National Weather Forecast
We will be closely paying attention to the Southern Plains and lower Mississippi Valley on Monday, as heavy rain is expected to fall as we head through the day. In some areas, this will be on top of heavy rain from Sunday. Showers and storms are also expected in the Northern Rockies and the eastern United States.
Beneficial (though potentially too much in a short amount of time) rainfall will fall across the Southern Plains and lower Mississippi Valley over the next few days, with rainfall tallies of 4-8” expected in some locations. This could lead to flash flooding.
While Potential Tropical Cyclone Four fizzled as it reached northern Mexico this weekend, we already have our eye on another tropical wave out in the eastern Atlantic that’ll have a low chance of development over the next five days as it works westward. Maybe this is the Atlantic finally starting to wake up as we get closer to the climatological peak around September 11th.
Wave created by Tonga volcano eruption reached 90 metres – nine times taller than 2011 Japan tsunami
More from the University of Bath: “The initial tsunami wave created by the eruption of the underwater Hunga Tonga Ha’apai volcano in Tonga in January 2022 reached 90 metres in height, around nine times taller than that from the highly destructive 2011 Japan tsunami, new research has found. An international research team says the eruption should serve as a wake-up call for international groups looking to protect people from similar events in future, claiming that detection and monitoring systems for volcano-based tsunamis are ’30 years behind’ comparable tools used to detect earthquake-based events.”
Forecasting the future to protect monarchs
More from Michigan State University: “The outlook for monarch butterflies isn’t great right now. In fact, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, just added North America’s monarchs to its list of endangered species. With news like this, it can be easy to overlook the reasons to be hopeful that we can protect these iconic insects from extinction. But those bright spots are there if people know where to look. Now, there are forecasts to help guide conservation, thanks to Michigan State University’s Elise Zipkin and her colleagues. Working with extensive data sets and established models, the team has forecasted which counties in the midwestern U.S. and Ontario, Canada, are most likely to offer the most hospitable breeding grounds for monarchs in the face of climate change.”
Carbon dioxide removal is growing. So is the need for a code of conduct.
More from protocol: “Interest in carbon dioxide removal has exploded over the past few years. Money from Big Tech and venture capitalists is funding a growing array of startups, with over $1.4 billion poured into the climate tech space this past quarter. But there are potential ethical issues that should be addressed before the industry gold rush goes too far. “The really uncharted territory is what CDR means for environmental and social justice, and that’s where I see a lack of understanding,” said Lauren Gifford, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona, who has studied carbon governance for over a decade. She and other scientists worry that nascent technologies like direct air capture are being deployed without sufficient oversight or forethought about potential unintended negative consequences.”
– D.J. Kayser