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Temperature Whiplash

Steve Scolnik @ 4:15 PM

After yesterday's huge 17 degree temperature departure ABOVE the long-term (30-year) average, today's readings are much closer to "normal" in the Washington DC metro area. Actually, it was the second time in 5 days that the temperature was that far away from average; Friday was 17 degrees BELOW. In all, the month of November had 11 days with double-digit (either positive or negative) temperature deviations. The month on average is finishing out around a modest 1.5 degrees above the long-term average, making it the 6th consecutive month of relatively warm temperatures.

By mid afternoon, temperatures were in the low to mid 50s with northerly or northwesterly breezes in most of the region, although Winchester was reporting a chilly 46. Officially, yesterday's showers produced just under half an inch of rain, but some areas to the west reported local flooding.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Tonight's lows will be near 37 in the city, 29 in the colder 'burbs. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with highs around 48.

Ain't Over Til Momma Nature Says It's Over

As Dan noted below, the "end" of hurricane season finds a strengthened Epsilon chugging along east of Bermuda. As of this morning, it had maximum winds of 65 mph. The forecast track keeps it away from Bermuda, moving northeastward later in the week.

Extending Dan's statistics, there have been 8 "named" storms in December since 1851. The most recent were Odette (12-4) and Peter (12-7) in 2003.

Three Days and Counting

It's day 3 of the Montreal U.N. Climate Change Conference, and do you know where your WaPo subscription money is going? To re-post another wire service report online: U.S. Environmental Stance Draws Heat.

Der Spiegel, on the other hand, finds the resources for an extensive article, despite being handicapped by a foreign language: New Technologies Take Center Stage at Montreal Summit. They also have an article about changes in the Gulf Stream.

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