National Weather Forecast
While a few storms remain in Florida on Monday, most of the precipitation across the nation will be from the Plains westward. In these areas, showers, storms, and yes – even some snow – can be expected. Record highs are possible from the Central Plains to the Great Lakes and across portions of eastern Texas.
It’ll be part of the Plains that have the greatest rain chances through the first part of the week, with at least 1-2” expected.
And several inches of snow could accumulate at some of the higher elevations of the mountains out west.
What’s the world’s longest river? New expedition aims to settle the debate once and for all
More from CNN: “In today’s modern age, it might be fair to assume that science has decisively answered some of the bigger questions regarding the natural world – or at least those dependent upon sheer physical measurements. But one seemingly straightforward conclusion has continued to confound: Just what is the longest river in the world? Indeed, in 2023, science is still grappling with the answer. The title of “world’s longest river” is officially bestowed upon Africa’s Nile by authoritative sources like Encyclopedia Britannica and Guinness World Records. But an upcoming Amazon River expedition by a team of international explorers and researchers – traveling via rafts, horseback and solar-paneled boats – is readying to contest that designation.”
Swiss glaciers lose 10% of their volume in two years
More from The Guardian: “Swiss glaciers have lost 10% of their volume in just two years, a report has found. Scientists have said climate breakdown caused by the burning of fossil fuels is the cause of unusually hot summers and winters with very low snow volume, which have caused the accelerating melts. The volume lost during the hot summers of 2022 and 2023 is the same as that lost between 1960 and 1990. The analysis by the Swiss Academy of Sciences found 4% of Switzerland’s total glacier volume vanished this year, the second-biggest annual decline on record. The largest decline was in 2022, when there was a 6% drop, the biggest thaw since measurements began.”
Weather Events Have Reduced Our U.S. Hydropower Forecast By 6% This Year
More from CleanTechnica: “Weather events in the U.S. Northwest this past spring and summer led to lower water supply, prompting us to reduce our forecast of U.S. hydropower generation by 6% this year compared with last year. About one-half of the country’s hydropower is generated in the Northwest. Precipitation that accumulated in the Northwest over last fall and winter provided the region with a plentiful water supply outlook for the summer months, with near- to above-average levels by the beginning of April. However, above-normal temperatures in May in the Northwest melted snow rapidly, resulting in a significant loss of water supply, measured as Snow Water Equivalent in higher elevations. With less water available, the region generated 24% less hydropower in the first half of this year than during the same period in 2022. This year, we expect 19% less hydropower generation in the Northwest than in 2022.”
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