Despite a serious crash toward the end of the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 on Saturday, the 2013 "Great American Race", the Daytona 500, will take place at the same track on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m.
The forecast for Sunday will be 10 degrees cooler than Saturday's highs, sitting at a high of about 75 degrees. The temperature difference could mean necessary adjustments to fuel for optimal performances.
Sunday also features an increased chance for rain as a cold front sinks southward toward the region. The best chance for showers will be during the midday and afternoon hours.
"It's possible there could be some showers, even a slight thunderstorm chance, during the race," Kottlowski said. "Showers could also come just prior to the start time of the race. If it rains hard, it could cause the race to be delayed or postponed."
If the showers do interfere with the race enough to cause it to be postponed, the shower chance for Monday, though still there, is slightly lower than for Sunday's daylight hours.
A budding tropical disturbance has the potential to strengthen significantly and reach Florida with strong winds, coastal flooding and torrential rainfall during Sunday and Monday.
Rounds of showers and thunderstorms will bring the potential for flash flooding and localized damaging wind gusts through Thursday.
Stargazers will want to dig out their binoculars and telescopes this weekend as Venus and Jupiter shine so close that they appear as one large, bright star in the evening sky.
Friday will be largely dry across the United Kingdom, but the threat for rain will increase over the bank holiday weekend.
One final surge of heat will encompass much of England and Wales from Tuesday through Thursday.
Hampton Roads, VA (1990)
Very heavy rain fell during the morning, causing widespread flooding. There was also 7.33 inches of rain at Virginia Beach. Between 4 and 5 inches of rain fell at Hampton Roads.
Cloudburst at Guinea, VA - 9.25 inches of rain in only 40 minutes.
Vostok, Wilkes Land, Antarctic a (1960)
About 1,176 kilometers from the Indian Ocean, the mercury fell to minus 127 degrees F (minus 88C). This was the lowest recorded temperature ever on the face of the earth, until July 21, 1983, when the temperature reached minus 128.6 degrees at the same location.