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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 08/ 3/2009

PM Update: Pretty Pleasant for August

By Ian Livingston

Hot Tuesday with higher levels of humidity

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Today was pleasant for August, if not slightly below normal temperature-wise. Highs that rose into the mid-and-upper 80s, accompanied by only moderate levels of humidity, could be much worse. The good news for those looking forward to cooler times, our average daily high temperature is on the downswing and drops toward the low-and-mid 80s by month's end. Before we see consistently cooler times there's more heat to come, and we'll be reminded of that tomorrow.

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Through Tonight: Temperatures fall to around 80 near sunset and we should finally see an evening with no shower or storm threat across the area. Partly cloudy evening skies should trend clear as lows range from the mid-60s to near 70.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Hot temperatures will descend upon the area tomorrow, along with plenty of sunshine and increased humidity. At the very least, most if not all of the area should head into the low 90s, with a few mid-90s not out of the question. Since we've only been above the low 90s once in D.C. this season it will certainly feel like summer is going strong.

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Storm Surge Records: Since the Tropical Atlantic remains relatively quiet -- perhaps showing some signs of life -- Wunderground's Jeff Masters turns attention to other tropical tidbits. Today, he examines record storm surges. Though Tropical Cyclone Mahina of 1899, that hit Australia, is credited with the world record for storm surge, post-event analysis brings this into question. Masters concludes that Hurricane Katrina may in fact be the record holder with its maximum surge of 27.8 feet.

By Ian Livingston  | August 3, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Were they REALLY naming tropical cyclones back in 1899???

I thought the practice of naming tropical cyclones began after World War II, inspired by George R. Stewart's 1941 novel 'Storm'. BTW the storm named "Maria" by the technical meteorologist in the book was not a tropical cyclone but a large extratropical cyclone during the Pacific winter season. The book presents a vivid snapshot of a Weather Bureau [pre-NOAA/NWS!] office during the days prior to computerized meteorology.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | August 3, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

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