Monday, May 7, 2007

Not a Day at the Beach


Clear, warm. Dry northeasterly breezes between high pressure over New England and low pressure nearly stationary off the Carolina coast, together with an early-August equivalent sun angle, are bringing spectacularly fine spring weather to the Washington metro area this afternoon. Temperatures have reached the mid and upper 60s throughout the region. On the Outer Banks, where PM Update spent a relaxing week, however, conditions are not quite so fine.

Our clear and dry conditions will continue through at least tomorrow, with gradually warming temperatures.

Surface weather map this afternoon from IntelliWeather.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Clear, warmer. Tonight will be clear, but chilly for the season, with lows in the mid to upper 40s in the city and near 40 in the cooler burbclaves. Tomorrow will be much like today, but with a little less wind and a little more warmth, highs in the low to mid 70s.

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


The Weather Channel, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, without apparent fanfare has rebranded its weekly "Climate Code" series under the less provocative existing "Forecast Earth" name. The 30-minute climate news segment is now packaged in a 1-hour block with traditional Forecast Earth programming. This week's feature, to be repeated on Saturday, covers solar energy in the first section and the newest generation of weather satellites, GOES-R, which is scheduled for launch in 2014, in the second half-hour. See the WaPo's TV Week magazine cover article for more on TWC's anniversary, including some local connections: Rich Johnson (Baltimore native), Carl Parker (Go Terps!), Mike Seidel (Salisbury, 1980-83 and '89-'92), Alexandra Steele (ABC-7).

551.5: Book Nook

With misinformation so readily available these days from cable noise, squawk radio, and their ilk on the web, it may seem quaint to mention a dead-tree product, but we forego our usual Amazon commission to note that the Oxford University Press Spring Sale includes the Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather at over $200 off. While PM Update can't personally vouch for the book set itself, we can certainly approve of the editor's initials, as well as his apparent coining of the term "mediarology".

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