Tuesday, June 13, 2006

In a Word, Super

With a near-perfect June day in the Washington DC metro area, PM Update was tempted to just phone it in. Temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s, light variable breezes, and low humidity combined to exhaust the supply of superlatives.

Outlook: Tonight and Tomorrow

Lows tonight will be near 65° in the city, 60° in the cooler 'burbs, with increasing clouds toward morning. Wednesday will be partly to mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, higher chance south of the Beltway, and highs around 80.

For the outlook through the weekend, see Jason's post below.

Tropical Beat

Having made landfall about 50 miles southeast of Tallahassee FL a little after noon as a Tropical Storm, Alberto continued moving northeastward this afternoon; at 5pm it was near Valdosta GA. Maximum winds were 40 mph at 2pm and remained at that level at 5pm, but downgrading to a depression is likely tonight. Transformation to non-tropical status will probably occur in the next 24-36 hours. Recent forecast tracks have tended to move the storm somewhat to the left (north and west), but the current indications are that Alberto will have little, if any, direct effect on the immediate metro area.

Surface weather map and satellite picture at 2pm today from HPC/NCEP/NWS

Wireless Weather

Today's WaPo business section has an article about the GPS-based weather text messaging service just announced by Germantown-based WeatherBug. Other wireless weather services are also highlighted.

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Seasonal Outlook

Latest seasonal forecast: Click here.

Latest 3-month temperature outlook from Climate Prediction Center/NWS/NOAA.