National Weather Forecast
The active weather streak continues in the lower 48, with numerous areas of rain and snow expected on Saturday due to several storm systems impacting the country. Some of the rain and snow will continue to be heavy out in California, with heavy snow also possible in northern Minnesota. Strong storms are possible in the Mid-South and Central/Southern Plains.
The heaviest rain and snow will fall out in the western United States through the weekend, with several feet of snow for the Sierra and 3-7” of rain at lower elevations of California. Heavy snow will also fall across the upper Midwest, with over a foot possible along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.
Antarctic sea ice hits record low, satellites reveal
More from Space.com: “Antarctic sea ice shrunk to a record low in February this year. Satellite measurements revealed that only 66% of the sea ice extent usually detected during the peak of the southern summer has been present in the waters surrounding the South Pole last month. The previous monthly record low was reported in 2017 out of a series of measurements that dates back to 1979, the European environment-monitoring agency Copernicus said in an emailed statement. The agency’s Sentinel satellites found below-average sea ice concentrations in all regions of the Southern Ocean, the southernmost part of the global ocean that surrounds Antarctica.”
Amid flood risk, New England homes are overvalued by $10b-plus, report says
More from Boston.com: “Future flood risk isn’t fully baked into US real estate values, and that means American homes in flood zones are collectively overvalued by as much as $237 billion, according to a new report. That poses pricey ramifications for New England communities. The study — co-released on Feb. 16 by three environmental and climate risk nonprofits, the Environmental Defense Fund, First Street Foundation, and Resources for the Future — in the journal Nature Climate Change notes that the lack of flood disclosure laws in counties at risk have led to inflated home values. That makes communities vulnerable to a decline in property taxes when a flood disaster occurs.”
The fight to define ‘green hydrogen’ could determine America’s emissions future
More from Grist: “With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act last year, a decades-long effort to get a major climate package through Congress is over. But the work of ensuring this unprecedented bundle of funding for clean energy actually leads to reduced emissions is just beginning. A decision with profound implications for that goal now lies with the Treasury Department, which must settle a debate over the best way of crafting a tax credit designed to advance the production of clean hydrogen. Scientists and climate advocates warn that without rigorous guidelines dictating who is eligible for the subsidy, the government could spend billions propping up hydrogen production facilities with enormous carbon footprints, wiping out many of the other climate gains catalyzed by the legislation. “Absent strong rules, we could increase emissions by half a gigaton over the lifetime of the credit,” Rachel Fakhry, a senior climate and clean energy advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told Grist. “The current emissions of the power sector is 1.5 gigatons. So this is completely contrary to U.S. climate goals. The stakes are extremely high.””
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