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The Summer of Fine Weekend Weather Continues

Jason Samenow @ 12:10 AM

Since summer began, every single weekend has provided enjoyable weather. Not more than a trace of rain has fallen, humidity has been low (dewpoints have averaged in the mid 50s) and afternoons have been warm, but not oppressively hot (the average high has been 88). This weekend will be no exception, with pleasant highs in the low 80s, low humidity and no rain.


Forecast Confidence: High-Very HighPartly sunny and enjoyable. Cool Canadian high pressure will deliver splendid, comfortable air. Expect a mix of sun and clouds, with highs in the low 80s. Winds will be northerly at 10-15mph. Overnight, enjoy the natural air conditioning of mother nature, as low temperatures fall to near 65 downtown and 60 in the suburbs.

Breezy conditions on the Potomac Friday afternoon. By photographer Kevin Ambrose.


Forecast Confidence: HighSoothing springtime warmth, not sizzling summer heat. It will feel more like May than late July wcourtesy of the cool high pressure area to the north. A few fair weather cumulus clouds may dot the sky with high temperatures ranging from 79-83. North to northeast winds from 10-15mph will refresh.

Storm World: Live

As Steve mentioned yesterday afternoon, Chris Mooney, author of the Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming will appear at Politics and Prose in NW DC at 6pm today to discuss the book. I just got done with the book and heartily endorse it.

Mooney also writes a blog called the Intersection where he frequently discusses the tropics as well as topics relating to science communication. He recently referred readers to a post on Eric Berger's SciGuy blog (published by the Houston Chronicle) that calls attention to the tropical cyclone heat potential in the western Caribbean. His point: if a storm develops down there, look out.

Pictured: Tropical cyclone heat potential in the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico last week. In the words of Eric Berger: "Anything above 80 kilojoules-per-square-centimeter (faint yellow) is warm enough for intensification, and areas in orange and especially red are to be feared." For comparison, see the heat potential for this same period during the record setting year of 2005.

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