From the ABC 7 Weather team

So much sun, but where's the rain??

April 6, 2012 - 10:30 AM
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Try to remember when we had a really good, soaking rain.  How long ago was it?  With the milder than average temperatures we had in March and little rain, could we be in for a drought?

After a beautiful spring day Friday, with brilliant blue skies, and seasonable temperatures, it's hard to think about a rainy day.  But when you stop and think, when was the last time we had a grey, rainy day?  Well, we did have a little rain on the 1st and 2nd of the month, but less than a tenth inch of rain both days.  In fact, we've only had 3 days with over a half inch of rain in 2012 (Feb. 29 - 1.44"; Jan. 11 - 0.51"; Jan. 27 - 0.63") !   DC is already 3.88" below average for the year. 

Any significant rain in the forecast?  We aren't expecting any decent rain over the next 7 days  Take a look at our latest 7 day forecast.  The only day we could see a chance of rain is late Monday.  Even then, it doesn't look like we'll see more than a half inch. 

StormWatch7 7 Day Forecast

So does it look like there will be any change in the long range forecast?  Well, we it will certainly be a little cooler over the next week with highs in the upper 50s.  As for the rain, well, the good news is the Climate Prediction Center's latest 8-14 day precipitation outlook doesn't show us under abnormally dry conditions.  At the same time, it also does not show us receiving above average rainfall.  Here's the latest probability map for 8-14 day outlook. 

Climate Prediction Center

The wetter than average conditions are expected in the Southeast and the Pacific Northwest with drier conditions anticipated over New England and the Desert Southwest.  DC is sort of in the middle, so it may be a tossup as to what precipitation will be like over the next few months. 

So let the rain dance begin and until we get that much needed rain, enjoy the sunshine!



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