Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Happy Flag Day

Sandwiched between Alberto's remnant rains and some scattered thundershowers to the north, the Washington DC metro area remains dry but cloudy and cool this afternoon.

Outlook: Tonight and Tomorrow

After a chance of scattered showers or thundershowers this evening, skies will gradually clear tonight with lows in the lower 60's city to some upper 50s in the cooler 'burbs. Tomorrow will be sunny and less humid with highs around 80.

For the outlook through the weekend, see Dan's post below.

The National Hurricane Center discontinued advisories on Alberto as it became non-tropical this morning, but heavy rains are continuing from the remnants of the storm, and it will probably strengthen as it moves out over the Atlantic tonight. After receiving almost 1½" of rain through early this afternoon, Norfolk collected over 1" more in the hour ending at 4pm and over 2" in the 3 hours just ended. Rain has tapered off at Raleigh after more than 5" fell in the 6 hours ending at 2pm.

Closer to home, cloud ceilings at National, which lowered to 1700 ft. late this morning, are back up to 20,000 ft. Not a drop of rain was recorded, although radar showed some showers reaching almost as far as the southern portions of the Beltway. The persistent clouds have kept temperatures from breaking past 70° so far today. At Afternoon Blog Central in MoCo, some sun is now shining weakly through the overcast.

Radar map at about 3:45pm today from IntelliWeather

Flag Waving

If today's 3 mph winds were not enough to wave your flag, Bethesda inventor Richard Levy has the answer. Today's WaPo reports that the co-creator of Furby has produced a self-waving flag. The product retails for $19.99, batteries included, at Toys R Us, Kmart and CVS.

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