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Almost Perfect

Dan Stillman @ 11:05 PM

Talk about one fine day. As shown in this visible satellite image from yesterday, there wasn't a cloud to be found anywhere near the D.C. area. Image courtesy Unisys.
The big story today: We may actually see a few clouds.

Forecast Through the Weekend

Skies were cloud-free as far as the eye could see yesterday. And while those endless blue skies may be disturbed by a few fair-weather cumulus, today will again feature ample sunshine, low humidity and highs in the upper 70s to near 80.

Southerly flow and increasing clouds ahead of the next cold front will prevent tonight's temperature from dropping as far as last night. Look for a low in the mid-60s.

Said cold front comes through tomorrow. The front is likely to touch off a line of showers and maybe even a rumble of thunder. I'd put the best chance of rain between noon and 4 p.m. It'll be breezy and the high temp may spike to around 80 before the front comes through. Clearing skies behind the front could make for a nice sunset.

Friday: Welcome to fall, at least for one day -- sunny with highs in the upper 60s to near 70. Temps should moderate back into the upper 70s to low 80s over the weekend.

A Heck of a Job, If I Don't Say So Myself

It seems that President Bush and former Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown agree: Brownie's done a heck of a job. In testimony before Congress yesterday, Brown blamed state and local officials for the government's poor response to Hurricane Katrina, while accepting almost no responsibility himself.

I would offer commentary here if I weren't speechless.

Different Takes on Global Warming, Hurricanes

The debate over whether global warming is making storms more severe has heated up in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. While it's reasonable to think that, theoretically, rising ocean temperatures could enhance the strength of storms, I don't see how anyone could say with any confidence that Katrina and Rita were definitely impacted in such a way.

I prefer Florida State University James O'Brien's take on the issue, although I'm even more partial to what the Washington Post's John Kelly has to say on the subject of global warming in general:
Here's the thing I don't get about global warming, and those who argue that it doesn't exist: Okay, so what if it doesn't exist? Aren't the things that we could do to reduce it (even if it doesn't exist) better for the planet and its inhabitants in the long run, anyway? I mean, better gas mileage, new non-polluting forms of energy, better bike paths, more sidewalks, etc. etc., good for us? We should be doing those things even if there isn't global warming, and since most respected scientists think there IS something to this global warming thing, it really behooves us to change our ways.

Kelly's comments were in response to a question asked in a recent online chat.

Is He Crazy?

Scott Stevens, courtesy KPVI.
Credible-Idaho-TV-forecaster-gone-looney-tunes Scott Stevens has received a good bit of attention after leaving the NBC affiliate in Pocatello, Idaho, to pursue his "alternative" theories. He is convinced, for example, that the Japanese Mafia used a Russian-made electromagnetic generator to cause Hurricane Katrina, reports the Associated Press. You can read all about this and many other theories on his Web site, which -- surprise! -- includes a button to make a donation in support of his research.

How does one go from being the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce's Best Television Weatherperson three years in a row (1998, 1999 and 2000) to a self-employed weather conspiracy theorist? Is he certifiably nuts? Or is it all just an act that he thinks he can make a killing out of?

He might not have my wallet, but he certainly has my attention.

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