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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 10/ 7/2009

Forecast: Gusty Winds Today, Gorgeous Tomorrow

By Dan Stillman

Pleasant Thursday & Friday... for holiday weekend too?

* Wind Advisory in Effect From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday (see map) *
* Climate 'Hockey Stick' Faceoff | Autumn Allergies *
* Outside Now? Temps, Winds, Webcam & More: Weather Wall *


Today: Early-morning showers. Then becoming mostly sunny with gusty winds. Low 70s. | Tonight: Mostly clear as winds diminish. 40s to near 50. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Low 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Here's a little something for everyone... For those who like a change of pace, today offers morning showers followed by gusty winds and clearing skies. For those who prefer quiet, pleasant fall weather -- well, we get right back to that tomorrow and Friday. For snow lovers, the pre-winter hype has already begun. And for the cost-conscious, it appears that winter cold may not hurt the pocketbook as much as last year.

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.

Today (Wednesday): Early-morning showers exit to the east, quickly giving way to mostly sunny skies by late morning as highs head for the low 70s. But winds howl late morning through late afternoon at around 20-30 mph with gusts to near 40 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Mostly clear with winds gradually diminishing during the evening, eventually down to around 10 mph. Overnight lows in the 40s (suburbs) to near 50 (downtown). Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): High pressure brings the return of fine fall weather with partly to mostly sunny skies, light winds and highs in the low 70s. Clouds start to increase toward evening. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Partly to mostly cloudy skies will keep things a bit warmer than tonight with lows in the 50s. Maybe an overnight shower (25% chance or so) as a warm front moves through. Confidence: Medium


Feelin' warm on Friday thanks to an increasing breeze from the south in advance of the next cold front. Highs shoot for the upper 70s to low 80s under a mix of sun and clouds and a 25% chance of a passing shower. Shower chances increase some Friday night as the front closes in from the west. Confidence: Medium

For now, a wishy-washy forecast is the best I can do for Saturday: We could see some clouds and showers around. Or we may see more sun and little in the way of showers if the front makes it far enough to our south and east. Highs should end up around the upper 60s to mid-70s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Odds are looking decent for a nice day on Sunday, though we still need to keep an eye on that front and make sure it stays down to our south. Assuming it does, then we should be in line for at least partly sunny skies with highs in the 60s to near 70. Confidence: Low-Medium

All bets are off for Columbus Day Monday with the potential -- but at this point by no means a certainty -- of a storm coming up the coast. Confidence: Low

By Dan Stillman  | October 7, 2009; 9:40 AM ET
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Not a drop of rain. Just saw a huge band from mid atlantic all the way through Maine passing through how can it NOT hit us??? Just the 100th time this has happened this year?

Numbers don't lie. We have underperformed every month since spring and probably will continue to underperform till NEXT spring.

Posted by: LoudounGeek | October 7, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Winds gusting to near 40 mph at Dulles.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | October 7, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Anyone seen any wind damage? I love this gusty air! but as long as it doesn't hurt anything :-)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 7, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I love these fall wind events, don't know why, I just do. Check out the water being piled up at the eastern end of Lake Erie:

and being pulled away from the western end:

Seiche! Your word of the day!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 7, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

National gusted to 45 last hour. Was just out in it, seeing a few larger limbs come down here and there.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 7, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I share your pain and frustration, LoudounGeek, about our lack of rain. In fact, 8 of the past 12 months have had below-normal rainfall at National Airport. With the exception of April, May and June, when there was significant above-normal precipitation, the drought-seekers (such as Bombo) have the edge.

Let's hope the emerging winter hype for significant snow (yeah!) here on this end of the Northeast Corridor comes true!

Tom in Michigan Park, DC

Posted by: TominMichiganPark | October 7, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't care much for fall wind seems to be a big cotributor to making our leaf color go bust.

Here's what happens...around here, some of the leaves change color now, others wait until late October or early November. If a big windstorm blows in around now, the trees which have changed color lose all their leaves in the gale. It seems every year around Oct. 15 we have a week or so when there's no color but a few bare trees scattered among all the green ones. This generally happens due to these early rainstorms.

Up in Wisconsin we don't have this problem. The early trees and late trees are usually only a week or two apart. You can sometimes have a half-colored, half-bare landscape, but never half-green, half-bare like it seems here too often around Oct. 20.

We're quite familiar with seiche waves up in Wisconsin. They occur rather frequently on Lake Michigan, and are due to sharp air pressure differences over different areas of the lake. Don't know about Lake Superior; possibly the depth has an effect on seiche formation. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, and may be highly subject to the seiche phenomenon.

Just wondering...whether the Russians have any seiche data for Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is uniquely is oriented roughly north-south like Lake Michigan, yet is far deeper than even Lake Superior, the deepest of the Great Lakes. There are fresh-water life-forms unique to Lake Baikal and found nowhere else on earth. Pollution is an issue on Lake Baikal and on the Great Lakes.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 7, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Paragraph #2 of my last post should end..."early WINDSTORMS", not "rainstorms".

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 7, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I read somewhere that trees need wind to grow and stay strong.

So it looks like they are having a good workout today!

Posted by: jaybird926 | October 7, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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