For Friday the 13th, today’s weather was mighty fine as temperatures rose to the comfortable mid-to-upper 60s under mostly sunny skies. It was just the beginning of the warming trend, as we head for the 70s Saturday and crest 80 Sunday. Could we get a much needed rain shower Saturday night?
Through Tonight: If you live outside the beltway, you’ll feel a bit of a chill in the air, as clear skies and light winds allow lows to dip into the upper 30s to low 40s. Closer to town, the concentration of buildings and asphalt keeps lows to the upper 40s.
The weekend: Saturday is a delight, with lots of sunshine and temperatures reaching into the low-to-mid 70s. There will be a bit of a breeze from the southwest at 10-15 mph, gusting to 20 mph at times (and a continued elevated fire danger). A warm front pushes through the region Saturday night, and it could trigger a shower or thunderstorm between 2 a.m. and dawn - particulary north of D.C. towards northern Maryland. Overnight lows range from 52-58 (suburbs-city). Becoming mostly sunny on Sunday and very warm, with highs 79-86 (north-south).
Pollen update: Trees are HIGH at 158 grains/cubic meter but down from 261 Thursday.
Norman, Oklahoma tornado: A tornado ripped through Norman (hub of severe weather research) late this afternoon. Reports on Twitter indicate structural damage occurred within the town along with minor injuries. The National Weather Service said the twister passed north of its headquarters there, with no damage to its building.
Drought watch for eastern Maryland effective today says Maryland Department of Environment (MDE): Excerpt- During a drought watch, MDE increases oversight of water supply conditions and encourages citizens to become more aware of their water use and to conserve water. Local water systems can require water-use restrictions at any time due to local conditions, but MDE is not at this time aware of any local jurisdictions implementing voluntary or mandatory restrictions. The status for all other regions of Maryland is “normal.”