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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 10/14/2010

PM Update: Nor'easter moving out

By Ian Livingston

Sun returns tomorrow, wind should whip too

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Today's rain is heading out to the east and northeast, but not before dropping moderate totals across much of the area. Through 3 p.m., National Airport received 1.26", Dulles 0.96" and BWI 0.82". Radar-estimated totals seem to be fairly accurate, and generally show that those near and east of I-95 got more rain than those well west. Most of the rain is done, though a few more showers may still pass through. Temperatures that reached highs mainly in the mid-to-upper 50s will fall back again shortly.

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Through Tonight: We stay mostly cloudy through the evening with the risk of a passing shower or two before skies become clearer overnight. Cooler air moving in behind the storm should provide for a chilly one as lows reach the lower 40s in the cooler suburbs to near 50 downtown. National is still looking for its first low in the 40s since May -- winds around 10 mph with higher gusts may keep us from getting there tonight.

Tomorrow (Friday): Sun returns tomorrow, with just a few clouds here and there and maybe even a few midday sprinkles. It's going to be a bit blustery as well as low pressure continues to swipe New England. Winds sustained around 15-20 mph during the day with gusts near or past 30. Mid-to-upper 60s should do it for highs most spots.

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Tropics: Tropical Storm Paula, downgraded from a hurricane this morning, continues to meander around the northwest Cuba coast. A slow eastward movement is expected through the next day or so while the storm continues to weaken. The environment is currently quite unfavorable as upper-level winds rip the storm apart and it begins to interact with land. Heavy rain is still a threat, primarily for Cuba, and some has made it into south Florida. The official forecast calls for it to be a remnant low drifting south of Cuba within the next 3 days. Another system may form in the Caribbean by next week.

By Ian Livingston  | October 14, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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The rain has stopped and there are patches of blue sky here in Fairfax. Sing along with me.....Let the sunshine, Let the sunshine in, The sunshine in.

Posted by: rwalker66 | October 14, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Got 1.0" rainfall in Falls Church.

Posted by: KPosty | October 14, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Is the drought over? Was there ever real drought with all the snow we had in February?

Posted by: summerlover | October 14, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

We got 1.7" in N. Stafford. The storm definitely exceeded estimates in the rain category.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | October 14, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

DCA hasn't yet gotten below 50 this season. Is this the latest ever?

Posted by: HenryFPotter | October 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

1.5" rain in Harpers Ferry and a few showers heading our way now from the NW.

Looking at the forecast, I'm thinking today is the last day for the summer workout gear.

Posted by: tinkerbelle | October 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Heading up to CT very early Saturday morning for a wedding. Will we be following the Nor'easter up or will we be driving in it?

Posted by: worldtraveler83 | October 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

1.1" on Breton Bay. Moon's out now and is brighter than the sun was all day.

Posted by: jenniej | October 14, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

1.1" on Breton Bay. Moon's out now and is brighter than the sun was all day.

Posted by: jenniej | October 14, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I gave today a top "10" on the Daily Digit. CWG's ranking of only "2" ignores how fantastic a raw, rainy day can be, particularly after our dreadful summer. Fully 43% of us also gave today a 10!!

Tallied 1.3" in the rain gauges here in Michigan Park.

National Airport is still 1.7" below-normal for the year even with today's 1.26" of precipitation. At least we are now within striking distance of "normal" if this wet pattern continues through year's end.

Posted by: TominMichiganParkDC | October 14, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

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