Our long-awaited break from the heat and humidity has arrived, and it’s going to stick around through tomorrow. Temperatures today will only reach the low to mid 80s:
More importantly, dew points will be below 60 degrees today, which is right where we want to be on the “muggy meter”:
Summertime isn’t done with us yet, not by a long shot.
The humidity will increase Tuesday night, and we’ll be back in the hot-and-muggy weather pattern Wednesday through the weekend:
Just that isolated storm chance, mostly in the afternoons. One of the long-range forecast models is hinting at a higher storm chance Friday through Sunday, but I’m not buying into that just yet — we’ll keep you posted as the week unfolds. In the meantime, get and outside and take advantage of the nice weather today and tomorrow!
Lots of weather-related stuff today, plus assorted other nerdiness…
- Louisiana continues to recover from exceptional flooding — the storms there dropped three times as much rain as Hurricane Katrina. (Of course, the storm surge with Katrina produced the worst of the damage.)
- It’s too soon for precise damage numbers in Louisiana, but those numbers will likely register in the billions of dollars.
- It’s looking more and more like extreme flooding is the “new normal.”
- We have the Fujita scale for tornadoes, the Saffir-Simpson scale for hurricanes…is it time for a similar scale to categorize flooding?
- Scientists are testing a system designed to predict lightning strike frequency up to three months in advance.
- Most people have noticed it, but very few people realize that the “smell of rain” has a name — petrichor.
- Beautiful blue lakes are showing up in eastern Antarctica…but that’s not a good thing.
- It’s an election year, so sooner or later some candidate will ask: why do we spend money on NASA when we have problems here on the ground? The short answer is — exploring our boundaries and expanding our knowledge helps solve some of those problems. This article goes into more detail.
- Astronomers have captured images of a “classical nova” — where a white dwarf star siphons off gas from a nearby larger star…until it explodes.
- This one contains some heavy mental lifting, but it’s interesting: is everything in the Universe the same age?
- It’s now possible to do a genetic test to identify young athletes who are most at risk for concussions…but the athletes themselves aren’t wild about it.
- The Olympics are over, but there’s still some Olympic-related science to share, for instance: the secrets of synchronized swimming.
- What would be possible if performance-enhancing drugs were LEGAL?
- Science: where finding nothing is the best thing you can hope for.
- More and more people are using their vacation days to just get a decent night of sleep.
- Behind the scenes of television and movie magic — how green screens actually work.
- Scientists tend to ignore conspiracy theories, because most of them don’t even hold up to the application of common sense. But every once in a while, people who know what they’re talking about wade into the internet crazy-zone, and thoroughly debunk the nonsense. Here are five such examples.