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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 11/10/2009

PM Update: The calm before the storm?

By Ian Livingston

Ida's moisture to threaten area Wednesday

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Though we saw a lot of clouds today they were high and thin enough to allow temperatures to remain quite mild. Highs have reached into the mid-60s across most of the area -- still above average for the date. All the mild is coming to an end soon though, and tomorrow will be much cooler for sure. The big question is how much rain can we expect from the remnants of Ida?

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: We should stay dry through much of the evening, but showers could move in from the south/southwest by around midnight, give or take a couple hours. Any rain that falls tonight should be mostly light, though we may see an increase in intensity toward sunrise. Lows should fall to the mid-to-upper 40s.

Tomorrow (Veterans Day): While the most intense rain still appears to setup south of us, we may be rainier tomorrow than first advertised. There should be a sharp cutoff across or near the area, with some southern spots maybe getting significant rain and others to the north not so much. Either way, with plenty of clouds and an increasing breeze from the northeast we should stay rather cool with highs from the upper 40s (especially if we get into the steady rains) to perhaps the mid-50s.

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Cold October: October was not just cold and wet here, but throughout most of the country. Based on preliminary data, NOAA says this October was the 3rd coldest on record for the United States and temperatures were below normal in 8 of the 9 climate regions. Only the Southeast was near average, and only Florida was above average. It was also the wettest October on record in 115 years of data.

By Ian Livingston  | November 10, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Some of the previously hesitant models are now giving most of the area a good rain event. Fall pattern cannot be denied!!

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 10, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

oooooo its creeping. IF this was in a month or so we would be on the edge of our seats right now. Some goood regeneration in parts of the storm waiten for the center jump.

Posted by: jmc732msstate | November 10, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

You claim that October temperature was cold here but according to the AccuWeather site the average temperature was 43 degrees above normal for the month of October at Dulles airport.

Posted by: jjkovski | November 10, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Dulles was a little above normal last month temperature wise ... NWS shows 1.4 degrees. DCA and BWI were a bit below normal. I suppose it was not terribly cold in this area at all times even with the stretch of extra cold weather associated with a storm.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 10, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

There's little or no lightning activity associated with the remnants of Ida, except with the trailing cold front in Florida.

Much of the lightning on the map these past two weeks has been in a rather unusual region...the Pacific Northwest.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 10, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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