PM Update: Clear Skies, But No Warmth Yet
Mostly sunny, warmer with light winds, Wednesday
Today started off quite cold and has remained that way into the afternoon. On the bright side, winds have substantially decreased over the last 24 hours meaning actual temperatures are now pretty close to wind chill values. Highs that reached the mid-to-upper 30s will quickly tumble back through the 20s as we head through the evening.
Tonight: Get ready for another very chilly night across the area. Light winds, low dew points and clear skies equal perfect radiational cooling conditions. Lows should fall further than last night in most locations, with mid teens expected in the colder suburbs to around 20 degrees downtown.
Tomorrow (Wednesday): A several-day warm-up begins tomorrow as temperatures rise to near or slightly above average (which is 49 at DCA and 48 at IAD) in most locations. Lots of sun and light winds from the south and southeast will mix to help temperatures rise off extra-chilly morning readings to highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Layers may be appropriate if you are planning on spending time outside!
See Matt Rogers' forecast through the weekend.
Carbon "Sniffing" Satellite Crashes: NASA's new $278 million satellite, designed to monitor carbon dioxide, failed to reach orbit and crashed this morning. Investigations into what went wrong are beginning, but early speculation focuses on a weighty protective nose cone that failed to separate from the satellite, possibly helping it to fall into the Indian Ocean.
Snow?! Meteorological winter has not been kind to us in the snow department, so maybe spring can be? It appears there are growing but still very uncertain signs of a weekend wintry threat. To get significant snow in the D.C. area this late in the season a lot of things have to go right. Can we buck the trends of the season and pull one out of the hat? The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center seems to think it is possible ... How about you?
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