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Afternoon Update

Steve Scolnik @ 3:50 PM

Another stalled front over the Washington metro area, but without the moisture of Tuesday, is bringing slightly warmer and more humid conditions this afternoon along with a southerly breeze. By 3pm, National had matched yesterday's high of 88, and the dewpoint was 60 or above at all reporting locations. The nearest significant areas of showers on radar were in extreme southwestern Virginia and central North Carolina.


Partly cloudy skies tonight will be accompanied by lows in the low 70s. Tomorrow should be mostly cloudy with more humidity, highs in the mid 80s, and a 40% chance of showers.

Irene Done

After 56 advisories over the last 2 weeks (far from a record, but still quite impressive), Tropical Storm Irene was declared no longer tropical at 11am this morning. Its 60 mph maximum winds were racing northeastward past latitude 45 N at 46 mph.

The former Tropical Depression 10 was looking less organized today from surface observations and satellite images, but a reconnaissance flight is currently checking out the area.

Tropical waves are located just off the African coast, in the mid Atlantic, in the southwestern Caribbean, and the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Political Science

Reuters reports that a bipartisan group of Senators touring the Arctic have concluded that "signs of rising temperatures on Earth are obvious." South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said, "If you can go to the Native people and walk away with any doubt about what's going on, I just think you're not listening." Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said, "People around the country are going to demand it [action on greenhouse gas emissions]." The Associated Press report in the Juneau Empire online includes the statement by McCain: "We are convinced that the overwhelming scientific evidence indicated that climate change is taking place and human activities play a very large role." The story has been picked up as far away as the New Zealand Herald.

Web Weather

Akamai, which handles distribution of roughly 15% of total Internet traffic, has started a real-time Net Usage Index for News. Two of the top four items since June 1 were weather related: Hurricane Emily on July 15 and the Indian monsoon on July 26.

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