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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 05/29/2009

Strong to Severe Storms Finish Off the Week

By Capital Weather Gang

* Severe T-Storm Watch & Flash Flood Watch til 8 PM | Full Forecast *
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Here we go with another round of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon into early evening. Some storms could be severe with heavy rain, large hail and gusty winds. Severe storms are possible across the metro area, though east of I-95 could see stronger storms than west of I-95. The threat of showers and storms should dissipate after 8 p.m. or so, leading to a pretty nice weekend.

Monitor radar and severe warnings issued by the National Weather Service on our Severe Weather Tracking Sation below. Also, comment below with conditions where you are, and see our full forecast through the weekend.

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By Capital Weather Gang  | May 29, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
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Apparent thunderstorm buildup to the NW.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 29, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | May 29, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Axel2 | May 29, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Pouring by Union Station.

Posted by: dixiechick1 | May 29, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Really sunny and really rainy now by Union Station.

Posted by: hils | May 29, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

You got rain at Union Station? We got nothin here in Chevy Chase-ish. So far. Big beautiful clouds with intermittent sunshine and blue sky though. Looks fun out there.

Heading up to the roof to get a better look...

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | May 29, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Grumpy kids reporting thunder in Falls Church. No pool this afternoon!

Posted by: ndygrl | May 29, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Hard rain in Annandale. No thunder yet.

Posted by: jhbyer | May 29, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Drivers on I-66 can't be too happy. That storm cell has followed the highway from Fauquier County all the way to now heading into Arlington and the District.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | May 29, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Sunny (!) with heavy rain in Annandale. Weird.

Posted by: jhbyer | May 29, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

There could not have been heavier rain than I saw in southwest Frederick County and nortwest Montgomery County about 1:30 - 2pm. Flooded roads, trees down across roads, drivers stalled in high water.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 29, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

raining near the Mall, was sunny a couple minutes ago...

Posted by: bmp246 | May 29, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

A micro burst has shut down Dulles

Posted by: TheMot | May 29, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Rainbow weather, but no rainbow. Dwelled in the DC area for 26 years, now, and have yet to see a rainbow. Three weeks in Honolulu, I lost count, what with every shower ending in double or triple rainbows.

Not that I'm complaining. We have lightning instead, which, in its own flashy way, is just as beautiful.

Posted by: jhbyer | May 29, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

TheMot: Microbursts can be extremely dangerous for planes, given that they involve a heavy downrush of wind that can cancel out lift. There's also the turbulence, of course.

One tragic example:

Posted by: KBurchfiel | May 29, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

KBurchfiel, thanks for the link. Fascinating to learn microbursts are one of the few weather phenomena known to have caused a fatal jet crash.

Fortunately, following the crash of Flight 191, it says airports began to watch for microburst, not just thunderstorms, giving us cause to hope microbursts are a danger now under control.

Posted by: jhbyer | May 30, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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