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DC: Damp, Chilly

Steve Scolnik @ 4:40 PM


Rain, cool. A small, but intensifying low pressure area which developed off the Carolina coast last night was bringing showers and some moderate to heavy rain to parts of the Washington metro area this afternoon. The area of heaviest rain was mainly along and east of I-95, however, and by mid afternoon it had moved northeastward toward the northern Chesapeake Bay. Rainfall amounts have varied sharply from east to west, with BWI picking up almost half an inch (0.41"), National a quarter (0.27"), and Dulles less than a tenth (0.08").

Temperatures are chilly, but with the coldest air bottled up near Hudson Bay in Canada, precipitation has remained nearly all liquid, even with a north wind. At mid afternoon, National had barely reached 40°, and most other locations in the region were in the upper 30s. Highs were: National 41°, Dulles 39°, BWI 38°.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Rain and showers ending. Showers and rain will end from west to east this evening, followed by mostly cloudy skies with lows in the mid 30s in town and near 30° in the 'burbosphere. There is a slight chance of a shower tomorrow, but clouds will decrease by the afternoon with highs 48-52°.

Scroll down for Dan's outlook through the rest of the week and into the weekend toward New Year's.

Climate Corner: Seminar Series

The PowerPoint slides from Fred Singer's presentation to this month's DC MIT Club seminar series, "The Great Climate Change Debate", have been posted to the Club web site. Prof. Singer "is a leader among those who have emphasized natural factors over anthropogenic causes to explain global warming."

Next month's lecture is "The Findings and Forecasts of the Climate Change Scientists", by Prof. Ronald Prinn, Director of the Center for Global Change Science at MIT. Having had no takers so far, PM Update's previous offer to host any TV meteorologist at the seminar series still stands, provided seats remain available.

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