National Weather Forecast

As we head into the first half of the weekend, more storms will be possible across many areas of the eastern two-thirds of the nation. Strong storms will be possible from the High Plains south into the Southern Plains and eastward into the Ohio Valley.

At least 3” of rain could fall from Friday into the weekend from southern Kansas to portions of the Deep South. In some areas, this could lead to flash flooding. Some spotty areas of the Northeast could also see up to 3” of rain.


Earth saw hottest day yet Thursday, the fourth straight global record

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More from Axios: “Earth recorded its hottest day on record on Thursday, making it the fourth straight to set or tie the record for warmest day globally. Why it matters: The daily records are a symptom of the heat that human emissions of greenhouse gases are adding to the climate, combined with an El Niño event in the tropical Pacific Ocean. By the numbers: The NOAA data shows the global average temperature climbed to an unprecedented 17.23°C (63.02°F) on Thursday. This was 1.02°C (1.8°F) above the average for the date, and an increase from the previous record-holder of 17.18°C (62.9°F) set just one day before. The period from July 3 through 6 is now the hottest four days on record globally. The global mean temperature statistic masks the extreme events taking place worldwide. These include an unprecedented marine heat wave in the North Atlantic, a recently concluded long-duration heat wave in Texas and Mexico, record heat in China, plus extreme heat and wildfires still raging out of control in Canada.

A key piece of the solar supply chain will now be made in America

More from Canary Media: “Enphase, the pioneering solar microinverter company, has begun its first U.S. manufacturing at a factory in West Columbia, South Carolina. Contract manufacturer Flex owns and operates the facility, which now produces Enphase’s IQ8 microinverter, a device used to turn solar panel output from direct current to alternating current that can power homes and businesses. President Joe Biden traveled to the factory Thursday to recognize yet another instance of a U.S.-based clean energy company onshoring its manufacturing following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. The law’s 45X provision awards tax credits of 11 cents per watt of capacity for microinverters produced in the U.S. Enphase credited the IRA and strong global demand for making the new U.S. factories possible and said the West Columbia factory will create 600 jobs.

U.S. carbon emissions fall for first time in Biden era

More from E&E News: “Global carbon dioxide emissions were roughly flat through the first five months of the year, with rising greenhouse gas production from China and India offsetting deep declines in emissions from the United States and Europe. The findings from Carbon Monitor, an academic emissions tracker, are consistent with experts’ view that the world is entering a period of plateauing emissions. They think a rise in clean energy generation will be offset by growth in total global energy demand. Carbon Monitor estimates global CO2 emissions were 15.1 billion tons through the end of May, or 0.3 percent higher than the same time last year. Emissions were 1.6 percent higher than that same five month period in 2019, prior to the onset of Covid-19.


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