The October heat wave rolls on — we have near-record high temperatures in the forecast both today and tomorrow, with highs in the upper 80s. Today’s record of 87° in Nashville is likely to be broken:
And we’ll at least approach tomorrow’s record of 89°:
A good chance of showers and thunderstorms moves in Thursday, which will bring an end of the warm spell. The timing of the storms is still up in the air, but the forecast models are indicating some morning shower activity:
Which then gives way to some stronger storms from midday, through the afternoon and into early evening:
The atmospheric setup won’t be all that favorable for severe storms, but any time there’s such a sharp temperature change we can expect some fireworks. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined a “Marginal Risk” of severe thunderstorms producing damaging thunderstorm winds:
I’m not too worried about it at this point, but we’ll dive into some details tomorrow as the overall situation comes into better focus.
- Hurricane Nicole hit Bermuda last week and moved off into the north Atlantic Ocean, but the storm is still having a big impact on wave heights.
- 2016 is essentially locked into being the warmest year on record following a record hot September.
- It rained in Los Angeles yesterday — for the first time in 165 days! And you thought it was dry around here.
- NOAA has shifted back to forecasting a weak La Nina episode in the Pacific. I’ll have some info about what that could mean for our long-range winter forecast in a blog post later this week.
- The video in this link is not for those who are afraid of flying: strong crosswinds forced a pilot to bail on a landing at the last second.
- The BBC’s “Planet Earth” was spectacular, and the follow up (creatively titled “Planet Earth II”) looks just as great.
- Uh oh: NASA’s Juno probe (orbiting and studying Jupiter) has a malfunctioning engine.
- Yet another spacecraft is about to visit Mars.
- Japan’s Akatsuki probe to Venus almost failed. This week, some of its discoveries are being revealed, including insight into that planet’s atmosphere.
- Why does Venus spin the opposite direction as Earth?
- New research indicates the Universe may contain ten times as many galaxies as previously thought. So if there are two trillion galaxies, each with 100 billion stars, there are 200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 suns out there. That’s a lot.
- A little Halloween nerdery: how long could you survive being buried alive in a coffin?
- It’s discouraging, but science has been largely absent from the presidential race. (Don’t expect that to change at tomorrow night’s debate, either.)
- Scientists have figured out how to create alcohol out of thin air.
- You may think you know when your child is lying, but a scientific study found that adults can only catch a kid’s lie about half the time.