July 24: Hot But Dry Weekend, Daily Links


Overall, the weekend forecast may not make you want to do this…

…but I’m confident you’ll at least give it this:

Temperatures this afternoon will still be hot, but normally hot for this time of year:
PAUL RPM 4KM Temperature

The humidity will be noticeably lower by this afternoon, so there won’t be a huge difference between the air temperature and the heat index:

The weekend forecast is looking VERY favorable for spending some time at the pool, on the lake, running through a sprinkler…you get the idea:


It will be hot, but the humidity will still be pretty tolerable…considering it’s late July, that’s a decent-looking forecast — enjoy!



A little weather to start, but a lot of space news that dropped in the last 24 hours…

  • How does the developing El Nino in the Pacific Ocean compare to previous El Nino events?
  • The “huge” news that NASA teased earlier this week?  The discovery of a roughly-Earth-size planet in the habitable “Goldilocks zone” of a star similar to our own sun.
  • But don’t call that newly-discovered exoplanet “another Earth” — there’s a lot we still don’t know about it.
  • This isn’t the first Earth-ish planet discovered…there are about 10 to 15 candidates so far.  This article does a great job detailing the similarities and differences between those planets and solar systems.
  • Astronomers aren’t just finding Earth-like planets with the Kepler telescope.  There are others…a LOT of others.
  • If you’re interested in doing a deep dive into the science of hunting for exoplanets, check out this e-book.
  • Even with the confirmation (or pending confirmation) of literally thousands of exoplanets, you shouldn’t lose sleep over the possibility of hostile aliens.  Space is big.
  • Within our own solar system, there are new ideas for exploring our cosmic back yard — how about wind-bots to explore Jupiter’s atmosphere?
  • Looking deep into space lets us look back in time — to when the first galaxies were first in the process of forming stars.
  • The trait that helps predict whether a 5-year-old will be successful as an adult.


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