A District drenching

March went out like a lion in the mid-Atlantic. A batch of low pressure that emerged from the Smokey Mountains invigorated some moisture in the region, and there was nearly an inch of rain in Washington on the last day of the month. With all those showers, the temperature dispersal was fairly minimal last Wednesday, The top forecast was held by Accuweather, who correctly foresaw the gloomy end to the month.
Actuals: Tuesday, High 69, low 46
Wednesday – .92 inches of rain, High 65, Low 56

Grade: B -C

Washington, DC

We are returning to our nation’s Capital for the forecast today. There has been a lot of nasty weather in the east and southeast of late, but now, it looks like there may be a pause. Will it old through the end of March?

At 1152AM, ET, Washington-Reagan was reporting a temperature of 52 degrees with clear skies. In the wake of the latest cold front, skies across the eastern Seaboard had cleared, and high pressure had taken hold, though a brisk west wind was leaving a bit of a chill to the air. Washington was seeing gusts approaching 30mph.
A deep trough in the Plains will advance eastward and lead the complicated jet structure over the mid-Atlantic to devolve. Warm air will rise through the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, though low pressure moving through eastern Canada will drag a cold front out of the Appalachians and into the District of Columbia by late Wednesday morning. Some development along the front around eastern Tennessee will allow for a surge in moisture in Washington, leading to a rainier day than most areas on the Atlantic on Wednesday. Some thunder will mix in late in the day, but again, a lot of the thunder will be confined to points south of the Potomac.
Tomorrow – Sunny, getting warmer, High 72, Low 41
Wednesday – Rain starting in the morning, with some thunderstorms later in the day, High 66, Low 49

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies High 69, Low 41
Wednesday – Cloudy with periods of rain High 67, Low 55

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 68, Low 41
Wednesday – Cloudy with periods of rain in the afternoon High 66, Low 56

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 68, Low 42
Wednesday – Showers, High 66, Low 54

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 67, Low 42
Wednesday – Rain, High 64, Low 55

WN: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 68, Low 41
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy with showers, High 67, Low 54

FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 66, Low 42
Wednesday – Rain throughout the day, High 65, Low 54

Here is what Lauryn Ricketts of NBC 4 in Washington has to say about the weather in DC this week.

Washington DC to Barnstable, Massachusetts

This is going to be a an East Coast road trip through a part of the country that probably isn’t keen on travelers right now. Let’s make sure that we mind our P’s and Q’s while trekking through the busiest parts of the country on our full day’s drive,

which will cover 477 miles. Our pace will be 62.2mph, which is probably a little faster than normal, because of everything going on.

Washington DC

Brr! The last coldest shot of spring is moving into the mid-Atlantic tomorrow, and we will drive through those big cities, like Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore with the windows up. The sun will be out, so we won’t need the heat, and by the afternoon, it tends to get warm in the car, but it will be that difficult blend of too hot in the car because of the sun, and too cold to leave the windows down. But at least we will be able to avoid anything more serious than a stiff breeze, and will end up in Barnstable, which is nice.

Barnstable, Massachusetts