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After all those clouds recently, today was a nice respite with pretty plentiful sunshine. Highs mainly into the low-and-mid 50s are running about 8-10 degrees above the (now warming) average temperature for late January. We’ve got another day of a good deal of sun tomorrow before the next precipitation threat arrives.
Through Tonight: Mostly clear skies persist and winds blow around 5 mph or a bit higher at times. It should be a good night for stargazing (and perhaps an outside hope of seeing the aurora away from the city lights). Lows should fall as far as the upper 20s in the colder suburbs to about the mid-30s downtown.
Tomorrow (Wednesday): Plan on mostly clear to partly cloudy skies, with the most clouds likely around late in the day as the next storm system approaches. Winds are light and temperatures are mild, if a bit cooler than today. Probably mainly in the mid-to-upper 40s.
Tracking the sun storm: The massive solar flare that was unleashed from the sun on Sunday night began to hit Earth this morning. It has now been characterized as the largest to impact Earth since October 2003 when aurora displays were visible well south of normal. Impacts have been minimal, including polar flights being re-routed. In parts of northern Europe, the aurora displays have been dazzling. Questions now turn to how far south aurora will be visible in the U.S. Odds favor it not reaching this area, but you can keep track here.