National Weather Forecast
On Thursday, one frontal system will exit off the East Coast but linger across portions of the Southeast, bringing shower and storm potential. A new system out in the Rockies will bring shower and storm potential, with some of that working eastward into the Plains by Friday morning.
The heaviest rain through Friday evening will be in the Four Corners region, where over 3” of rain could fall. Meanwhile, in parts of the northern Rockies, some light snow accumulation could occur – particularly Thursday Night.
In the tropics, we continue to track major Hurricane Fiona – now a Category 4 hurricane – pushing away from the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. That storm will impact Bermuda toward the end of the week, and portions of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, and eastern Quebec this weekend as still a strong hurricane or post-tropical system. We’re also tracking Gaston, which will track toward the Azores before stopping and making a quick turn to the Northeast.
Meanwhile, we’re tracking three other areas of interest in the Atlantic. The one of most concern is near the Windward Islands and is expected to become a tropical depression within the next few days as it tracks into the Caribbean. There is a chance this one could end up being a threat to the United States sometime next week – but it’s way too early to know what, if any, impacts it will have and where they will occur. First we need the storm to form, as models will get a better grasp on the system after that occurs.
Aurora season: Why more auroras at equinoxes?
More from EarthSky: “What’s the basis for the legendary connection between auroras and equinoxes? Yes, there is an aurora season, which comes in March and October (more or less around the equinoxes) each year. This pattern in nature – auroras increasing twice a year – is one of the earliest patterns ever to be observed and recorded by scientists. We know that storms and eruptions on the sun cause disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field, called geomagnetic storms. And we know the sun itself has cycles, including the famous 11-year solar cycle. That cycle is in an upswing now, by the way, which is why we’re having more solar activity now than a few years ago. But an 11-year cycle is not a twice-yearly cycle. Why would geomagnetic storms increase twice a year? As it turns out, it’s all about magnetism and geometry.”
Bloom Energy to produce emissions-free hydrogen at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island nuclear plant
More from UtilityDrive: “Bloom Energy will install a 240-kW electrolyzer at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island nuclear plant in Welch, Minnesota, to produce emissions-free hydrogen, the companies said Monday. The demonstration project is designed to create “immediate and scalable pathways” for producing cost-efficient and clean hydrogen while adding value for nuclear power plants, Bloom and Xcel said. Bloom, a fuel cell company, expects to start building the electrolyzer in late 2023 and start running it in early 2024.”
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