Verdict is in: Saturday’s weather was ‘amazing’
It is often claimed that only extremes of weather make news, but Saturday was neither stormy nor steamy, not intensely rainy or fiercely windy, and yet it seemed worthy of attention.
Saturday staked its claim on the hearts and minds of Washington by fitting many people’s image of a surpassingly pleasant summer day.
It was not too warm and not too cool. Clouds drifted by, but they seemed only to set off the clear blue of the sky. Washington’s maximum temperature, as measured at Reagan National Airport, was 81 degrees.
Significantly, it was an honest 81 degrees. It was a reading that told us how we actually felt.
That is because humidity was low. The amount of moisture in the air, responsible for the severest torments of a typical summer day in Washington, remained in check.
It meant that an accurate report on how it felt in Washington could be obtained from the thermometer alone. No need to compute any heat index.
At 3:52 on Saturday afternoon, with the mercury at 81 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, the heat index was also 81 degrees.
The 81-degree reading was seven below normal. It was accompanied by a breeze many found refreshing. The combination proved widely welcome.
The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang received numerous comments about the day. A plurality of comments appeared to contain the same assessment of Saturday’s weather.
The day was judged to be “amazing.”
It was perhaps all the more welcome in that it followed five successive days of 90 degrees or more. Some of those days turned stormy, and some of the storms became violent. Nothing of the sort occurred Saturday.
As much praise as Saturday won, it should be noted that it was not the coolest day since the start of July. But it was the second coolest. On July 29, it was 77. That was the coolest in a while. And on July 28, it was 81 degrees, the same as Saturday.
Much of summer remains ahead. But much is past, and on Saturday, the 90 longest days of the year came to an end, and some thought they might even have glimpsed a hint of autumn.