NowWindy, cold. A low pressure area which developed off Cape Hatteras last evening brought some light to moderate rain to the Northern Neck, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore before scooting away to the Nova Scotia coast early this afternoon. As it strengthened rapidly, the counter-clockwise flow brought a reinforcement of cold and dry air to the Washington metro area on winds gusting over 30 mph at times.
Afternoon highs have been the coldest of the season, generally in the upper 30s; the daily highs at Dulles (39°) and National (41°) were both between 4:00 and 5:00 this morning. The dewpoints are mainly in the low teens and there are even some single digits around the region.
Surface weather map at 1pm today from HPC/NCEP/NWS
Tonight and TomorrowClear, cold. As winds diminish tonight under mainly clear skies, temperatures will drop to the mid 20s in the city and the upper teens in the coldest 'burbs. Tomorrow will be sunny with highs near 40°.
For the outlook through the rest of the week into the weekend, scroll down to Jason's post below.
Weather PinupsIt's calendar time again. It may not be as sexy as Weather Babes Gone Wild (Mrs. Update wouldn't let us put that one up anyway), but the perennial favorite here at PM Update Command Center is the Weather Guide with Phenomenal Weather Events. This is the 20th anniversary of the calendar which was at one time co-branded with The Weather Channel. Thanks to the merger of the publisher Accord Publishing into the conglomerate Andrews McMeel Universal, the calendar is now available through Amazon and other retail outlets. The discounted Amazon price is cheaper than ordering direct from the publisher, and orders of 3 or more qualify for free shipping.
A little more exotic and also available from Amazon is the 19th edition of the Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar. This one is so hot that a used copy of the 2003 edition is listed for $192.42!