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Summer Feeling is Fleeting
Stalled front to bring clouds, showers, cooler temps

Dan Stillman @ 8:45 AM

We surpassed 80° yesterday for the third day in a row. But it may be some time until we see 80 again. Clouds and showers over the next several days, courtesy of a slow-to-move frontal boundary, will result in high temperatures generally near the average of 69-70.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighIncreasing clouds, PM showers. Partly sunny through noon, then becoming mostly cloudy during the afternoon with a 50% chance of showers and maybe a thunderstorm. Highs near 70. The best chance of rain is to the north during the late afternoon and evening. Showers may continue tonight, especially to the north, as lows drop to the low-to-mid 50s.


Forecast Confidence: MediumMore showers? Skies should be partly cloudy with a 20-30% chance of scattered showers. Highs 65-70. For the evening and overnight hours, the chance of showers increases to 40-50% along with the possibility of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.


Forecast Confidence: MediumCloudy, shower chances continue. Mostly cloudy with a 40-50% chance of showers and possibly thunderstorms in the morning, then a lingering chance (about 30%) of showers during the afternoon and evening. A breeze from the south should boost highs into the low 70s, maybe mid 70s. Overnight, cloud cover could persist along with a 30-40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s to near 60.

The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: MediumDecreasing rain chances, increasing sun. Can't rule out the chance of a shower on Saturday, especially early in the day, but in general I would expect slowly clearing skies and highs in the upper 60s to low 70s as the front finally tries to clear the area. Saturday night, partly cloudy with lows in the low-to-mid 50s in town, upper 40s to near 50 in the burbs. As of now, Sunday looks partly to mostly sunny with highs in the low-to-mid 70s.

Earth Day Back in Style? had a satirical piece yesterday titled, "Earth Day Annually Ignored By Millions." The story refers to this past Sunday as "the umpteenth annual celebration of earth day ... a day for aging hippies to note on their certain decline to mental and physical decay, hastening their eventual merging with, well, the earth."

Satire aside, the profile of Earth Day seemed higher this year than it has in a long time, maybe the highest since the inaugural Earth Day in 1970. This being campaign season, presidential hopefuls used the day to push their environmental agendas. Falling on a Sunday probably made it easier to schedule volunteer events, such as garbage clean-ups and tree plantings.

Meanwhile, a concert at George Washington University included performances by Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. It was the last stop on Crow's and Laurie David's "Stop Global Warming College Tour." David produced "An Inconvenient Truth," the global warming documentary featuring Al Gore. [By the way, the Washington Post's Reliable Source reports that Crow and David had a heated run-in with White House advisor Karl Rove the night before.]

What's your take? Is Earth Day old news? Or is what's old new again?

Earth Day graphic courtesy NOAA.

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