We had some dense fog out there this morning, but the drier air working its way into the Midstate helped to disperse that…that drier air is also pushing the slight shower chances farther off to our southeast. No interference from Mother Nature if you have outdoor plans this afternoon or this evening, and you’ll be able to open up the windows for some free air conditioning tonight:
The calm weather won’t last long — scattered showers and thunderstorms will start working their way in from the west on Wednesday. Arrival times for the best chance of storms are still debatable…one of our Futurecast models paints this picture by late Wednesday afternoon:
My best advice for Wednesday is to be flexible regarding any outdoor plans after about 3pm — you might still be okay, but be ready to adjust. I’m really not concerned about severe weather at this point, but we are still in that time of year when any storm that develops could briefly produce gusty winds or large hail. The Storm Prediction Center has included areas to the south of I-40 in a “Marginal Risk” of severe weather (which equates to just a 5% risk of 60mph winds or 1″ hail within 25 miles):
Looking ahead to the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday is looking like the most worry-free day. Sunday and Monday don’t look like washouts, but we’ll have our typical late-spring/early-summer chance of midday and afternoon scattered thunderstorms. Again, the best advice is to be flexible regarding outdoor plans.
Just one weather-related article today, but plenty of other nerdiness…
- The Indian Ocean is getting hot. Like, really hot.
- Cool space stuff, starting with a quadruple-quasar system that has the mass of 100 billion suns.
- If life ever existed on Mars, how would we know?
- There’s been some social-media chatter about a massive earthquake next week that will be triggered by a “planetary alignment.” Phil Plait does a nice job of debunking that bit of lunacy.
- Speaking of earthquakes, here’s a nice breakdown of why the middle of the country (especially Oklahoma) has seen so many tremors the last few years.
- Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens. The most startling statistic to me is that 3.7 billion cubic yards of pure mountain was propelled at over 300 mph. Yikes.
- The next time there’s a natural (or man-made) disaster, emergency-assistance robots will be better-prepared to respond.
- Are you a morning person? A night person? Scientists are unraveling the genetic difference between the two.
- Why do extreme athletes take the risks they do?
- And finally, a brief guide to the wild animals that thrive in urban environments.