National Weather Forecast
A system in the Northeast on Saturday will produce showers and thunderstorms, with additional rain back into the Great Lakes as well due to another system across southern Canada. Otherwise, maybe a few storms are possible in far southern Texas and southern Florida – with quiet weather elsewhere.
New England will see drenching rains through the weekend – not only due to that storm across the region, but post-tropical Philippe moving in for the second half of the timeframe. Some areas could easily see 3-6” which could lead to flooding.
Philippe in the Atlantic has finally gone post-tropical but still looks to impact New England as we head into the weekend with the potential of heavy rains that could cause flash flooding.
An Epic Fight Over What Really Killed the Dinosaurs
More from WIRED: “Think back to any dinosaur illustration you saw as a kid. The background was almost certainly one of two things: an asteroid streaking across the sky or a volcano blowing its top. (If the illustrator was feeling extra dramatic, maybe both.) A 6-mile-wide asteroid, which hit the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula 66 million years ago, obliterated any nearby dinos and filled the sky with material that plunged the planet into a species-dooming winter. But don’t sell those volcanoes short. A growing body of geological evidence is suggesting that the dinosaurs were already enduring climatic chaos before the asteroid, thanks to huge, relentless volcanism in India’s Deccan Traps. For 300,000 years before impact, and for another 500,000 after it, these volcanoes emitted vast clouds of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide. Even when they weren’t actively erupting, they were doing “pre-eruptive” degassing. The CO2 heated the planet—as humanity’s emissions are doing today—and the SO2 cooled it by reflecting some of the sun’s energy back into space. The back-and-forth created a climatic whiplash that drove a mass extinction. So the asteroid wasn’t a singular Grim Reaper for the dinosaurs, but the coup de grâce that sealed their fate. At least, that’s how the theory goes.”
Offshore wind turbines need rare earth metals. Will there be enough to go around?
More from Grist: “For more than a decade, an Australian company called Arafura Rare Earths has been looking for customers willing to buy rare earth metals from a mine under development in the nation’s Northern Territory. In April, it secured one of its biggest clients yet. Siemens Gamesa, one of the largest offshore wind turbine makers in the world, signed an agreement to purchase hundreds of tons of rare earths from Arafura, beginning in 2026, to make giant magnets for its seagoing turbines. The reason a major manufacturer entered a contract with a mining company that isn’t mining anything yet? As CEO Jochen Eickholt told Reuters, Siemens Gamesa is almost 100 percent reliant on China for rare earth magnets — and its customers want to change that.”
Huge new wind turbines face backlash
More from E&E News: “When the Interior Department in late August approved construction of a wind farm off the Rhode Island coast, it imposed an unusual restriction on the developer — do not use the most powerful turbines. The order reflects a critical juncture facing the offshore wind industry, which could provide three times the amount of electricity that the entire U.S. now generates, according to the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. As the Biden administration boosts offshore wind to help meet its climate targets, developers are trying to make wind power inexpensive by installing increasingly large and powerful turbines aimed at improving efficiency.”
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