Variable clouds, colder. Following the morning showers, heavy at times, which brought around ¾" of much-needed precipitation to the Washington metro area, some sunshine through scattered to broken clouds has allowed afternoon temperatures to reach at least 50° in most locations. Westerly winds gusting as high as 30 mph have added to the the chilling effect, however. The day's highs occurred in the early morning hours: National 65°(3:54 am), Dulles 63° (2:41 am), BWI 63° (5:48 am), and the lows so far have been right around noon.
Tonight and Tomorrow
Clearing, cold. A lingering shower is possible through early evening, then clouds will decrease overnight with lows 34-39°. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and breezy with some passing clouds and highs only 46-49°.
For the outlook through the weekend and beyond with Larson's Long-Range, scroll on down to Josh's post below.
The Associated Press and AFP covered the landfall of severe Cyclone Sidr, which occurred on the southwestern coast of Bangladesh shortly before noon, Washington time. Preliminary reports indicate that huge evacuations, prompted by early warnings, may have substantially reduced potential casualties.
The official site of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department has apparently been offline, but the India Meteorological Department issued a cyclone warning for the West Bengal-Orissa coast. Stu Ostro has been updating his entry at the Weather Channel blog with reports and graphics of the storm.
Sidr track from Joint Typhoon Warning Center
Bob Ryan is scheduled to present his winter outlook at 11 tonight on WRC-TV, channel 4.
Also tonight, at 7 and 11, The Weather Channel's Epic Conditions series covers Chesapeake Bay sailing.