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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 08/20/2008

PM Update: Summer Delivers Nice Weather

By Ian Livingston

Thursday promises more of the same

Some stubborn high clouds that have covered portions of the area are now giving way to increasingly sunny skies. Highs are reaching the low 80s just about everywhere and humidity levels are way down following the passage of a cold front yesterday. The evening promises to be a glorious one for any outdoor plans.

Tonight: We stay mostly clear overnight as temperatures fall into the crisp mid and upper 50s for the suburbs and to the low 60s in the city. Open the windows and let a taste of autumn in!

Tomorrow: Weather conditions stay about as good as they get in August tomorrow under mostly sunny skies with no noticeable humidity. Expect highs to reach the low-to-mid 80s across the area as a light breeze continues.

Tropics: Tropical Storm Fay continues to meander near the coast of the eastern Florida peninsula this afternoon. Land interaction has done a number on the storm and major re-strengthening prospects, at least in the short term, are now rather dim.

What Fay lacks in winds, she is trying to make up for with heavy rain. In addition to historic flooding already ongoing in places like Melbourne, Fla., the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center is forecasting additional big totals -- up to 15" -- across portions of the state over the next few days. Some locations in Florida may receive as much as 30 inches of rain before all is said and done.

See Dan's full forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | August 20, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

As noted in a previous comment, this month's average dewpoint is the lowest for August in at least 20 years. In fact, it's even lower than the long-term drought year of 1964.

CapitalClimate

P.S. You forgot to turn off your italics tag.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | August 20, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

P.P.S. Although the italics do serve to emphasize your comments policy which I note is not being enforced, particularly with respect to anonymous personal attacks.

CapitalClimate

Posted by: CapitalClimate | August 20, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Does the unusually low dewpoints this month signal anything of potential significance for the upcoming winter? Temperatures for August have been on the cool side compared to previous summers. Does that signal anything as far as the upcoming winter goes?

Wishing for some snow this winter.

Posted by: manassasweather | August 20, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Re "anything of potential significance":
No.

CapitalClimate

Posted by: CapitalClimate | August 20, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have thoughts on what lurks behind Fay.

Fish Storm
GOM
Atlantic Coast
Nothing at all

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

No personal attacks here - although you seem to make a lot of unfounded or at least unexplained attacks on the Post and this blog. All I suggested was that you identify yourself as who you are instead of hiding behind your anonymous pen name, as you accused me of doing.

I also merely offered a personal opinion on your work on this blog prior to your apparent bitter end as a contributor - all well within my rights, since you have put both your work, and your opinions, out there for us to read.

And when I talk about extremism in the global warming debate, it is because I really care about this issue - and think the extremists will ultimately so turn off the public and policymakers that nothing will be done. And they'll only have themselves to blame.

Posted by: Southside FFX | August 20, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The Fay-following lurker has been downgraded today to low probability of development:

AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 1300 MILES EAST OF THE WINDWARD ISLANDS HAS CHANGED LITTLE DURING THE DAY. ANY DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BE SLOW TO OCCUR DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS IT MOVES WESTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH.

CapitalClimate

Posted by: CapitalClimate | August 20, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Fay's maximum winds have increased to 60mph at 8pm as pressure lowers to 993mb. The center managed to get completely over water and is reacting for now.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | August 20, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

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