Summer officially starts a week from today, but the weather is definitely in full summertime mode this week. Temperatures today will reach the low to mid 90s:
Dew points this afternoon will hover in the upper 60s and low 70s, which is not where we want to be on the “muggy meter”:
Factor the heat and humidity together, and the heat index will be close to 100 today:
It’s not all bad news, though — while we just had isolated storms over the weekend, we’ll start seeing a better chance of afternoon pop-up storms today. It’ll be hit-and-miss activity, but at least there’s a chance of a brief cooldown courtesy of Mother Nature. Futurecast (this is the RPM) model shows the spotty nature of today’s storms:
A different model, the HRRR, isn’t too impressed with our rain chances today either:
There will be a little bit of fluctuation in the daily storm chances — a slightly better chance tomorrow, and the best chance of showers and storms arriving late Wednesday and Wednesday night. The Wednesday storms will have the best chance of becoming stronger, but at this point the Storm Prediction Center thinks the greatest threat of severe thunderstorms will stay to our north:
However, the SPC’s short-range ensemble forecast model shows the better ingredients for stronger storms coming together a little closer to us Wednesday afternoon:
Once the Wednesday night storms move through, our rain chances will diminish Thursday and Friday…and at this point, it looks like the weekend will be dry:
The humidity should be noticeably lower by Saturday and Sunday, but until then it will be “air you can wear.”
Usually there’s a heavy dose of weather and astronomy in the links, but today it’s more of an eclectic assortment of nerdiness.
- Hailstorms this spring in San Antonio were the costliest in U.S. history.
- Light pollution blocks viewing the Milky Way for 80% of Americans.
- How chemists are improving on photosynthesis to produce fuels of the future.
- Using physics to explain why your earbuds always end up in a tangled knot.
- Three lessons for anyone pursuing a science-related career.
- Statistical analysis has revealed the ugliest color in the world.
- Exposure to blue-wavelength light improves reaction times. Weird.
- A new study suggests that people with specific vitamin deficiencies may be more prone to migraines.
- Nightmare fuel: millions of spiders have covered an Australian town with silk.
- The weirdest senses that animals have (that humans don’t).
- There’s no way the government of Brazil will do it, but scientists think the 2016 Olympics should be postponed because of the Zika virus.
- Assuming the Olympics go on as scheduled, researchers have come up with a way to scientifically predict how many medals each country will win.