It was an “unsettled” weekend, and we’re in for more showers and thunderstorms today. Despite the scattered rain this weekend, we only picked up 0.17″ of rain — that left us at 1.12″ for the month of April, which is the 5th-driest April on record in Nashville. We’re almost four inches behind the average year-to-date pace:
We should put a dent in that precipitation deficit today, as more showers and mostly-non-severe storms are likely. The Futurecast radar simulation isn’t a guarantee of exactly when and where it will be raining (this system is too disorganized for that), but it gives us a good picture of the overall pattern:
The forecast models are all under-doing the rain chances northwest of Nashville, especially through midday. Our severe weather potential is low overall, but a few borderline-severe thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon:
In between the showers and thunderstorms, high temperatures will reach the low 70s…but hour-by-hour temperatures will mostly be in the upper 60s to around 70:
Still a slight chance of showers on Tuesday, but we should be mostly dry. The best rain chance after today will head our way on Wednesday — no thunderstorms, just off-and-on light showers:
After a cool day Thursday, we’ll start warming up again for the end of the work week Friday, and next weekend is looking great!
A wide variety of nerdiness to start the new work week…
- Many weather fatalities are completely preventable, but human nature keeps getting in the way.
- There have only been five lightning fatalities in the entire United States so far in 2016.
- This is a smartly-written opinion piece: the National Weather Service needs to simplify its snow-measurement process.
- What astronomers and planetary scientists have learned from the Rosetta mission (the one that landed a probe on a comet in November 2014).
- A newly-discovered comet is the first of its kind — it doesn’t have a tail.
- Is it possible to communicate at speeds faster than the speed of light?
- I never really thought about it, but it makes sense: gravity travels at the speed of light.
- The largest scientific instrument in the world was disabled by a weasel. (Literally. That’s not a euphemism.)
- Chemicals can re-program our existing cells to repair heart or nervous system damage.
- More students are graduating every year with degrees in science, but fewer are actually becoming scientists. Why?
- Stress can affect how your brain develops, and how you react to future stress.
- I’m not sure I would be brave enough to travel on this, even if it existed: an undersea train tunnel from New York to London.
- The purpose of yawning might be to cool your brain.