National Weather Forecast
A frontal boundary will continue eastward Friday, bringing storms from the eastern Great Lakes southeastward into the Southern Plains. The associated area of low pressure in the Great Lakes will continue to bring rain and snow showers across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Some rain and snow showers will also be possible in the Northwestern United States.
Snow of 6”+ will be possible through early in the weekend from the Northern Rockies to the Upper Midwest as winter just does not give up. Heavy rain will is expected across the mid/lower Mississippi Valley into portions of the Southern Plains with 3-5” possible.
1 in 3 Americans breathe unhealthy air, new report says
More from Grist: “A new report by the American Lung Association found that more than 1 in 3 Americans were exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution between 2019 to 2021. Released on Wednesday, the 24th annual State of the Air report grades Americans’ exposure to two of the nation’s most pervasive air pollutants: ground-level ozone, an air pollutant that forms smog, and particle pollution, also known as soot. The report found that while overall smog and soot pollution continues to decrease across the U.S., racial and geographic disparities are rising. As climate-fueled wildfires and drought increase and intensify, more people living in the West face potentially deadly particle and ozone pollution compared to their Eastern counterparts.”
Red States Are Trying To Fight The World On Climate
More from FiveThirtyEight: “State Rep. Jeff Hoverson didn’t want anyone getting in the way of using fossil fuels in North Dakota. Not the United Nations. Not international nonprofits. Certainly not the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. So he made a law to stop them. In March, the North Dakota legislature passed a bill that Hoverson co-authored with a state senator. It’s short, sweet and to the point: “A climate control-related regulation of an international organization, either directly through the organization or indirectly through law or regulation, is not enforceable on this state.” Hoverson told me he isn’t sure what that will mean the next time the federal government wants to sign a climate treaty. Frankly, he’d prefer the feds not have that kind of power, anyway. But while his law stands out for the scope of its ambitions, it’s not exactly an outlier in its spirit. Across the country, bills pushing back against climate policy have been a trend this legislative session, with multiple states proposing — and passing — laws that would undermine efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.”
Why Asia’s early heat wave is so alarming
More from Vox: “Climate change is making a safe, slow adjustment to heat much harder by upending what we’d typically expect as seasons change. Summers are getting longer and more intense, encroaching on winter and extending long into the fall. Large parts of Asia have been hit particularly hard the past two weeks. Axios reported how heat records have fallen throughout China, India, Bangladesh, and Thailand, as areas have surpassed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). Thirteen people have died of heat stroke so far in India. Thailand saw a new all-time temperature record for the month. And more than a dozen Chinese provinces broke new heat records.”
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