The weekend is almost here, and so is the heat. Highs today will reach the low to mid 90s:
The good news today is that the humidity won’t be bad…yet. Dew points this afternoon will still be in the 50s, which is where we want to be on the Muggy Meter:
Futurecast does show higher dew points closer to the Tennessee River, but I think it’s a little too aggressive in bringing the mugginess in that early.
The heat continues to build on Saturday:
And the humidity will be increasing as well, with dew points in significantly less-comfortable territory by Saturday afternoon:
Factor the heat and humidity together, and you get heat indices approaching 100 degrees:
The heat continues into Monday, when we’ll make our strongest run at setting (or tying) the daily record high temperature:
That’s an OLD record for Monday — the oldest person on Earth is an Italian woman who’s 116 years old, and even she wasn’t alive when Monday’s record high temperature was set.
Better storm chances return to the forecast next week, with the heat and humidity still entrenched over the Midstate:
Eventually one of the 40% days will yield a higher storm chance, but the forecast data is still at odds regarding which day. I’d bet on Wednesday being a wetter and slightly cooler (mid to upper 80s) day, but that’s that’s more hunch than science, so I’m not adjusting the 7-day forecast in that direction just yet.
Last batch of nerdiness for the week…
- The hot weather pattern heading our way for the weekend has been bringing record high temperatures to the western United States.
- It’s official, El Nino is over. Among the effects it had: the warmest year on record for Earth, highest carbon dioxide levels recorded, most major tropical cyclones in the northern hemisphere.
- An interesting way to get rid of excess carbon dioxide — capture it and turn it into rock.
- The recent flooding in France and Germany may have happened regardless of climate change, but a warmer atmosphere is a heavy thumb on the scale when it comes to flooding.
- One of the galaxy’s youngest planets may already be in the process of being ripped apart by its host star.
- The list of people who understand quantum mechanics isn’t exactly lengthy…but it turns out that birds might have us beat. Yes, the same animals that fly into plate-glass windows.
- Tennessee now has a namesake element on the periodic table (Tennessine) — this article talks about how the other elements got their names.
- Stem cells will eventually revolutionize organ transplants.
- 5 things you should know about grilling burgers, including the “color myth.”
- ISIS, like the Taliban before it, is notorious for destroying cultural landmarks. But advancing technology is helping document the destruction, and could allow those landmarks to eventually be re-built.
- This is excellent news — you’ll soon be able to schedule an Uber ride, up to 30 days in advance.