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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 05/13/2009

PM Update: Milder Tonight, Cloudier Tomorrow

By Ian Livingston

T-storms late Thursday? Unsettled into weekend

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Plentiful morning sunshine has been gradually giving way to increased cloudiness today, but that has not stopped it from being another beautiful one. Temperatures are now settling into the low-and-mid 70s for highs across the area and winds remain light. Even though clouds are on the increase, another pleasant evening is upcoming.

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Tonight: There's a very slight risk of a shower overnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy skies will keep temperatures from falling as far as last night. Most places will drop to the mid-50s. Some areas of fog are possible late.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Skies go partly to mostly cloudy Thursday with just a chance of an isolated shower through mid-afternoon. Southerly winds help kick in even warmer temperatures along with some more humidity. Highs will rise mainly to the mid-and-upper 70s with 80 not out of reach. By late afternoon or evening, showers or storms may be around -- some of which could produce locally heavy rain.

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Weather and Flu: CWG's Ann Posegate recently explored whether summer would suppress Swine Flu, also known as A(H1N1). Today, AccuWeather meteorologists added their thoughts to the debate. Their conclusions? Much the same as Ann's.

By Ian Livingston  | May 13, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Ahhh! Help!!! I'm getting blown away in this wind! Where was the wind warning, Capital Weather Gang? I think I'm in Kansas. Hey, there's the lollipop guild.

Posted by: SnowMonsterDC | May 13, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the wind died down. But now I'm stuck in Kansas.

Bombo, there's a big ho-down here. Lots of wild dancing. You'd love it!

Posted by: SnowMonsterDC | May 14, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to say how the flu will behave in a projected El Nino winter. It could be somewhat milder around here due to higher humidity levels. The AccuWeather guidance suggests that enhanced Vitamin D and Vitamin C intake during flu season may increase resistance to flu. An important factor should be how the H1N1 strain mutates during the summer offseason while the flu is in waterfowl at high latitudes.

Speaking of AccuWeather, the transfer of Marc Mancuso is quite easily explained. Mancuso holds his meteorological degree from Penn State. The PSU met department and AccuWeather HQ are located next door in University Park. AccuWeather was founded by a PSU grad if I'm correct, and appears to serve as sort of a Penn State meteorology "think tank" [somewhat in the manner of MITRE's early association with MIT and SRI's connection with Stanford]. Those in the know will recall that former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum introduced the bill to outsource NWS functions to private meteorologists [e.g. AccuWeather!], presumably at the behest of AccuWeather top brass. That bill has colloquially been referred to as the "AccuWeather bill".

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 14, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

"The PSU met department and AccuWeather HQ are located next door in University Park."

This is not correct, PSU is downtown, AccuWeather HQ is on the west side of town off campus.

Posted by: weathermatrix | May 14, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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