Because of the very short amount of time I have to explain the weather situation on the TV side of things, I wasn’t able to talk very much about the threat of frost this week, so I will do it here in the blog (and you can always check out the weather show for a longer video of the weather for the week, it is updated every morning around 9am and is on the website through mid afternoon).
The biggest thing you need to know is that I am bringing my tropical plants indoors this week. It is not so much the threat of frost that is a problem (in the city anyway) but it is quite a cool trend developing this week and it is time to move those types of plants inside. As far as the chance of frost goes, there will be a slight chance of frost tonight into Tuesday morning and again Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. There should be enough wind and cloud cover on both of these nights to keep most areas above freezing, but there could be pockets of light frost, especially in typical cold spots. The highest chance of frost – even for the city – will be Saturday night into Sunday morning. During this time frame the skies will be more clear and the winds will be lighter. In any case, you should be taking some precautions if you have any valuable plants or crops outside.
You sometimes get more detail on on the forecast here in the blog but you will also find some cutting edge topics from time to time. Recently I blogged about the possible demise of the car and the roadblocks to having more train traffic in the U.S. and now I see WIRED is talking about tearing up freeways as well. While tearing up some of the freeways will face, often illogical, stiff opposition (because of vested interests and sunk costs) driver-less cars probably will not. At first thought, many people will be scared of computer controlled cars, but as the reporter in this story found out, there can be more freedom in not having to drive the car. I think that is what most people will find out – driving is a chore. Not many of us ride an open road with beautiful scenery. Most of us are in traffic, surrounded by the sprawling urban environment of streets, parking lots, strip malls and what-not. There is not much enjoyment in “driving” for most people. They will gladly hand the controls over. They will also likely be much safer - if computer controlled airplanes and trains of the past couple decades are any guide.
Also with self-driving cars we have a semi-private solution to the sprawling environmental mess that is much of the U.S. landscape. It is very hard to build out train infrastructure. Changing from highways to trains would necessitate gargantuan government control of the entire process. With self-driving cars, we would essentially have mini-trains running on cement tracks. With more people efficiently riding in packs (as discussed in the article) or on autonomous multi-passenger vehicles, maybe there would be less need to build bigger and bigger freeways. Maybe we could cut back some. What a novel thought.
Have a fine Monday! Meteorologist Justin Loew.
This post was written by jloew on September 17, 2012