger | May 8, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

@Aaron-- It does look like most of the activity will be south.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | May 8, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Here on the Blue Ridge, we've just had a brief shower tonight so far.

Current temp: 62.4F

In other news, spring wildflower fans may be interested that the trillium are in bloom in Linden.

Posted by: spgass1 | May 9, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

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