National Weather Forecast
On Monday, we’ll be watching storm chances from the Rockies and Southern Plains eastward to the Atlantic Coast, along with some storms in Oregon.
Claudette will be across the eastern Carolinas early in the day, quickly pushing offshore, but continuing to produce some heavy rains in the Mid-Atlantic.
Even though Claudette is pushing away from the US, heavy rain is continuing to fall through the beginning of the week across portions of the Gulf Coast with at least an additional 3”+ of rain possible from Sunday through Tuesday across the Southeast.
A California reservoir is expected to fall so low that a hydro-power plant will shut down for first time
More from CNN: “Water in a key California reservoir is expected to fall so low this summer that its hydroelectric power plant will be forced to shut down for the first time, officials said Thursday, straining the state’s already-taxed electric grid. An unrelenting drought and record heat, both worsened by the changing climate, have pushed the water supply at Northern California’s Lake Oroville to deplete rapidly. As a result of the “alarming levels,” officials will likely be forced to close the Edward Hyatt Power Plant for the first time since it opened in 1967, California Energy Commission spokesperson Lindsay Buckley told CNN.”
The controversy over Bill Gates becoming the largest private farmland owner in the US
More from VOX: “Bill Gates might be a tech billionaire — but he and his wife Melinda French Gates, who are in the process of divorcing, are also two of the largest private farmland owners in the United States. Recent reports detailing the extent of Gates’s land ownership have prompted criticism from some environmental advocates and farmers, who say there seems to be a contradiction between his public environmental advocacy and his personal investment strategy. Others have speculated the farmland purchases may be a part of the billionaire’s overall climate efforts. Bill Gates has said there’s no connection, either way. But the new details on the purchases — and the discussion surrounding them — serve as an important reminder that billionaires can store their massive wealth in all sorts of unexpected places, and that there can often be a tension between their personal investments and their more publicized philanthropic work.”
What 50 years of data from a backyard weather station can teach us about climate change
More from Yale Climate Connections: “On the first leg of their climate documentary road-trip, Local Motives duo Nate Murray and Cody Pfister traveled to the mountains of Virginia to meet a man who has been collecting weather data for over 50 years. Julian Kesterson, who has lived in a valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains since he was a child, began collecting weather data as a hobby, and now the data he collects is used by the National Weather Service. Find out what he has learned, and what it says about the future of Virginia’s climate in this Local Motives short film.”
– D.J. Kayser