Colder air came crashing into the Midstate overnight, and it will be cold and breezy throughout the day. High temperatures will only top out around 40° despite the sun emerging overhead:
The wind will make it feel even colder:
A warm-but-unsettled weekend in store for us, with highs in the mid to upper 60s both Saturday and Sunday — just spotty showers and noticeable breeze on Saturday, then a better chance of showers and a few storms on Sunday:
Once Sunday’s system moves through, a near-average weather pattern will settle in for most of next week — that means highs mostly in the 50s, and lows mostly in the 30s:
Just a chance of rain showers Tuesday…no wintry precipitation in the forecast at this point!
- The National Weather Service rated the tornado that rolled through parts of the New Orleans area as an EF-3.
- Big snow this morning in the northeastern United States, although the storm isn’t technically a “nor’easter.”
- The Midstate has had unusually mild winter so far, and (despite this morning’s blizzard conditions) the East Coast has been unusually warm too.
- It’s been a weird winter in the Arctic as well. REALLY weird.
- Why does it really matter if there’s less ice in the Arctic?
- The only “debate” about climate change is only occurring among people who aren’t actually climate scientists…which mirrors another “debate” farther back in history.
- The political divide over climate change is showing signs of eroding — a group of Republican elder statesmen is calling for a carbon tax to fight climate change.
- Video from the International Space Station shows rarely-photographed blue lightning dancing above a thunderstorm.
- Some cool eclipse stuff, since the total eclipse is just six months away…did you know that the Moon’s shadow is never a perfect circle?
- Studying ancient Earth’s atmosphere may help NASA better understand which hazy, distant planets have conditions suitable for life.
- Eruptions from “red dwarf” stars may cause oxygen loss for planets in the habitable zone around those stars, making the planets not-so-habitable.
- This is really clever — “The Proxima Trail“: Could you survive the journey out to an exoplanet?
- Sand that was fused into glass by the world’s first atomic blast is being used to test theories of the Moon’s formation.
- NASA has tested new technology that would allow for more-prolonged operation of electronics in the harsh, 860°F high-pressure conditions of Venus’ atmosphere.
- Astronomers have identified an entirely new class of black holes.
- Cleanup at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant (damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami) isn’t going well, to say the least.
- A great and deeply nerdy guide to surviving the “Little House on the Prairie” books. (I read the series in elementary school…in hindsight, those books are bleak.)
- If you get the feeling you’ve been seeing more movies about science, you’re right.
- Bill Nye “The Science Guy” has a new show coming soon to Netflix, and it finally has a premiere date.