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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/30/2010

PM Update: Warmth knocking on the door

By Ian Livingston

Upper 60s and near 70 tomorrow, nearing 80 after!

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Not totally surprisingly, the rain that threatened today mainly stayed north and east of us. Extra sunshine has allowed temperatures to rise into the mid-50s across most of the area, though a gusty north and northwest wind has kept it feeling a bit cooler. On the bright side, we fully kick this storm by tomorrow and warmth returns in a big way!

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: The clearer skies of earlier may temporarily fill back up most spots as the storm sends some clouds our way. A light shower is also possible, mainly well north and east of D.C. As the night progresses clouds will depart and by morning most spots should be mainly clear. Lows mostly fall to the upper 30s and lower 40s, though some spots well west may dip to the mid-30s.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): We're looking at a mostly sunny, mild and breezy Wednesday. Our warm-up begins in earnest as highs rise to the upper 60s to around 70 -- and it's just the start of a mighty fine stretch of weather. Winds that gust past 20 mph during the day will subside around sunset.

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By Ian Livingston  | March 30, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Noticed that we're still in that same pattern as we were in all winter. El Nino storms rolling in to U.S. via SoCal, Az area and then becoming full-blown nor'easters.

When will El Nino and the apparent blocking north of us relax it's grip?

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 30, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Think Spring has an excellent point.....I totally concur. This same pattern, over and over, seems to be endless. I've mentioned that, myself, several times this winter and spring.

Once again, in the D.C. area, we're on the tail end of a three-day low-pressure system that SHOULD have gone through the area in maybe 24 hours or so. And, once again, it was blocked off the NY/NJ coastline of us and became a deep Northeaster. Fortunately for us, with the exception of the two back-to-back blizzards in early February, most of the storms intensified far enough north/east of us that the heaviest precip also stayed was clearly the case with the last two storms.

The blocking pattern this year over Eastern Canada and the North Atlantic is truly remarkable.....I don't remember ever seeing another year like it, though I've seen some strong El Ninos like 1982-83.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | March 30, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

It is pretty interesting how we've stayed in the same general pattern since fall at least. Lots of big closed upper level lows that are slow to move. The block seems to have shifted a bit sometime around the end of the second Feb blizz, and as MMCarhelp noted that has put the "bullseye" to our north. I guess it's New England's way of trying to get back at us for beating them in snowfall this year.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 30, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

ThinkSpring nailed it, and I very much dislike this El Nino pattern! At this rate, we will be flooded big time.
Bring on La Nina...I want desert conditions for 6 months or so.

Posted by: seasejs | March 30, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

All I want is a solid 7-10 days of 75-80 degree temps, no rain and especially NO WIND!

Posted by: Axel2 | March 30, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

All of a sudden very strong winds and a few rain showers in Rosslyn.

And I agree with Axel2. I really don't like the winds. I would rather do a run in snow than in strong winds.

Posted by: marathoner | March 30, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

It's been windy here in Silver Spring for almost an hour.

Posted by: Murre | March 30, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Pretty cool scene out in western Howard county this evening. Lots of rain showers but the cloud edge was just to the West, got to watch the sun set beneath them.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 30, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

what's with all the window. It's blowing my windows.

I didn't realize heavy window is party of the forecast for tonight.

Posted by: RoseVA | March 30, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

whew it's rainy & windy in dc!!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 30, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

The el nino bullseye may be releasing us from it's wet grip. According to the Post, we are just slightly above the March average for rainfall. Of course, this is at National airport (another story). I can't recall, but it is 3.5 inches or so. April is DC's wettest month, but just a tad above March.

So, it could be worse. Remember that the Boston area has gotten 10" (wow!). Also, the revised el nino estimate will be released in early april, I believe.

Posted by: jojo2008 | March 31, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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