National Weather Forecast

Messy weather continues across the nation on Friday as we watch a system cross the central United States. That will bring heavy snow to the upper Midwest and severe storms across the Southeast.

We’ll see the potential of 3”+ of rainfall across the mid-Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley, and coastal areas of Oregon and northern California through the first half of the weekend.

Heavy snow continues to slam the western U.S. mountains through the end of the week, with several feet possible – especially in the Cascades. As we watch that system in the upper Midwest over the next couple of days, areas from Nebraska to Michigan could see 6-12” fall.

On Friday, we’re also tracking the potential for another round of severe weather containing high winds and strong tornadoes across the Southeastern United States, with an Enhanced Risk (threat level 3/5) in place.


Gasoline is cheap right now — but charging an EV is still cheaper

More from Yale Climate Connections: “It was easy to make the case for the low cost of electric vehicle charging way back in 2022 when gasoline prices were high and charging an EV was about 70% cheaper than filling up at the pump. But now that the price of gasoline is dipping below $3 per gallon, is it still cheaper to fill up a car on electrons rather than gasoline? The answer is yes — by a lot. By far the least expensive and least polluting option is to get around on foot, bike, or public transit. But if you need a personal vehicle, EVs cost less to drive compared to a similar gasoline-powered vehicle, and they also emit less carbon pollution. … In most parts of the country, charging an EV is equivalent to a gasoline price of $1 to $2 per gallon. The national average is $1.41 per eGallon, which is less than half the current gasoline price of $3.09 (as of Jan. 5, 2024).

World’s renewable energy capacity grew at record pace in 2023

More from The Guardian: “Global renewable energy capacity grew by the fastest pace recorded in the last 20 years in 2023, which could put the world within reach of meeting a key climate target by the end of the decade, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The world’s renewable energy grew by 50% last year to 510 gigawatts (GW) in 2023, the 22nd year in a row that renewable capacity additions set a new record, according to figures from the IEA. The “spectacular” growth offers a “real chance” of global governments meeting a pledge agreed at the Cop28 climate talks in November to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030 to significantly reduce consumption of fossil fuels, the IEA added.

World’s two largest coal consumers won’t be weaning off the fossil fuel anytime soon

More from CNBC: “China and India’s growing economies will continue to fuel demand for coal even as they set ambitious renewable energy targets, according to experts. While China is the world’s largest energy consumer, India is ranked third globally, and both countries are the top consumers of coal as they strive to fuel economic growth. China’s share of global electricity consumption, 60% of which is generated by coal, is set to jump to one-third by 2025, compared with a quarter in 2015, according to projections by energy watchdog International Energy Agency. India’s rapidly growing economy also means the country’s demand for energy including oil and natural gas will be significant, said managing director of energy investment management firm Tortoise Capital, Rob Thummel.


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