June 2: Mostly Dry And Hot, Daily Links


Hot temperatures and fairly low storm chances in the forecast today and tomorrow — high temperatures will top out near 90° each day:

Just a 20% chance of a pop-up storm this afternoon — that means it’s not likely to rain in your neighborhood, but it’s not impossible either.  The HRRR model’s radar simulation shows the meager activity:

A much better chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop on Sunday, but they’ll be hit-or-miss — the lack of organization helps to limit our severe weather threat:

It will still be warm between storms, with highs in the mid 80s:

The rain will linger into Monday, then we’ll dry out the rest of next week…at this point, the weather is looking pleasant for the beginning of CMA Fest and Bonnaroo!



  • Lots of material today about the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate.  There’s a lot of overlapping info in these articles, but they all offer unique analysis.
  • There’s near-unanimity among scientists and policy experts that the withdrawal is a mistake.  The withdrawal itself can only happen after a cooling-off period, so ultimately it will be up to voters in 2018 and 2020.
  • 5 likely effects of the withdrawal.
  • One of the greatest dangers isn’t environmental — it’s the damage the withdrawal will do the U.S. economy.
  • People in both parties fear the withdrawal will have a big impact on the U.S. standing as a world leader — 80 years worth of such leadership is now in jeopardy.
  • The decision could undermine the pace of climate progress, but the switch to clean energy is happening already.
  • Climate skeptics sing a very familiar tune, if you just think back to the “debate” about the ozone hole a few decades ago.
  • U.S. governors and mayors are now pledging climate actionIncluding Nashville‘s mayor.
  • The statistic most-frequently cited is that “97% of scientists” are in consensus regarding anthropogenic climate change.  But that number is likely an under-estimate.
  • But let’s say, for the sake of argument, that as much scientific research as has been seen since the Manhattan Project is wrong.  That climate change isn’t real, isn’t a problem, isn’t anything.  Even then, the policies and changes negotiated in the Paris Agreement are still a pretty good idea.  And as American, I’d sure like to see my country on the leading edge of the next boom in economic development, rather than grasping to the dwindling tail of the last one.  I’m encouraged that prominent business leaders are on the same page.

About paulheggen33

Morning meteorologist for WNCN-TV in Raleigh.
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