From the ABC 7 Weather team

Wow, a quiet D.C. weather pattern coming up?

September 9, 2012 - 06:42 PM
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Sunshine, tranquil weather and low humidity for more than a day in the nation’s capital? You don’t say! Indeed, the weather pattern is taking a turn for the quieter side of things for a while!

What a busy summer weather pattern! The derecho, record heat, bursts of downpours and severe storms that have caused quite a ruckus in the D.C. Metro area. Guess what is in store now for the next week or so? An unusual change we’re not acclimated to…. a quiet weather pattern.

The constant barrage of rain and storms has also chipped away at the rainfall deficit. In the latest report issued by the weather service, the yearly rainfall deficit as of Sunday was down to 6.25 inches after being up to 8.44 inches just a month ago. Two inches of rain has been made up for in the last month from showers and storms at Reagan National Airport.

The cold front that plowed through Saturday evening has made sweeping changes in our weather. Temperatures, and more importantly, dew points have dropped to very comfortable levels.

The strong high pressure that is building in late this weekend will have a ripple effect well into the next work week. As a matter of fact, it should remain firmly in control across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic through early next weekend! This will spell bright, sunny days and clear, cool nights with no rain or storms!

    Here are some fun weather facts to share with your friends:
    •The last time the District had a stretch of 4 days with low temperatures between 58 and 60 degrees (the forecast for the next several nights) was June 5-8th. 
    •The last stretch of 7 days without measurable rain (not even a trace) was November 1-9, 2011 (forecast is for bone dry weather through next Saturday!)
    •Fall is arriving quickly. We lose 14 minutes of daylight through next Saturday, Sept. 15th and 1 hour and 14 minutes of daylight in the next month.

Be sure to get the latest forecast on ABC7 and WTOP Radio. Enjoy the fine spell of weather that we really deserve!


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