National Weather Forecast
On Thursday, scattered areas of showers and storms are expected from the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest to the Southern Plains and Deep South. A few snow showers will be possible in the Rockies as well. Otherwise, quiet weather is expected from New England into the Mid-Atlantic, and in the western United States east of the Rockies.
Severe storms are expected in the central United States, especially across portions of Kansas and Oklahoma (including Wichita and Oklahoma City) where an Enhanced Risk of severe weather is in place. Tornadoes (some strong), large to very large hail, and damaging winds are expected.
3”+ of rain will be possible through the end of the work week across portions of the Plains south to the Houston metro. A foot or more of snow will be possible in the Colorado Rockies.
For Mother’s Day Sunday, we’ll be watching showers and storms west to east from the Four Corners to the Mid-Atlantic, and north to south from the Great Lakes to the Southern Plains. Storms will also be possible in southern Florida. Record heat is expected in the Pacific Northwest and near Atlanta.
As we head toward Mother’s Day weekend, excessive heat is expected across the western United States. Numerous record highs will be possible in the Pacific Northwest, especially on Sunday. In Portland, the earliest 95F+ high on record was on May 17, 2008 – so we could see the new earliest this weekend.
Florida and Louisiana are borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars to cope with hurricane insurance claims
More from Quartz: “In an emergency financial maneuver, the state-chartered insurance associations of Florida and Louisiana have been forced to borrow a combined $1.3 billion to cover insurance claims caused by worsening hurricanes. The nonprofit insurance associations were already a backstop measure, stepping in after 2022’s Hurricane Ian drove insurance companies in the Gulf Coast into failure, causing the cancellation of tens of thousands of homeowners’ policies and leaving millions in unpaid claims. But those unpaid claims were so high that the associations have had to turn to emergency borrowing of hundreds of millions of dollars at significant interest rates. “We’re currently in the midst of an insurance crisis,” Jim Donelon, Louisiana’s insurance commissioner, said in a news briefing. The crisis is “largely…a result of hurricane activity in our state the last couple of years.”
The Deadly Mystery of Indoor Heat
More from HeatMap: “If the last few weeks are any indication, this summer is going to be a scorcher. In Spain and Portugal, April temperatures reached record highs. A heat wave swept through Asia, killing dozens on the Indian subcontinent; temperatures in the region hovered around 110 degrees Fahrenheit for days. The United States saw records break throughout the Northeast and Midwest, with temperatures into the 90s. And that’s just how hot it was outside. Inside is a completely different story — one we know far less about. Heat is the deadliest extreme weather phenomenon in the United States, and when the outside world is boiling, the advice is often pretty simple: get inside. But the majority of heat-related deaths happen indoors, and, unlike the satellites and weather stations that can measure outdoor temperature, we have very little data on just how hot our homes are getting.”
Early Wildfires, Heat Waves Show Grim Signs of Global Climate Crisis
More from The Energy Mix: “An early, aggressive wildfire season in Alberta, alarming, summer-like temperatures in parts of the Mediterranean, scorching, road-melting heat to South Asia, and torrential rain causing deadly floods in Congo-Kinshasa, are all signs this spring of anthropogenic climate change and a “grim augur of things to come.” Relatively cooler weather is helping the more than 1,000 firefighters battling blazes across the northern and east-central parts of Alberta, but the province remains in a state of emergency and has asked the federal government for military assistance. Nearly 30,000 people have been displaced from their homes, and several precious structures have been lost to the flames, with small Indigenous communities reporting significant losses, reports CBC News. As of Tuesday morning, 89 wildfires were burning across the province, 24 of them deemed out of control. The Globe and Mail says that nearly 400,000 hectares have been burned so far this year, compared to 417 hectares this time last year.”
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