Hotter, stormier ahead
So, here we are at the peak of the early-summer thunderstorm season. And, sure enough, we're looking at a five-day forecast that sounds like a broken record (remember records?).
The prognosticators out at Sterling say the delightful high-pressure system that has been parked here for several days, delivering warm, dry, sunny days and cool nights will begin to shove off after today.
As it departs, we will fall into the return flow from its clockwise rotation. That means we'll be getting warmer, wetter air from the South; highs will slide into the 90s; and all this heat and humidity will increase chances for afternoon and evening thundershowers every day from tomorrow through Monday.
Of course, Saturday is the only day we care about here. My daughter is getting married (did I mention that?) and the forecast calls for a high of 91 downtown (actually a tad cooler, or less stifling than out at BWI airport) with a 40 to 50 percent chance for showers or thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening.
Shrewdly, we've planned the ceremony to be outdoors. So I'm looking at the "mostly cloudy" forecast and I'm thinking, 'OK, we don't need direct sunshine heating our guests, or our bride.' Her mother and I were married in cloudy, muggy weather, and that's worked out fine.
And by 7 p.m. it should be a shade cooler than 91, right?. Maybe 85? We'll take 85. Rain? OK, we can handle rain if it comes early in the afternoon and leaves us time to wipe off the seats. Might even cool things off a bit. A rainbow would be a very cool bonus. MEMO TO WEDDING PLANNER: Look into the rainbow. A single arch will do. Alert the photographer. Just send me the bill.
Rain at showtime will chase us indoors, of course. That would be too bad, considering our investment in the location and the view, and the chairs and the platform. But at least we have a Plan B. Rain after the ceremony is OK. Rain with a power failure during the reception and eating and dancing, however, especially an extended power failure, is unacceptable. MEMO TO BGE: We'll need trucks and crews on standby. I'm thinking something like the Verizon network folks on those TV ads. Just send me the bill.