The forecast data has been remarkably consistent this week, both in terms of the comfortable weather over the past few days AND the upcoming heat wave this weekend. The Festival Forecast looks pretty much the same today as it did 24 hours ago:
That forecast applies for both Nashville and Manchester — any temperature difference between the two locations looks to be negligible.
One more “comfortably warm” day today, with low humidity and a light northeasterly breezy to go along with abundant sunshine. Temperatures will be a few degrees warmer than yesterday, but still at least close to normal for this time of year:
The hour-by-hour forecast doesn’t look too bad, especially if you’ll be at Nissan Stadium this evening for the first official night of CMA Fest:
The heat will stick around through the weekend. Forecast highs through early next week are only 2-3 degrees off the daily record high temperatures:
The mugginess will be climbing on Saturday, and “air you can wear” will be entrenched by Sunday. Heat index values will likely be in the 100-102 range both Saturday and Sunday afternoons — plan on staying well-hydrated, and find some A/C whenever you can!
The higher humidity Sunday will yield at least some rain chance, but it looks like 20% is the best we can do. A better chance of pop-up afternoon thunderstorms will develop Monday and Tuesday, but the best chance of rain looks like it will arrive Tuesday night and Wednesday:
That’s a LONG way off in the weather forecasting world, so there will undoubtedly be some adjustments to the forecast in that time frame. Stay tuned…
Your daily dose of the nerdy…
- The satellite data is in (still waiting on NASA’s analysis) — May 2016 was globally the second-warmest May on record.
- Still only five lightning fatalities nationwide so far this year, but twice that number of children who have died trapped in hot cars. Inexcusable.
- A “derecho” is a long-track severe thunderstorm wind event, but that definition is rather nebulous. It’s time for that to change.
- A lot has changed in Florida since the last major hurricane hit the state.
- Alaska just recorded it’s warmest spring season on record.
- Nearby, the “melt season” is just beginning in the Arctic Ocean, but sea ice is already reaching record lows.
- It’s a popular trope on various scientifically-dubious web sites, but did scientists in the 1970s really say that another ice age was coming?
- Researchers are using “fingerprints” left by strong storms on the ocean floor to better understand storms that have already happened and to model and predict how future storms will behave.
- A company in San Antonio is coming up with new ways to make solar power a more affordable option.
- Large planets that orbit close to their stars may hide atmospheric water underneath their clouds.
- Easily my favorite article of the day, because it is so DEEPLY nerdy: the physics of why wiffle balls have holes.