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DC De-Chilling

Steve Scolnik @ 4:50 PM

Surface weather map at 1pm today from NWS/NCEP/HPC

Strong southerly flow ahead of a large low pressure area in the northern Midwest brought warm temperatures to the Washington DC metro area this afternoon, despite widespread cloudiness. Temperatures rose 4 degrees per hour from 9am to noon; by 3pm the official reading was 68 (although still not enough to break a record until Dec. 10). Here at Afternoon Blog Central, we are at neutral heat flux with lots of 6s on the indoor/outdoor temperature display. (Putting the storm doors in for the season yesterday was perfect timing for keeping the warm air out.)

Tonight and Tomorrow

Lows tonight will be in the mid 50s under overcast skies and a 30% chance of showers; chances are higher west of the immediate metro area. Tomorrow, cloudy skies and an 80% chance of showers or possible thundershowers will keep highs near 60.

Delta Ex

Advisories were discontinued this morning on Tropical Storm Delta, since it had become extratropical. It was still a significant storm with maximum winds of 65 mph. Moving east at 30 mph, it is expected to bring strong winds to the Canary and Madeira Islands. It should have enough punch to affect the northwest coast of Africa, possibly even as far east as the western Algerian border. My French is embarrassingly limited to the music of Françoise Hardy, the movies of François Truffaut, and the Google translate tool, but the Direction de la Météorologie Nationale of Morocco is predicting "thundery showers" for both Agadir on the coast and Marrakech inland tomorrow morning and afternoon.

Meanwhile, another non-tropical low about 1000 miles east of Bermuda is being watched for possible tropical or subtropical development. Can you say "&epsilon &ne 0"?

"Silent Streams"

The WaPo Magazine had an extensive article yesterday about the effect storm runoff in an urbanized environment is having on the quality of the streams and ultimately the drinking water supply of the Washington region. There was an online discussion with the author this afternoon.

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