NowMostly cloudy, breezy, cold. Despite some "BINOVC" (breaks in the overcast), temperatures struggled to reach 55° by 4pm this afternoon. The continuing northwesterly breeze from the remnants of Sunday's storm gusted over 30 mph at times, although it was significantly lower than yesterday.
Temperatures have now been below average for all but the first 3 days of this month. Yesterday's high of 47° was only 1° above the average low for the date. The first half of the month averaged 6.4 degrees below the long-term "normal".
Winds and clouds will continue to decrease tonight as a slow warming trend begins to get underway towards the weekend.
CapitalWeather.com chart from NWS data, photo © Kevin Ambrose
Tonight and TomorrowUnder slowly decreasing clouds, lows tonight will be from the low 40s downtown to the upper 30s in 'burbistan. Tomorrow will see a little more sun and less wind than today with highs in the mid to upper 50s.
For the outlook through the rest of the week and into the weekend, scroll on down to Jason's post below.
Capitol ClimateFollowing the release of the IPCC Working Group II report a week ago Friday, the House Science and Technology Committee held a hearing today on "The State of Climate Change Science". This was one day after the publication of a more detailed 67-page chapter specifically addressing the effects of climate change on North America. Today's dead-tree WaPo covers the new report in an article, "Warming Predicted to Take Severe Toll on U.S.".