National Weather Forecast

On Friday, a frontal boundary stretched across the eastern United States to the Gulf Coast will produce showers and storms – some of which could be heavy. Another system in the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains will produce storm activity there as well.

Through Saturday, at least 1-2” of rain will be possible in the eastern United States with that frontal boundary in place. It also brings in cooler air, which many will probably enjoy – especially after Dulles Airport hit 100F for the first time in September history on Wednesday.


New Research Highlights Opportunities to Protect Carbon and Communities from Forest Fires

More from the USDA: “As the climate and wildfire crises have intensified, so too have concerns regarding the loss of carbon captured and stored in forests from decades to centuries of tree growth. A new study describes where to optimize ongoing wildfire mitigation efforts and reduce carbon loss due to wildfire, benefitting communities and climate at the same time. New research published in the journal Environmental Research Letters highlights widespread “opportunity hot spots” in the western United States for using proactive forest management, such as forest thinning, prescribed fire, and cultural burning, to reduce the risk of losing carbon to future wildfires.

Another US EV-battery recycler just raised a massive funding round

More from Canary Media: “Ascend Elements has raised $542 million to take its plans to recycle lithium-ion batteries to the next level. The investment round announced Wednesday will support building a factory in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where Ascend will process the ​“black mass” derived from slicing and sorting old lithium-ion batteries into precursor cathode active materials (pCAM) and cathode active materials (CAM). Ascend plans to spend about $1 billion to build the Kentucky facility. Last year it won $480 million in grant funding from the Department of Energy to go toward its construction. ​“This $542 million we announced today will be coupled with, and really unlock, the DOE grants,” CEO Mike O’Kronley said in a Wednesday interview.


More from The Cooldown: “Known for harnessing extraordinary power from water and wind, the Netherlands could become a leader in geothermal energy production by using heat from a volcano. Bolsward, a city near the northern coast in the province of Friesland, is exploring using heat from the extinct Zuidwal volcano under the Wadden Sea to warm homes, according to the Guardian. The undertaking is in its initial stages, and the first heat supply is projected for December 2025. “It started as a crazy idea,” Ynze Salverda, a board member of the community initiative Stichting Ontwikkeling Geothermie Friesland, told the Guardian. The initiative is also known as Stogef, and its name translates as the Geothermal Development Friesland Foundation.


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