Temperatures have tumbled 15 to 20 degrees compared to yesterday to slightly below average levels. And winds gusting from 30-40 mph (some 40-50 mph gusts well north and west of town) have made it feel even colder. Winds gradually settle down, but it remains brisk right on through the weekend.
Through Tonight: While winds diminish, a cold night lies ahead. Under mostly clear skies, lows range from near 20 in the colder suburbs to the mid-to-upper 20s downtown. Winds this evening are from the west at 10-20 mph but wane to about 10 mph towards morning.
The weekend: Cold high pressure hangs around, keeping us in winter’s grip. The weak disturbance we were tracking as a possible snow-producer late Saturday night or early Sunday will pass too far to the south to produce anything but a few clouds. Highs both Saturday and Sunday are in the 35-40 range under partly to mostly sunny skies. There will be a noticeable breeze Saturday (from the west at 10-15 mph), which becomes rather light by Sunday. Saturday night’s lows range from the upper teens in the colder suburbs to the mid-20s downtown.
International Space Station flyover: If you’re up early Saturday morning, you should have a good view of the International Space Station zipping by from southwest to just north of east starting at 6:47 a.m. and lasting 6 minutes.
New 2011 international temperature records: Jeff Masters at Wunderground posts 8 countries set all-time records for heat and one for cold in 2011. Countries setting all-time heat records: Iraq, Armenia, Iran, Kuwait, China, Republic of Congo, Zambia, and The French Southern and Antarctic Lands Territory. Zambia also set an all-time cold record.