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Steve Scolnik @ 3:45 PM

A cool, dry high pressure area covers most of the U.S. east of the Mississippi except for New England and Florida this afternoon. Pleasant June breezes are wafting (I always wanted to use that word!) through Blog Central, and the Washington metro area is enjoying temperatures in the mid to upper 70s; Stafford, in the southern portion of the region, reported 81 briefly earlier. Dewpoints, which had been around 60 yesterday, have dropped to the crisp 40s, resulting in relative humidities of 35-40%. Regional radar is clear; the closest showers are in central Pennsylvania.


Under mostly clear skies tonight, temperatures will drop to 60 in the city, upper 50s in the suburbs. Tomorrow should be a bit less breezy than today, with highs again in the upper 70s to 80 under partly cloudy skies.

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers, and Happy Birthday, Susan!

Extreme Makeover: White House Edition

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After being content with online links to wire service reports, the Washington Post finally has a page A1 article today by former Capitol Hill and now environment correspondent Juliet Eilperin on the suppression of scientific climate reports by the White House. Under the headline, "U.S. Pressure Weakens G-8 Climate Plan", the article details how the Bush administration has extended its political spinning of science from the domestic to the international arena, "weakening key sections of a proposal for joint action by the eight major industrialized nations to curb climate change." Here's an example of document editing cited in the article:
Before: "Inertia in the climate system means that further warming is inevitable. Unless urgent action is taken, there will be a growing risk of adverse effects on economic development, human health and the natural environment, and of irreversible long-term changes to our climate and oceans."
After: "Climate change is a serious long term challenge that has the potential to affect every part of the globe."
James L. Connaughton, head of the Council on Environmental Quality, is quoted as saying, "We are looking for economy of expression in a leadership text." (Dogbert said yesterday, "Incentivize the resources to grow their bandwidth to your end-state vision.") The story has been picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and MSNBC among others.

Margaret Carlson, formerly a columnist and deputy Washington bureau chief for Time magazine, now writes for Bloomberg News. Her column yesterday is titled, "Bush Says `What, Me Worry?' on Global Warming". The conclusion: "The White House long ago learned not to let facts slow you down."

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