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A Bit More Comfortable

Steve Scolnik @ 3:15 PM

A weak cold front passed through the Washington metro area early this morning, the winds are generally out of the north to northwest, and the temperatures have . . . remained hot. The lower humidity, indicated by dewpoints as low as the mid 60s, has allowed more sunshine to raise temperatures to 90 or above in most locations by 3pm, but the comfort level is much improved over recent days. The drier air has also virtually eliminated the chance of showers, although around 3pm radar was showing a small area of moderate to heavy rain along and just off the Atlantic coast near the Maryland-Virginia Eastern Shore border.

Today is the date of the all-time record high in Washington, 106 in 1930 (also reached on Aug. 6, 1918). Every date in July has reached a record high of 99 or above, except for the 24th, which was 96 in 1987.


Tonight, under clear skies, many locations will see temperatures they haven't seen in a while: upper 60s to near 70 in the city. Tomorrow, humidity will gradually increase again under sunny skies with highs in the mid 90s.

Tropical Topics

Hurricane Emily was still maintaining Category 1 strength well inland in northeastern Mexico early this afternoon. Maximum sustained winds were 80 mph, mainly near the coast. The storm's circulation is expected to be disrupted by the 10000-foot peaks of the Sierra Madre mountains over the next 24 hours. The next advisory will be issued at 5pm.

Meanwhile, a tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean is showing some potential for development. A reconnaissance flight is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon to investigate the area if necessary. There is also an "impressive-looking" wave in the far eastern Atlantic, around longitude 21-22W, which bears watching, although it is currently being hindered by dry Saharan air and water temperatures below 80 F.

Capitol Climate

The next presentation in the American Meteorological Society's Environmental Science Seminar Series is coming up next Monday. The event is free and open to the public.
Time: July 25, 2:30-5pm.
Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216
Title: The Future of Oil: Will Supply Meet Demand?
"Are oil reserves peaking and if so, when, what is the evidence for it, and what are the implications? Is this issue sufficiently serious so as to warrant immediate attention or will market dynamics alone adequately address the matter without intervention? What are the options on the table for dealing with this issue?"

  • Jack Zagar, Independent petroleum reservoir engineering consultant, a senior engineering associate of MHA Petroleum Consultants, Inc. of Golden, Colorado, and a director of ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil) Ireland.
  • Matthew Simmons, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simmons & Company International, a Houston TX-based energy investment banking firm.
  • Dr. Herman Franssen, President of International Energy Associates, a Washington, DC-based energy consulting company.
  • Dr. Robert L. Hirsch, Senior Energy Program Advisor at SAIC in Alexandria, VA, and a consultant in energy, technology, and management.

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