Thursday, June 8, 2006

Some Scarce Scattered Showers Seen

Tonight and Tomorrow

Skies will be mostly cloudy through this evening with a 30% chance of a shower or thunderstorm; a few storms could be locally intense. Lows will be in the low to mid 60s. Tomorrow will be partly to mostly sunny with highs near 81.

For the outlook through the weekend and into next week, scroll down to Josh's post below.

As we've noted recently, real rain has been scarce around the Washington DC metro area lately, except for a few localized spots. Dulles did manage to pick up 0.15" overnight, but National eked out only 0.01".

A locally intense cell passing southeastward through Fairfax County last evening did produce some brief downpours and hail. photographer Kevin Ambrose was able to capture this photo near the edge of that cell in Oakton. Here is his description:
Today I saw a weather occurrence that I never remember having seen before. We had a brief hail storm with lightning and gusty winds that occurred with full, unobscured sun light. As a result, there was a bright ground rainbow that followed me just in front of my car as I drove along the road. I pulled off the road and photographed the sight as a pedestrian took cover from the hailstones and rain.

Tropical Topics

The National Hurricane Center notes that upper-level conditions are unfavorable for the further development of a weak low pressure area in the northwestern Caribbean, but heavy rains are likely from the Yucatan through western Cuba in the next couple of days.

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