From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. nor'easter already a drought buster

October 10, 2013 - 02:23 PM
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Reagan National recorded more rain so far in October than the previous two months combined.

As of 2pm, Reagan has seen 2.78" of rain for the first 10 days of October. Scattered shower activity is expected the remainder of the afternoon and evening, and should continue over the next few days. After such a dry stretch, this really puts a huge dent in the rainfall recent rainfall deficit.

Think about this for a minute. August and September had 1.34" and 1.22" of rain respectively. This means in the past 10 days, Reagan National has actually recorded more rainfall (2.78") than the entire two month span of August and September (2.56").

That just happens to be our "Did you know" of the day. Now rainfall totals for this event have been around an inch to two inches. The highest total has been 2.37" so far measured in Culpeper and much lower totals have been noted in the far western and northern suburbs.

48-Hour Rainfall Accumulation (Up to 2pm)

The rain isn't over yet, however, as more can be expected tonight and tomorrow, then periods of drizzle or very light showers Saturday and Sunday. Here is a look at our in-house computer model forecast showing predicted rainfall through Saturday at Noon.

Here's another idea from the 4km NAM model from models.weatherbell.com/ showing plenty of rain as well with the heaviest north of D.C.
4km NAM (WeatherBell.com)

As for temperatures, it ended up reaching the 60 degree mark at Reagan National today, so it won't be the first 50 degree high temperature which was last seen in April. If the temperature only reaches 61 today, it will be the coolest day since April 6th when it hit 59 degrees. However, if it reaches 62 degrees, it will still be the coolest since April 30th.

Temperatures will continue to be cool tomorrow in the low 60s, mid 60s Saturday and upper 60s Sunday. See our latest 7-day forecast here.

 

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