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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 05/11/2010

PM Update: Showers into the evening

By Ian Livingston

Warmer tomorrow, cooler Thurs; Rain chances remain

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Temperatures have been stuck in the 50s all day thanks to the clouds and showers moving through. When considering some snow has been falling in places as close as Pennsylvania, it could be worse! The good news, since it has been a little dry lately, is that some beneficial rain is falling. It also looks like at least a little more is in the offing before we start to kick this gloomier pattern by week's end.

Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past three 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: Scattered to isolated showers -- or a bit of drizzle -- remain possible through the night, with steadier activity likely focused north of the metro area. Fog may also form in spots by morning. Temperatures that hover in the low-to-mid 50s probably begin rising prior to sunrise as winds from the south kick in behind a warm front.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Warmer air makes temporary inroads with highs shooting for the mid-and-upper 70s. But we'll still see plenty of clouds -- a mostly cloudy morning trends toward a partly sunny midday, before more clouds try to bubble up as the afternoon progresses -- with a risk of showers and storms primarily from mid-afternoon into evening. While shower/storm coverage may be isolated to scattered at best, any that do form could bring heavy squalls and hail.

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Tornado outbreak: A preliminary count of 38 tornadoes touched down yesterday, primarily in Oklahoma but also in Kansas. Some places also saw extremely large hail. The terrain (part urban, and part wooded) was not ideal for the VORTEX2 storm chasers, but they did catch up with one of the larger storms and likely obtained some good data. An interesting side-story to the severe outbreak is that it occurred 14 years to the day after the release of the movie Twister, and a multiple-vortex tornado was captured on video in Wakita, an Oklahoma town heavily featured in the film. See a briefing on the outbreak prepared by NWS Tulsa, Ok.

By Ian Livingston  | May 11, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
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In an effort to find something nice to say about the current weather conditions I can only post that my lettuce crop seems very happy & the front yards have never looked so green.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 11, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey, there's LOTS of good things to say about cloudy, cool weather. You're not spending money on A/C. The upper floor of your house doesn't heat up...the house stays at a more uniform temperature from room to room. There's much less pollen in the air. You aren't sweating in heat and humidity. Black cars don't get hot enough to fry an egg. You can park your car anywhere you want, for as long as you want, without it becoming an oven inside or needing a bunch of covers. Jogging and excercise outdoors is often easier. Stinging insects don't come out and become pests. You don't, under most conditions, have to worry about thunderstorms (unless the warm air on top of the cool surface layer is very unstable). And, as FIREDRAGON47 pointed out, plants and lawns stay green.

I love it cool and cloudy. The typical climate around here from late May to late Septemper can be a pain in the a**.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | May 11, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

MMCarhelp - so glad! you and I see eye to eye on DC comfort levels ;-)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | May 11, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

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