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Can’t Take the Heat: While today feels unusually cold, 2012 was unusually warm. According to temperatures recorded at Reagan National, last year was Washington’s warmest yet. As WJLA points out, the 61.5 degree average puts D.C.’s climate in the same league as cities like Oklahoma City and Atlanta.  -2

Space Happenings: Watch out for a meteor shower tonight, starting at 3 a.m. +2

Taking out the Trash: D.C. firefighters rescued a garbage truck driver last week. The driver became trapped when, as he unloaded his garbage, his car tipped backwards. +2

New Year, New Needle: While the Mayan apocalypse took the Needle to a perilous “0” last year, things are looking up. +50

Friday’s Needle rating: 0 Today’s score: +52 Wednesday’s Needle rating: 52