Yesterday’s rain has moved out…but so have yesterday’s mild temperatures. We’ll see clearing skies overhead today, with highs only in the upper 40s and low 50s this afternoon:
With clear skies overhead most of tonight, temperatures will drop off quickly. It will be chilly if you’re heading out to the “Battle of the Blues” in Chapel Hill this evening:
And we’ll end up below freezing in most locations by early Friday morning:
Plenty of sunshine for most of the day Friday, with southerly winds helping boost temperatures about 10 degrees above today’s highs:
This time of year, warm air is usually wet as well, and this weekend will certainly be evidence of that. The first round of showers moves in after midnight Friday night, and it looks like we’ll be pretty soggy to start the day Saturday:
That forecast model (the RPM, if you’re curious…or even if you’re not) thinks that Saturday won’t be a complete washout. We might be able to catch a few mostly-dry hours from late Saturday morning through the afternoon:
Still, be very flexible with any outdoor plans — in this type of unsettled weather pattern, rain will be possible at any point from Friday night through the middle of next week:
Those warm weekend temperatures will support a chance of thunderstorms, but at this point I’m not concerned about severe weather.
- Yesterday’s temperatures were in the 30s in Virginia, but in the 70s around Fayetteville, as a result of “cold air damming.” The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang has a nice breakdown of how that phenomenon develops.
- Freezing rain caused a jet to slide off the runway in Baltimore yesterday.
- The nationwide numbers are in for the month of January — North Carolina recorded its 17th-coldest January as a whole.
- Climate scientists are working on a way to predict snow eight months in advance. (Snow is hard enough to predict eight hours in advance, so…we’ll see.)
- Many objects in our solar system sport a bulge around their midsections (same here), but the Moon’s is about 20 times larger than expected.
- Thanks to Tuesday’s Falcon Heavy launch, there’s a Starman waiting in the sky (thanks Bowie!). But how long will he stay there? Probably not a billion years as SpaceX claims.
- That dinosaur-killing asteroid also triggered massive magma releases beneath the ocean.
- Really bad Valentine’s Day science puns. You’re welcome.
- Try this rationale out the next time you want a few days off: vacations are essential for physics.
- Researchers report that a “pacemaker” for the brain strengthens recall on word tests.
- There’s no evidence that cell phones pose a public health risk, no matter what California says.