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Humidity Returns, Ophelia Wanders

Dan Stillman @ 12:10 AM

Just when it looked like we might stay high and dry right into fall, the humidity has returned for one more summer visit.

Here's the forecast

Today: Look for highs in the mid-80s, but with more humidity and clouds than we've been accustomed to as of late. Hurricane Ophelia's outer reaches will bring us a chance of a shower or downpour today. Areas to the east, especially on the Eastern Shore, stand a better chance of rain.

Tomorrow: Another sticky day as we get squeezed by Ophelia to our southeast and a frontal system approaching from the west. Skies will be partly cloudy with highs again in the mid-80s. I'd say about a 20 percent of chance of showers during the afternoon, but increasing to 40 percent tomorrow night and into Friday.

The Weekend: Drying out and cooling off. Saturday and Sunday should feature low humidity and high temps in the mid-70s to near 80.

"Excrutiatingly" Slow Ophelia

Ophelia, a Category 1 hurricane, continues to hover off the South Carolina coast. She's expected to slowly drift north and east along the North Carolina coast today and tomorrow.

Her turtle-like pace, described as "excrutiatingly" slow in yesterday night's update from the National Hurricane Center, is likely to mean an extended period of heavy rain and hurricane-force winds for the coastal Carolinas.

Any impacts for the Washington area still appear to be minimal, as the latest forecast track takes the storm well off the coast once it moves north of the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Satellite image of Ophelia from yesterday morning is courtesy NOAA.

Covering the Coverage

Two weeks ago we documented the surprising lack of attention the Washington Post and other major newspapers gave to Hurricane Katrina the day before it made landfall along the Gulf Coast. Now the Washington CityPaper takes a closer look at coverage by the Post and other papers before, during and after the storm.

Said a Post staff writer: "We were late to realize how unbelievably catastrophic this was. We were the FEMA of newspapers on this one."

Katrina Blows Media Biases Off Track

Another interesting excerpt from the CityPaper story shows that the traditionally liberal-leaning Post has not been as harsh as others in its assessment of the Bush administration's response to Katrina:

"But at the same time that everyone else -- even Newt Gingrich -- was slamming the
Bushies, the Post applauded: "The nation's response must be equal to the need, and President Bush took some steps toward ensuring that it is."

Meanwhile, Washingtonian magazine's Harry Jaffe wonders if Fox News Channel -- often mocked for its "fair and balanced" slogan in light of coverage that some say tilts to the right -- is starting to take its motto more seriously. Jaffe says that many of the cable channel's post-Katrina stories have been critical of the government.

Thanks to FishBowl DC for calling our attention to the Washingtonian article.

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