PM Update: Mostly cloudy but mostly pleasant for midweek


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Today marked our warmest day in more than a week thanks to the return of abundant sunshine. We’re clouding over though, courtesy an approaching cold front and the halfhearted return (from the ocean) of the stalled weather system that soaked us last week. While we’re sandwiched in between these two weak weather systems, we stay dry. And inbound winds from the south keep us on the mild side.

Through Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies and relatively mild. Lows range from near 50 in the cooler suburbs to the mid-to-upper 50s downtown. Light winds. Winds from the northeast around 5 mph.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Mostly cloudy, but not bad. A moisture-starved cold front approaches the region late, but with nary a shower. Winds from the south (at around 10 mph) ahead of the front help us reach the low 70s.

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Moonlit clouds over Arlington, Va. Sunday night (Kevin Wolf via Flickr)

Tim Samaras and the El Reno tornado:  On May 31, the El Reno, Okla. tornado – the widest on record – took the lives of legendary storm chaser Tim Samaras and two of his crew (Carl Young, and son, Paul Samaras).  In recent weeks, several news and/or scientific organizations have published long features on Samaras and this deadly twister.  Here are four excellent, worthwhile reads on this tragic story:

Dallas Observer: The Last Ride of Legendary Storm Chaser Tim Samaras

Denver Post: Chasing the Beast

National Geographic: The Last Chase

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (large, heavily technical): The Role of Multiple Vortex Tornado Structure in Causing Storm Researcher Fatalities

(hat tip: Nate Johnson, WRAL)

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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