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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 05/20/2009

PM Update: Fine Spring Weather Continues

By Ian Livingston

Thursday temps to top 80 as sunny skies continue

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Sunshine once again led to a brilliant springtime day around here as temperatures rise mainly into the upper 70s to near 80 for highs. The clear skies, low humidity and light winds will make for another pleasant evening -- and a little warmer than the last -- to spend some time outdoors.

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Tonight: It will be clear and fairly seasonal temperature-wise tonight. After evening temperatures drop from the 70s into the 60s, overnight lows should creep toward the mid-40s in the coldest suburban areas to the mid-50s in downtown D.C. Winds remain light.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Expect mostly sunny skies again on Thursday with temperatures rising to highs in the low 80s. Humidity remains low, but may start to become slightly noticeable as a light south wind continues.

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Bob Ryan on Climate Change: In an op-ed appearing yesterday on USATODAY.com, NBC4 lead meteorologist Bob Ryan argued that far too many treat science and opinion as equals, even though science should get the upper hand because it lacks the hidden agenda so often seen in opinion. Ryan believes in order to make the critical decisions ahead, we must retire the agendas and focus on the science that continues to show climate change is real and present.

By Ian Livingston  | May 20, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
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Comments

Leesburg, Cumberland, Frederick, Hagerstown all 80°+ in current hour.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | May 20, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to some fantastic kickball weather tonight!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | May 20, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

On the Bob Ryan comments, what is just as important with climate change, and the "science" for it, is the REASON for climate change. Despite much hoopla on the part of some of those who want to drastically change the world's economy, the case for the CO2-greenhouse effect and human activities causing climate change has not been proved. This is evident from the fact that climate, worldwide, has been changing since the dawn of the planet, long before humand were around.....that's been proven with tree rings and other methods. Indeed, the whole issue is SO complex that even supercomputers can't figure it all out.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | May 20, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Brian, are you going to cowboy up? If so, how is your pro-nuclear argument coming?

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | May 20, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Statistically speaking, many of you reading this do not believe in the hypothesis of AGW, man made global warming. I am puzzled why so many of you remain silent. Are you aware of how much this will cost the average American family? $1,500 a year! Are you aware how many jobs will be lost because of this scam? If the current legislation passes, it will destroy 1,105,000 jobs on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 2,479,000 jobs!

Can you really and truly sit in silence while this happens to your fellow Americans? Can you look yourself in the mirror each day knowing that you did nothing to stop it?

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The economic impact of the new draft varies from that of the original draft in several major ways:

* Compared to no cap and trade, real GDP losses increase an additional $2 trillion, from $7.4 trillion under the original draft to $9.6 trillion under the new draft;
* Compared to no cap and trade, average unemployment increases an additional 261,000 jobs, from 844,000 lost jobs under the original draft to 1,105,000 lost jobs under the new draft; and
* Peak-year unemployment losses rise by 500,000 jobs, from 2 million under the original draft to 2.5 million under the new draft.

Though the proposed legislation would have little impact on world temperatures, it is a massive energy tax in disguise that promises job losses, income cuts, and a sharp left turn toward big government.

Ultimately, this bill would result in government-set caps on energy use that damage the economy and hobble growth--the very growth that supports investment and innovation. Analysis of the economic impact of Waxman-Markey projects that by 2035 the bill would:

* Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion;
* Destroy 1,105,000 jobs on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 2,479,000 jobs;
* Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation;
* Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent;
* Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent;
* Raise an average family's annual energy bill by $1,500; and
* Increase inflation-adjusted federal debt by 26 percent, or $29,150 additional federal debt per person, again after adjusting for inflation.
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source

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | May 21, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

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