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A Familiar Weekday Groove

Dan Stillman @ 12:20 AM

Once again, the middle of the week is bringing us a string of pleasant days and tranquil evenings, save for last night's short-lived storminess. Maybe, just maybe, this time our luck will extend into the weekend? ...

Weekday Forecast

Today: Partly sunny. High 65. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower south of town. Lows in the mid 40s in the city, upper 30s in the burbs. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High approaching 70. Tomorrow night: Clear. Low in the mid-to-upper 40s in town, around 40 in the burbs. Friday: Mostly sunny through midday, then becoming partly cloudy with a chance of a shower in the afternoon or evening. High in the mid-to-upper 60s. Friday Night: Turning mostly clear with lows in the mid 40s in town, upper 30s in the burbs.

Weekend Outlook

High pressure will try its best to fend off low pressure developing in the middle part of the country. The early read on this is that we'll probably make it through Saturday just fine, with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Sunday is a hard call, at least for right now. Showers are a decent possibility, but it's possible they could hold off until late in the day. Otherwise, let's call it partly to mostly cloudy with highs 60-65. We'll try to give those rallying to save Darfur a more definite forecast as the week goes on.

A Pet's Premonition

A friend of mine out in the Midwest recently told me about her cat acting quite oddly just before a tornado touched down not too far away.

A quick glance around the Internet yields evidence, though mostly anecdotal, that cats, dogs and other animals can sometimes sense impending inclement weather and even earthquakes. This animal intuition is mostly the result of a heightened sense of hearing and sensitivity to vibrations as compared to humans. Some people propose that animals are also aided by a sixth sense -- an almost psychic ability.

All this makes me wonder if animals should become a more official part of efforts to improve warnings for severe weather, earthquakes and the like. Historically, nature has often provided clues of stormy weather or seismic tremors to come. Shouldn't we be exploring every avenue possible in order to increase warning times and protect life and property?

Has your dog, cat or other pet ever seemed to have a premonition about the weather or other natural event? Let us know using the comments link below.

Pictured: Barney, the president's dog, shows no signs that he senses an approaching storm as he enjoys the White House lawn. By photographer Kevin Ambrose.

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