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"A Winter's Day"

Steve Scolnik @ 4:55 PM

A south to southwesterly breeze has nudged temperatures in the Washington DC metro area to 40° or above this afternoon. With any luck, we should see 50° temperatures for the second time this month tomorrow. As Josh has already indicated earlier, the snow lovers will have to turn their attention to the middle of next week for any chance of snow in the area. Any precipitation which falls on Christmas (and it's looking increasingly lighter in the latest model run) is most likely to fall as rain at many locations along the East Coast.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Tonight will be not as cold as last night with lows near 30 in the city to the mid 20s in the colder 'burbs. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with highs in the low 50s.

Attention Armchair Storm Chasers

Here's your chance to experience the best of storm chasing 2005 without the inconvenience of serious bodily injury or death: The Storms of 2005 DVD has coverage by many contributors of eight chase days from this past spring, plus additional coverage of Katrina. All profits are being donated to charity, primarily the Red Cross for storm victim relief. The DVD has been selected to be played at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting Electronic Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia early next year.

Katrina Downgrade/Correction

The Afternoon Update noted yesterday that Katrina had been downgraded to a Category 3 at landfall, but no one seems to have caught my mistake that the wind speeds I quoted were actually in knots. The correct values in mph are: max intensity 175, Gulf landfalls 125 and 120. WaPo has an article today on the subject, and USA Today also has one.

Katrina has been voted the biggest news story of 2005, according to members of the Associated Press. The papal transition was far behind at number 2.

Katrina image from The Weather Channel, via USA Today

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