The weather forecast by Joe

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2 July 2013

July 3-10, 2013

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Unlike last week, this week features plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. A persistent long-wave trough in the Great Lakes/Ohio Valley region will dissipate as the week progresses while an Atlantic Bermuda high shifts westwards towards the US East Coast bringing much more seasonable warm and humid weather to Fort Kent and the St. John Valley. Sunshine and fair weather will predominate with highs generally in the low 80s and lows in the lower 60s for the period. A chance of rain occurs Friday thanks to a shortwave and again early next week as a cold front approaches the region.

Wed. July 3

High: upper 70s

Low: low 60s

Partly to mostly sunny

Thur. July 4

Independence Day

High: low to mid-80s

Low: low 60s

Partly to mostly sunny

Fri. July 5

High: lower 80s

Low: lower 60s

Partly cloudy to mostly sunny with a chance of showers

Sat. July 6

High: low 80s

Low: low 60s

Mostly sunny and warm

Sun. July 7

High: low to mid-80s

Low: low 60s

Mostly sunny and warm

Mon. July 8

High: upper 70s to low 80s

Low: low 60s

Partly sunny with a chance of afternoon showers/thundershowers

Tue. July 9

High: mid to upper 70s

Low: upper 50s to low 60s

Partly cloudy with a chance of showers/thundershowers

Sundry Thoughts: Fireworks

As America celebrates its 237th birthday this July 4, fireworks displays will occur across the country. The various shapes, forms, and colors created in the displays are the product of chemical reactions that occur thanks to interactions at the atomic level. July 4 also marks one year since the first observation of the Higgs Boson (the so-called “God particle”). As elementary particles fly around the subatomic “Higgs Field,” they collect Higgs bosons in varying numbers thereby producing the varying masses of the larger particles which eventually form atoms. People, planets, stars, galaxies—and fireworks—all derive their mass from the Higgs boson.