This morning’s dense fog made for an adventurous morning commute, but we’re going to warm up nicely as that fog lifts. Partial clearing will allow temperatures to warm to above 60° in the Triangle, well into the 60s farther to the south…not bad for the last day of February!
The next round of rain will move in this evening and overnight, and Friday will be yet another cool and wet day overall. The North American Model’s radar simulation from 5:00pm today through 9:00am tomorrow shows the scattered showers moving in, and a wet morning commute for most of us:
A little break from the best rain chances around midday Friday will give way to more showers, which will continue into Friday evening and early overnight. Back to the NAM simulation, this time from 9:00am Friday through 5:00am Saturday:Even during that break in the highest rain chances, temperatures won’t warm up much:
Partial clearing on Saturday will help us sneak back up to around 60°, before another round of rain moves in by Sunday afternoon. The heaviest rain will fall Sunday evening and Sunday night, but I think most of the moisture will be gone before the cold air can catch up and give us any snow:I’m leaving a very slight chance of a mixed rain/snow shower in the forecast for Tuesday, but things are looking non-worrisome that day as well. It will be COLD for the first full week of March, with high and low temperatures both running 15°-20° below-average!
I’m doing both weather and traffic again tomorrow, so this is the last batch of nerd-links for the week…
- Flood waters have cut off entire Northern California towns after an atmospheric river-fueled storm brings potentially the worst flooding to the region in decades.
- A “snow tornado” spun up in New Mexico last week and it might be the first documented in the U.S.
- “Februburied:” Up to 25 feet of snow has fallen in mountains in the western U.S. this month.
- NOAA has delayed the launch of its “next generation” weather forecast model, and has named a new acting head of the agency.
- Uber employs meteorologists to help predict the effect of rain or snow on orders and delivery times. It also tracks when drivers are sitting or standing still, driving, or walking — joining the growing ranks of employers monitoring their workers’ every move.
- A new study finds that people’s sense of “normal” weather is confined to the last several years — making the long-term realities of climate change less obvious.
- Scientists have discovered a breakthrough technology, a way to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it back into coal.
- SpaceIL’s private moon lander hit a glitch on its way to its destination.
- The bizarre, sometimes brilliant, rules for naming newly-discovered stuff in space.
- Ripples in the fabric of space-time could help solve the cosmic mystery of how fast the Universe is expanding.
- The immune system’s “first responders” are smarter than we thought.
- Why do we crave sweets when we’re stressed? A brain researcher explains our desire for chocolate and other carbs during tough times.
- Sloppy calorie counting can still help you lose weight.
- The surprising power of merging science with art.