The rain has moved off to the east, and we’ll settle into a generally calmer weather pattern today and through the weekend. Today’s weather looks spectacular…a full happy-dog stamp of approval from our favorite weather helper:
Another cold front will drop down in our direction tonight — that front will spark some strong to severe storms in the Midwest today…
…but the rain will fizzle before it moves into our neck of the woods. Futurecast just shows some clouds hanging around Saturday morning, and maybe a sprinkle to the east/northeast of Nashville:
The main impact from that cold front will be felt in our temperatures, as a chunk of cool Canadian air slides down through the eastern half of the country:
If you’re heading out to the Iroquois Steeplechase (or for any other outdoor activities on Saturday), dress appropriately — temperatures will be about ten degrees below-average, with winds gusting to around 20 mph.
Morning clouds will give way to afternoon sunshine, which will hopefully make it feel a bit warmer later in the day.
Still cool Sunday, with a gradually increasing clouds throughout the day. We should stay dry during the day Sunday, but a few showers will sneak in late Sunday night. The best chance of rain in the 7-day forecast heads our way Monday and Tuesday:
We’ll be on the cool side of that storm system Monday, which means we’ll see mostly showers, with just a few non-severe rumblers mixed in. But it looks like we’ll be in the “warm sector” Tuesday — if we’re going to get any strong/severe storms, that would be the day. It’s still a long way down the line overall, so it’s too early to be concerned.
Last batch of nerdiness for the week…
- Starting on a serious note: there have been more deaths caused by children left in hot cars this year (6) than there have been from cloud-to-ground lightning strikes (5). Completely preventable, and just sad.
- 90% of natural disasters worldwide over the last 20 years have been caused by weather.
- Losses from weather- and climate-related events in the United States alone since 1980 have exceed one trillion dollars.
- Some beautiful shots of mammatus clouds from earlier this week. (Weather trivia — they’re the only clouds associated with descending air.)
- The severe storms in the middle of the country this week dropped so much hail on Omaha, they needed front-end loaders to clear it out.
- El Nino has just about completely faded out…and now long-range forecasts point to a 75% chance of a La Nina event this fall and winter.
- A bit of debris chipped the International Space Station — a tiny chip, but there’s a LOT of space junk up there.
- The ISS will have company in less than ten years — here’s a closer look at China’s planned space station.
- Researchers are getting a much more detailed look at the interaction between the Earth’s magnetic field and the solar wind.
- Why texting isn’t like other kinds of distracted driving.
- We showed the “rat in a Dr Pepper bottle” story on Channel 4 earlier this week…now, here’s a complete history of rodents in soda containers.