Washington’s television screens were filled Saturday with scenes of storm devastation in Texas, but Washington’s windows revealed only the existence of a splendid summer day here.

Large sections of Texas were pummeled by winds and pounded by rain, but the United States is a big country, and the 1,200 miles from here to Houston apparently insulated us from any trace of atmospheric troubles.

While flooding was feared in Texas, not a drop of rain fell at Reagan National Airport, although clouds were clearly in evidence for much of the day.

A high temperature at the airport of 81 comfortable degrees was four degrees below Washington’s Aug. 26 normal and left even weather perfectionists with few grounds for complaint.

As Texas reeled before ferocious winds clocked at 100 mph or more, Washington knew only benign breezes, with an average wind speed of 6 mph.