Today will be our fourth straight day with high temperatures in the mid 90s, but the forecast will gradually trend in a less-hot direction over the next several days.
But, it will still be steamy today:Factoring in the humidity, the "feels-like" temperature will hover around 100 degrees this afternoon: Once again, we'll just see the slightest chance of a passing shower. A few blips on the HRRR model's radar simulation aren't anything to get excited about:
A better chance of spotty showers and storms enters the forecast tomorrow and Thursday -- it's still less than a 50-50 chance, but the North American Model's simulation from noon through midnight does show at least a chance for some atmospheric fireworks:Even if you don't get any rain in your neighborhood, the additional cloud cover will knock about 5 degrees off our temperatures: That just means it will be "normally hot" instead of "ridiculously hot". Any showers and storms that pop up should quiet down after sunset, so I'm optimistic that the weather won't mess with fireworks displays in the evening.
Temperatures will remain close to average Thursday and Friday, before the best chance of showers and storms heads our way Friday night and Saturday. The medium-range forecast data has been shifting around a little bit, but in a good way -- this morning's model runs indicated an increasing chance that a cold front will move ALL the way through central North Carolina. That would give us some relief from both the heat and humidity into early next week:Before you celebrate too much, a word of caution -- the weekend is still pretty far down the line in forecasting terms, so more changes could be in store. We'll keep you updated!
- While we'll catch a tiny break from the worst of the heat later this week, the rest of the country won't be quite so lucky.
- The updated Atlantic seasonal forecast from Colorado State University now calls for a below-average season with 11 named storms (including Alberto), 4 hurricanes, and 1 major hurricane.
- Over the weekend, Des Moines became the latest area to be hard hit by a siege of damaging flash floods since mid-May, all of which prompted emergency situations. The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang put together a list.
- A few reasons why Americans are becoming more vulnerable to major disasters.
- Some good news: For only the second time on record, there were zero tornado-related fatalities in the U.S. in May and June.
- A five-ton tractor is "missing" in South Dakota following a tornado.
- Large fires are becoming more common and severe, and the smoke from these fires has serious public health impacts.
- Plenty of stuff to look at for amateur astronomers this month: an extra-long lunar eclipse, a dazzling meteor shower, and Mars will be at its closest to Earth in 15 years.
- Astronomers have traced the origin of 200,000 asteroids in our solar system to just a handful of obliterated parents.
- With the Very Large Telescope (yes, that's actually its name), astronomers have spotted a planet being born around a young star.
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