U.S. Vice-Presidential Debate, New Zealand, Vladimir Putin: Your Thursday Briefing


(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)

Good morning.

We’re covering the U.S. vice-presidential debate, New Zealand’s second elimination of the coronavirus and the golden age of newsletters.

Earlier in the day, in a video recorded outside the White House, Mr. Trump called his coronavirus infection “a blessing from God” and portrayed as a miracle cure the unproven therapeutic drug he was given after testing positive last week. He pledged to provide the drug to Americans free of charge, without offering any details.

White House outbreak: Mr. Trump told the White House medical staff that he was feeling “great.” He is symptom-free and has required no supplemental oxygen, according to his physician. The White House has instructed staff members to follow new safety protocols, including surgical masks and protective eye covers.

Last call: For many very old, ill and infirm Americans who know themselves to be participating for the last time, this election is an opportunity to vote for their children and grandchildren — a final heartfelt, empowering act as American citizens.

Two months ago, New Zealand celebrated 100 days with no community spread of the coronavirus — until a major new outbreak forced a retreat. Now, after a second round of lockdowns, the country is

SpaceX scrubs Starlink satellite launch Thursday due to ground sensor reading



A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.


The Falcon 9 rocket booster that sent NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in May is set to get recycled again when SpaceX sends 60 more Starlink satellites to orbit atop its column of fire, but it didn’t happen Thursday as planned. 

The launch, originally scheduled for September, has been postponed multiple times due to weather, including on Monday morning when heavy clouds above Florida’s Cape Canaveral prevented launch at the last second. On Thursday, another launch was scrubbed 18 seconds before blastoff due to an aberrant ground sensor reading. A new target launch date has not yet been announced. 

“All in a day’s work for the launch team. They’ll investigate, diagnose probable cause, fix the problem, and get us ready for the next launch attempt,” SpaceX spacecraft operator Siva Bharadvaj tweeted

Elon Musk’s trademark reusable rocket will be making its third flight when it lifts off from Kennedy Space Center. This specific unit sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in May and then launched a South Korean satellite in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to six times

When the launch finally gets off the ground, it should be fairly routine. It will be the 13th Starlink mission so far, and SpaceX is planning on dozens more as it grows its broadband mega-constellation.  

One half of the nose cone, or fairing, atop the rocket has also seen

PM Update: Breezes wane into a cool overnight, and clouds increase Thursday


Through tonight: Breezy conditions will persist through sunset, but winds are slowly diminishing. They will calm more substantially later on. The cool and clear conditions of this evening will stick around much of the night. We should see winds die off with the sunset, which will help temperatures falling to the 50s feel generally comfortable. Lows will range from near 50 to the upper 50s.

Tomorrow (Thursday): It will be another good-looking day. Sunshine will be plentiful through midday before clouds build during the afternoon. Any rain chances should hold off until after dark. Highs will be in the low and mid-70s. Winds will be from the southwest, around 5 to 10 mph.

Pollen update: Mold spores are high. Tree, grass and weed pollen is low.

Rain: Precipitation totals were mostly on the light side of the forecast around here last night. As suggested by some of the high-resolution models late in the game, something of a “split” occurred, with heavier precipitation west and southeast.

The good news is we didn’t really need it, as it has been much wetter than normal this month, and we’re are almost a foot ahead of normal on the year.

Want our 5 a.m. forecast delivered to your email inbox? Subscribe here.

Source Article