PM Update: Rain arriving; wind advisory Friday
Sunshine made a brief appearance this morning, but it's been all clouds all the time since. The rain has just arrived and stays with us on and off through tomorrow afternoon. The big story, though, is the wind, which will be sustained up to 30 mph tomorrow afternoon with gusts of 45-50 mph. Secure those loose outdoor items or bring them in.
Through Tonight: Rain falls intermittently overnight but is more steady and widespread north of the Mason Dixon line. I'm hearing a lot of talk of upwards of 1" of rain but I think around 0.25" to maybe 0.5" (northern suburbs) is more likely overnight. Temperatures only drop modestly, with lows in the mid-40s.
Tomorrow (Friday): We may see skies brighten and the rain stop for a brief period Friday morning after a warm front lifts through the region. That could allow a short AM appearance from the sun, helping temperatures to rise to near 60 or even a little warmer. Then the cold front comes through between late morning and early afternoon, potentially with a line of gusty showers and thunderstorms (with up to another 0.25", locally higher in heavy downpours). Right now, it doesn't look like the atmosphere will sufficiently destabilize for a big severe thunderstorm outbreak, but we'll watch this and provide updates as necessary. After the front comes through, it partially clears, with temperatures gradually falling back through the 50s during the afternoon. Winds from the northwest increase dramatically - sustained at 25-30 mph with gusts to 50 mph possible.
NOAA cleared of "Climategate" wrong-doing: At the request of Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Inspector General conducted an independent review of the private emails leaked on the internet in November 2009 from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. The Inspector General was asked to look into how NOAA reacted to the leak and to determine if there was evidence of improper manipulation of data, failure to adhere to appropriate peer review procedures, or failure to comply with Information Quality Act and Freedom of Information Act guidelines. The blog Climate Science Watch reports the Inspector General "found no evidence of impropriety or reason to doubt NOAA's handling of its climate data."
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