We ended up tying yesterday’s record high temperature of 77° in the Triangle, and we’re going to be even warmer today! Sunshine will break through the early-morning cloud cover, and strong southwesterly winds will help boost temperatures to the upper 70s and even low 80s:Today’s record highs in the both the Triangle and Fayetteville are likely to fall:
Despite clear skies for most of the night, temperatures will remain exceptionally warm:
An approaching cold front will give the atmosphere a squeeze tomorrow, bringing us the chance for a couple of passing showers…but don’t get your hopes up. The HRRR model’s radar simulation from 1:00am through 1:00pm Friday shows rain to our west just falling apart as it heads our way:We’ll still be warm before the cold front arrives — high temperatures will occur around midday:
We’ll drop off a LOT Friday night, down to around freezing by early Saturday morning. Dry but chilly weather will settle in for most of the weekend, before a rain chance heads our way late Sunday:
It looks increasingly likely that a rainy weather pattern will prevail from Sunday night through Wednesday morning — not enough rain to cause flooding, but enough to keep things wet. I’m not getting carried away with the percentages in the 7-day forecast just yet, but the European forecast model (from 1pm Sunday through 1pm Wednesday) is certainly damp:Here’s the good news: temperatures will be too cool for any severe weather potential, and too warm for any wintry shenanigans on the roads.
- The annual climate report compiled by NOAA and NASA was released yesterday, so there’s a lot of material about that…
- An unmistakable warming trend continues: 18 of the 19 warmest years, over nearly 140 years of record-keeping, have occurred since 2001
- Not a single land region on Earth in 2018 was record cold. Plenty, though, were record warm, such as Europe.
- The planet has now experienced 42 straight years (since 1977) of above-average global temperatures.
- The planet’s hottest five years on record in five images.
- The U.S. saw 14 billion-dollar disasters in 2018, which were responsible for at least 247 deaths and around $91 billion in losses — the 4th costliest year on record.
- Despite late-month extreme cold in parts of U.S., the January 2019 average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 2.6°F above normal
- What science issues the President did — and did not — address in this year’s State of the Union.
- The President touted infrastructure in his State of the Union address Tuesday night without mentioning climate change. But the two issues are intimately related.
- An evangelcial group is getting creative, framing climate change action as “creation care.”
- Really tackling climate change will probably take both public support and political will. But for the last 40 years, those two things haven’t lined up very well when it comes to environmental issues.
- A new study finds that rapid Antarctic ice sheet collapse by unstable cliffs is less likely than previously thought. But, like life, it’s not a simple story.
- The Milky Way’s disk of stars becomes increasingly “warped” and twisted far away from its center, according to astronomers who have built the first 3D map of our home galaxy.
- Could a super-Earth around Barnard’s Star be a home to alien life?
- Have we mismeasured the universe? New studies of the oldest light and sound in the cosmos suggest novel physics — rather than systematic errors — could explain an unsolved scientific mystery.
- What the lunar new year (earlier this week) reveals about the world’s calendars.
- Technology has been opening doors for individuals with disabilities for a long time. In the coming years, AI will begin to supercharge those efforts.