We started off chilly this morning! The lowest temperature I saw in Nashville was 36° (we’ll get the “official” reading later this morning), but a few spots started off in the upper 20s! Abundant sunshine in store for us today, and we’ll warm up nicely with highs this afternoon reaching the mid to upper 60s.
Another wave of cooler air heads in for Saturday, when highs will only reach up to around 60°. Frosty conditions possible again Sunday morning — don’t worry too much about the slight shower chance Sunday afternoon:
That 20% chance is the “just in case” forecast — some forecast models keep us sunny and dry, but the European and Canadian models are both hinting at some clouds and light shower activity in eastern Middle Tennessee late in the day. Are those models onto something, or is it just a little hiccup in the data? Time will tell, but I’m not getting carried away with the rain chances considering we’re stuck in such a dry pattern overall.
Scrounged up some nerd-news from around the internet…
- This fall has been so warm, some cities are setting records for latest first freeze. (Nashville’s record for the latest first freeze is November 27, 2009.)
- 2015 was the warmest year on record globally. That might be “normal” by as early as 2025. Speculative? Yes…but the math is sound.
- A major ocean current is getting wider as the climate warms.
- What it would really mean if the President-elect pulls the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement (as he promised to do during the campaign).
- There were a lot jokes made yesterday about the accuracy of election forecasts versus weather forecasts, but that’s a false equivalency.
- Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com points out how big a difference 1% can make. (By the way, I highly recommend reading Nate’s book, The Signal and The Noise.)
- Also from FiveThirtyEight.com, from a couple of months ago: What’s science likely to look like under the Trump Administration?
- This article was written after the 2014 mid-term elections, but the question is still valid: how should pollsters gather data now that fewer people answer calls?
- The presidency obviously wasn’t the only thing on the ballot Tuesday: Florida voters decided to keep solar-friendly policies in place.
- George Washington survived a surprising number of medical ailments on his way to winning the Revolutionary War and serving as our first president.
- How one of the strongest volcanic eruptions ever spawned a tsunami that ended one of Europe’s first civilizations.