National Weather Forecast

We’ll be tracking a system moving into the Great Lakes on Thursday, producing inclement weather across much of the eastern half of the country. That’ll include snow and ice from the Northern Plains to the Northeast and strong storms in the Deep South. A new front approaching the West Coast will bring showers and higher-elevation snow to the Pacific Northwest.

The heaviest rain over the next few days will fall from northeastern Texas to the mid-Mississippi Valley, where 2-5” of rain could fall that’ll lead to flooding issues. 6” of snow could fall across parts of southern Wisconsin. Up to a foot of snow could fall in the Cascades.


America, meet Biden’s climate bill

More from E&E News: “President Joe Biden began a two-year tour to sell the climate bill Tuesday night. His first stop was the Capitol. Biden, the first U.S. president who can rightfully claim a massive legislative victory to combat climate change, used his State of the Union address to launch a likely reelection campaign that will feature remarkable changes to the nation’s energy and transportation systems stemming from the Inflation Reduction Act and its $370 billion in climate spending. … Biden will take his climate message on the road for the next two years in the lead-up to the 2024 election. The tour continues Wednesday when Biden travels to a Laborers’ International Union of North America training center near Madison, Wis., to tout an expanded solar battery manufacturing facility and explain how his economic and climate agenda is creating jobs.

An ‘inland tsunami’: 15 million people are at risk from catastrophic glacial lake outbursts, researchers find

More from CNN: “Glaciers around the world are melting at an alarming rate, and are leaving massive pools of water in their wake. The meltwater fills the depression left behind by the glacier, forming what’s known as a glacial lake. As temperatures get warmer and more pieces of the glacier melt away, the lake rises — and living downstream from one could be incredibly dangerous. If the lake rises too high or the surrounding land or ice gives way, the lake could burst, sending water and debris rushing down mountains. This phenomenon is called a glacial lake outburst, and according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, the roughly 15 million people around the globe that live within 30 miles of a glacial lake are at risk. More than half of them are concentrated in just four countries — India, Pakistan, Peru and China. It’s the first study that looks specifically at the potential impact of glacial lake outbursts, which experts say cannot be overstated.

Minnesota power co-op wants to invest in flexibility for fossil fuel peaker plant

More from Energy News Network: “Minnesota’s largest electricity cooperative wants the option to burn diesel fuel oil at a central Minnesota peaker plant as a hedge against volatile natural gas prices. Great River Energy is seeking approval from Minnesota regulators to install fuel oil equipment at its 170-megawatt Cambridge peaker plant, which now burns only natural gas. The generation and transmission co-op supplies power to 28 member cooperatives in the Upper Midwest. Several environmental groups are opposing the plan, which would increase air pollution in an area that includes several homes, a planned regional medical center, and an elementary school serving students in special education.


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