Wednesday, May 31st 2023
You control the temperature inside your home or office, but in order to make informed decisions about how to set the thermostat, you need to know what's happening outside!
About the feels like temperature
Feels Like conveys how warm or cold it feels and can be different from the actual temperature. The Feels Like temperature is affected by humidity and wind.
Today's Weather Summary
Sunny conditions will continue all day.
AIR QUALITY ALERT IS IN EFFECT FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 31.
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has issued a code orange air quality alert Wednesday for The Philadelphia Metro area. A code orange air quality alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children...people suffering from asthma... heart disease or other lung diseases...and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors. For more information on ground-level ozone and fine particles...visit http://www.phila.gov/health/units/ams/
Air Conditioning Recommendation
Set To: Cooling mode at your preferred settings, not below 68° for optimum operation.
Set To: Off.
Today's UV Index
About The UV Index: The World Heath Organization's UV index (UVI) measures ultraviolet radiation. The higher the UVI, the greater the potential for damage, and the faster harm can occur. The UVI can help you decide when to protect yourself from the sun and when to avoid being outside. The WHO recommends using shade, sunscreen, hats, and protective clothing at levels of 3 (Moderate) or higher.
Today's Sun Schedule
Today, wind speeds are 0 to 6 mph, with gusts up to 13 mph.
Today's total precipitation will be 0".
Today, the average humidity is 56%. The dew point is 40° to 50°.
Today, the visibility will be perfectly clear, at 12 to 20 mi.
Today, the average pressure will be 30.17 inHg, and the lowest pressure will be 30.10 inHg.
Today Is: National Mint Julep Day
Macaron or Macaroon? Well, May 31 is definitely National Macaroon Day and it’s most assuredly an American holiday since the macaroon is definitely an American cookie! However, the confusion is natural. The origins of macaron and macaroon are the same and many of the ingredients overlap. Both use a fair amount of sugar to make these delightful confections. Both use egg whites to make the cookies rise and give them a light texture. However, the French macaron (which actually originated in Italy) uses almond flour at its base while the American macaroon uses shredded coconut to great effect.
We have Mrs. Esther Levy to thank for popularizing the great macaroon. In 1871 Mrs. Levy published the “First Jewish American Cookbook.” She originally published this recipe in the chapter on ‘cakes’ as there was not a chapter on cookies. However, it’s understandable — as the texture of a macaroon isn’t very cookie-like. It is soft and a little chewy, more like a cake than a cookie. However, the bite-size serving is most definitely cookie-like.
Macaroons deserve to be celebrated and recognized for their own characteristics. Coconut was substituted for almond flour when the first coconut palms planted in Florida began to yield fruit. Thus macaroons are not only tasty little delights, they were an early exercise in the locavore movement, eating produce grown close to home.
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