National Weather Forecast
As a cold front continues east Monday, showers and storms are likely across the eastern third of the nation, with the potential of heavy rain at times from the Carolinas to southern New York. That front will also produce some storms across parts of Texas and southern New Mexico. By the evening, a few storms will be possible across central Montana and northern Minnesota. Otherwise, quiet weather is expected in most other locations. The heat will be on in parts of the western United States, where record highs will be possible in California for areas like Ukiah and Mount Shasta.
Through Tuesday evening, the heaviest rain will mainly fall across the eastern third of the nation, where 1-3″ of rain is possible. Some areas of heavier rain are also possible across parts of the central and southern Plains.
Little-known meteor shower this month could have dangerous stowaways
More from c|net: “August’s Perseid meteor shower is known for being among the year’s most dazzling, but a lesser-known shower in June could be the most dangerous. The Beta Taurid meteor shower is less well known because it is considered a weak daytime shower that peaks after sunrise, making it very difficult to spot from Earth. But for at least a few decades now, some scientists have suspected that the Beta Taurids have made their presence felt in other ways in the past. Oxford scientists published research in 1993 suggesting that the space rock behind the Tunguska Event may’ve been hiding among the cloud of debris left behind by Comet Encke, which is responsible for the Taurids. The little bits of dust and pebbles burn up in our atmosphere and are seen as “shooting stars.” But the researchers said there’s reason to believe that Encke’s dust cloud also harbors bigger boulders, and that it dropped one on the Tunguska River region of Siberia in 1908.” h
White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony calling climate change ‘possibly catastrophic’
More from the Washington Post: “White House officials barred a State Department intelligence agency from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change is “possibly catastrophic.” The move came after State officials refused to excise the document’s references to federal scientific findings on climate change.The effort to edit, and ultimately suppress, the prepared testimony by the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research comes as the Trump administration is debating how best to challenge the fact that burning fossil fuels is warming the planet and could pose serious risks unless the world makes deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Senior military and intelligence officials have continued to warn climate change could undermine America’s national security — a position President Trump rejects.”
Even as Floods Worsen With Climate Change, Fewer People Insure Against Disaster
More from the New York Times: “Despite years of devastating flooding and hurricanes, the number of Americans with flood insurance remains well below its level a decade ago, undermining the nation’s ability to cope with disasters just as climate change makes them more frequent and severe.In some of the states hardest-hit by the recent brutal flooding in the Midwest, the number of federal flood insurance policies has dropped by at least one-third since 2011. As a result, in Nebraska, Illinois and Missouri, the share of homes in floodplains that have flood insurance is now 15 percent or less.”
– D.J. Kayser