Widespread storms on Monday dropped a lot of rain, and that led to the development of some dense fog this morning. That’s burning off as I type these words, and temperatures will heat up. Highs will reach the upper 80s to around 90° this afternoon:Despite the humidity, today’s storm chances will be quite a bit lower than the past couple of days. The HRRR model’s radar simulation from noon through midnight just shows a few “radar freckles”:
With much rain-cooled air from those isolated storms, temperatures will only drop to around 70° by early Wednesday morning:
We’ll heat up even more on Wednesday, with highs reaching the low to mid 90s:The heat index will likely approach 100°, especially in our southern counties:Like today, we could see an isolated storm pop up in the afternoon, but we’re mainly focused on a chance of stronger storms late in the day. The North American Model’s simulation shows that activity rolling in from the west by Wednesday evening:Within that line of storms, we could see a few damaging wind gusts around 60 MPH. The Storm Prediction Center has included all of central North Carolina in a “Marginal Risk” (level 1 of 5) of severe weather:The SPC’s forecast model estimates roughly a 30% chance of storms with severe characteristics in that time frame, which seems reasonable:It’s far from an off-the-charts threat, but we’ll keep a close eye on it tomorrow!
After Wednesday’s storms move out, lower storm chances and hot temperatures will take over for the rest of the week and into the weekend. We’ll get a couple of breaks from the humidity, but tracing the ups and downs on the Muggy Meter could give you whiplash:I can’t rule out an isolated storm on any particular day, but the bigger story will be heat, all the way into early next week:
- The sweltering heat wave that roasted much of Europe last month has since moved north, but the impacts it left behind are now being studied by scientists.
- July 2019 was narrowly the hottest month in recorded history, according to data from the European Union Earth Observation Program. (We’ll get data from NASA and NOAA later this month.)
- Twenty places where weather is getting worse because of climate change.
- Ice flow in Antarctica is coming into new focus.
- Acid rain might make trees thirstier — thirstier plants could contribute to droughts or leave less water available for people.
- A surprise stream of high speed solar wind particles brought out the northern lights in places like Minnesota, North Dakota, and even Seattle early Monday morning.
- Using new high-precision starlight-sifting instruments, researchers are gearing up for even more subtle searches of the star system Alpha Centauri.
- What we call happiness is just electricity. And now researchers say they’ve found a remarkably specific means of triggering the electrical fireworks.
- How do trivia masters do it? The right answer is “brain efficiency.”