Mostly cloudy, cool. After 8 consecutive days at or below average, temperatures in the Washington metro area will warm somewhat for a couple of days before the next cooldown later in the week. Under some sun, but mostly cloudy skies, temperatures this afternoon have remained mostly in the low and mid 50s as a warm front edges northeastward. To the south, Fredericksburg, Culpeper, and Stafford had all reached the 60s by 2pm. Today's official daily highs and rainfall totals are: National 54°/0.24", Dulles 58°/0.24", BWI 54°/0.18".
CapitalWeather.com chart from NWS data, photo © Kevin Ambrose
Tonight and Tomorrow
Mostly cloudy, milder. Lows tonight under mostly cloudy skies will be in the mid to upper 40s; some scattered showers are possible. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and highs 62-66°.
For the outlook through the rest of the week and into the weekend, scroll on down to Jason's post below.
Science and Service
This Veterans Day in the 200th anniversary year of its direct predecessor's founding is an appropriate time to salute the men and women of the "Seventh Service" who serve the nation through science. See the Veterans Day 2005 PM Update for more information. (For what it's worth, one of the links has moved; the Portrait of an Updater as a Young Man is now here).
Climate Seminar Series
At last report, the MIT Club seminar series, "The Great Climate Change Debate" still had a few seats left for the 5 remaining monthly dinner lectures at a pro-rated cost. PM Update will pay the cost for the first TV meteorologist who agrees to attend all sessions and report on the contents on air in prime time. If you're interested, however, you need to act fast---the next meeting is Tuesday night.
Great Climate Hoax
John Coleman's assertion of hoaxiness in the climate change debate, extensively discussed in Andrew's Undercast and comments yesterday, is not the only climate issue bouncing around the blogosphere in recent days. A paper in the Journal of Geoclimatic Studies claiming that CO2 increases are primarily caused by deep-sea bacteria has also attracted a lot of attention. Before you jump on the bandwagon, however, you might want to see what Nature.com and last night's post by the NYTi's Andrew Revkin had to say on the subject.