Summer's Back, for a Few Days...Aug 20th
- A new high pressure ridge has slid in from the SW and will direct clouds and weather up and over the south coast. The ridge will also bring in warmer temps for another stretch of summer weather
- The ridge will hold through Thursday meaning mainly sunny skies until then with temps in the 22-24 degree range for YVR
- By Friday, the ridge begins to shift eastward allowing some cooler temps and the chance for a shower into the south coast.. but things look to clear up behind the system for Saturday at this point
- Fire risk much lower with the recent and on-going showers in central BC..still high for some parts of the interior though: Fire bans have been dropped for some sections of BC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/08/20/bc-campfire-bans-rescinded.html
Summer's Back for ON/QC Too, After An Extended Hiatus
- The heat that broke records in southern MB yesterday is pushing into Ontario today. Toronto will likely see it's first 30 degree day of the month and there are humidex advisories for Northern Ontario where it will feel like the 40s today
- The extreme heat will stick around for at least a couple of days
- No soaking rain for Idaho in the next few days, just the risk for gusty, and lightning-producing thunderstorms
- The extreme drought conditions have led to fires in 9 states across the western US with extreme fire weather conditions (30+ temps + almost no humidity + gusty winds) today in Idaho, Oregon, California
- An interesting and connected note: For the first time in history, the U.S. government has ordered that flow of Colorado River water from the 50-year-old Glen Canyon Dam be slashed, due to a water crisis brought about by the region's historic 14-year drought.
Millions still not using Internet despite wide U.S. availability
- High-speed broadband is available in 98% of the US, but a fifth of adults still don't use the Internet at home, work or school, figures show.
Earliest Known Iron Artifacts Come from Outer Space
- Researchers have shown that ancient Egyptian iron beads were hammered from pieces of meteorites, rather than iron ore. The objects, which trace their origins to outer space, also predate the emergence of iron smelting by two millennia.