Trickle-Down Technology & Accidental Discoveries
Future grandkids will grow up believing we always had weather apps and radar on our phones. We've come a long way since Amish Doppler (staring out the window).
A race to space following launch of The Soviet Union's Sputnik satellite in 1957 had a Cold War weather dividend: "Tiros-1" began sending back grainy weather imagery from low Earth orbit in 1960.
Radar operators tracking enemy planes during WW II noticed smudges of interference on their screens. They thought it was a bug - turns out they were seeing precipitation, not German aircraft; a happy discovery that has evolved into today's high resolution Doppler radar.
The older I get, the less I take for granted.
Yesterday's 100-degree heat index and severe storms are history; a fresh west wind treats us to blue sky today, with a crisp dew point in the 50s (and no blobs on Doppler).
While the western USA fries a series of Canadian cool fronts flirt with Minnesota into next weekend with highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. Free A/C.
Amazingly, models hint at a few T-showers on the 4th of July, highs near 80F. What can go wrong?
Photo credit: "West Virginia State Trooper C.S. Hartman uses a boat to navigate the flooded streets of Rainelle, W. Va., on Saturday, June 25, 2016." CBS News.
Photo credit: "This Thursday June 23, 2016 image provided by the Greenbrier shows flooding on the 18th green of the Old White Course at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Severe flooding hit the area that is scheduled to host a PGA tour event in two weeks." (Cam Huffman/The Greenbrier via AP) The Associated Press
MONDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, cool wind. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 73
TUESDAY: Bright sunshine, less wind. Winds: NW 3-8. Wake-up: 55. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, still pleasant. Winds: S 7-12. Wake-up: 60. High: 78
THURSDAY: Chance of showers, possible thunder. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, comfortable. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 63. High: 78
SATURDAY: Touch of September. Cool and crisp. Winds: NE 10-15. Wake-up: 59. High: 75