National Weather Forecast

We’re tracking two main systems across the lower 48 on Friday. One is with an area of low pressure moving east from the central part of the nation, which will bring showers and storms from the Gulf Coast to parts of the Northeast with snow and icing on the north side from the Central Plains to New England. Another system in the Pacific Northwest brings snow and storm concerns.

Heavy rain will impact areas from southwestern Texas into the Deep South from Thursday through Saturday, with the potential of 3-5” for some locations. The good news is that this rain is impacting some areas that are under exceptional drought – so while it might be a little much at one time, it hopefully will help the drought situation at least slightly.

Very heavy snow will slam the Cascades over the next few days, with up to 3 feet expected.


EPA proposes requirement to remove lead pipes from US water systems within 10 years

More from CNN: “The US Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a rule that would require water systems across the country to replace millions of lead service lines within 10 years. The rule would accelerate progress toward the Biden administration goal of removing 100% of lead pipes; lead exposure is linked to significant health and developmental problems, especially for children. The EPA proposal said lines must be replaced within 10 years, regardless of the lead levels in tap or other drinking water samples. Additional time could be allowed “in limited circumstances” for some systems that need complete system-wide line replacements, the proposal said.

Amazon turns to brownfields, other ‘challenging’ projects to accelerate clean energy progress

More from UtilityDrive: “Developing renewable energy projects isn’t getting any easier. But Amazon hasn’t slowed its progress toward its clean energy goals — and doesn’t intend to, Sahlstrom said. The company expects to power its operations, including its data centers, fulfillment centers and physical stores, with 100% renewable energy by 2025, Sahlstrom said — five years ahead of its initial 2030 goal. The company has added 78 new wind and solar projects so far this year, including the Maryland coal site project, and now has renewable energy projects operating in 26 countries and 21 U.S. states. Amazon has also invested in utility-scale battery storage, Sahlstrom said. One of the biggest challenges the company currently faces, Sahlstrom said, is deploying renewable energy in regions of the world where corporate procurement of renewable energy is less common.

Plans to present meat as ‘sustainable nutrition’ at Cop28 revealed

More from The Guardian: “Big meat companies and lobby groups are planning a large presence at the Cop28 climate conference, equipped with a communications plan to get a pro-meat message heard by policymakers throughout the summit. Documents seen by the Guardian and DeSmog show that the meat industry is poised to “tell its story and tell it well” at the Dubai conference. The files show how the world’s largest meat company, JBS, is planning to come out in “full force” at the summit, along with other big industry hitters such as the Global Dairy Platform and the North American Meat Institute. The documents, which were produced by the industry-funded Global Meat Alliance (GMA), emphasize the industry’s desire to promote “our scientific evidence” at the summit.


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