The humidity is taking another noticeable dive today, and the drier air is going to stick around through the end of the work week! Today’s highs in the low to mid 80s will feel “comfortably warm” thanks to a nice breeze from the northwest:
Dry air, clear skies, and calming winds will spell some cool overnight temperatures the next couple of nights…open up the windows before you head to bed tonight to take advantage of the free air conditioning!
Another cool start Thursday, but we’ll warm up a bit more in the afternoon (although the humidity will still be very tolerable). The real heat kicks in on Friday, and it will make itself right at home through the weekend:
There will be enough humidity by Saturday and Sunday to push the heat index up to (or above) 100 degrees, and a few isolated storms will be possible Sunday afternoon.
Lots of weather stuff and other science-related nerdiness today…
- Tropical Storm Colin caused plenty of problems in Florida, but it stayed well below hurricane strength. The last time a major hurricane (Category 3+) hit the U.S., Barack Obama was still a senator, and Twitter didn’t exist.
- Scientists are using archived data from spy satellites to evaluate changes in Antarctic ice levels.
- Why ice ages are different in the northern and southern hemispheres.
- Norway is trying to phase out the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2025.
- There were 23 nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll in the 1940s and 1950s, and the radiation associated with those tests has lingered far longer than expected.
- There’s basically no landscape on Earth that humans haven’t altered to at least some extent.
- Stephen Hawking and his colleagues have found a clue pointing the way out of black holes.
- Speaking of black holes, astronomers may soon capture the first real image of a black hole.
- This is a fun mental exercise: comparing historical physicists to historical boxers.
- Cash made of plastic is coming soon to Great Britain.
- Archaeologists excavating a medieval cemetery uncovered over a dozen anti-vampire burials.
- The “most underrated” place in every state. (This will kill some time if you’re bored at work.)
- I never hit the snooze button — I’d rather stay in “real” sleep until the last possible minute. But if you’re addicted to the snooze button, there might be a biological reason.
- Surprisingly, The Day After Tomorrow isn’t THE most-scientifically-ridiculous presentation of a natural disaster on film. It’s in the top five, though…