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Posted at 8:00 PM ET, 08/16/2010

Storm threat dwindles

By Ian Livingston

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updated at 8 p.m.

We're back to summer conditions today, and that means we've added another 90+ degree reading and very high humidity (dew points in the mid-70s!) along with thunderstorm chances. Storms so far, however, have been isolated, and that should be the case through this evening. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch that had been in effect has been discontinued.

Through Tonight: Though they may not impact most places, we stick with a slight risk of showers and storms. Most activity wanes after sunset when we'll see partly to mostly cloudy skies with lows falling to the upper 60s and lower 70s.

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): The front responsible for today's activity should slip far enough south tomorrow to lower humidity levels and the risk for showers or storms. I think it will probably be mainly dry, but can't rule out the risk of an isolated afternoon storm. Under partly sunny skies, highs should again rise to near 90 -- let's call it upper 80s or lower 90s.

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By Ian Livingston  | August 16, 2010; 8:00 PM ET
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Drove home along the western edge of the Front Royal thunderstorm. Had some sun and heavy rain along with heavy "small drop" rain. Now I am at home in the middle of the downpour with strong N or E winds. At an inch per half hour, should have a FF warning here soon. If anyone else needs rain they are welcome to take this storm, we are done.

Posted by: eric654 | August 16, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Never mind, basically started to end as soon as I hit Post. Calm and sunny now with 1.4 in the rain gauge.

Posted by: eric654 | August 16, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't look like much on radar. Just a few small cells dancing around. Nothing at all to the west.

Posted by: MKadyman | August 16, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

East of Front Royal, we picked up some rain around 2:00 and again around 4:45

Posted by: spgass1 | August 16, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Storm chances seem to have fizzled, unless something substantial fires up to the west later this evening. We shall see.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | August 16, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Ugh! I think I saw a dew point of 76 when I got home on the weather channel. This has got to be another record, right? This summer it wouldn't surprise me.

Posted by: jojo2008 | August 16, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Here, inside the Beltway in Annandale, it appears the storm gods have spoken: Let there be no rain. And there was no rain. And the people said it was EXCELLENT.

Posted by: jhbyer | August 16, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Jojo, I believe it re: the dewpoint. It was *muggy* today.

Posted by: spgass1 | August 16, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Storms or no storms, it's been one heck of a lightshow tonight.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | August 16, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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