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PM Update: Continued warm, turning muggier; rain brings rapid rise to Texas lake

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With temperatures mostly in the low-to-mid 80s for highs today, and combined with plentiful sun, our “Nice Day stamp” surely verified. This evening should be rather spectacular as well. Tomorrow won’t be bad either.

Through Tonight: Skies stay partly cloudy on the whole. There’s a very slight chance a shower makes it into western parts of the area from the hills, but no more than 5-10% risk out there. With humidity on the way up thanks to a light south wind, temperatures are up as well. Lows range from near 60 in the coolest spots to the upper 60s downtown.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Another partly sunny, warm, and increasingly muggy day is ahead. Pretty much standard summer, but it could be much worse! Highs are mainly in the mid-and-upper 80s, or about 83-88. There could be an isolated shower or storm (20%-30% chance) late in the day, particularly over western parts of the area. Most should stay dry though.

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Smithsonian Castle on June 20. (John Sonderman via Flickr)

Pollen update: Mold spores are low/moderate. Tree, grass and weed pollen are all low.

Rainfall compared to normal over the past month. (NOAA)

The return of water: While drought continues to plague large portions of the central U.S., recent weeks have brought much needed moisture to much of the region. Deluges yesterday in central Texas helped Lake Granbury record a 5 foot rise in lake levels. The time lapse is pretty remarkable:

Via NWS Fort Worth.

Large parts of the area still need a good bit more rain to get away from drought conditions, but recent signs have been promising especially with the promise of higher rain chances heading into El Nino.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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