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Steve Scolnik @ 3:30 PM

The windows are closed here at the Montgomery branch of Blog Central, but the AC is still off, thanks to the continuing natural air conditioning in the Washington metro area. (Take that, Pepco. At this rate, you'll owe me on the next bill, thanks to your incorrect meter reading. Here's a hint: The dials alternate in direction from digit to digit.)

Easterly to northeasterly winds today between a high pressure area to our north and a weak low off the coast were bringing in clouds off the ocean, where water temperatures at the ocean buoys were reported between 63 and 65. As a result, temperatures at noon were no higher than 70 around the region. Even with some increase in sunshine, temperatures were still only in the low 70s by 4pm, although Stafford and Fredericksburg to the south were 77 and 79, respectively. Except for some showers well offshore, regional radar was clear.


Lows tonight will be in the low 60s under partly cloudy skies. Highs tomorrow will be in the low 80s with some increase in humidity.


NPR reported on Saturday about a Canadian engineering student who built a do-it-yourself air conditioning system for about $25 Canadian. Using a fan, some copper tubing, and a trash can full of ice water, Geoff Milburn of the University of Waterloo was able to construct a system which can cool the temperature in his room to a comfortable level in 15-20 minutes. There are detailed instructions and pictures on his website.


Congratulations to Sue Palka for winning a local Emmy Award Saturday in the weathercasting category.

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