While the plan is to return to blogging on September 1, I can’t resist commenting on this latest round of hurricane hype and hyperbole. Is anyone else as tired of it all as I am? We live in a day and age that just doesn’t know what to do with ordinary, mundane, normal—even boring. And nowhere is that more true than in regard to weather (or maybe sharks).
That’s why I love the Capital Weather Gang’s summary of Irene's likely impact on the DC area (emphasis mine):
"How confident are you on this forecast?
Our confidence is not terribly high - probably medium or even just low-to-medium. The reason is because Washington, D.C. is on the western periphery of the rain shield. A slight shift in the track eastward (as hinted by some models last night) would result in very little rain along and west of I-95, including in the District.
Could the storm miss?
For areas along and west of I-95, yes. If the storm took a slight jog to the east, little or no rain would fall in the region."
So what's the likely forecast for northern Viriginia Saturday? Normal summer weather, I expect. Perhaps a bit breezy and few high clouds, but other than that just another ordinary day in August. Which is too bad, because we really need the rain.