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Nearly Perfect

Steve Scolnik @ 3:30 PM

Except for some clouds and passing showers in some places, it's nearly a perfect June day in the Washington metro area. The official airport temperature dipped a couple of degrees to 78 after a shower which lasted about 15 minutes, but it rebounded quickly to 83 at 4pm. Temperatures are in the low 80s at most other metro locations. An area of showers which developed southwest of the Beltway has moved across southern portions of the area and expanded as it moved across the Bay onto the Maryland Eastern Shore. A few more showers are not out of the question through tonight as an area of upper-level instability passes over the region.


Lows tonight will be in the low 60s with comfortable humidity. Tomorrow's highs will be in the upper 70s to around 80 under partly cloudy skies, with a 30% chance of showers.

Capitol Climate

The second event in the American Meteorological Society's Environmental Science Seminar Series, "New Orleans, Hurricanes and Climate Change: A Question of Resiliency", is being held on Monday on Capitol Hill. Questions to be addressed are:
What is the relation between global warming and hurricane activity? Are the recent active seasons in the Atlantic basin a response to climate warming from increasing greenhouse gases, natural phenomena or something else? What happens when a major U.S. metropolitan community such as New Orleans, is at the epicenter of the convergence of a slow and a fast onset hazard, both of significant proportions? Is New Orleans at the margin of its resiliency with respect to hurricanes and other tropical storms? If so, how can this resiliency be stretched to meet the challenges of a changing climate?

The introduction is by Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and the speakers are:
  • Thomas Knutson, Research Scientist, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ
  • Dr. Shirley Laska, Director of the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART) and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Time: Monday, June 20, 2005, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Hart Senate Office Bldg., Room 902
The public is invited.

Shades of Santorum

Also on Capitol Hill, the Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for 2006 has been reported out of the House Appropriations Committee including the language:
"The Committee urges the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service to take maximum advantage of capabilities and services that already exist in the commercial sector to eliminate duplication and maximize the accomplishment of the core mission of the National Weather Service."
An alert reader has sent us a thread from Dave Farber's Interesting People mailing list which includes a copy of an email from AccuWeather apparently to its subscribers claiming, "Your access to services may be threatened by government action!" Among the responses is the comment: "'Stretching the truth' is far too kind."

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