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Alex, this week's forecast and Chinese rainmakers

Jason Samenow @ 7:26 AM

Now tropical storm Alex has strengthened, and has maximum sustained winds of 60mph. According to the Tropical Prediction Center, Alex could strengthen a bit more -- so it's possible he'll become the season's first hurricane. The forecast track still keeps Alex to our south and east, but some areas near the Bay could see some showers from its outer bands Tuesday.

Today will be humid, with a slight chance of an afternoon or evening storm. Highs in mid 80s. Tuesday should be dry and seasonable with highs 85-90. A front comes through Wednesday or Thursday increasing the likelihood of afternoon or evening storms those days. Friday and the weekend look outstanding as Canadian high pressure builds in bringing clear, dry air and below average temperatures.

Finally, you wouldn't know it living here this summer, but rain can be a hot commodity. In portions of drought plagued China, neighboring regions have set up competing cloud seeding projects. The Washington Post reports bitter disputes have arisen over who has the rights to the clouds and the attendant rain.

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