National Weather Forecast
Another day of active weather is expected Saturday across the lower 48. A cold front extending from the Great Lakes to the Deep South will produce showers, thunderstorms, and snow. We’re also watching systems out west with rain and snow. While the Northern Plains/Upper Midwest will be fairly quiet, it will be chilly with highs in the single digits for some.
The heaviest rain and snow through the weekend will be out in the western United States, with several feet of snow possible for the Sierra and areas of California seeing 3”+ of rain.
Hurricane Season Ends, Marked by Quiet August and Deadly September
More from the New York Times: “An erratic North Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end this week, with an average number of storms, a rare quiet spell in August and destructive late-season activity, including the deadliest hurricane to hit the United States in nearly two decades. The six-month season, which officially began on June 1 and ends on Wednesday, had 14 named storms, eight of which strengthened to become hurricanes. Two of these, Fiona and Ian, were major hurricanes, with maximum sustained winds of at least 130 miles an hour. The totals are about average for a hurricane season. Some forecasters had expected an above-average season, although most predicted that the numbers for 2022 would remain below those for 2021, which had 21 named storms, and well below 2020, which set a record with 31.”
Will Minnesota Democrats pass ‘most significant climate legislation in history’ next year?
More from MinnPost: “In Gov. Tim Walz’s first term, DFLers in Minnesota produced lots of official reports on climate change and had plenty of grand plans meant to address the issue. But nearly all of those proposals stalled in the Republican-held Senate, or failed to even pass the DFL-led House. With the Legislature now fully in Democratic hands after the November election, leaders are promising an ambitious climate agenda aimed at shrinking carbon emissions. “Because of the rising awareness of climate change I think there’s more momentum than ever,” said Sen. Nick Frentz, a DFLer from North Mankato who will chair the Senate’s Energy, Utilities and Environment Committee. “I think this year’s Minnesota Legislature is going to pass the most significant climate legislation in history.””
On Dec 6, a Minute of Global Darkness
More from Time And Date: “Just like at any other moment, the Sun will illuminate one half of the globe on December 6 at 19:56 UTC. The other half will be dark, and people living there will experience nighttime. The reason why so many people will be in darkness is that the world’s most populated areas will be on the night side of Earth at that moment. That includes nearly all of Asia, which is home to about 60 percent of all humans. Meanwhile, the Americas, New Zealand, and most of Australia will be bathed in sunlight. However, while being huge landmasses, relatively few people live there. North and South America combined only make up about 13 percent of our worldwide population.”
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