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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/24/2010

PM Update: Warm through tomorrow

By Ian Livingston

Rain arrives late Thursday into Friday, then cooler

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Sunshine returned in a big way today, but gusty winds from the west and northwest have yet to subside, so shady spots have still felt a bit chilled. Other than the wind, it's hard to complain too much about a day like this as highs rise into the mid-60s across the area. Enjoy the rest of the today and tomorrow, because we're back into an unsettled and cooler period afterward.

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Through Tonight: Winds that have been gusty since yesterday will subside near and after sunset. Skies trend a bit cloudier through the night, which should help keep temperatures up a bit. Lows range from near 40 in the colder spots to the upper 40s in the warmer.

Tomorrow (Thursday): There could be a fair amount of clouds around, but probably not enough to keep temperatures from soaring back to well above average. Periods of partly sunny skies should be enough to boost highs to the upper 60s or near 70. Any rain should hold off until evening or beyond, but you may want to have an umbrella for the trip home just in case.

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Freeze-less March? So far, National Airport has yet to hit freezing this month. If we manage to stay above that mark through the coming cool period, it would be the first time (since the 1940s) that DCA has not recorded freezing or below temperatures during the month. The closest thus far is 1973, when the first day of the month dipped to 31 and the rest stayed above 32.

By Ian Livingston  | March 24, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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How warm did everyone get today? 67F downtown!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 24, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Looks like it was more mid-to-upper 60s.. have to remember we're back into ~4pm timeslot for high temps. Both National and Dulles hit 68. Outside the upcoming cooler stretch the signs are for a good bit more warmth down the road it seems.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 24, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if anyone has noticed what's been going on at Channel 9 lately...

To recap what happened, they dumped Kim Martucci on New Years Day. Since then this new weatherman has started, but hasn't gotten any press from either CWG or DCRTV. Meanwhile Howard Bernstein seems to have vanished. Well, two days ago DCRTV notes that Bernstein apparently is at home recuperating from back surgery, with Topper Shutt taking up much of the slack. The new guy--I keep forgetting his name--still hasn't gotten much recognition--somewhat of a contrast to the write-ups Martucci got from CWG when she started at 9, and the subsequent publicity surrounding her engagement and marriage.

I belive Kim can still be reached on Facebook, etc. under "weatherkim". Last I heard she may have gotten an offer from Utica, NY. I've also heard nothing on the Bob Ryan front, nor whether the expected Ryan/Doug Hill venture may appear on Channel 7 soon. We're probably still in Bob Ryan's no-appearance-on-a-competing-station period.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 24, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey folks...

It's still only March...and already there's a Northern Hemisphere tropical storm just east of the Philippines! Guess the 2010 typhoon season is already upon us though we still should have THREE MONTHS left to go before the Caribbean starts to begin heating up.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 24, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

When does the official tropical forecast for 2010 hurricane season come out?

Posted by: amaranthpa | March 24, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

64.8F out in the Blue Ridge today... just noticed the NAM appears to be trending a bit cooler for Friday...

Posted by: spgass1 | March 24, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Bombo, yes WeatherKim is on Facebook and her page is public so even those of us not on FB can see it. She doesn't seem to post on the weather regularly though.

I recently noticed Chad Merrill is now on WTOP 103.5 fm. He used to be one of the forecasters at NBC25 (Hagerstown). I like to watch NBC25's weather coverage. You folks in Loudoun Co can probably pick it up with an antenna.

Posted by: spgass1 | March 24, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

The NAM looks like it might be a bit of flurries/-sn on the backend well northwest of the area... like w Md or s PA. For the most part the 0c line is the end of precip.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 24, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Despite virtually an entire month of warm weather you can still find small snow piles around the region.

Posted by: lilmacumd | March 25, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Ian. Which NAM column is best to look at for surface temps?

Posted by: spgass1 | March 25, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

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