A bit crunched for time this morning, so we’ll keep the weather discussion short-but-sweet. Rain is likely through much of today. This loop of the HRRR model had a good handle on the pre-sunrise rain, so I’m relatively confident in how it depicts the rain’s progress throughout the day:
That particular model shows the heaviest rain moving east of I-65 by mid-afternoon, and off the Cumberland Plateau just after sunset. Total rainfall amounts look to be most substantial west of I-65 (that’s quite a change from yesterday’s forecast data):
A few stronger storms are possible this afternoon, but the Storm Prediction Center hasn’t outlooked us for anything other than “general thunderstorms.” (That’s their way of saying, “don’t worry about it.”)
The rain will take a break tonight, but more spotty showers are possible Saturday, especially east of I-65. As I said yesterday, don’t cancel any outdoor plans, unless the tiniest bit of rain would ruin those plans. We’re talking about very light, very brief, splash-and-dash kind of showers:
We’ll dry out Saturday night, and Sunday looks nothing short of perfect. Yeah, I said it: PERFECT. You got complaints about Sunday’s weather, take ’em elsewhere:
The warming trend will continue next week, but the humidity won’t be noticeable until Wednesday, when it will be substantial enough to fuel some scattered storms which will continue into Thursday.
Last batch of nerd-links for the work week…
- The year-to-date tornado count nationwide is running below average. (Old article, updated map.)
- The ethics of “extreme” tornado chasing…or, how close is TOO close?
- I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been asked this question: why don’t we just detonate a nuclear weapon to get rid of a hurricane before it makes landfall?
- As polar bears are forced farther inland (because of diminishing Arctic ice), a new polar bear/grizzly bear hybrid is emerging.
- A pre-historic mega-tsunami with 400-foot waves is interesting enough…plus it was caused by a meteor impact…AND it was on Mars.
- Speaking of Mars, the Hubble Space Telescope recently snapped a really good picture of the red planet.
- Still more Mars-related news from yesterday: Lockheed Martin announced plans to try to put astronauts in orbit around Mars by 2028.
- The New York Times just released a virtual reality app that lets you stand on the surface of Pluto.
- We’re coming up on the first anniversary of the New Horizons probe’s flyby of Pluto — time to meet the next rock the probe will visit.
- Astronomers have discovered new evidence of icy comets in orbit around a star much like our own Sun.
- Some astronomers estimate (speculate?) that there may have been as many as one trillion separate civilizations in the Universe throughout cosmic history.
- DNA tests can help physicians avoid dangerous drug interactions…so why aren’t more doctors using those exams?
- This is pretty cool: a real-time visualization of electrical activity in the brain.
- Something to consider before you jump into a public pool this summer.