National Weather Forecast
A frontal boundary stretching from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northern Plains will help spark off showers and storms as we head through the second to last day of July. A few storms will also be possible across the eastern Great Lakes and the desert Southwest. The greatest oppressive heat outside of areas like Phoenix in the Southwest will be in the Southern Plains and Southeast, where some areas could see heat index values up above 110F.
Pockets of at least 1-3” of rain will be possible in the Northern Plains and along the East Coast as we head through the last few days of July.
Twin Cities taps federal IRA dollars to analyze metro-area climate plan
More from Energy News Network: “The regional planning agency for the Twin Cities plans to take a closer look at its year-old climate action plan as part of its participation in a federal climate program. The Metropolitan Council operates transit, wastewater, housing and other services for the seven-county metro area including Minneapolis and St. Paul, making it a key player in climate planning. In 2022, the agency adopted its first climate action work plan, which calls for accelerating greenhouse gas emission reductions over the next five years from its own operations as well as the region as a whole. With the ink barely dry on that document, regional officials now have a chance to scrutinize the plan’s potential impact thanks to a $1 million grant under the federal Inflation Reduction Act.”
For unhoused people in America’s hottest large city, heat waves are a merciless killer
More from Yale Climate Connections: “The homeless are usually the first to die. In April, 46-year-old Crystal Gradilla, an unhoused woman, became the city’s first recorded heat-associated death of the year, when the temperature in Phoenix hit 99 degrees for the first time in 2023. Although Phoenix is known as America’s hottest large city, people experiencing homelessness are dying in cities throughout the U.S. as climate change caused by burning fossil fuels results in record-breaking heat waves. And even before the global average temperature set a new record high on July 4 and a massive heat dome over the entire Southwest sent temperatures soaring from California to Texas, extreme heat was already killing more Americans annually than any other natural disaster. For decades, heat-related deaths were notoriously undercounted, according to Kristie Ebi, a professor of global health at the University of Washington. But she said newer studies based on epidemiological computer modeling are far more accurate.”
Heat pumps sold so fast in Maine, the state just upped its target
More from Canary Media: “A state that braves some of the most frigid winters in the country has not only enthusiastically adopted heat pumps — it’s also stepping up its commitment to the clean-heating tech. In 2019, Maine embraced heat pumps as part of its climate strategy, setting a goal to install 100,000 of the machines by 2025. But a few days ago, Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) announced that the state had surpassed that target two years ahead of schedule, deploying at least 104,000 heat pumps in homes and businesses. Now, the state has set a new goal: installing another 175,000 heat pumps by 2027. “We are setting an example for the nation,” said Mills at the announcement event. “Our transition to heat pumps is creating good-paying jobs, curbing our reliance on fossil fuels, and cutting costs for Maine families, all while making them more comfortable in their homes — a hat trick for our state.””
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