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Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before

Steve Scolnik @ 3:25 PM

OK, you know the drill by now. Washington National hitting 90 at 3pm makes it 2 90-degree days in a row, 3 out of the last 4, and 7 so far this month, matching June for a total of 14 so far this season. The heat isn't setting any records; the average for the month of 1.2 degrees above the long-term average matches the temperature departure for June. The humidity, of course, is another story: more dewpoints in the 70s, although, considering the geography, Leesburg's distinctly maritime report of 82 is a tad suspicious. (This is the same reading as Thomas Point and the buoy 200 miles east of Cape May.) The mid-afternoon radar has the familiar deja vu cast to it also: thunderstorms forming along and east of the mountains heading southeast. Around 4:15, a pretty good line of storms was east of I-81 near Charlottesville, and there was another area tooling down I-70 towards Frederick.


Expect showers and thunderstorms, some with heavy downpours, to be scattered around the area through this evening. At the moment, the District seems to be in Shield-Up Mode, with storms approaching areas both north and south of the Beltway, but that could evolve in time. Lows tonight will be in the mid 70s.

Tomorrow will be slightly less humid, but still hot, with highs in the lower 90s and only a 10% chance of showers.

Tropical Topics

As of 2pm, Emily had regained strength to category 2, maximum winds 100 mph, and was expected to reach category 3 before hitting the northeastern Mexican coast early tomorrow. Hurricane warnings are in effect from Port Mansfield, Texas southward across the Texas/Mexico border to La Cruz. Around 4pm, Brownsville Doppler radar was showing a solid rainband over Brownsville, approaching McAllen to the west, and just offshore from Corpus Christi.

Several tropical waves were located in the Atlantic and Caribbean, but no development was expected through Wednesday.

Broadcast News

Comedy Central's Daily Show led with a very good spoof of TV hurricane coverage ("Storm Fronting") last Wednesday, the 13th. To catch the rerun, look for the show with Bernard Goldberg (and skip the Bernard Goldberg, although Jon Stewart does get in some interesting uncharacteristic digs at the guest).

Dead-Tree Media: How many Post reporters does it take to say it's hot AND humid?

The Paper of Record of the Capital of the Free World and Official Chronicler of Watergate assigned 2 reporters and 5 contributing staff writers to a Metro front-page article today titled, "Region's Humans and Beasts Molt in Punishing Heat". Among the many items of news-you-can-use:
  • Loose-fitting clothes in light colors and fabrics absorb less heat
  • An Adams Morgan consultant was spotted wearing a spaghetti-strap top as she left a grocery store
  • Dog shaving costs range from $35 to $70 in Arnold
  • Horse sweat is slimy
  • Howard County police officers wear light blue short sleeve shirts with no ties
  • A priest in Germantown was seen wearing a "black, polyester blend clerical shirt"
  • An Accu-Weather meteorologist reported he was wearing khaki pants and a cotton shirt.

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