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Taste of the Tropics

Steve Scolnik @ 3:45 PM

An area of tropical showers which moved up the coast over the weekend brought nearly an inch of rain to Salisbury and 1.67" to Ocean City overnight. By midafternoon today, the heaviest showers were over central New Jersey and just offshore. A few scattered remnants, however, stretched from near Harrisburg, PA around through central Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince Georges Counties, as well as parts of the District. There were also some showers scattered through Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties and Baltimore City. If you looked carefully, you could see low clouds moving from the northeast, an unusual direction for this time of year. Temperatures ranged from as low as 83 at National to 90 at Manassas and 91 at Stafford. Dewpoints were mainly in the muggy low 70s (relative humidity around 60%).


A few scattered showers are possible through this evening; lows tonight will be in the low 70s. Warm and muggy conditions with scattered showers continue tomorrow with highs in the upper 80s; chance of rain is 50%.

State of the Climate

The June issue of the Bulletin of the AMS just came through the mail slot. It contains the 86-page report, "State of the Climate in 2004" (not available online). We'll try to include a review once we've had a chance to digest the contents.

Washington Gravitas

Gravity is one of the main forces in the atmospheric equations of motion. The gravitational constant g is a factor in the hydrostatic equation, which determines the rate of change of pressure with height. Tom Toles takes a humorous look at the Administration's Gravity Policy in today's Post.

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