May 24: Taste of Summer, Daily Links


Summer doesn’t officially arrive until June 20 (12:34pm, to be exact), but for all intents and purposes it’s already here.  Today’s average high temperature is 80 degrees, but we’ll beat that by several degrees this afternoon, topping out in the mid to upper 80s:

The past several mornings have been cool, but that’s not going to be the case for the rest of the week — tonight’s lows will only drop to the low to mid 60s:

Even warmer Wednesday, with high temperatures threatening 90 degrees:

The challenge for forecasters this week is in trying to pin down our rain/storm chances each day.  Today’s humidity will remain low, which means any showers that try to move in from the west should fizzle…still, Futurecast holds onto a slight chance in western Middle Tennessee:
I wouldn’t worry about it if you have outdoor plans.  The same very slight chance of a shower or storm will repeat itself Wednesday:

Today is the last “not too humid” day we’ll get for a while — the humidity won’t be dreadful yet on Wednesday, but it will be more noticeable as dew points climb to near 60.  Dew points will be into the 60s on Thursday…as a refresher, here’s where that ranks on the “muggy meter”:

As the humidity increases, so does our chance of scattered thunderstorms.  In this summer-like weather pattern, the most-likely time for those storms is around midday and into the afternoon, but trying to pin down the exact when/where of pop-up storms is like trying to hit a dartboard from the International Space Station.  The broader view is our friend here, and it shows a decent storm chance Thursday (but still less than 50%) and some spotty storms Friday:

The summer-like pattern will continue through Memorial Day weekend: hot and muggy, with at least a chance of storms every day:
Right now I’m thinking that there will be enough downward motion in the atmosphere Saturday and Sunday to help suppress widespread thunderstorm development…I’m not too impressed with Monday’s rain chances either, but temperatures around 90 might be hot enough to bust the lid on the atmosphere and allow a few storms to fire up.



  • In an age of text alerts, cell phone warnings, and weather radios, do we still need tornado sirens?
  • Some spectacular images from a supercell thunderstorm that developed over Kansas last weekend.
  • The Atlantic hurricane season starts a week from tomorrow.
  • The Climate Prediction Center estimates a 40-50% chance of above-average temperatures in our part of the world this summer.
  • Several coastal cities are hiring “chief resilience officers” to help plan for the impacts of climate change.
  • There’s a bit of a squabble brewing about how NASA searches for and categorizes the asteroids that cross Earth’s path.
  • As the largest planet in our solar system (and with much stronger gravity), Jupiter gets hit by “space stuff” much more often…in fact, several times every year.
  • There are an estimated 20,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the observable Universe…with all of that light, why does space appear black?
  • A Japanese company wants to launch microsatellites to create man-made meteor showers…both for entertainment and research.
  • A friend of mine climbed Mount Everest a few years ago…the pictures are spectacular (as is the experience, if he’s to be believed) — but I wouldn’t be able to get past the risk.  Three people have died and two more are missing on the mountain, just since last weekend.
  • Are neuroscientists closer to pinpointing the origin of migraines?  (PLEASE?)

About paulheggen33

Morning meteorologist for WNCN-TV in Raleigh.
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One Response to May 24: Taste of Summer, Daily Links

  1. Bill Markut says:

    It would be nice if the storms would hold off as we will be on the lawn at the Ascend watching Jimmy Buffet on Thursday night … let’s work on that idea! 😉

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