A wet weekend ahead

An approaching low pressure system will dominate our weather pattern for the next several days, bringing multiple rounds of rain and storms to the area. That all begins later today with an approaching batch of rain arriving by this evening. We’ve got a better shot for rain – some heavy – Saturday afternoon and night. Rainfall rates of over 1″/hr may be possible. When the rain begins to wrap up by Monday afternoon, we could be talking about 2″-3″ of rain for our area! Watch out for localized flooding and if you come across a flooded road, remember to “turn…

NASA captures gamma-ray flashes from storms

About a thousand times a day, thunderstorms fire off fleeting bursts of some of the highest-energy light naturally found on Earth. These events, called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs), last less than a millisecond and produce gamma rays with tens of millions of times the energy of visible light. Since its launch in 2008, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has recorded more than 4,000 TGFs, which scientists are studying to better understand how the phenomenon relates to lightning activity, storm strength and the life cycle of storms.