Let’s start with some good news: higher storm chances later this week will give us some relief from the heat! “Relief” is relative, of course…this time of year, if we stay in the upper 80s, it’s an unseasonably cool day. Before those higher storm chances arrive though, we’re still in for another couple of days of sweltering weather. Yesterday’s high temperature in Nashville was 96, and we’ll be around that level again today:
Factor in the humidity, and indices will likely be over 100:
Spotty storms are possible today, but not terribly likely — the HRRR forecast model shows a few blips on the radar simulation, but it looks like the best rain chances will stay off to our north today:
The unsettled pattern to our north will drop down closer to us the rest of the week. It won’t happen all at once, but we’ll see better and better storm chances on a daily basis. Tomorrow’s rain chance isn’t anything to get too excited about yet, but it’s a better opportunity to feel some rain-cooled air in the afternoon:
The best chance of thunderstorms looks like it will shape up Thursday and Friday — our severe weather potential doesn’t look very impressive at this point, but we’ll be able to get a better idea about that later this week:
Some Monday nerdiness…
- Yeah, it’s been hot here, but it could be worse — parts of the Middle East reached high temperatures close to 130 degrees last week.
- Also, the humidity was high enough close to the Persian Gulf that the heat index couldn’t even be calculated!
- How air conditioning changed the way buildings are designed.
- Three former Treasury Secretaries (representing both parties) say that companies should be required to reveal the risks that climate change poses to their operations.
- A volcanic eruption in the early 1800s led to a brief global cool-down…but scientists still don’t know exactly where the eruption occurred.
- One of the biggest hurdles in the path to using more hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles is the expense in actually producing hydrogen. But an Australian company may be onto something…
- The Mars Curiosity rover now has the ability to make its own decisions. (Sort of.)
- NASA is developing a probe (to launch in 2018) that will study the outer layers of the Sun’s atmosphere.
- Venus is messing with the orbit of Halley’s comet.
- Forget about faster-than-light travel from Star Trek…faster-than-light communication isn’t even likely.
- Some of the other “impossible technologies” from Star Trek.
- As if iPhones, iPads, and the Apple Watch weren’t enough, Apple is apparently working on a car design. (iCar? iAuto?)