PM Update: Not much sun, but mild midweek; tornadoes and climate change

Today marked the mildest day of the last 10, with highs reaching the mid-50s. Tomorrow’s a lot like today as flow from the south keeps the cold winds away.

Through Tonight: Partly (early) to mostly cloudy (late) and not as cold as recent nights. Lows range from the upper 30s in the colder suburbs to the low 40s downtown.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Mostly cloudy in the morning with a better chance of intervals of sunshine in the afternoon. Highs range from the low-to-mid 50s in our northern suburbs to 55-60 south of the District. Winds are light from the southeast around 5-10 mph.

See Matt Rogers’ forecast through the weekend. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter . For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.


Daybreak, Monday December 2 (Dan Lawrence via Flickr)

Climate change and tornadoes: There are a lot of misconceptions about how climate change has or has not affected tornadoes. In an article at LiveScience, several top tornado researchers clear the air on this complicated topic. Here’s an excerpt:

The honest “truth” is that no one knows what effect global warming is having on tornado intensity. Tornado records are not accurate enough to tell whether tornado intensity has changed over time.

Read the full article: The truth about tornadoes

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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