We started off this morning with some VERY dense fog, but now that the fog is gone our temperatures will be warming up substantially. Highs this afternoon will be a couple degrees above average, around or just above 90 degrees:
So…yeah, that’s still hot. But the humidity will be heading in nicer direction over the next 36 hours. It still felt gross this morning, with dew points around 70 — slightly better than the low to mid 70s of Monday, but still not where we want to be on the “muggy meter”:
But dew points will be down to the low to mid 60s this afternoon…
…down to around 60 by early Wednesday morning…
…and into the 50s by Wednesday afternoon!
The drier will be pushed our way by northerly winds — those winds will squeeze the atmosphere a bit this afternoon, which mostly just means we’ll see some clouds overhead. I can’t completely rule out the possibility of an isolated shower/storm this afternoon, but I’m not willing to call it anything higher than a 10% chance:
Wednesday and Thursday are looking quite nice — warm, but that’s perfectly normal for late June. The lower humidity makes all the difference!
You probably also noticed the storm chances for the 4th of July weekend…I wish I had better news for you there. At this point, the more reliable long-range forecast models (particularly the European model) are depicting a weak front that will get stuck in our neighborhood, yielding a pretty good chance of storms each day. Total rainfall amounts from the European model might make you re-think your outdoor plans…
…but don’t cancel anything yet! It’s only Tuesday, so there’s time for the weather pattern to shift, or for the models to change their minds. Plus, as we get closer to the weekend we’ll (hopefully) be able to narrow down the timing/placement of the best rain chances. If you have outdoor stuff on your agenda, just have an indoor “Plan B” in mind, but hold off a few days before you pull the trigger on that. We’ll keep you updated throughout the week.
Lots of space stuff in the nerd-news today, but we’ll lead off with some serious mathematical geekiness…
- Did you know today is the most mathematically perfect day of the year?
- Why last week’s flooding in West Virginia was so deadly and destructive.
- The “overachieving” Hubble Space Telescope just had its mission extended for another five years.
- For the second time this month, the side of the Sun that faces the Earth is completely free of sunspots.
- Data from the Mars Curiosity rover show that the red planet used to be a lot like Earth.
- As we’re waiting for NASA’s Juno probe to get to Jupiter (next Monday), check out 10 facts about the solar system’s biggest planet.
- In April, the New Horizons probe made its closest pass to its first post-Pluto target.
- There may be a vast number of black holes in our galaxy that have gone unnoticed until now.
- Last month’s naming of new man-made elements prompts this interesting question: does the periodic table have an end?
- If you have a habit of procrastinating, try pre-crastinating instead.
- How “wildlings” on Game of Thrones are like the barbarians of Ancient Rome.
- Pizza-making robots?