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Hot!... T'storms to Increase... Tropics... Vacation Photos

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Updated: 8/13/2013 2:11 pm
O.k....back in the saddle & trying to get back in the swing of things after a great week off.  More on that near the end of this posting.
Weatherwise....our recent spell of hot(er) temps. will give way to an increase in afternoon/evening t'storms.  Temps. will soar well into the 90s Tue. with heat indices of 100-110 degrees.  Isolated to widely scattered afternoon & evening storms will develop but many places will stay dry.  Afternoon storms will begin to increase Wed. & especially Thu.-Fri.  A weak cool front will settle into Ga. & tropical moisture will surge northward from the Caribbean setting up what could be some pockets of very heavy rain.  Temps. will drop off a bit by late week thanks to clouds & more rain but humidity will stay sky high. A few storms developed over the weekend & Mon.  Photos below show some lightning - Jenn from Oakleaf took pic #1...Jennifer C. took pic #2 & shows "clear air" lightning - jumping from the parent cloud to clear air.  The third photo is a pic I snapped looking northwest toward a storm Sat. near Arlington.

In the tropics....not a whole lot going on at the moment.  Despite a higher than avg. start to the hurricane season (4 named storms), we've passed the avg. date of the first hurricane in the Atlantic Basin -- Aug. 10th.  It does look like weak low pressure will try to develop over the NW Caribbean &/or Southern Gulf of Mexico later this week.  There's some chance that this low could become a tropical depression or even storm, so that's something to watch.  Whatever might develop should get pulled north as a weak upper level trough of low pressure dips into the Southeast U.S.

What a vacation! #1 because I was with family, #2 because it was beautiful Washington DC.  My kids walked all over DC & really took in all the history & museums.  The Newseum, Holocaust Museum & capitol tour (first photo below shows the statue on the top facing east because "the sun never sets on freedom") were especially big hits.  Personally...I thought Thomas Jefferson's home was stunning -- a great preservation of history!  The second & third photos below show Jefferson's home -- on the top near the front is a wind vane....underneath the porch is the compass that shows the wind direction.  This was an original in the Jefferson home going back to the early 1800s!  The last photo is a nice montage -- courtesy my daughter -- of Ford's theater & the Peterson home where Lincoln died.

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