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"It's the Same Old Song"

Steve Scolnik @ 4:35 PM

It's another day in our long string (32 out of the last 33 days) of temperatures at or above average in the Washington DC metro area, although the highs are peaking out only in the mid to upper 40s under mostly clear skies. On the south-facing weather patio here at Afternoon Blog Central, it's around 48. As "Today in Weather History" notes to the right, average temperatures have now started their seasonal rise.

A quick cold shot will be arriving tomorrow on the heels of a strong cold front now working its way through the Great Lakes. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for 9am to 5pm in our area, and a Winter Storm Warning for 6 to 10 inches of snow in the mountains of Maryland and West Virginia. Considering the strength of the energy with this system, it would not be surprising to see some stray snow showers in the general metro region.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Tonight will be partly cloudy with lows in the low to mid 30s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy and windy with highs in the low 40s and a 25% chance of snow showers.

Capitol Climate

If you're on or near Capitol Hill, the next American Meteorological Society Environmental Science Seminar is tomorrow:
  • Subject: Surface Temperature, Carbon Dioxide and Methane: The Past, Present and Likely Trajectory of Three Key Indicators of Climate Change
  • Time: Wednesday, January 25, 2006, 12:00pm - 2:00 pm
  • Place: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 428-A
  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Dominique Raynaud, Research Director at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), Saint-Martin-d'Heres, near Grenoble, France
    • Dr. Thomas R. Karl, Director of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, United States Department of Commerce, Asheville, NC
The public is invited, and there is a reception following. Issues to be addressed are:
How do the modern trends in temperature, carbon dioxide and methane compare to their historical natural counterparts? Are the modern rates of change with respect to temperature, carbon dioxide and methane comparable to their historical counterparts or are there significant differences? What is driving the modern trends in carbon dioxide, methane and temperature, relative to their historical counterparts? Is 2005 one of the warmest years on record? If so, can any of the warming witnessed in 2005 be a result of an El Nino condition? Do these modern trends in temperature, carbon dioxide and methane have implications now and into the future?

White House Warnings

Camden will probably have more to say on this later in the week, but today's WaPo has an article further documenting that the White House received detailed and accurate warnings about the threat from Katrina as early as 2 days before the storm hit. This article has already generated at least 58 links from other blogs. The story is also scheduled to be covered on NPR's All Things Considered, WAMU 88.5 and WETA 90.9 FM, as we speak (audio available online approximately 7:30).

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