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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/ 9/2010

Forecast: Welcome back, spring!

By Camden Walker

Winds accompany near-average temps into tomorrow

* Trees down around town | Pollen is blowin' in the wind *
* Clouds and more: Weather Wall | Pollen, AQI & UV: Health page *

Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
7Wind is main detractor. Otherwise, can't complain about washed out pollen, increasing sun & temps not far from normal.
Get tomorrow's 'Digit' on Twitter tonight


Today: Windy. Becoming mostly sunny. Near 60 or low 60s. | Tonight: Breezy early. Partly to mostly clear. 35-43. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny & breezy. Mid-60s. | Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny. Mid-70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


A. Camden WalkerToday's winds and considerably cooler air are courtesy last night's stormy cold front. Hope you didn't sustain any storm damage? While temperatures closer to average over the next several days will feel cool compared to the recent heat, we'll still be able to revel in plenty of splendid sun. My advice: Get out and enjoy before summer heat inevitably returns, and next time probably with more humidity.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMap (base map by Google). Click and hold on map to pan. Double-click to zoom. Refresh page to update. See larger map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Friday): Pretty darn windy. But becoming mostly sunny, once any lingering early-morning cloudiness and showers clear out. Highs near 60 or in the low 60s this afternoon will only be a few degrees below average. But gusts to 30 mph out of the northwest add a chill to the air, especially relative to the recent heat. You may also notice how much drier the air is today. Confidence: High

Tonight: Some gusty breezes remain during the evening as temperatures fall through the 50s and into the 40s, before winds settle to around 10 mph overnight. By sunrise, downtown bottoms in the low-to-mid 40s, with colder 30s possible outside the Beltway. I think the lingering breeze will prevent frost from developing. Still, under partly to mostly clear skies, it'll be the coldest night we've seen in a while. Confidence: Medium-High

When does the wind die down? Keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): The sun shines bright, sending morning temperatures through the 40s and 50s. Breezes persist around 10-15 mph from the west/northwest as afternoon highs reach the mid-60s. All in all a pretty nice day. But don't let the cooler air trick you: UV & pollen levels are likely to be on their way up. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Skies stay mostly clear, allowing evening temperatures to cool into and through the 50s. Winds will also die down for the most part. So I wonder if some Blue Ridge locations might see isolated frost. In and around town, however, lows should only get down to the 40-45 range, maybe some upper 30s in the coolest suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Runners waking up for the 7:40 a.m Cherry Blossom Run will find early-morning temperatures in the 40s kind of chilly. But partly to mostly sunny skies should make for a nice scene around the Tidal Basin, and should help catapult highs into the mid-70s by afternoon. Spring has reclaimed the weather from the grip of record summer-like heat! Confidence: Medium-High


Partly cloudy skies greet our Sunday night with lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. Just a chance of a sprinkle or brief shower with a weak cold front coming through overnight. Confidence: Medium

The work week should start out at least partly sunny on Monday and Tuesday. Highs in the mid-60s to near 70 don't sound too bad, right? Hope you like "average" April weather as much as I do? Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | April 9, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Happy Friday! and happy utility bill savings with such good weather ;) ok we may need the heat again tonight, but just briefly haha

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 9, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Hit 78 in the house the night before last, but dewpoints were so low (outdoors and in) that I wasn't close to needing A/C. I rather doubt I will be lighting the wood stove again. Only if we get a couple cold rainy days in a row.

Posted by: eric654 | April 9, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

@Camden -
You don't need to turn the heat on if you have a spoiled rotten dog or two.

We had a good rain but no storms last night at the 301 Bridge - great pollen reducer - although only temporarily.

Saw a car in Dahlgren yesterday that looked like someone sifted a heavy dose of pollen from hood to trunk. Don't think I've ever seen a car with such a heavy layer, especially this early in the season.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | April 9, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Are rainfall totals available anywhere?

They vary considerably from place to place. As near as I can tell, here in Sterling, VA we got about .3 inches.

Posted by: pptcmember | April 9, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I've got 2 rain gauges: 1 at home and 1 at work. My home one in S. arlington recorded a little over 1". the Work one in NE DC (capitol hill) recorded 1.70". Pretty impressive. Forecast called for thundershowers and showevers, but this was rain. ABF=another blown forecast.

Posted by: jojo2008 | April 9, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

WeatherGang - Nice work on the forecasts, but for the life of me I can't find much historical data. Tips on accessing yesterday's highs and the highs/lows of the past week? How can I brag to family about how miserable the heat was if I can't give them accurate data?!

Posted by: Pegs1 | April 9, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse


Take a look to your left along our sidebar. Yesterday's high/lo is available in our Almanac box, with a link to more "Past Data" ... following that link, the 2 products that will have the info you're interested in are the Daily Climate Report and the Preliminary Monthly Climate Data.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | April 9, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Sorry I couldn't get back online to answer comments until now-- everyone find what they needed? Enjoying the afternoon?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 9, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

jojo2008 - Kudos to you for keeping home/work rain gauges. Also, you were lucky to get 1 inch - Dulles recorded 0.34 according to the links on the sidebar.

Regarding the forecast, it seemed pretty good. I saw lightning and rain, perhaps an hour after predicted. For some reason, the weather always shows up a little later than forecast.

Posted by: pptcmember | April 9, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I was walking in Crystal City last night just prior to 8 PM and I am sure that I experienced the 59 mph wind gust that Reagan recorded around that time. In a matter of 5 minutes it went from not raining at all to torrential downpour and very high wind. It was hard to walk and my umbrella bent to the point that it's no longer functional. I don't make a habit of walking outside in severe thunderstorms, but I've never experienced a wind gust like that before. A few minutes later, it appeared that the cell had passed and it was only light to moderate rain and wind for the remainder of the evening. A walk (run, actually) to remember though!

Posted by: vvf2 | April 9, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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