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Summer Simmer, Storms, Sports, Sunscreen Science

Steve Scolnik @ 3:30 PM

The high pressure area which brought our comfortable temperature and humidity yesterday has slipped offshore. Winds swinging around to the south have raised temperatures to near or a bit above 90 and dewpoints into the low 60s around the region. At 3pm, Stafford and Winchester reported 90; Leesburg was 91. In Maryland, Frederick hit 91 at 4pm, having reached 90 at 1:40.

Summer simmer

As Jason has noted below, simmering heat and humidity with little or no rain are on the menu for the weekend. Low tonight: upper 60s. High tomorrow: low 90s.

Tropical Special

This afternoon's Tropical Weather Discussion from the National Hurricane Center notes a "special feature" near the Bahamas with several low-level circulation centers associated with scattered moderate/strong convection north and east of the Islands.
"Several of the numerical models...especially the GFS and Canadian...consolidate these into a sfc [surface] low near the central Bahamas and move it NW towards the Georgia/South Carolina coast within the next 48 hrs. Given the current cloud pattern and recent trends in surface observations...tropical cyclone development is possible within the next 36 hrs in the vicinity from the nrn Bahamas to the southeast U.S. coast."
A reconnaissance flight is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon to investigate the area. Stay tuned for any further developments over the weekend.


Tennis fans can follow the weather for Wimbledon at the BBC's Wimbledon 2005 web page. Play was called off early today because of heavy rain.

Sunscreen Science Segment

NPR's Science Friday had a segment today on sunscreen. The audio is not yet archived on the web site, but there are some interesting links about the science of sunscreen.

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