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7:00 AM | *Deep upper-level trough to form over the Deep South...rain here Wednesday night/Thursday*

Paul Dorian

High pressure will stay in control for another day in the Tennessee Valley, but will begin to break down on Wednesday as an upper-level trough begins to form in the Deep South. Moisture will begin to stream northeastward on Wednesday from the southern states and rain is likely around here on Wednesday night and Thursday. Colder air will begin to filter into this region at the end of the work week following the eastward movement of the upper-level trough. The weekend is looking quite decent as high pressure should resume control across the area.

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7:00 AM | *Widespread rain event for the Mid-Atlantic Thursday night and Friday*

Paul Dorian

High pressure will build into the area today and it’ll stay below-normal with temperatures generally confined to the 30’s for highs. The winds will continue to be quite strong this morning, but will tend to diminish later in the day and even further in the overnight hours. Moisture will spread northeastward on Thursday from the southern states and we’ll experience yet another soaking rain event from later Thursday through Friday. Colder air will pour into the region on Saturday following the rain storm and winds will be quite strong out of the northwest as we begin the weekend. One final note, skies should be favorable tonight for the viewing of the green "Christmas comet".

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7:00 AM | *Potential severe thunderstorm activity here on Thursday*

Paul Dorian

Yet another deep upper-level trough will form in coming days across the Deep South and it will result in an increased chance for showers and thunderstorms in Florida later in the week. In fact, this feature will be potent enough to raise the prospects for severe weather around here on Thursday as it turns quite unstable and quite warm compared to recent days. The combination of ample moisture and a strong frontal system could actually result in the formation of a squall line late Wednesday night over the Gulf of Mexico and that could arrive in east-central Florida during the PM hours on Thursday. Cooler air returns by the upcoming weekend following the passage of the frontal system.

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7:00 AM | *More soaking rain coming to the waterlogged DC metro region*

Paul Dorian

High pressure will build into the area today and it’ll stay below-normal with temperatures generally confined to the lower 40’s for highs. The winds will continue to be quite strong this morning, but will tend to diminish later in the day and even further in the overnight hours. Moisture will spread northeastward on Thursday from the southern states and we’ll experience yet another soaking rain event from later Thursday through Friday. Colder air will pour into the region on Saturday following the rain storm and winds will be quite strong out of the northwest as we begin the weekend. One final note, skies should be favorable tonight for the viewing of the green "Christmas comet".

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7:00 AM | *Another soaking rain event coming to the metro region in the Thursday night/Friday time period*

Paul Dorian

High pressure will build into the area today and it’ll stay below-normal with temperatures generally confined to the 30’s for highs. The winds will continue to be quite strong this morning, but will tend to diminish later in the day and even further in the overnight hours. Moisture will spread northeastward on Thursday from the southern states and we’ll experience yet another soaking rain event from later Thursday through Friday. Colder air will pour into the region on Saturday following the rain storm and winds will be quite strong out of the northwest as we begin the weekend. One final note, skies should be favorable tonight for the viewing of the green "Christmas comet".

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11:00 AM | *Green "Christmas Comet" makes its closest approach to Earth…better viewing opportunities next couple of nights following numerous recent cloudy nights*

Paul Dorian

Comet 46P/Wirtanen made history on Sunday, December 16th as it entered the “top 10” list of closest comet flybys to Earth in recent history.  The comet now being called the green “Christmas comet” flew past Earth at about 11.5 million km away on Sunday appearing in the constellation Taurus alongside the Pleiades cluster of stars.  This is the closest the comet has come to Earth in many centuries and the closest it will come for many more centuries. The Mid-Atlantic region has been socked in thick cloud cover for the past several nights, but there is a pretty good chance for more favorable viewing conditions both later tonight and again tomorrow night. There is one caveat, however, and that is the fact that the waxing moon will generate quite a bit of moonlight during the next few nights and that may act to dilute somewhat the comet’s brightness.

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7:00 AM | *Another widespread rain event headed our way for Thursday night and Friday*

Paul Dorian

A strong cold front is passing through the region today and winds will pick up in intensity as the day progresses from a northwesterly direction. It’ll turn colder-than-normal by tonight and the chill will stick around through mid-week. Another widespread rain event is coming here later in the week as milder air pushes northward along the eastern seaboard. The likely timetable for this next rain event is Thursday night and Friday and showers may linger into Saturday. One final note, Comet 46P/Wirtanen made its closest approach to Earth on Sunday and there may be an opportunity to look for it later tonight following many recent cloudy nights and if not tonight, tomorrow night should be clear...best bet is to look near Pleiades late in the evening.

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7:00 AM | A bit cooler to start the new work week

Paul Dorian

High pressure will control the weather around here for the next couple of days, but then it’ll get more moist around here at mid-week. Deep upper-level trough will develop across the eastern third of the nation and the result will be an increasing shot at rain here during Wednesday and Thursday. It’ll turn cooler following the passage of the trough by the late part of the work week.

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7:00 AM | *Yet another widespread rain event coming here later for Thursday night and Friday*

Paul Dorian

We did indeed surpass the record for wettest year ever this weekend, but now we’ll have a few days to dry out before yet another large-scale rain event takes place. A strong cold front is passing through the region today and winds will pick up in intensity as the day progresses from a northwesterly direction. It’ll turn colder-than-normal by tonight and the chill will stick around through mid-week. Another widespread rain event is coming here later in the week as milder air pushes northward along the eastern seaboard. The likely timetable for this next rain event is Thursday night and Friday and showers may linger into Saturday. One final note, Comet 46P/Wirtanen made its closest approach to Earth on Sunday and there may be an opportunity to look for it later tonight following many recent cloudy nights...best bet is to look near Pleiades late in the evening.

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7:00 AM | Another rain event coming later in the week

Paul Dorian

High pressure will control the weather around here for the next couple of days, but then things will deteriorate at mid-week. Deep upper-level trough will develop across the eastern third of the nation and the result will be more rain in the Tennessee Valley likely beginning Wednesday night and continuing off and on to the end of the work week. It’ll turn colder following the passage of the trough by the early part of the weekend.

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