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Got Gamma? Geeky Gift Guide

Steve Scolnik @ 5:00 PM

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

This afternoon's weather map shows a warm front extending eastward across Pennsylvania from a complex low in the Midwest. In the "warm sector", the temperatures in the Washington metro area are well into the upper 60s, with readings as high as 75 as close as Stafford, VA to the south.

The low pressure area is forecast to consolidate and deepen rapidly over the next 24 hours, from 1001 mb this afternoon to 980 tomorrow. The strong southwesterly winds ahead of the cold front extending southward from the low will bring continued warm temperatures and the threat of showers, especially in the afternoon. The heaviest precipitation, however, will be from central Pennsylvania northward into Quebec. Following the passage of the cold front, temperatures will plunge, bringing the first hard freeze of the season to many locations.
Surface forecast at 1pm tomorrow from NWS/NCEP/HPC "NAM" model

Tonight and Tomorrow

For tonight, mostly cloudy skies will keep lows around 58 to 60. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy and windy with highs in the upper 60s and a 60% chance of showers and possibly thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon.

Tropical Beat

The circulation of Tropical Depression 27 is still being hampered by strong westerly wind shear. A reconnaissance flight this afternoon found that it is barely hanging on to depression status with max winds "generously" estimated at 35 mph. As the storm continues moving westward, however, wind shear should decrease, and it will be over very warm water (29C), so the official forecast has it becoming a tropical storm named Gamma within 24-36 hr and a hurricane as it gets nearer the Nicaragua/Honduras coast.

Weather Pin-Ups

In recognition of the approaching seasonal shopping frenzy, we recently reviewed our favorite weather catalog at Afternoon Blog Central, Wind and Weather. The USPS Speedy Delivery reminded us yesterday that it's calendar time again, as it brought the annual order form from Accord Publishing for their Weather Guide Calendar. Of course, the photography can't compare with our own Kevin Ambrose's, but until Kevin starts publishing a calendar, this will have to do. I have been ordering this calendar for many years, and I have always been impressed with the quality of the product. They also publish a weather weekly engagement calendar as well as one-a-day and wall calendars with a whole host of scientific and non-scientific themes. The retail price of the weather calendar is $12.99 each, with a $4 shipping charge for the first item and $1.50 for each additional item. If you get on the annual Preferred Customer mailing list, the price is $9.99 until December 1. They may also be available in local bookstores without the shipping charge.

Stay tuned for future reviews from the wide world of weather calendars and geeky gizmo gifts.

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