Synopsis: Widespread heavy rains with some near tropical storm force winds likely this weekend. Computer models continue to converge toward a very wet solution for the District. A similar advertised gale event www.vos.noaa.gov/MWL/dec_09/tropicalareas.shtmlplayed out over us from May 18th-21st 2009. About 3.5” fell on average across the District during those four days, and similar amounts should be anticipated late Friday through Tuesday afternoon. It’s difficult to confidently suggest a focus for the heaviest rains at this time; but, eastern sections of the District typically receive the most rain under this scenario. As important details flush out over the next couple of days improved forecast skill should evolve.