Not much change to the overall weather pattern over the next seven days — hazy, hot and humid weather will prevail through the middle of next week, with temperatures more typical of early August rather than late September.
The showers and storms that popped up this afternoon will fizzle out this evening, leaving us with warm and muggy conditions the rest of the night. Temperatures will drop to the upper 60s by early Thursday morning, with locally dense fog possible once again:
Hot and muggy on Thursday, but with a slightly better storm chance in the afternoon:
There won’t be much organization to the shower activity — I certainly wouldn’t cancel anything, but just keep the umbrella stashed in the back seat of the car. High temperatures will reach the upper 80s tomorrow afternoon:
With the humidity it will feel more like the low 90s:
Now to the tropics…Tropical Storm Jose (downgraded today from a hurricane) is still swirling away off the coast of the northeastern United States:
Jose will remain almost stationary for the next 2-3 days, and then the most likely scenario is that the storm will dissipate entirely.
Hurricane Maria is still chugging, after making landfall this morning in Puerto Rico as a Category Four hurricane — at landfall, Maria had 155 mph sustained winds. The storm lost some organization as it passed over the island, but it’s still a dangerous Category Two storm with 110 mph sustained winds:
From here, Maria will re-strengthen and travel just east of the Turks and Caicos islands, then run parallel to the East Coast early next week:
The “cone of uncertainty” is still WAY too close for comfort, especially along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In fact, a couple of the forecast models do bend Maria to the west for a U.S. landfall:
But at this point, the bulk of the model data keeps Maria’s center of circulation offshore. Fingers crossed!
The nerd-links are back!
- On Monday, Hurricane Maria rapidly intensified from Category One to Category Five, proving how difficult it is to predict a storm’s devastation.
- Before hitting Puerto Rico, Maria devastated the island of Dominica.
- Damage reports are already coming in from Puerto Rico.
- The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season “has been an overachiever by almost every index.”
- Despite our late-September heat wave, the leaves will be changing soon — the annual change actually has very little to do with the temperature.
- It’s not just your imagination: Summer-like days are lasting longer into the fall. Here’s how that affects the other seasons.
- Scientists just developed snow-melting concrete. (I don’t think there will be enough time to replace all of Nashville’s roads before winter.)
- Arctic sea ice has staged a modest comeback this summer, but not enough to reverse worrying melting trends.
- In the wake of yesterday’s earthquake in Mexico, here’s a guide to understanding earthquakes — what causes tremors? Can they be predicted?
- Last week, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ended its historic exploration of Saturn by crashing into the ringed planet.
- Flu vaccines don’t always work. Scientists are working to understand why in order to make them better.
- Letting your dog stay in bed with you could harm your own sleep.