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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/ 9/2010

PM Update: Pleasant weather on borrowed time

By Ian Livingston

Mild temperatures continue despite growing rain threat

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This is one of those days when it is hard to stay inside at work. Wall-to-wall sunshine helped temperatures soar -- more than 30 degrees in spots -- off chilly morning lows to highs in the low-and-mid 60s. No doubt, those remnant snow piles are hurting! The warmth is not going anywhere right away, but the weather will trend downward on other fronts over the next few days.

Clouds: Latest mid-Atlantic infrared satellite loop, courtesy Unisys. Click here to expand. Refresh page to update. See more maps on our Weather Wall

Through Tonight: Increasing clouds and more moisture streaming in on light winds from the south and east will keep temperatures up tonight. Lows should range from the upper 30s to the middle 40s. Some passing light showers are possible around sunrise.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): An area of showers may move through early and then an isolated hit-or-miss shower is possible after, but there should not be much rain tomorrow. Plentiful clouds won't keep us from warming up though, as highs again rise to the low-and-mid 60s.

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By Ian Livingston  | March 9, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Let's hold a vote- if you had known a week ago that during these next few days, some type of precipitation would fall, would you have wanted rain or snow? Sunshine and 60's is NOT an option; you have to vote for a form of precip.

With my vote, the tally is:

SNOW ! 1
RAIN :( 0

Posted by: kolya02 | March 9, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

all you irresponsible, selfish people heralding the arrival of the DANGEROUS SEASONS of the year should think of others.

sure, you personally may enjoy the crack of thunder, the flash of lightning and the the whiff of ozone, or the sheer power of spring/summer/falls's volatile weather (i klnow i do), but for many people it costly and deadly.

this spring, summer and fall we can expect about 450 americans (or 150 per season) to DIE from floods, lightning, tornados, hurricanes and just plain heat. the average winter only sees 54 deaths due to cold and winter storms.

and gee, these figures don't even consider the 14,500 deaths we can expect due to skin cancer and drowning.


skin cancer:

now, personally i love all the seasons and can't wait to get out and enjoy the warm weather. i think of course we should embrace the warmth an make the most of it - it's coming whether we want it or not.... i'm just illustrating how silly you snow-plainers were being during the most-excellent snowstorms.

from the earlier thread:
*sigh* i too fear it's the end of "magic weather" for the season....

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 9, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Kolya02, I guess I vote snow...

Accuweather's Henry mentioned the 17th storm is still out there...

Which model chart is best to look at for forecast surface temps? Thanks...

Posted by: spgass1 | March 9, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse


Well said!


Unfortunately the model run at that time period (204 hours) is about as reliable as getting baby pandas born at the National Zoo. Having said that, Henry's "17th" storm has the upper atmosphere cold enough to produce snow, though the surface temps are going to be WAY too warm to keep anything falling as snow. Sigh... we can dream though, eh?

Posted by: pjdunn1 | March 9, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

spgass1, surface temp predictions that far out are not terribly useful but this is the corresponding image for that... 40s and rain.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 9, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

naturally, i was wondering about that storm. i see from that map you linked we're at ~.5" qpf or so. how can you tell if that's potentially deadly, flood inducing rain or just plain snow? is there some "guidance" indicating snow?

i guess that's your question re map for surface temps.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 9, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse


ian, re 40s:

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 9, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"potentially deadly, flood inducing rain or just plain snow"

LOL, that's really good! ;)

Posted by: kolya02 | March 9, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

walter, there's always next winter -- when we go back to getting 8" for the season. ;-)

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 9, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

This seems like a good time for one of Walter's favorite quotes...

Ian: "surface temp predictions that far out are not terribly useful"

Snowlovers: "So you're telling me there's a chance. Yeah! I read ya."

Posted by: spgass1 | March 9, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Ian-you are like a wet (and rainy) blanket.

Posted by: manassasmissy | March 9, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

If Barcelona can get snow, even on the beach, as happened yesterday, we ought to be able to get some snow, too. (Sniff, sniff)

We gotta' put our shoulders to the snow wheel and conjure up a St. Patty's surprise... even if the snow is green that day, as long as it is snow.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | March 9, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

can you believe it's still 53F downtown? wow. love it.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 9, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Walter!!!

Yes, people that enjoy spring just don't care about the suffering of others who may have allergies, or the possible property damage of shoe accidents from puddles brought on by spring showers...

(kidding aside, I love all 4 seasons too, and am looking forward to the cherry blossoms! Will be glad not to be chastised the next couple seasons for enjoying the weather)

Posted by: Snowlover2 | March 9, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm just freaking psyched right now, and I've been like this all day! Woohoo, I finally managed to get my VP2 ISS up and running!!! Now my CWOP registration is waiting to be finalized, and I'll try to also implement my system with the "Weather" section of a web-site I currently have. I'd like to allow CWG to use it as a reference as well, if that's cool ;-)

Posted by: TheAnalyst | March 10, 2010 4:02 AM | Report abuse

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