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Soupiness Stays in Place

Dan Stillman @ 11:45 PM

If you're not used to the heat and humidity yet, you may be after at least a couple more days of it. The soupiness sticks around through tomorrow, with slight improvement for Friday and the weekend.


Forecast Confidence: HighSummery stew continues. Today will be similar to yesterday, with highs at or slightly above the 90-degree mark and dewpoints into the sticky 70s under a cloudy haze. With the steamy mixture of heat and humidity -- making it feel like the mid-to-upper 90s -- comes a 30% chance of a hit-or-miss afternoon or evening thunderstorm. There is a slight risk that some storms could be severe, but I think the more likely area for severe activity is north and east of the metro area. Overnight, warm and muggy with lows in the mid 70s.


Forecast Confidence: MediumBetter chance of PM storms. A front approaching from the northwest will increase the probability of more organized afternoon and evening thunderstorms to the 35-40% range, though much of the activity may stay south and east of the area. Highs will once again be near 90, and still very humid with a lot of clouds and haze. Overnight, a continued chance of thunderstorms, mainly to the south and east, with lows in the low-to-mid 70s.

Friday and The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighSlight improvement. As the front moves to our south, sunshine increases and the chance of thunderstorms decreases to 20% or lower. Also decreasing will be the dewpoint, but only by a few degrees. It will still feel humid, though not oppressive, with highs around 90 and lows in the upper 60s to low 70s.

A Panel About Us

Ok, so last night's panel discussion at the Marian Koshland Science Museum wasn't only about But it did include this site's manager and chief meteorologist, Jason Samenow, among three featured speakers who talked about the evolving role of new media in science reporting and communication.

Joining Jason were Chris Mooney, Washington correspondent for Seed Magazine and host of The Intersection blog, and Michael Jensen, director of Web Communications for the National Academies and director of Publishing Technologies at the National Academies Press.

Jason spoke about how came to be -- the idea was born during a late-night brainstorming session a few years ago -- and said that he believes for a blog to be successful it must be:
  • Updated frequently
  • Attractive
  • Accurate
  • Entertaining
Audience questions focused mostly on whether blogs have provided the public with more and accurate science information, or if they have served to further polarize the often politically influenced world of science (some of both, according to the panelists). One audience member asked whether bloggers should be considered journalists.

What do you think? What role do you see blogs as playing in the reporting of science as compared to traditional media? And when it comes to communicating the weather forecast and other weather-related information, how do you think is doing? Are we meeting Jason's criteria listed above? Let us know by commenting below or giving us feedback here.

Muggy Makeup

A makeup artist had tips yesterday for coping with summer sweatiness in this discussion.

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