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September 9, 2010

Perfect weather, then weekend showers possible

Now THIS looks like the weather we all wished for back in July. Mild temperatures, low humidity, and a nice breeze, all made better by sunny skies. The only negative thing you can say about it is that we really do need some rain.

brush fire MarylandThe National Weather Service forecast office in Sterling has posted a Hazardous Weather Outlook noting an "enhanced fire weather threat" today. The lack of rain, low humidity and strong breezes add up to perfect conditions to spread any wildfires that get started. Winds are forecast to kick up to 10 to 15 mph later today, with gusts over 20 mph. "Open burning is strongly discouraged," the statement said.

With luck, we may get a little rain this weekend as another cold front moves through to reinforce the dry Canadian air that cooled things down overnight and put the 90s behind us for a while.

The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers early Sunday morning, with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon. It's not entirely clear yet how strong that front will be by the time it reaches us, or how much rain we can look for. That should begin to clarify as the weekend nears.

After that, there's more sunny, mild weather forecast for the first part of next week.IGOR NHC

Down in the tropics, Tropical Storm Igor (left of center in photo at right) seems to be staggering a bit, with weakened central winds and a drift to the north toward the Cape Verde Islands.

Forecasters blame wind shear and say the storm could weaken further today. But overall conditions seem favorable for re-development, they say, and Igor is still expected to become a hurricane in the next few days. Even if it does, Igor would not become a threat to the U.S. for quite some time.

Here is the latest advisory. Here is the forecast storm track. And here is the view from orbit.

Also being watched this morning is another area of developing storms in the Windward Islands off the Venezuelan coast. Forecasters give this one a 40 percent chance of becoming a named tropical storm in the next 48 hours.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine continue to plague the Mississippi Valley with heavy rain and flooding. Dallas was struck by a tornado.

(SUN PHOTO: Top, Doug Kapustin, 2001)

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This site is the Maryland Weather archive. The current Maryland Weather blog can be found here.
Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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