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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 10/ 1/2010

PM Update: Quiet and cool Friday night

By Ian Livingston

Mostly clear start to weekend, but more rain coming?

* Rain review: Took time to get right | Record rain for D.C., Balt. *
* Outside now? Radar, temps, clouds & more: Weather Wall *

(updated at 6:30 p.m.)

Even though we saw a ton of sun the last few weeks and months and it's nothing unusual, I'm glad it returned in a big way today. After all the rain this week, today is a winner in my book. Highs have reached near 70 and into the low 70s most spots. The main downside is a stiff wind from the northwest that has gusted as high as 30 to 35 mph during the day.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMapWeather (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.

Through Tonight: Winds die off a good bit this evening and should be light as we head into the overnight. Other than that, it's mostly clear and sorta chilly - though only slightly below average for this time of year. Temperatures in the low-and-mid 60s after sunset fall to lows in the mid-40s for the cooler suburbs to near 50 downtown.

Tomorrow (Saturday): This is looking like a spectacular fall day around here. Mostly sunny skies and light winds from the north mingle with highs in the upper 60s to near 70. I'm contemplating a long walk around the city myself...

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East Coast rain totals: NOAA's Hydrometeorological Prediction Center has a comprehensive and impressive list of rainfall totals (from the recent storms) from up and down the East Coast. Here is a sampling, approximately south to north: Myrtle Beach, SC 10.33"; Wilmington, NC 16.68"; Norfolk, Va. 11.51"; Solomons, Md. 13.48"; Wilmington, De. 7.95"; Trenton, NJ 3.91"; Allentown, Pa. 8.35"; New York City, 3.8"; Albany, NY 5.68"; Burlington, Vt. 2.99"; Lebanon, NH 4.96"; Westfield, Ma. 4.54"; Caribou, Me. 1.65"

By Ian Livingston  | October 1, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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Just a comment about yesterday's storm and a particular period of rain I encountered.

Around noon (Thursday) I needed to run an errand that took me South on Rt. 4 through Calvert County to the Solomon's Island area. When I left my home, it was raining lightly. By the time I was at the nuclear plant, it was starting to come down fairly hard. By the time I hit Lusby, it was worse than a brushless carwash.

But when I slowly came over the crest of Rt. 4 as you decend into the Solomon's area (about 2-3 miles from the Bridge), my car was absolutely BLASTED by what I was assuming was 30-40 MPH wind and even more intense rain.

It was awesome and intimidating. I can honestly say, in my 50 years, that I never saw it rain as hard as it did over the next 10 minutes.

Sometimes it is truly amazing what kind of power Mother Nature can unleash.

Posted by: RandyH_Calvert | October 1, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for the storm story. Good stuff. Glad you stayed safe throughout.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | October 1, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Veronica J said late in the 4 p.m. news hour that we'll get maybe an inch of rain. Doug Hill said it will be a "garden variety" system, nothing like this week.

I guess we'll have to wait to find out if/when the Rain Lovers Crystal Bell starts tinkling hereabouts...

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 1, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm referring to next Mon-Tues's rain (low pressure forms over North Carolina, etc.)

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 1, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

One difference is it won't have the deep tropical feed we saw with the events yesterday. I'm not sure I'd call it "garden variety" though if the models are right. They are forecasting a pretty huge cutoff upper level low just west of us. I would think there is the potential for several inches of rain somewhere in the mid-Atlantic if things hold.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 1, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Well, looking a bit closer there is a feed from the tropics but it's east and has to wrap into the coast rather than just firehosing directly at us.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 1, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Ian, thanks for the update. If I lived in a flood-prone area, I'd hold onto any sandbags 'til we see what develops. But I'm not a hydrologist so I have no idea how quickly the previously thirsty soil will soak up this week's moisture.

Still hard to believe we were gasping in 99-degree heat a week ago and now we've segued to a possible nor'easter, prefaced by a deluge.

It's good the 2010 weather book you're involved with is not going to come out right way. Because it seems there are nearly continuous twists and turns (including yesterday's F1? tornado).

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 1, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Someone earlier asked about the drought, and if it was ended.

Looking at those totals, I'd say some parts it was, others it was reduced but not ended, and others not enough.

Our area was abnormally dry category, the minimal, so we are looking good.

The drought monitor will be update next week, and then you can compare to this week.

By the way, it's interesting that no one tries to figure this out, no blog, nobody here.

We have to wait on the USDM, but in this day of blogs and computing, we should not have to.

And forget the media. No one is saying anything because it is good news.

Posted by: jaybird926 | October 1, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I hope this wet pattern we are in stays in place for this upcoming winter.

Can you imagine all the snow? (Assuming the temperatures are cold enough)

Pleaeaeaeaeaeaeaease let there be a lot of snow this winter!

Posted by: Yellowboy | October 1, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I got a total of 7.5 inches of rain here in Burke. (Although I was really hoping for 9 inches.) : )

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