The cloud cover that has plagued us for the last several days has finally off to the east, and the weather as we head into the weekend is looking VERY cooperative for outdoor merriment. Today will still be cool, with highs only in the upper 40s:
The thunderstorm chance on Tuesday will bear watching. It’s too far down the line to be overly concerned about severe weather, and the long-range forecast models are still trying to sort out the details…but right now, it looks like the center of the storm system will travel to our north:
That puts us in the region where severe weather would at least be possible, but I’m not convinced the humidity will increase in time to boost the instability levels around here. We’re not included in any extended-outlook risk areas from the Storm Prediction Center, and I’ll emphasize it again: a LOT could change over the next several days. We’ll keep an eye on it.
Some end-of-the-week nerdiness for you…
- The detailed meteorology behind Wednesday’s East Coast severe weather outbreak.
- 2015 was the warmest year on record globally, and the second-warmest on record in the United States.
- Better tools = better climate modeling.
- A new research project will launch drones into hurricanes to gather more data…
- …and another project will use drones to investigate severe thunderstorms.
- Some of the video in this story is incredible — monster waves are slamming into the shores of Hawaii.
- Astronaut Scott Kelly’s “year in space,” by the numbers.
- Two years from now, we’ll start seeing images from the James Webb space telescope — it’s been a bumpy ride to get it built, though.
- A newly-discovered icy world past Pluto has an interesting orbit.
- There’s a river in Peru with an average water temperature of 186 degrees — hot enough to literally cook a small animal.
- An interesting use of technology: robotic animals are being used to catch poachers.
- BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK: Frequent chocolate consumption is good for your brain.