National Weather Forecast
On Sunday, a system working east through the central and eastern United States will bring snow and ice to the northern tier of states, with showers and thunderstorms from the Ohio Valley to Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Deep South. Some of the rain over the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys will be heavy. Some areas of rain and snow will be possible in the Pacific Northwest.
Some of the heaviest snow through Monday evening will fall from southern Minnesota into the U.P. of Michigan, and across northern Maine. In these areas, over a half a foot will be possible. We’re also tracking heavy rain across portions of the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, where 3-5” of rain could fall during this time frame. That could lead to the potential of flash flooding.
Here’s a closer look at the potential rain through Monday evening in the Ohio Valley.
NOAA mulls moving start of Atlantic hurricane season up to May 15
More from the Washington Post: “Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1, but that could soon change. A committee at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is working to decide whether the start date of Atlantic hurricane season should be moved to May 15. The change would reflect an increasing tendency for early-season storms to form ahead of the internationally agreed-upon June 1 conventional start date in an effort to respond to observed trends. The National Hurricane Center has announced plans to begin issuing routine tropical weather outlooks starting on May 15.”
New UN Climate Report Puts the World on ‘Red Alert’ for Climate Catastrophe
More from Earther: “Leading climate scientists are freaking out. That’s a clear takeaway from the latest report commissioned by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the international body that represents the 197 signatories of the Paris Climate Agreement, which was released Friday. The study, called the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, measures countries’ progress on their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), or their plans to meet the Paris Climate Accord’s goal of keeping global temperature rise “well below” a 2-degree Celsius (3.6-degree Fahrenheit) increase over pre-industrial levels. Those pledges, the authors write, fall far short of the transformative changes needed to stave off the worst impacts of the climate crisis.”
Australian brewery reduces carbon footprint with rooftop solar
More from Renewable Energy World: “Moon Dog Brewing, an independent Australian craft brewery based out of Melbourne, is exploring ways to reduce its carbon footprint and drive environmental sustainability. To this end, the Moon Dog team selected Energis, a residential and commercial energy solutions company, to design a solar system that would reduce their reliance on using energy from the grid and lower their energy costs. Energis designed, installed and commissioned a 99.85 kW rooftop mounted solar system utilising 317 solar panels powered by FIMER’s PVS-100 inverter. … This follows a general trend spanning the beer industry worldwide, with smaller independent brew pubs and large international beer companies seeing the potential that solar power holds when it comes to offsetting the energy-intensive process of beer-making.”
– D.J. Kayser