Monday, April 16, 2007

Storm Slowly Spinning Down


Cloudy, cold, windy. Cold winds peaking over 50 mph in many locations throughout the region caused some power outages and prompted various school closings this afternoon. The winds were produced by the large storm system, now stalled near Long Island, which brought heavy rain and some stream flooding to the area yesterday. A few leftover showers were moving into the area this afternoon, especially to the northeast of the Beltway. Temperatures have remained stubbornly in the wintry 40s, returning to the overnight low of 42° by 4pm. Winds and clouds will slowly diminish through tomorrow as temperatures begin to moderate toward more April-like levels.

Graphic from IntelliWeather shows the huge storm, like a giant spider web, enmeshing the entire East Coast early this afternoon. Lowest pressure was a remarkable 971 mb., or 28.67".

Tonight and Tomorrow

Winds, clouds slowly diminishing. Skies will remain overcast overnight with a few light showers or snow flurries possible. Winds will decrease to around 20 mph by morning. Lows will be in the mid to upper 30s. Some sunshine should gradually return, especially in the afternoon, tomorrow. Highs will be in the low 50s.

For the outlook through the rest of the week and into the weekend, scroll on down to Jason's post below.

Fear of Climate

Today's WaPo front page features an article, "Climate Change Scenarios Scare, and Motivate, Kids", which is ostensibly about the effect of climate change issues on young people. It manages, however, to echo probably the most bizarre denialist argument against global warming action: "It scares the kids!". Note to the WaPo's increasingly lax copy-editing department: An Armageddon is indeed "climactic", but one caused by climate change has only two c's.

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