Our early-autumn heat wave will continue for a few more days, but there is relief in sight by next week! Until then, be prepared to perspire — high temperatures today, tomorrow and Sunday will reach the low 90s, with enough humidity to make it feel like the mid 90s:
I’m not forecasting any record highs at this point, but we’ll be awfully close:
If you’re going to the Titans game against the Raiders on Sunday, think ahead and be ready for the heat. The kickoff temperature at noon will be near 90 already, and the mercury will hover in the low 90s throughout the game:
You might not feel overheated when you’re out tailgating before the game, with some shade and a refreshing beverage in-hand…but once you’re inside Nissan Stadium, the sun will be relentless.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms moves towards the Midstate on Monday, the timing of which is still up in the air. The two major medium-range forecast models are closer than they were the past couple of days, but still showing some discrepancies. The American GFS model brings scattered showers and storms into the Midstate already by midday Monday:
That would mean an end to the heat wave already Monday! But the European forecast model holds the rain chance off until Monday evening, and doesn’t produce much precipitation at all:
I’m shading my forecast towards the European model’s timing (late Monday), with the American model’s intensity (a decent chance of at least SOME rain) — all of that means we’ll still heat up to around 90 on Monday before the best chance of rain develops. Atmospheric moisture doesn’t look tremendously impressive, so the severe weather potential should remain low. I don’t think this will be a prolonged rain event, and there’s still plenty of uncertainty regarding the entire situation, which is why the rain chance is still less than 50%. Stay tuned for forecast adjustments over the weekend!
Last batch of nerdery for the week…
- We showed some flooding video from Wisconsin on the newscast this morning, but parts of Minnesota have seen ridiculous amounts of rain as well.
- Take the Capital Weather Gang’s quiz to find out which season you are. (I’m autumn.)
- A natural ally against climate change may not be as strong as previously thought.
- It’s not enough to cause any problems, but atmospheric oxygen levels have been slowly dropping over the last million years.
- Data from the Hubble Space Telescope has helped astronomers confirm a Neptune-sized planet that orbits TWO stars.
- “Gravitational lensing” is a method that lets astronomers identify exoplanets and other features WAY out there in space — here’s how it works.
- Here’s your mind-bender for the day — what is the physics of nothing?
- We can’t always trust our own thoughts, and this huge chart of cognitive biases shows why.
- The 5G wireless network sounds pretty great…but it doesn’t exist yet.
- Here are the ten best-feeling songs according to a scientific study. (I agree with maybe two and a half of the ten.)
- Not sure if this will work, but I’m willing to give it a try — “brush your brain” while you brush your teeth.