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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 07/ 6/2009

PM Update: Delightful Start to Work Week

By Ian Livingston

Another mostly sunny day tomorrow

* June Recap: Another Wet Month | The Superior Dew Point *

Our oddly comfortable stretch of temperatures and humidity levels continued today. Even with lots of sunshine, highs reaching the low-to-mid 80s once again fell short of "normal" levels. For those eager to start the work week off with an evening outdoors: expect to be treated to another glorious one!

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Temperatures will fall to around 80 near sunset before dropping steadily overnight under variably cloudy skies. Lows should bottom mostly in the 60-65 range, with some folks maybe seeing an upper 50s reading.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Another day with plenty of sun is upcoming Tuesday. Temperatures will rise off coolish morning lows to highs in the mid-80s most spots. Late in the day or evening, there is a risk (20% chance) of an isolated shower or storm, but since the air will still be rather dry they should not be widespread.

See Jason Samenow's full forecast through the rest of the week. And if you haven't already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

El Nino and the Economy: An article in Reuters today argues that a developing El Nino may wreak new havoc on the still-battered economy and hurt raw material production in regions affected. El Nino's have been known to cause drought in Asia, Australia and South America that can hurt grain, bean and sugar prices. El Nino can also cause flooding in areas that don't typically see it. The "bright side" of El Nino? It often leads to minimized hurricane activity in the Atlantic.

By Ian Livingston  | July 6, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

Interestingly, a new study in Science Magazine adds some nuance to the link between El Nino and fewer Atlantic hurricanes. I may detail this in a post later this week.

Posted by: Andrew-CapitalWeatherGang | July 6, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

It's official!!!

According to the ENSO-monitoring site the new El Nino has kicked in...and it looks to be at least moderate in strength! In the past month or so, we've jumped from moderate La Nina to moderate El Nino or about from ca. -0.8 to ca. +0.7.

Will have to see whether the trend continues positive. BTW, there's a new tropical storm in the east Pacific [while the Atlantic/Caribbean remains rather quiet].

Posted by: Bombo47jea | July 6, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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