Overnight clouds kept temperatures mostly in the 50s to start the day, but those clouds didn’t produce any precipitation. We’re getting to the point where we could really use some rain! The latest update from the US Drought Monitor shows the southern and eastern parts of the Midstate under “abnormally dry” conditions, with the southeastern corner in moderate to severe drought:
The next update to that map (due out on Thursday) will likely show a significant expansion of the abnormally dry region.
A chance of showers moves in late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. The Futurecast models have differing thoughts about that rain chance…the RPM model dissolves the rain on the way in:
The BAMS model is a little more impressive:
The best chance of picking up anything more than a trace of rainfall will be to the northwest of Nashville.
Still some Matthew-related content this morning, but plenty of other nerdiness as well…
- This collection of photos and detailed maps shows the extent of Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in Haiti.
- The death toll in Haiti is nothing short of tragic — over 1000 now.
- The traditional methods of measuring hurricane intensity take into account wind speed and air pressure, but not rainfall. The flooding in North Carolina shows that meteorologists might need to re-think how we categorize tropical systems.
- Part of what drove the record-setting rain associated with Matthew is the record-warm water temperature of the Gulf Stream.
- A visual summary of 100 years of hurricanes in Florida.
- Germany took a step toward banning internal-combustion engines — they’re hoping to have only zero-emission vehicles on the roads by 2030.
- Late next year, NASA will launch a new observatory that will conduct a “whole-sky survey” — looking for previously-undiscovered planets outside our solar system.
- The Hubble Space Telescope has detected giant blobs of superhot gas being ejected near a dying star.
- If you know someone who’s always on WebMD trying to diagnose their own symptoms, here’s a number you can share: 34%. That’s how often symptom-tracker apps and sites get the diagnosis right.
- You may be able to train your brain to be fearless. (A great thing for people with severe anxiety — for the rest of us, a little fear is a healthy thing!)
- Why you shouldn’t do a strenuous workout when you’re upset.
- Are you really more likely to get sick when the seasons change?
- Human lifespans have increased steadily as medical technology has improved — but there may be an upper limit to how long we can potentially live.
- 25 scientific tips for raising happy and healthy kids.
- Tail-wagging, licking, sneezing: all behaviors related to how a dog uses its superior sense of smell.
- Bigger brains = longer yawns.