Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Repeated by Popular Demand

It's almost a carbon copy of yesterday in the Washington metro area: temperatures in the low to mid 80s, dewpoints in the 50s. You'd have to go about as far south as Georgia to find temperatures in the 90s.

Low temperatures will be in the mid 60s tonight, and highs will be around 84 again tomorrow, with a less than 10% chance of rain through tomorrow night.

Tropical Topics
Tropical Depression 12 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Katrina this morning. A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch are in effect for southern Florida from Vero Beach to Florida City. As of 5pm, these advisories are also extended to Lake Okeechobee. Aircraft reconnaissance indicated maximum winds of 45 mph. The storm is moving north-northwest at 8 mph from a position about 200 miles off the southeast coast of Florida. Continued strengthening is expected, with the possibility of reaching minimal hurricane intensity before landfall in southern Florida. The models diverge somewhat on the ultimate track, but the official forecast brings the storm across southern Florida and back into the Gulf as a tropical storm, where it reintensifies into a hurricane. Because of the slow movement, the storm is likely to be a heavy rain event for the Bahamas and southern Florida.

Broadcast News: More on Weather Channel Makeover
The Aug. 1 issue of RealScreen magazine has an article about the Weather Channel's programming redesign from the point of view of Janet Johnson, VP of long-form programming. Among the new feature shows is something called Full Force Nature, which is intended to be "weather on steroids." Also on the schedule is, just what you've always wanted, more product placement. Multichannel Merchant reports that TWC and L.L. Bean have made a deal to outfit the Severe Weather Team. One item which is NOT on the schedule is "Who Wants to be a Meteorologist?"

Has the Weather Channel jumped the shark? Cast your vote.

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