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Posted at 1:05 PM ET, 06/24/2010

Severe Thunderstorm Watch into evening

By Capital Weather Gang

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The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the D.C. metro area until 8 p.m. This is not unexpected, as an approaching cold front has combined with high heat and humidity to create an unstable atmosphere. From NWS...


We think the best chance of storms is late afternoon into early evening. Check out our full forecast. And stay tuned for updates this afternoon.

By Capital Weather Gang  | June 24, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
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Severe weather in Chicago last night:,0,3490565.ugcphotogallery

Is it moving this way?

Posted by: ennepe68 | June 24, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

That line of storms heading our way is pretty menacing. When that rolls through, you'll definitely want to be indoors...of course, it'll probably last all of 10 minutes.

Also of note: there isn't a day on the near-term horizon that doesn't have a high less than 90. If this is June, what the heck is AUGUST going to bring? 110 degree days?

Posted by: SWester2010 | June 24, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

99 degrees at 2 p.m. at Reagan National. That's a new record. Will we hit 100?

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | June 24, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it's bearing down on the valley, according to the radar, but of course, the Weather Channel is all aflutter about some people trapped on ice or something. "Storm Stories," because what could possibly be interesting about the current weather at 2 in the afternoon....

Posted by: ValleyCaps | June 24, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The best dynamics are north, but hopefully the intense heat counteracts a bit. The line does not look as good as it did a while ago for this area... DC split trying to show up (even though it's not real).

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 24, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Its hot. I miss the snow. There, I said it.

Posted by: DullesARC | June 24, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the line of storms is breaking apart as it heads our way... and so are the chances for any precipitation...again. We have been in a dry spot up here in Laytonsville since early May, it seems. Almost all of the storms others in the area have been getting have missed us, some even forming a few miles East of us and racing away without a drop. Literally, in the last 2 months, it has only drizzled a few times and we have had either 2 or 3 very short downpours that I can recall. I'll be glad to miss the severe weather, but we need some rain. These localized variations are interesting and point out how difficult it is to predict the weather.

Posted by: dprats21 | June 24, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

DC split trying to show up (even though it's not real).

Perception is reality.

Posted by: Axel2 | June 24, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Axel2: I wish precipitation was reality! LOL.

Ian: While I know there is no such thing as the "DC Split", it seems to happen a lot.

Posted by: dprats21 | June 24, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

It really is miserably hot outside. The warm breeze makes it much worse. Who would have thought way back in February that we'd be having a summer like this.

Wild. Now just wait until the hurricanes start forming and mix with all of this extra convection.

Posted by: SWester2010 | June 24, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

There's a good breeze out there, which makes it feel as if you're inside a hairdryer.
Hoping for rain.......

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 24, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

looks like a dry line storm in alexandria. the gap is lining up

Posted by: pvogel88 | June 24, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

so even if we don't get the rain, please tell me it will be cooler behind what was the line. You know - like 95.

Posted by: hereandnow1 | June 24, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Incredible to think that tomorrow the high will be nearly 10 degrees cooler than today...

..and tomorrow's high is 90.

Posted by: SWester2010 | June 24, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Perfect DC Split.

Posted by: DullesARC | June 24, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

dprats21, convection is more often than not scattered so I think any place probably gets "split" from time to time. That said, I'm not *totally* sold there is nothing to it. It's clear the mountains cause issues for many a line moving toward us.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 24, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Heck, I'll take SLEET over this. Shoot me now.

Posted by: eventual_eventer | June 24, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

It's gotta be the congestion on I-270 leaving the Beltway. Even severe weather systems try to avoid that nightmare.

Posted by: SWester2010 | June 24, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse


Comic genius!!! That was a really good one - it almost got me to do a spit-take right in front of my computer here at work :)

Posted by: kolya02 | June 24, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

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