National Weather Forecast

A few areas of low pressure from the Great Lakes to the Southeast will bring inclement weather on Saturday. A few of the storms in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast will be on the strong side. Meanwhile, rain and snow showers are expected in the Great Lakes. Another area of low pressure in the Southern Plains will bring a storm threat. Rain and snow will be possible in the Pacific Northwest with a frontal boundary moving in.

Heavy rain of 2-4” can be expected through the weekend from the Southern Plains to the Northeast. Several inches of snow can be expected in the Rockies.


The world just failed its annual health checkup

More from CNN: “Droughts, floods and record low ice levels – from the top of the world’s mountains to the depths of the ocean, the climate crisis took a heavy toll as it continued to intensify in 2022, new analysis from the World Meteorological Organization shows. The WMO’s annual State of the Climate Report, published Friday ahead of Earth Day, is essentially a health checkup for the world. It analyzes a series of global climate indicators – including levels of planet-heating pollution, sea level rise and ocean heat – to understand how the planet is responding to climate change and the impact it is having on people and nature. The findings paint a stark picture. “2022 was a year of extremes for the planet – and this continues the trend set in previous years,” Omar Baddour, head of the Climate Monitoring and Policy Division at the WMO, told CNN.

Climate change needs to be addressed…and soon, most Americans say

More from CBS News: “A majority of Americans — two-thirds — feel people need to address climate in the coming years, including more than half who think action is necessary right now. Most feel their generation bears some responsibility for making sacrifices and taking care of the environment for future generations. Majorities across gender, racial and age groups all see a need for climate change to be addressed now or in the next few years, with more urgency among younger Americans. People who want climate change to be addressed right now are especially likely to feel some responsibility for the next generation.

What could $1 billion do for Puerto Rico’s energy resilience? Residents have ideas.

More from Grist: “When the electricity goes out in Puerto Rico, food and medicines spoil. Dialysis machines stop running. Water doesn’t flow, businesses shutter, and schools close. And while the energy grid’s fragility attracts national attention when a hurricane causes a blackout, Puerto Ricans constantly confront outages. “In the mountains, it only takes a little wind and we are out of power,” said Crystal Díaz, who lives in Cayey, a town about 80 minutes south of San Juan. “We are an 800-family community, and we are without power at least once a week.” The cost of operating her produce-delivery business triples when the electricity fails because she must buy expensive diesel for generators, and sales come to a halt because customers can’t refrigerate food. Such frustrations are common throughout Puerto Rico, an archipelago of 3.26 million people where residents have grown tired of an energy system they can’t rely on and a utility that has shown little ability to address the problem.


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