Warmest Day of 2012

The science behind riding a bicycle is not very well understood.  At first this might seem odd or even trivial but consider this: scientists understand airplanes better than bicycles!  A bike is an extremely complex object.  It would take 30 pages of equations to describe just how mass, geometry, inertia, etc. interact together on a bike.  You would think after 200 years we would have this figured out.  Well, one such scientist (and bike enthusiast) is determined to get to the bottom of it.

Theodore Wirth

Theodore Wirth Wednesday. Photo courtesy Joshua Dickman, MORC Weather Blog fan

The models are hinting at 87° Friday.  If that verifies then it would be the warmest day in 8 months, since September 11, 2011 to be exact.  Friday will be a little summer preview: sunny, dry and warm.  I think most of Saturday will be good for riding but showers and storms arrive late in the day, maybe even Saturday night.  I plan on getting an earlier ride in Saturday rather than later.  Sunday will be cooler, mostly cloudy with rain gradually ending throughout the day.  Total rainfall will be between 0.25″-0.50″.

Thunderstorms, Ozone and Climate Change

Ozone naturally exists in the upper atmosphere which has been known to increase the greenhouse effect.  Now, scientists believe that thunderstorms have a greater impact on the amount of ozone in the upper atmosphere.  Thunderstorms contribute to ozone in two different way: transporting particles aloft and lightning.  A new study is being conducted by top research scientists to determine exactly how much thunderstorms contribute to the origin of ozone in the atmosphere.


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