PM Update: Slightly cooler Saturday, then temperatures surge higher

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Temperatures:Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

What a gorgeous-looking Friday we’ve been treated to after last night’s rain, though it has been a bit gusty. Tomorrow’s highs look to fall several degrees short of today’s low-to-mid 60s, but we’re back well into the 60s on Sunday before the much-anticipated 70s arrive. See ya later, winter. Give us a yell in about eight months or so.

Through Tonight: Clear skies and a diminishing wind make for one more chilly night here in early April. Lows are mainly in the 30s, flirting with freezing in the colder suburbs to the upper 30s downtown.

The Weekend: Saturday gets the weekend started with a fair amount of sun – we’ll call it mostly to partly sunny – but highs a bit below average in the mid-to-upper 50s. That leads into a warmer but still cool Saturday night with lows mainly in the upper 30s to low 40s, Then, temperatures finally break into above-average territory on Sunday with partly sunny skies and highs at least to the mid-60s, though there is a chance of a passing shower.

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New York Times on naming storms: A New York Times online column by Timothy Egan takes a hard line against naming storms. Here’s an excerpt:

For more than half a century, the National Hurricane Center, working with other governments, has been naming hurricanes. These storms, as we’ve seen, can erase cities and kill hundreds. They are not trivial. When regional governments, acting on advice and forecasts from federal meteorologists, urged people to get out of Hurricane Sandy’s path last fall, it proved a lifesaver. Disasters do not need competition from ratings-hungry storm chasers.

 

By naming routine winter storms Gandalf, or Khan, the Weather Channel is trying to become the news, and is changing behavior. Triton, another name given another typical winter storm, was said to be “targeting California” not long ago, like North Korean nukes.

 

The effect is to trivialize the real thing, to put breathless graphics and histrionics ahead of science and public safety.

Check out the full commentary.

Dan Stillman is a meteorologist and editor for the Capital Weather Gang. He earned an M.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan.
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