National Weather Forecast
On Friday, showers and storms will be possible with a couple of lows and associated boundaries along the East Coast to the Gulf Coast. An area of low pressure in the Upper Midwest brings the chance of some strong storms. Meanwhile, a system out west brings rain and mixed precipitation chances from southern Washington to the Bay Area.
Heavy rain through the first half of the weekend will fall in portions of Florida and in/around the New York City area, where 1-3”+ of rain could fall. Around New York City, rainfall amounts could approach 6″. Meanwhile, we’re also tracking the potential of a few inches of snow in the Cascades, northern Rockies, and the Sierra.
How are birds faring through wacky weather?
More from the Star Tribune: “Ice storms in Texas, smoke from Canadian wildfires billowing over much of North America, 31 consecutive days of 110-degree heat in Phoenix: Those have been just some of the swings in the weather this year. How are the birds faring through it all? It’s too early to draw any confident conclusions from the data, scientists say. Maybe there were fewer sightings of birds in Phoenix during the heat wave, or maybe fewer people ventured outside to bird watch. Based on past data, however, researchers know that hot and cold spells have a negative effect on birds, especially hatchlings.”
Extreme weather could cause insurance rates across the country to spike
More from Axios: “Millions of homeowners nationwide are facing higher insurance rates due to the risk of wildfires, high winds and flooding, a new analysis finds. About 12 million properties may see premium hikes because of the risk of flooding, nearly 24 million because of potential wind damage, and about 4.4 million because of wildfire risk, per estimates from the First Street Foundation, a climate data nonprofit. Why it matters: Many homeowners may struggle to manage higher costs. About 640,000 delinquent mortgages may see higher insurance premiums, the report finds, “increasing the likelihood of default.” Driving the news: Insurers are changing how they factor climate and extreme weather risks into the premiums they charge for coverage, while some are suspending coverage altogether.”
Here’s how solar and wind kept the Texas grid online in 2023’s brutal summer heat
More from Electrek: “Researchers from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) crunched data from ERCOT, which operates the Texas grid. The researchers found that from June 15 through September 15 – Texas’s highest power-use period – solar provided more than 10% of the peak electric demand on 91 of those 93 days and averaged 13.8% across all 93 days. (And let’s note that peak electricity demand time isn’t even peak solar power generation time.) The Texas grid got a boost from solar because its growth in the state has skyrocketed in the last five years – the Lone Star State is now No. 2 in the US for installed solar, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.”
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