Thunderstorm potential Today! Some Breaks in the Forecast but Unsettled this Week...May 13th
- A general westerly flow will continue to bring in rounds of showers and back to seasonal mid teen temperatures over the next few days
- A weak system will swing through the south coast this afternoon & evening bringing some heavier downpours along with gusty winds and the chance for small hail and thunderstorms..especially over the north shore as we head into the evening
- Tomorrow, the south coast will catch a break for a mix of sun and cloud.. but showers will return Wednesday & Thursday
- The next best break will come between systems for Friday but the unsettled, showery weather looks to persist right into the long weekend I'm afraid
- Temps look to gradually warm to above seasonal again for the end of the week into the weekend for high teens
- Wildfire risk has come down to low along the coast with the weekend rain but remains high to extreme for parts of the interior: winds are also remain gusty; up to 60 km/h from the north- away from structures at this point and for the next 24 hours..so at least shifting winds in the broad scheme are not a major concern at this point. However the coastal rain will dry out before it gets to the interior so a fairly dry forecast will continue to keep fire risk high for the interior this week. Lighting strokes may also be a concern for new fires
- Meanwhile flood watch remains in place for the Upper Fraser, Birkenhead and the south interior because of the unseasonably high temperatures leading to mountain snow melt and the additional rainfall this weekend
Hadfield's Return Home
- Timeline: The hatches between the two vehicles will close at 3:50 p.m. EDT. Undocking is scheduled at 7:08 p.m. A deorbit burn planned at 9:37 p.m. will set the Soyuz on track for a landing southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan at 10:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Kazakh time).
- I will truly miss the daily tweets from space.. taking a moment to check Hadfield`s latest posts somehow put my day into perceptive. And that is what he did for millions around the world- put science and exploration into context. As a fellow Air Cadet, we both received our glider and pilots license through the organization, along with the belief that we could do anything we wanted to. As a seemingly regular kind of guy with a quirky sense of humour and a great stache and an excitement in everything he sees and does- he has made not just science, but achievement in general, so accessible with his ability to communicate with the world. Looking forward to his gravity tweets to come!
- Here is a great play-by-pay by Bob Mcdonald of Chris Hadfield`s journey back to Earth: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/05/10/f-chris-hadfield.html
- This is a good one too on how he has become the most famous, and accessible, astronaut ever..complete with that already iconic Bowie cover: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/05/10/f-chris-hadfield.html
Barns Are Painted Red Because of the Physics of Dying Stars..Seriously
- The simple answer to why barns are painted red is because red paint is cheap. The cheapest paint there is, in fact. But the reason it's so cheap?
- Red ochre--Fe2O3--is a simple compound of iron and oxygen that absorbs yellow, green and blue light and appears red. It's what makes red paint red. It's really cheap because it's really plentiful. And it's really plentiful because of nuclear fusion in dying start
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Building a $325,000 Burger
- The hamburger, assembled from tiny bits of beef muscle tissue grown in a laboratory and to be cooked and eaten at an event in London
- The idea of creating meat in a laboratory -- actual animal tissue, not a substitute made from soybeans or other protein sources -- has been around for decades. The arguments in favor of it are many, covering both animal welfare and environmental issues.
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