July 31: A Hot-But-Not-Humid Weekend Forecast

WEATHER

The humidity dropped dramatically throughout the day yesterday…the dew point dropped from 74 at 5am, all the way to 57 by 2pm!  To put that in perspective:
Dew Point Scale Increasing

Dew points will stay in the “comfortable” range all day:
PAUL RPM 4KM DEW POINT

Which means these temperatures this afternoon will feel like the actual temperatures…no worries about the heat index today:
PAUL RPM 4KM Temperature

Pleasantly hot weather will stick around through the weekend:
PAUL POOL FORECAST
Don’t worry about that 10% chance for Sunday — that’s the meteorologist’s way of saying “I can’t completely rule out a shower, so I’d better err on the safe side.”

A better chance of storms enters the forecast by the middle of next week, but we’ll worry about that after the weekend.
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LINKS

Some good stuff for the last nerd-link festival of the week…

  • As the duration and scope of hot summertime temperatures increases thanks to climate change, the annoyance of various summertime pests will also increase.
  • Mentioned this on the air this morning…there’s an interactive map that shows every wildfire in the United States — California has been getting the national media attention, but Alaska looks dreadful.
  • California’s rain debt is now equal to a full year’s worth of precipitation.
  • Mentioned this on the air as well — today’s full moon is a “blue moon.”  (Note: it’s not literally blue.)
  • Isaac Asimov once said that “the most exciting phrase in science is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘that’s funny…'”  I bring it up because the Cassini probe orbiting Saturn observed some odd red streaks on the surface of one of Saturn’s moons.
  • The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is about to take the first steps from concept to reality.
  • The Philae lander that touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (how’s THAT for a name) might have sent back it’s last transmission.
  • But Philae sent back so much intriguing data before it went silent.  The most-interesting part of this article is kind of buried at the end: “Many scientists think that the chemical building blocks for life on Earth might have been delivered by a comet — and 67P’s contents are doing little to dissuade researchers from that train of thought.”
  • NASA confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our own solar system — “only” 21 light-years away.
  • Back on Earth: meet the first new species of canine found in 150 years.
  • Thoughts occur in your head, right?  Well, maybe.

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Morning meteorologist for WNCN-TV in Raleigh.
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