NowPartly cloudy, continued chilly
. Cool air remains entrenched over the area, as temperatures hover in the upper 40s. High temperatures around the area maxed out in the upper 40s this afternoon, and as Steve predicted yesterday
, today was the first day where highs didn't touch 50 since mid April. Expect much the same over the next few days, where temperatures stick to the high 40s and low 50s. BRRRRRR.
Tonight and TomorrowRemaining cloudy and cold.
The District should dip into the mid to upper 30s, while the outskirts will bottom out near 30. Clouds will linger into tomorrow with highs struggling to around 50 and a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. For the detailed forecast through the weekend, scroll on down to Jason's post
below. Tune in to Camden's post tomorrow for the latest on whether a few wet snowflakes are possible tomorrow night into Saturday morning.
I Don't Want This Hurricane, You Take It
The oft-discussed topic of hurricane seeding re-emerged late last month when separate groups of MIT & Israeli scientists continued to progress with their work
on reducing the destructive nature of one of nature's strongest forces. Considerable attention is being paid to the legal and economic ramifications of such a move, as noted by MIT's Moshe Alamaro:
The social and legal issues are daunting. If a hurricane were coming towards Miami with the potential to cause damage and kill people, and we diverted it, another town or village hit by it would sue us. They'll say the hurricane is no longer an act of God, but that we caused it.
With the amount of lawyers in DC, I think we would be the last place a major storm would get diverted. Maybe DC is useful for something. See a similar article from the Times of India
My 12-foot Computer Knows The Future
At Supercomputing 2007 (taking place next week), NASA is planning on showing off some of their technology muscle
to the world. This presentation will include a mini-version of their hyperwall technology, a 49 panel, a 9 x 12 foot computer presentation tool that is kept in their facility at the Goodard Space Center
One of the many applications that they have run on this setup is some of the modeling used by this year's Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This model simulates climate starting in 1880, and makes projections into the 21st century. I know I'll be jealous the next time my computer is struggling to open Microsoft Word.
Welcome Our Newest Feature: MadKast!
As you may have noticed, CapitalWeather is now one of the many sites that are using technology created by MadKast
to facilitate sharing of our content to different services and mediums. You can now share posts with reddit, facebook, technorati, and del.icio.us with just a simple click. You can also easily email an interesting post (say one with interesting technology news, hint. hint).
Just as interesting as the technology behind it is the fact that our own Josh Larson has had a big part in getting this venture off the ground. He has been handling much of their press and correspondence. You can read many of his musings over at the Madkast blog.
If you have any questions about Madkast or the implementation, as always, feel free to email your friendly webmaster
, or you can email Josh directly
And that should about cover my webmaster posts for another 9 months. Hope your weather is nice!