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Tuesday night’s well-behaved rain

If only all rain events were like last night’s. It largely avoided both rush hours, mostly fell while we were sleeping, and umbrellas were sidelined. Also, it was accompanied by no severe weather, and generally did not cause flooding. Perhaps best of all , milder air is streaming in behind it.

Here are last night’s rain totals:

Reagan National: 0.64”; Dulles: 0.42”; BWI: 0.60”

So our forecast of about 0.5” turned out pretty well too.

At Reagan National, we now have a precipitation surplus of 0.29” in the calendar year. So it’s safe to say drought concerns have eased considerably, though we’ll want to continue to getting rain events through the spring to keep soil moisture healthy for the hot summer months.

And if they can be steady, overnight rains - I, for one, would be much obliged.

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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