The new (and abbreviated!) work week got off to a chilly start:
This is the coldest morning we’ve seen around here for quite a while, although Nashville did finally get its first official freeze of autumn yesterday. That snapped our streak of non-freezing temperatures at 259 days:
Our next chance of rain moves in on Wednesday — no thunder expected, just some very welcome rainfall. Futurecast (using the RPM model, if you’re curious) shows widespread rain throughout the day:
The rain could slow things down for drivers trying to travel for Thanksgiving — just ordinary “puddle delays” though, no flooding or severe weather. Total rainfall amounts will mostly be in the 0.25″ to 0.5″ range:
The rain shouldn’t impact air travel to any great extent. The largest travel hubs with significant rain chances on Wednesday are Chicago and Houston:
The rain should be gone in time for Thanksgiving, with temperatures near-normal through the holiday weekend:
Another chance of rain heads our way by Sunday — not exactly well-timed for holiday travel, but we need the rain! Our rainfall deficit is still significant:
- There’s a new weather satellite in orbit this morning, after a successful launch on Saturday. This is a big deal — it will give us a better look at existing weather systems, and the higher-resolution data will help improve forecasts as well.
- More perspective on why the GOES-R satellite is a game-changer.
- A good piece from the meteorologist I watched most while growing up in Minnesota — on the local symptoms of a worldwide weather phenomenon.
- A company called Deep Space Industries is going to send a probe to study a near-Earth asteroid.
- One of the many reasons why science education is important — it teaches kids that it’s okay if you don’t succeed on the first try.
- 10 ludicrously advanced technologies we can expect (maybe?) by the year 2100.
- No word yet on who will fill the role in the new administration, but here’s a look at what the president’s science advisor actually does.
- Fashion math: how many ways are there to tie a tie?
- The consequence of a thousand years of selective breeding: dogs are less athletic than they used to be.