Forecast Details for Washington, DC

Recent Locations: Washington, DC  
Today: Sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 42. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 62. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Friday Night: Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 52. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Saturday: Showers likely, mainly before 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 53.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 56.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

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Weather Topic: What are Fractus Clouds?

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A fractus cloud (scud) is a fragmented, tattered cloud which has likely been sheared off of another cloud. They are accessory clouds, meaning they develop from parent clouds, and are named in a way which describes the original cloud which contained them.

Fractus clouds which have originated from cumulus clouds are referred to as cumulus fractus, while fractus clouds which have originated from stratus clouds are referred to as stratus fractus. Under certain conditions a fractus cloud might merge with another cloud, or develop into a cumulus cloud, but usually a fractus cloud seen by itself will dissipate rapidly.

They are often observed on the leading and trailing edges of storm clouds, and are a display of wind activity.

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Weather Topic: What are Mammatus Clouds?

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A mammatus cloud is a cloud with a unique feature which resembles a web of pouches hanging along the base of the cloud.

In the United States, mammatus clouds tend to form in the warmer months, commonly in the Midwest and eastern regions.

While they usually form at the bottom of a cumulonimbis cloud, they can also form under altostratus, altocumulus, stratocumulus, and cirrus clouds. Mammatus clouds warn that severe weather is close.

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