National Weather Forecast
A system in the southern United States will produce more shower and storm activity (potentially leading to flooding) from the Southern Plains to the Southeast on Thursday. Another system in the Great Lakes will produce storms, and another on on the heels of that will produce storms in the Northern Plains. Monsoonal storms will continue to be possible in the Southwest.
Some of the heaviest rain through the end of the week will be in the Deep South and lower Mississippi Valley, where an additional 3-5”+ of rain could fall. The heaviest will be through Thursday and could lead to flash flooding.
White House: Climate law could slash related damages by up to $1.9 trillion
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