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DC: Drenching Cindy

Steve Scolnik @ 3:30 PM

Flash flood watch in effect from late Thursday night to Friday.

After a weak cold front passed through following the storms last evening, temperatures in the Washington metro area this afternoon are mainly in the mid 80s, and dewpoints are down from yesterday's sweltering levels to the range of the upper 60s to 70. Unlike yesterday, radar shows only very scattered, small, and mostly light showers anywhere within several hundred miles.

The length of record at Dulles is somewhat limited (a bit over 40 years), but yesterday's total rainfall of 1.43" broke the old record of 1.25" in 1974.


For tonight, low temperatures will be near 70, a few degrees cooler in the outlying areas, under partly cloudy skies. Tomorrow's forecast is dominated by the onset of cloudiness from the remnants of no-longer-windy Cindy. High temperatures should reach the mid 80s with enough sun early in the day, otherwise 80-83. Rain is likely by midnight tomorrow, becoming heavy at times on Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement and a Flash Flood Watch calling for a total of 3-6 inches of rain in some areas, locally more in higher terrain. Check out your gutters and sump pumps!

Tropical Topics

T.S. Cindy made landfall in southern Louisiana and again near Biloxi, Mississippi early today. The moisture and leftover circulation from the storm will be moving northeastward the next couple of days, passing near or over the Washington DC area.

T.S. Dennis was just below hurricane strength at a peak wind speed of 70 mph early this afternoon and continuing to move west-northwest from a position about 350 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Jamaica and the southwestern peninsula of Haiti. Strengthening is expected in the next 24 hours, and Dennis could become a hurricane later today or tonight. The current forecast track brings Dennis near the northern coast of Jamaica tomorrow morning, western Cuba on Friday, and into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

Political Science

The G-8 summit meeting begins tonight at the Gleneagles resort in Scotland. Although negotiations continued over the weekend, there did not appear to be any resolution of the disagreement between the U.S. and the other 7 nations on the issue of global warming. According to the Guardian in the U.K. today,
"Those close to the talks said that optimism about a deal on global warming had started to fade after what was thought to be a breakthrough at the weekend. Blairites say the US delegation's position has hardened since Mr Blair attended G8 talks in London."
The Washington Post today featured wire service reports from the G-8 conference, ice cream cakes, and more fast-breaking Watergate coverage on its front page.

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