National Weather Forecast
On Thursday, two main systems will be impacting the United States. First, another round of heavy rain and mountain snow will impact parts of the Western United States. Meanwhile, we’re tracking snow and ice for parts of the Upper Midwest to New England, with a mix of precipitation as far south as the Tennessee Valley and the potential of severe storms in the Deep South.
This next round of heavy rain for the west coast is aiming a bit farther north vs. some of the recent ones, impacting northern California into parts of the Pacific Northwest with 3-6” of rain through Friday.
48-hour expected precipitation totals through 4 PM PST Sunday.
A band of rain moving in Friday is just the start of another batch of rain moving in for the weekend for California. This next system will be much more widespread, impacting central and southern parts of the state once again. At least another 1-4” of rain is expected to fall across areas of California this weekend, with the heaviest falling in coastal areas. Up in the mountains – especially the Sierra Nevada – several more feet of snow will fall.
Relentless Rise of Ocean Heat Content Drives Deadly Extremes
More from Inside Climate News: “Ocean heat content reached a new record high for the fourth year in a row, scientists said Wednesday as they released their annual measurements of ocean heat accumulating down to a depth of more than a mile. The findings published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Science show that just in the past year, the planet’s seas absorbed about 10 Zetta joules of heat—equivalent to 100 times the world’s total annual electricity production. The scientists found that the warmth keeps working its way deeper into the ocean, as greenhouse gases have trapped so much heat that the oceans’ deeper waters will continue to warm for centuries after humans stop using fossil energy.”
Winter & Cold Weather EV Range Loss in 7,000 Cars
More from Recurrent: “All electric cars experience some degree of range loss in cold weather. For EV owners in colder winter climates, like northern portions of the United States, daily driving and charging behaviors must be adjusted in these months. That’s the bad news. The good news is that this range loss is temporary and there is no long term detriment to your battery. As the ice melts and the temperatures rise, your vehicle’s expected range at full charge should return to normal.”
The US’s first-ever complete solar supply chain is coming
More from Electrek: “Seoul-headquartered PV solar-cell manufacturing giant Qcells today announced it will invest more than $2.5 billion to build a solar supply chain in Georgia – the largest-ever investment in clean energy manufacturing in the US to date. The $2.5 billion investment will expand Qcells’ solar manufacturing plant in Dalton, Georgia, and build a new solar manufacturing plant in Cartersville, Georgia — creating the US’s first-ever complete solar supply chain. Qcells up as the only company in the U.S. to establish a fully-integrated, silicon-based solar supply chain from raw material to finished panel.”
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