April 15: A Great-Looking Weekend, Daily Links


The weather is definitely heading in a positive direction as we head into the weekend!  We’ll see a mix of clouds and sunshine overhead today, and I still can’t rule out an isolated shower or two at any point during the day.  The best chance of rain will be along the Tennessee River — the Futurecast model even keeps that part of the Midstate dry:

With more sunshine emerging overhead this afternoon, temperatures will warm up to the mid 70s, about 3-5 degrees above average:
PAUL RPM 4KM Temperature

The weekend is looking GREAT.  Partly cloudy skies on Saturday, with highs in the mid 70s…lots of sunshine on Sunday, with highs near 80 degrees:
As you can see, the warm spell will extend through most of next week, even with increasing rain/thunderstorm chances by Wednesday night and Thursday.  It way, way, waaaaaay too early to be worried about any severe potential on Thursday — we’ll keep an eye on it, as always.

The weather isn’t looking as ideal this weekend in other parts of the country.  The western Great Plains will see several consecutive days of locally heavy rain and an elevated severe weather threat:

Just barely to the west of that severe weather threat, a spring snowstorm is shaping up for the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, and into the mountains themselves.  Denver will likely get several inches of snow, and they’ll measure the snow in feet in the higher elevations:
It may seem odd to be talking about that much snow in April, but it’s really not that unusual for that part of the country.  I went to college in Denver, and in my four years there the only months I didn’t see snow at some point were July and August.  Yes, it snowed in June.  My undergraduate commencement was June 6, and there was an inch of snow on the ground that morning.  Seriously.



Last batch of nerd-links for the week…I’m out of vacation days for a while, so you’ll get the full week-long dose of geekiness for the next couple of months, starting next week!

  • El Nino is fading in Pacific Ocean, and its counterpart “La Nina” is looking increasingly likely later this year.  In face, NOAA has issued an official “La Nina Watch.”
  • The 2016 Atlantic hurricane forecast is out, and the research experts at Colorado State University estimate a 50% chance of a major (Category 3+) hurricane making landfall in the United States.
  • Which counties in the United States see the most severe thunderstorm and tornado watches?
  • Including a record-setting month of March, Earth has seen eleven consecutive “hottest months on record.”
  • Drones can be used for purposes other than annoying your neighbors: researchers are using them to gather weather data in remote locations.
  • Did our solar system have an additional planet early in its development?
  • Evidence of a long-ago stellar explosion has been discovered on the surface of the Moon.
  • The New Horizons probe is now millions of miles past Pluto, but it’s still gathering valuable data about the environment in that part of the solar system.
  • A common painkiller might inhibit your ability to correct mistakes.
  • Just going to file this one away for future reference: here’s the best way to apologize, according to science.

About paulheggen33

Morning meteorologist for WNCN-TV in Raleigh.
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