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The Forecast, Factoids, Franklin And Funny Stuff

Jason Samenow @ 12:10 AM

Forecast Now Through The Weekend

Just another warm and humid day on tap. We'll again have high temperatures around 90 with high humidity (dewpoints in the low and mid 70s). There is about a 1/3 chance of a thunderstorm in the late afternoon or early evening as cold front moves through the area.

The cold front will bring much more pleasant humidity levels for the weekend
, although temperatures won't drop a lot due to abundant sunshine as high pressure builds in. Expect highs of 87-91 both days.

Image courtesy AccuWeather.

Useless, But Interesting Climate Factoids

*Low temperatures Saturday night will probably drop into high 60s inside the belway, and 60-65 in the cooler suburbs. Reagan National (DCA) has had only 3 nights below 70 the entire month, all of which occurred on three consecutive nights (July 7-9).
*The "official" high temperature at DCA yesterday was 95 (although some have disputed whether that was an accurate reading). That breaks an amazing 50 day streak (over three years) of 90 degree days where the temperature failed to reach 95 or higher.

Tropical Storm Franklin

Tropical Storm Franklin formed yesterday evening around the Bahamas with maximum winds of 45 mph. He looked pretty ragged on satellite last night due to some westerly shear, but he may slowly strengthen over the next couple days as that shear relaxes. Track guidance his him either being picked up by a frontal trough and taken out to sea (just missing the Outer Banks of NC on his way out) or not interacting with the trough and slowly heading towards Florida. Normally, I would speculate as to the most likely track, but the guidance is so divergent that I'm going to wait a day.

This is earliest the Atlantic basin has experienced six named storms on record. In fact, there have only been 3 other seasons in which five storms formed by July 25. Wednesday night, AccuWeather's Joe Bastardi was on The O'Reilly Factor and indicated he saw a lot of parallels between this hurricane season and the 1933 season during which there were 21 named storms (5 during July). Bastardi believes an Outer Banks landfall is virtually assured this season, and that it's likely that the east coast of Florida and New England will be under the gun.

Funny Videos

The Weather Channel has a great page of on-camera blooper videos (best viewed on high speed connection). You can watch Dave Schwartz take a cell phone call as he presents the weather or Jim Cantore suffer through a bad case of the hiccups.

Speaking of Cantore, a group of rebel (some would say idiotic) hurricane chasers had this message for him in a video (requires Windows Media Player) they shot during Dennis: "Cantore: Eat my a$$"

Finally, (this is entirely non-weather related) if like me, you're a fan of the movie "A Few Good Men", you'll enjoy this audio clip of a prank call that uses sound bites from the film (I found this on the same site as the prior Dennis video). "You can't handle the truth!"

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