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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 06/22/2009

PM Update: Pleasant Weather to Continue

By Ian Livingston

Partly to mostly sunny, continued calm, Tuesday

* Saturday's Baltimore and Bay Twisters | Year Without a Summer? *

Unlike many workdays of late, today ended up being fairly sunny and quite pleasant. Highs have climbed up into the low 80s across most of the area and a beautiful evening is upcoming for any outdoor activities, save for the slight chance that someone, somewhere catches a quickly passing shower or storm.

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Most places should remain dry as evening temperatures fall through the 70s, but can't rule out a stray shower or thunderstorm through early evening (about a 20% chance or less for any given location). Gusty north winds of today will subside but continue to blow lightly overnight with partly cloudy skies and lows in the low-and-mid 60s.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Skies should be partly to mostly sunny on Tuesday with fairly seasonable temperatures. A light north wind may add a cooling breeze from time to time as highs rise to the low-and-mid 80s.

See Jason Samenow's full forecast through the weekend. And if you haven't already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Lightning: Lightning Safety Week began yesterday and runs through Saturday. Though summer is the peak of lightning season -- 70 percent of fatalities occur between June and August -- the threat exists year-round. The NWS has put together a site with the slogan "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!" The indoors part is vital. Though we've all heard that lightning can come inside through water pipes or wiring, 100% of those killed in 2008 were outdoors. The simple message: If you are outside and hear thunder, don't take a chance. CWG's Ann Posegate will further explore lightning in a post this week.

By Ian Livingston  | June 22, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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No weather on Fox5 this evening...due to a Metro collision on Red Line @ Fort confirmed at least one fatality. It is believed to have been a collision while "single-tracking"...there have been quite a few instances of single-tracking lately. [I ran into a situation of this nature Saturday evening between East Falls Church and West Falls Church while enroute to Dunn Loring.]...It's currently unknown if weather [track expansion due to heat or trackbed erosion from recent rainfall] played a role in either this mishap or the earlier incident which prompted the single-tracking. Channel 4 also covering this deadly Metro collision. There may be NO normal weather coverage on local TV this evening!!!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | June 22, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Metro situation could affect my transit on Red Line to dance @ Chevy Chase Ballroom this evening...but it's not on the portion of the Red Line I normally use. Red Line delays are massive & Metro is advising against use of Red Line this evening. May try to go to Metro Center & assess the situation from there @ 9 PM.

Still NO LOCAL WEATHER on any local TV.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | June 22, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Update...still NO LOCAL TV WEATHER due to Metro accident coverage... 2 confirmed fatalities...possibly three or more fatalities still on first car of second train...apparently second train plowed into and over first train which may have been stopped while single-tracking...D.C. now confirms all injured people have been removed from the two trains that collided. FBI also has no evidence of "terrorist activity".

Entire Red Line may be closed, including unaffected portion between Metro Center & Shady Grove.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | June 22, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Channel 9 reports at least four [4] dead in Red Line crash...includes female operator of second train which collided into first train...mystery involves why one train ran into another while single-tracking.


Mayor Fenty & Metro GM John Catoe holding press conference...typical response of "penny-pinching" Metro management...rescue companies from northern VA jurisdictions are now being called in as well as from D.C. and MD.


Posted by: Bombo47jea | June 22, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Flew into DCA for a landing right around 8p. We hit the showers that developed south of the city, pretty neat looking from the sky with sun in the background. Of course we got to them as the flight attendants were forcing everyone to turn off electronics so I couldnt get a picture.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 22, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Quick heavy showers around the Lake Ridge area. Some beautiful double rainbows earlier around sunset.

Posted by: ZmanVA | June 22, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Heavy rain in Stafford as well. Well, at least the grass is green!

Posted by: david_in_stafford | June 22, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Glad the weather at the metro crash site (in NE D.C.) is dry tonight...Rain and t-storms like we had last week would have made the rescue and cleanup operation much more difficult for DCFD and other emergency personnel.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | June 22, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

An amazing sky with rainbows this evening in Centreville, VA. I was able to take some photos and will post later.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | June 22, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

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