Yesterday’s cloud cover and rain kept temperatures in the 70s, which is quite unusual for late June…hope you enjoyed that break from the heat and humidity, because it’s over.
This morning’s cloud cover will gradually break up, and the June sunshine will warm us up to the mid to upper 80s by this afternoon:That will add some energy to the already-muggy atmosphere, which means we’ll still be dodging some scattered showers and storms this afternoon and evening. A few snapshots from the RPM model’s radar simulation show why we’re leaving the rain chances slightly below 50-50:The Storm Prediction Center has included us in a “Marginal Risk” (level 1 of 5) for severe storms — they’re anticipating a few storms capable of producing damaging wind gusts:To be honest, I’m not seeing much of an organized severe weather threat at this point, but we’ll see how the day plays out. This time of year, it’s always possible that a storm or two will “level up” and trigger a severe thunderstorm warning. Don’t worry about it — we’ll keep an eye on any thunderstorm that develops, just in case.
The showers and storms will diminish overnight, and it’s back to the 90s for temperatures Thursday:An isolated storm will still be possible, mostly south of the Triangle.
If the low 90s aren’t hot enough for you, how about some mid 90s, and heat indices over 100?
That’s exactly what we have in store Friday through early next week, as a big ol’ “heat dome” (upper level high pressure) builds over the eastern half of the country:High pressure means the air overhead will be pressing downward on us, which will keep our storm chances very low. Some of the forecast models are even indicating high temperatures in the upper 90s this weekend, but we’re not getting too carried away just yet:
- Worth your time: PBS’ science program Nova is airing an episode tonight called “Rise of the Superstorms,” focused on Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Houston.
- It’s nearly July, but one poor city in Canada just woke up to snow.
- The coldest place on Earth is even colder than scientists previously thought.
- Instead of storing carbon, researchers want to convert it into fuel.
- The Kilauea volcano is swallowing chunks of a national park.
- A recent asteroid impact on Mars triggered an avalanche.
- This idea is pretty “out there,” but it’s interesting: an advanced alien civilization might combat the impact of dark energy by harvesting stars.
- How drinking coffee could help your heart. (Undoubtedly, there will be a new study tomorrow saying that coffee is bad for your heart.)
- Why it would have been impossible for a T-Rex to stick out its tongue.
- Must science interfere with spirituality?