Wednesday, June 20, 2007

DC: Drier, Cooler


Sunny, cooler, less humid. The cold front which passed through in the early morning hours has brought with it sunny, cooler, and less humid conditions for the Washington metro area this afternoon. Temperatures at mid afternoon were generally in the low to mid 80s, dewpoints were in the much more comfortable 50s, and a refreshing northwesterly breeze was gusting to 25 mph at times.

Yes, we did have thunderstorms in the area. National Airport reported thunder or light rain in 8 separate hourly observations overnight, but the grand total of precipitation was only the minimum amount to verify a rain forecast, 0.01". Dulles didn't fare much better with a mere 0.04", and BWI had only 0.17".

Tonight and Tomorrow

Open the windows! Mostly clear and cooler conditions with comfortable humidity will prevail overnight; lows will range from the low 60s in the city to the low 50s in the outlying areas. Tomorrow will be sunny and seasonably warm with low humidity and highs 83-88°.

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

Climate Corner/Book Nook

The latest post over where the Real Climatologists hang out is an extensive review of a new book by Chris Mooney coming out in a couple of weeks (July 9), "Storm World". The book tackles one of the most controversial subjects related to climate change, the relationship between global warming and hurricanes. Despite Mooney's previous politically-oriented book, the Real folks say that this is "a thoughtful, non-partisan, and scientifically and historically accurate review of the emergent science." To meet the author, mark the date of July 21, when the Storm World tour arrives at Politics and Prose right here in Spin City.

The book is scheduled to be featured in the July issue of Wired magazine. It was also mentioned briefly in the recent summer reading roundup of the BoGlo.

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