Light rain, drizzle, cool. The rain of as much as 2"+ at National may not have busted the drought, but it certainly put a large dent in it. After last night's more drenching showers, today's activity has been more of the light drizzle/heavy mist variety. At mid afternoon, most precipitation heavy enough to show up on radar was south of a line from Charlottesville to Richmond, but there's a better chance for more significant rain tomorrow.
As high pressure to the north has enhanced northerly flow into the area, temperatures are much cooler than we've been used to this month; the high so far is the midnight temperature of only 57°, giving a chance for the first below-average day in over a month.
CapitalWeather.com chart from NWS data, photo © Kevin Ambrose
Tonight and Tomorrow
Showers or rain likely, cool. Conditions will remain cloudy and damp overnight with a 90% chance of showers and lows in the low to mid 50s. Rain is likely tomorrow with highs 58-62°.
For the outlook through the weekend and beyond with Larson's Long-Range, scroll on down to Josh's post below.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is looking for volunteers to help with PowerShift 2007, the first national youth summit on global warming, to be held November 2-5 at the University of Maryland.
Political Science: Who You Gonna Call? Ghost Writers!
Today's WaPo reports that those cunning linguists in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy have apparently stopped tinkering with the wording of government climate change reports---they simply deleted over 6 complete pages from the testimony of CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding on climate change and public health. In addition to the Senate investigation cited in the article, the House Committee on Science and Technology is also looking into the matter. Chairman Miller of the Oversight Subcommittee said, "My advice to any administration witness is if you're convicted of contempt of Congress, obstruction of justice or perjury, [White House Science Advisor] Dr. Marburger will not serve your sentence for you."