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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 07/11/2009

Thunderstorms to Rumble Thru Region This P.M.

By Jason Samenow

* Full Forecast through Tuesday | Weather Wall *

*Update: It's 1 a.m. and most of immediate metro area has been rain-free. The first batch of storms -- which I thought might die out before arriving, did just that. The second batch missed us to our northeast. No getting around it, that was a blown forecast.*

Scattered showers and thunderstorms now appear likely in the metro area beginning late this afternoon. One line of activity will probably move through between 3:30 and 6:00 p.m. from west to east, though it may weaken or even dissipate as it nears the District and points east. Another line of storms, associated with a cold front, should move through later tonight, probably between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. or so (from west to east). The second line of storms will probably bring more widespread heavy rain than the first.

Monitor radar and severe warnings issued by the National Weather Service on our Severe Weather Tracking Station below. Also, comment below with conditions where you are.

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By Jason Samenow  | July 11, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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A post about rain has been up for 45 minutes and no comment by Bombo47jea yet? I'm very disappointed...

Posted by: stuckman | July 11, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Looks iffy for the alexandria fireworks

Posted by: pvogel88 | July 11, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Didn't get anything but three drops of rain. This proves my theory that a 30% chance of rain literally means 30% chance in July and August, even though 30% means 60% in April, May and June.

Posted by: rocotten | July 11, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Sterling forecast discussion discounting precip chances until at least midnight with the frontal passage. Looks like much of the energy went northward into PA. Anybody have more info?

Posted by: CM_in_Fairfax | July 11, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I think the rains are going to stay to our north. Take a look at

Posted by: Murre | July 11, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

You blew it boy, you really blew it!!!

Posted by: Axel2 | July 11, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

This was a bust for everyone I think. Seems we've wandered back toward a dry equals more dry pattern for the short term.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | July 12, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

It is getting pretty dry. At least on top anyway. Grass is getting kinda crunchy. Was looking forward to lush, green grass through the whole summer but as of now, its not happening. Guess this is kinda good news, considering just last month, I was cutting the grass twice a week compaird to just twice in the last two weeks. I think a good 1-3 inches wouldn't hurt.

Posted by: RWJ1990 | July 12, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

A bust indeed -- we sure could use some rain these days. Although our grass is growing gangbusters . . . but that's with some sprinklers adding moisture.

Posted by: ah___ | July 13, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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