Our short three day stint of below average temperatures is complete and 50-degree temperatures have returned. Impressively, before the “warmth” arrived, Reagan National Airport dipped to freezing for the fourth consecutive day, the longest streak since late February. While we lose the cold temperatures, we gain clouds, which move in tonight and stick around tomorrow and Thursday.
Through Tonight: Mostly clear skies early give way to increasing clouds as the night wears on. If you want the best chance of seeing the Geminid meteor showers, the early evening hours will be best, especially before moon rise around 8 p.m. The cloud cover puts a brake on tonight’s temperatures, with lows from the upper 20s in the colder suburbs to the mid-30s downtown (about 5 degrees colder than recent nights).
Wednesday: While skies are mostly cloudy, some intervals of sunshine are possible. Depending on how much sun we can muster, highs range from 50-55. Winds are light.
Weather Ready Nation workshop: In Norman, Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma, NOAA, the National Science Foundation and University Center for Atmospheric Research have convened a workshop “to identify, prioritize, and set in motion actions to improve the nation’s resiliency against severe weather, especially tornadoes, to protect lives and property.”
AccuWeather’s Mike Smith has been tweeting (@usweatherexpert) from the workshop. Here are a couple of his Tweets that caught my attention:
* 87% of tornado deaths caused by just 3.8% of tornadoes. Per Greg Forbes.
* 99% of the people killed in 2011 by tornadoes were in both a tornado watch and a tornado warning before the storm arrived