PM Update: Pesky Coastal Storm Moving Out
Clearing Saturday and quite nice on Sunday
After several days of waiting for rain, it showed today. Some places south and west of the city probably wonder what the big deal was. Through 2 p.m. daily totals include 0.80" at National, 0.20" at Dulles, and 1.42" at BWI. As forecast, the most impressive totals have been over north and east portions of the area, with even higher totals nearer the coast. As the storm moves out, clearer sky is trying to return from southwest to northeast, but it will be slow. Light rain is still possible for a few hours, mainly north and east of D.C. Highs that rose to near 70 in many spots will fall back through the 60s this evening.
Through Tonight: Once we get through evening, rainfall (mostly north and east of D.C.) should be just about done, but we can still expect a mostly cloudy night with some drizzle or passing showers possible mainly before midnight. It will be another cool one with lows mainly ranging from the upper 50s to lower 60s.
Tomorrow (Saturday): The pesky and slow-moving storm system will finally pull away on Saturday, but we should still see a fair amount of clouds float by and possibly a shower or two. Any precipitation should be light and isolated, with many or most places staying dry. Highs likely rise into the mid-70s, maybe a little higher.
Tropics: Hurricane Fred continues to spin way out in the Atlantic. Fred is expected to weaken back down to at least a tropical depression if not totally dissipate. NASA satellites captured some cool images of Fred over the past few days, including a high-resolution QuickScat image yesterday and a beautiful visible satellite image on Wednesday. Looking beyond Fred, Jeff Masters reminds us we are not done with the season after the climatological peak passed yesterday. Though El Nino's wind shear is expected to increase as time passes, disruptive wind averages across the Atlantic remain fairly normal for this time of year, and he still expects another hurricane to make landfall in the basin.
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