Here we are, back to well above average temperatures and abundant sunshine. It was a beautiful one out there today with temperatures in the mid-60s to near 70, if also a bit windy! We’ve got a mild night ahead for area sky watchers (in addition to possible aurora, the full moon and Mars are just 10 degrees apart). And there is more warmth -- including a shot to hit 70 -- coming up tomorrow.
Through Tonight: It’s mostly clear to partly cloudy overnight. You might want to keep an eye to the sky for northern lights as well (especially very late tonight), given the ongoing solar storm (though tomorrow night may provide slightly better prospects). Lows make it down to a range from the mid-40s to near 50.
Tomorrow (Thursday): Get ready for more spring-like weather! Under partly cloudy skies, we should see quick rises in temperatures through the morning on our way to highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Winds will be up again from the southwest, around 15-20 mph. Clouds should thicken heading into evening, and shower chances will go up as well after sunset.
Become a spotter: In the aftermath of last week’s historic tornado outbreak, the National Weather Service is encouraging more people to become weather spotters. “It’s all about getting more eyes and ears pointed to the skies,” said Christine Wielgos of the NWS. Check out a list of SKYWARN training classes coming up in our area, and remember you can become a Capital Weather Watcher following training as well.
Pollen update: Susan Kosisky from U.S. Army Allergen Lab writes, “Tree pollen is MODERATE at 26.84 grains/cubic meter. Area cedar/cypress/juniper pollen, maple pollen, elm pollen and pine are the current predominant tree offenders. We did see some early grass pollen at 1.28 grains/cubic meter. This is very early for area grasses. It might be that some of the grass pollen is coming from more southern areas where the grass pollen has started. Pollen can indeed travel on air currents for considerable distances.”