Forecast Details for Washington, DC

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Current Alerts for Washington, DC: Wind Advisory
Overnight: Showers, mainly before 5am. Steady temperature around 59. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Sunday: A chance of showers before 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Windy, with a northwest wind 21 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. West wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Southwest wind around 7 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
Tuesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
Thanksgiving Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

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Weather Topic: What is Rain?

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Precipitation in the form of water droplets is called rain. Rain generally has a tendency to fall with less intensity over a greater period of time, and when rainfall is more severe it is usually less sustained.

Rain is the most common form of precipitation and happens with greater frequency depending on the season and regional influences. Cities have been shown to have an observable effect on rainfall, due to an effect called the urban heat island. Compared to upwind, monthly rainfall between twenty and forty miles downwind of cities is 30% greater.

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Weather Topic: What is Snow?

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Snow is precipitation taking the form of ice crystals. Each ice crystal, or snowflake, has unique characteristics, but all of them grow in a hexagonal structure. Snowfall can last for sustained periods of time and result in significant buildup of snow on the ground.

On the earth's surface, snow starts out light and powdery, but as it begins to melt it tends to become more granular, producing small bits of ice which have the consistency of sand. After several cycles of melting and freezing, snow can become very dense and ice-like, commonly known as snow pack.

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