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Spring Holds on in Delightful Fashion

Matt Ross @ 1:00 AM

Seasonable weather is expected through midweek as a rather benign May heads toward completion. Enjoy the mild days and cool nights as summer conditions loom around the corner.


Sunny, Temperate. Today will be mostly sunny with a light easterly breeze keeping our temperatures near to just below normal. Afternoon highs will be in the mid 70s after a brisk morning start in the 40s for most folks. Any chance of a late day shower will be confined to well west and southwest of DC metro. Tonight, a mix of clouds and sun as temperatures cool to the low to mid 50s.


Forecast Confidence: HighClear, Repeat Performance. Wednesday will be mostly sunny again and a bit more breezy with afternoon highs reaching the mid to upper 70s. Refer to Jason's forecast for the rest of the week and weekend.

Pictured: Beautiful late-spring sunrise yesterday over the Blue Ridge. By Steve Pittman.

Government Shakeup

Last week, new National Hurricane Center director, Bill Proenza, expressed his discontent with parent organization, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which cut the budget for hurricane research by $700,000 while spending up to 4 million on advertising for its 200 year anniversary celebration. One day later, in a possibly related matter, the top 2 officials of the National Weather Service, also under NOAA's umbrella, resigned from their posts. NOAA has been under some criticism for its efforts to narrow the distinction between it and its subsidiary divisions.

May Climate Notes

With an average high so far of near 75 degrees and an average low near 56, May is running 1 degree above normal. Today marks the latest day on record that DC has recorded a temperature in the 30s. It occurred 100 years ago today in 1907, the same year that saw a record March heat wave. After today's date, DC has not recorded a temperature in the 30s until 4 months later (September 22nd).

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