More of the same: scattered t'storms -- especially from the middle of the day through the afternoon. This pattern is courtesy a fairly unusual -- for this time of year -- northwest flow aloft due to an upper level trough of low pressure over the Eastern U.S. This set-up makes for a very unstable atmosphere (relatively cool aloft) along with fairly fast-moving thunderstorm cells from the northwest to southeast. The flow aloft will continue through Thu. then become more southwest by Fri. into the weekend. Either way....midday & afternoon t'storms will continue with no real break anytime soon. Radar imagery below courtesy our Jax N.W.S.:
COOL!: Earth as photographed Friday from Saturn by NASA's Cassini satellite.... click ** here **.
PASADENA, Calif. -- Color and black-and-white images of Earth taken by two NASA interplanetary spacecraft on July 19 show our planet and its moon as bright beacons from millions of miles away in space.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the color images of Earth and the moon from its perch in the Saturn system nearly 900 million miles (1.5 billion kilometers) away. MESSENGER, the first probe to orbit Mercury, took a black-and-white image from a distance of 61 million miles (98 million kilometers) as part of a campaign to search for natural satellites of the planet.
In the Cassini images Earth and the moon appear as mere dots -- Earth a pale blue and the moon a stark white, visible between Saturn's rings. It was the first time Cassini's highest-resolution camera captured Earth and its moon as two distinct objects.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute