PM Update: Clouds rule into Wednesday; sampling today’s Sandy stories

Temperature Map

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

While it might not have been quite as mild as yesterday, today’s weather was certainly much better than we saw a year ago! Highs mainly into the low 60s are a smidge below average, but close enough not to notice much. A warm front on its way in promises a bit of an annoying forecast the next 24 hours or so.

Through Tonight: After a mainly clear start to the evening, clouds increase tonight as a warm front moves toward the area. That helps cap temps in the mid-40s to near 50 most spots. There’s also a slight chance of a shower, especially after midnight, but nothing too notable. Winds are light from the east.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): This is a bit of a tricky forecast, as how quick we can get a warm front through to break out of our marine air influence should dictate the day. For now, I’m leaning skeptical on it turning out to be an awesome one. Numerous clouds, plus the chance of sprinkles, seem to be a serious risk, at least through midday. In that case, we’re looking largely at temps in the low-to-mid 60s. Should the sun break through better on a south wind, highs could still rise toward 70.

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Sandy nears landfall, as seen from a 5-day animation of the storm recently released by NASA.

Sandy nears landfall on Oct. 29, 2012, as seen via a 5-day animation of the storm by NASA.

1 year later: Just in case you haven’t gotten enough Sandy remembrance (here are our stories the past week), let’s take a look at a very few (there are more than I can count!) of the interesting pieces from elsewhere today…

NOAA released some new survey imagery showing how parts of the coast looked after Sandy hit compared to now. Along similar lines, Mashable put together  photos comparing what a bunch of spots were like during the worst of Sandy and today. TIME explored how sea-level rise plus population growth promise to bring more Sandys in the future. NBC News notes that despite promised aid, many places have yet to see the money. Climate Central says Sandy didn’t impact the climate change narrative much, if at all. Finally, Scientific American leaves us with some hope that Sandy animations and analysis might help future forecasts and preparations.

Pollen update: Mold spores are low/moderate. All other pollen types are low.

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