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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 09/ 9/2009

PM Update: A Few Breaks Now, Not for Long

By Ian Livingston

Thursday brings more of the same, clouds and some rain

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Scattered showers, focused mainly on the morning, once again visited the area today. Thanks to some pleasantly surprising sunshine this afternoon, we've seen temperatures rise to the mid-and-upper 70s in many spots. Breaks in the clouds may persist into evening, though additional scattered showers remain possible through the evening and into the night.

Radar: Latest regional radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Skies should gradually become mostly cloudy again overnight with the risk of some passing showers or areas of drizzle. The most consistent precipitation should occur east and northeast of the area. Lows bottom out around 60 in the cooler spots to the mid-60s downtown.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Another cloudy and cool day with rain chances throughout as highs rise into the low 70s. Much of the day will just see scattered showers, mostly light, but the low-pressure off the coast will still threaten to back more consistent rains into the area. The focus of such activity (if it occurs) looks to be late day into the overnight, and places east and north will stand the greatest chance.

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Tropics: Hurricane Fred became the second major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) of the year today after rapidly intensifying over the last 24 hours. Fred is rather rare, the NHC noted this morning that it is only the third storm to reach such high intensity east of 35W and the strongest storm on record so far south and east in the Atlantic. Fred should continue to be a major hurricane for another day or so before moving into a less-favorable environment and weakening. Indications continue to point to a Fred that will not affect the U.S.

By Ian Livingston  | September 9, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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It has been several months but now that winter is looming and calls for SNOW will equal RAIN I thought I would stop by.


Posted by: stinkerflat1 | September 9, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Figures that the one game of the Nats/Phillies series that I plan on making it to (Thursday night) is the one with the greatest likelihood of a rain-out. Fingers crossed, nonetheless...

Posted by: map408 | September 9, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

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