Generally calm weather expected this week, with temperatures running above normal all the way through the weekend. A few clouds will float through today today, but temperatures will still reach up to the mid to upper 70s this afternoon:
Just a couple of degrees cooler tomorrow, then close to 80° Wednesday. A chance of showers heads our way Wednesday night, but it doesn’t look like it will amount to much. The RPM model is showing some late-night showers, but they’ll probably just be enough to settle the dust a bit:
The northern two-thirds of the Midstate are now classified as “abnormally dry” on the U.S. Drought Monitor, with “moderate drought” conditions in the southern counties:
Things are much worse down around Chattanooga and into northwestern Georgia and northeastern Alabama, with extreme/exceptional drought conditions there.
Lots of space stuff in the nerd-news today…
- Nine cities that are best-positioned to avoid the impacts of climate change over the next 25 years.
- A direct link between two geological faults could give seismologists a better idea where the next major Bay Area quake may occur.
- The European Space Agency probe that was supposed to land on Mars last week…well, it landed. And then some. The impact left a crater.
- Data from NASA’s Juno spacecraft has given scientists their first peek beneath Jupiter’s clouds.
- Juno had a technical glitch as it approached Jupiter last week, but all of the instruments are working and the mission will continue.
- Saturn changes color with the seasons.
- The hunt is on for “Planet Nine”…but astronomers are discovering plenty of other distant objects in the solar system during their search.
- Astronomers are now using the Kepler spacecraft to search for planets around smaller and cooler stars.
- SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk famously thinks so — is it possible that the Universe is just a simulation?
- A little statistical nerdiness: what do the results of early voting reveal?
- 20 weird dog and cat behaviors explained by science.