Thursday, March 30, 2006

Today's Weather Brought to You by the Letter D

It's Definitely, Delightfully spring in the Washington DC metro area this afternoon, but the Drought continues into a 6th week. Southerly flow from a large high pressure area sliding off the Atlantic coast brought spring conditions as far north as southern Canada. In Farmington, Maine, a sure sign of the season is the return of the Hot Dog man to the side of routes 2 and 4.

By mid afternoon, temperatures in the metro area were in the upper 60s to lower 70s. A storm system organizing in the Northern Plains will move northeastward to the Great Lakes tomorrow, but the bulk of the precipitation with it is likely to remain to the northwest and south of the DC region. If you missed Josh's earlier comment, check out the "Dome of Dryness" over the area through Sunday being predicted by one of this morning's models. A similar pattern, although not quite so extreme, is shown by the latest run this afternoon.

Temperature chart at 3pm today from Unisys

Tonight and Tomorrow

Skies will remain clear to partly cloudy through tomorrow afternoon with lows in the upper 40s and highs in the mid 70s. Clouds will increase later in the day tomorrow with only a slight chance of showers before midnight to close out the probable record-breaking month.

Glen or Glenda?

The tropical season continues in full swing Down Under. Tropical Cyclone Glenda is forecast to weaken from a category 2 to 1 as it continues inland along the sparsely-populated northwest coast of Australia. It made landfall as a Category 4.

The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project 2006 season update is scheduled to be released on Tuesday.

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