Sunny, very warm. Despite a cold front slowly approaching from Pennsylvania, sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s have once again prevailed over the Washington metro area this afternoon. This morning's low of 64° was only 1° short of tying the record highest minimum temperature for the date. Scattered showers on radar were limited mainly to the Northern Neck of Virginia. The curtain will fall on this summer preview as cooler air and some showers work their way into the region tomorrow.
Tonight and Tomorrow
Increasing clouds, cooler, showers developing. Clouds will increase tonight with lows in the low to mid 50s. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy and cooler with a 70% chance of showers and possibly thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 60s.
For the outlook through the rest of the week and into the weekend, scroll on down to Jason's post below.
CapitalWeather.com's own Andrew Freedman had a post yesterday about the Earth Day Greenfestival events in Chicago on The Weather Channel's climate blog.
The discussion reported here yesterday about hurricanes and global warming continues with a post this morning at RealClimate, "Hurricane Spin". Their conclusion:
"The findings of V+S [the new paper] represent an important contribution to the ongoing scientific discourse on the issue of climate change impacts on tropical cyclones, and the study should spur additional work looking at the complicated issues involved in greater detail. It remains the case that the modeling of Hurricane-climate change interactions is still at a relatively primitive stage and this study is very unlikely to be the last word."
Today's hearing by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, "Supreme Court Decision on EPA Greenhouse Gas Responsibility", is one of several on the Hill agenda this week regarding global warming and other environmental issues. Scroll down in the linked post for live blogging of yesterday's Energy Efficiency Promotion Act hearing.
GE compact fluorescent bulbs are featured at Giant this week on sale for 80% off ($1 each). As of this afternoon, however, they were totally sold out in this particular area of MoCo.