The unseasonably warm weather continues today, and it will continue through the end of the week! Temperatures started off in the 50s this morning, which is almost exactly average for early May — but the early sunshine and a stronger southwesterly breeze will warm us all the way up to the mid 80s this afternoon:That’s about ten degrees above normal, but record highs this time of year are in the low to mid 90s, so those records will remain out of reach.
With mostly clear skies tonight, temperatures will drop off pretty quickly after sunset, reaching the mid to upper 50s by early Wednesday morning:
The warm spell will continue tomorrow and Friday, despite a few fair-weather clouds on Thursday and a gradual increase in cloud cover on Friday…but any rain chances should hold off until the weekend:Right now it looks like the best chance of showers and a few storms will line up for Saturday night and Sunday, but even those time frames won’t be a washout. We’ll get a look at some short-range model data tomorrow, to try to pin down the timing more specifically. In the meantime, don’t cancel any outdoor plans this weekend — just be flexible, and have an indoor “just in case” alternative in mind.
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- NOAA is now using P-3 “hurricane hunter” aircraft to study severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
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- The Midwest and Great Lakes just endured a historically cold April.
- One Texas city just had its coolest April on record — and another Texas city had its warmest April. Texas is a big state, but still! (Details toward the bottom of the linked article.)
- A city in Pakistan may have just endured the hottest April temperature ever observed on Earth.
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- NASA will launch a major climate science satellite mission later this month.
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- NASA’s next spacecraft will land on one of the most boring parts of Mars. That’s exactly how scientists want it.
- Magma oceans may be the key to finding extrasolar life.
- The Universe is continuously expanding…how big will it get?
- If you think your job is challenging, meet the people who work inside an active volcano.
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- You’re almost certainly using the word “allergies” wrong.
- Sound awake: “noisy” neurons may repeatedly disrupt your sleep…up to a hundred times per night!
- A universal, phone-based driver fitness test might someday let people assess their level of impairment before getting behind the wheel.
- A pet’s death can hurt more than losing a fellow human.