* Red Flag Warning through 8 p.m. entire region due to critical fire danger | Fire Weather Watch Tuesday afternoon/evening *

Those winds sure have been noticeable today, with at least one gust past 40 mph at National Airport midday. Fortunately, temperatures in the mid-60s to near 70 made it a pretty bearable wind. However, a cold front passing through this evening and overnight will help draw cooler air back into the region for tomorrow. And wind -- as well as fire concerns -- will still be something we have to deal with at least through then.

Through Tonight: Clouds increase as the cold front passes and there could be a few showers here and there from the evening through around midnight. If you’re looking for rain, don’t get your hopes up. More places should stay dry than not and any rain that falls will be very light. Lows range from near 40 in the colder spots to the mid-or-upper 40s downtown. Breezes of the day diminish a good deal, but you’ll still feel them from time to time.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): It’ll look pretty nice out there, but it’s notably cooler and still rather windy. Under partly cloudy skies, highs should reach the upper 50s to lower 60s. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the wind of recent days, as it looks like we’ve got another afternoon of sustained winds as high as 20 mph or so with gusts past 30 mph.

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Billion dollar disaster: The March 2-3 tornado outbreak has been named the first billion dollar of 2012 with damages exceeding $1.5 billion. There were a record 14 such disasters last year, six of which were caused by tornado events. Earlier this year we examined what these types of events tell us about global warming.

Pollen update: Susan Kosisky from the US Army Centralized Allergen Extract Lab writes, “Tree count is HIGH at 1201.92 gr/cubic meter. Oak, mulberry, sycamore, pine and ash pollen are predominant tree species. Grasses are LOW (NAB range) at 2.56 gr/cubic meter which is more MODERATE for our area. Mold spores remain LOW at 1058.67 spores/cubic meter.”