National Weather Forecast

We are closely tracking Tropical Depression Two in the Gulf of Mexico near Florida on Friday that’ll bring the potential for heavy downpours. This system will sag south toward Cuba over the next few days. On Friday, we’re also tracking scattered storms from the Rockies and Great Basin to the mid-section of the nation (with some snow mixing in in the higher terrain of the Rockies). A system near New England will also produce storm activity there. Several record highs could be broken from the western Great Lakes into the Northeast.

Heavy rain from that tropical system in the Gulf will impact the Florida peninsula into the weekend, with some areas seeing over 3” potentially. Another area that has the potential of 3-5” of rain through the first half of the weekend will be from the Texas Panhandle to southern Kansas.


A New Hurricane Season Begins With Forecasts For Less Activity but More Uncertainty

More from Inside Climate News: “Dana Land and his wife, Ava, live on a bend in the St. Johns River, the water lapping not far from their back door. For a dozen years, the river brought them peace and joy. Then last fall, Hurricanes Ian and Nicole transformed the waterway into a threat that flooded their home for weeks. As a new Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, the Lands are still working on repairs of their two-story wood frame house. “I hope we don’t have double back-to-back hurricanes again, but I’ve made these changes to try to make life livable here the next time,” Dana Land said. While the Lands press ahead, however, the confluence of two important climate factors has meteorologists puzzling over what this hurricane season could bring. “What makes this forecast hard is that we are potentially looking at something we haven’t seen before,” said Phil Klotzbach, a senior research scientist at Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science. “We have a strong El Niño but a record or close-to-record warm Atlantic. That makes it tough just because we haven’t seen that historically.”

NASA Researchers Detect Tsunamis by Their Rumble in the Atmosphere

More from NASA: “Triggered by earthquakes, undersea volcanoes, and other Earth-shaking forces, tsunamis can devastate coastal communities. And when it comes to providing advance warning, every second counts. Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are testing a novel approach to detect – from the far reaches of the atmosphere – the ocean’s deadliest waves. Called GUARDIAN (GNSS Upper Atmospheric Real-time Disaster Information and Alert Network), the experimental monitoring system taps into data from clusters of GPS and other wayfinding satellites orbiting our planet. Collectively, these clusters are known as global navigational satellite systems, or GNSS. Their radio signals travel to hundreds of scientific ground stations around the world, and that data is crunched by JPL’s Global Differential GPS (GDGPS) network, which improves real-time positional accuracy down to a few inches (roughly 10 centimeters).

Earth’s health failing in seven out of eight key measures, say scientists

More from The Guardian: “Human activity has pushed the world into the danger zone in seven out of eight newly demarcated indicators of planetary safety and justice, according to a groundbreaking analysis of the Earth’s wellbeing. Going beyond climate disruption, the report by the Earth Commission group of scientists presents disturbing evidence that our planet faces growing crises of water availability, nutrient loading, ecosystem maintenance and aerosol pollution. These pose threats to the stability of life-support systems and worsen social equality. The study, which was published in Nature on Wednesday, is the most ambitious attempt yet to combine vital signs of planetary health with indicators of human welfare.


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