National Weather Forecast
We’re watching a little bit more of an active pattern heading into the weekend, with showers and snow out west and storms in the central United States. Storms will also be possible across southern Florida, with showers in the eastern Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley.
We’re tracking two areas of heavy rain heading into the weekend. The heaviest will be out across portions of Oregon and northern California, where at least 3-5” of liquid would fall (especially on Sunday). Another area of 3”+ will be possible across the Central Plains. Some snow will be possible at higher elevations out west, but for areas like the Sierra the heavy snow threat (1-3 feet) will start to kick in Sunday Night into Monday.
U.S. Winter Outlook: Drier, warmer South, wetter North with return of La Nina
More from NOAA: “Above-average temperatures are favored across the South and most of the eastern U.S. as La Nina climate conditions have emerged for the second winter in a row according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service. In NOAA’s 2021 Winter Outlook — which extends from December 2021 through February 2022 — wetter-than-average conditions are anticipated across portions of the Northern U.S., primarily in the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and western Alaska. “Using the most up-to-date observing technologies and computer models, our dedicated forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center produce timely and accurate seasonal outlooks to help communities prepare for the months ahead,” said Michael Farrar, Ph.D., director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction.”
Drought-denting rains soaking California amid parade of autumn storms
More from The Capital Weather Gang: “A parade of storms forming in the Gulf of Alaska is generating a relentless barrage of atmospheric rivers — strips of deep tropical moisture — and soaking parts of California and the Pacific Northwest. Double digit rainfall totals are possible in some spots by the end of next week, with more than five feet of snow expected in parts of the Sierra Nevada. The copious precipitation totals are a dramatic turnaround from “exceptional” drought conditions recently gripping the West, the rainfall set to make a dent in California’s years-long water deficit.”
Renewable energy jobs grew to 12 million globally despite pandemic, supply chain challenges
More from Renewable Energy World: “More than 12 million people around the world worked in renewable energy in 2020, an increase of 500,000 from the year before, even after the significant impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The joint report from the International Renewable Energy Agency and International Labour Organization found that solar PV employs a third of the renewable energy industry at 4 million workers, followed by bioenergy, hydropower, and wind.”
– D.J. Kayser