NowThe 3 H's of haze, heat, and humidity are hanging out in the Washington metro area this afternoon. As Matt noted earlier, this is hardly unusual for a DC July. Temperatures are mainly in the upper 80s, and dewpoints are in the upper 60s to low 70s. A weak band of scattered thundershowers well to the west has dissipated.
Tonight and TomorrowTonight will be warm and humid with lows in the upper 70s downtown to the low and mid 70s in the 'burbs. Tomorrow will again be warm and humid, but with a little better chance (30%) of afternoon or evening thunderstorms and highs near 90.
Look for Larson's Long-Range late tonight/tomorrow for the extended outlook.
Tropical TopicsThe low pressure area associated with some storms in the western Gulf of Mexico has remained over land, between Houston and San Antonio, so no tropical development is expected. However, it is bringing heavy rain and some gusty winds to the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast and adjacent Gulf of Mexico.
An Accident at Sea Can Spoil Your Whole DayFifty years ago today, the Italian luxury passenger liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding the night before with the Swedish liner Stockholm in fog near Nantucket, killing 51 people. The event was the first major televised disaster, and it marked the end of the golden era of passenger ship travel. The roles of weather and the possible misuse of the then relatively new technology of radar are examined tonight in a new episode of the PBS "Secrets of the Dead" series. The program is broadcast locally on WETA, channel 26, at 8pm.
Image of Andrea Doria travel poster from PBS