I know, I know…you’re ready for a break from the heat and humidity. And you’re ready for it right NOW. The bad news is, we’re in for two more days of hot and humid weather…but the good news is that the Labor Day weekend will bring us a nice break from the mugginess! So just keep the good news in mind as you look at today’s forecast highs:
And today’s forecast heat indices:
Not much of a storm chance today — like yesterday, just a 20% shot. There are a few blips on the HRRR model’s radar simulation though, so maybe you’ll hit the jackpot:
Still hot, and still very muggy tomorrow…maybe a degree or two cooler than today, but you won’t be able to notice much of a difference:
A cold front will approach from the north tomorrow — that front won’t actually move through the Midstate until Thursday, but it will be close enough on Wednesday to squeeze the atmosphere overhead and give us a slightly better chance of showers and a few storms:
As front actually moves through on Thursday, we could still see some spotty showers, especially in the first half of the day. More importantly, temperatures will only reach the 80s, and the humidity will be steadily dropping throughout the day. Dew points will drop from the upper 60s Thursday morning to the low 60s by sunset…that’s good progress on the “muggy meter”:
Things are looking pretty good for Vanderbilt’s game against South Carolina Thursday evening, especially with that northerly breeze:
And if you’re making the drive to Knoxville for UT’s game against Appalachian State, the weather is looking cooperative there as well:
Things in the tropics have come into better focus regarding both systems we’ve been watching closely — the tropical depression off the coast of North Carolina will briefly strengthen to a tropical storm as it approaches and then turns away from the Outer Banks:
And the tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico will strengthen to a tropical storm before it makes landfall to the north of Tampa late Thursday:
Neither system will have a direct impact on our weather around here.
More weather nerdiness and other assorted science news…
- In addition to the tropical depressions I briefly discussed above, there are three more hurricanes and an area of potential development that meteorologists are watching.
- One of the new tools meteorologists are using to track tropical systems far from land: weather drones.
- I went on a little Twitter-rant last week about social media meteorologists jumping the gun on naming these tropical systems and scaring people to death. A meteorologist from the Weather Channel asks, is it even worth sharing forecast model data on social media?
- Interesting stuff here: the different climates you can find in caves.
- Even as their icy habitats melt around them, polar bears refuse to leave.
- The latest generation of unmanned interplanetary spacecraft has revealed diverse landscapes throughout our solar system.
- In their attempt to discover the still-just-theorized ninth planet in the solar system, astronomers have discovered plenty of other distant objects in orbit around our Sun.
- A strong signal from a neighboring solar system has E.T. enthusiasts speculating…
- …but that signal is probably nothing.
- The hardest thing in physics is learning to think like a physicist.
- Science hasn’t proven much about dental hygiene.
- A new poll shows that most Americans aren’t enthusiastic about the idea of self-driving cars.