National Weather Forecast
We will be watching a couple of systems on Sunday across the nation. The first, in the central United States, will produce showers and storms (with maybe some mixed snow in the upper Midwest). This system will also produce severe storms in the central and southern Plains. Out west, an strong atmosphere river event will occur with lots of heavy rain and mountain snow.
While over three inches of rain will be possible over the next few days from the Central Plains to the Ohio Valley, the heaviest rain (and snow) will be out across portions of southern Oregon into California.
Across portions of California, rainfall amounts of up to 10” will be possible. This could lead to flash flooding and, in burn scar areas, mudslides and debris flows. In the Sierra, at least 1-3 feet of snow could fall.
And across the central United States Sunday we will be watching the threat of severe weather with an Enhanced Risk of severe weather in place. All severe threats will be possible across this region.
U.S. government agency in charge of financial stability weighs in on climate change risks
More from CNBC: “The Treasury Department’s Financial Stability Oversight Council on Thursday released a report assessing the risks a changing climate poses to the U.S. financial system and providing recommendations for protecting the economy. The council issued the report in response to President Joe Biden’s executive order on Jan. 27 that directed Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the head of the FSOC, and financial regulators to produce a report on climate-related financial risk data. The blueprint could potentially move forward new regulations and oversight related to climate-based financial risk on Wall Street.”
White House unveils landmark reports on climate links to security, migration
More from Axios: “The Biden administration on Thursday released a sweeping set of assessments on climate change’s threat to national security and its role in fueling migration. Why it matters: One of the key products, a formal National Intelligence Estimate on climate change, marks the first time all 18 elements of the U.S. intelligence community have released a consensus report on the topic. Separately, an analysis of the impact climate change is having on migration will “mark the first time the U.S. government is officially recognizing and reporting on” the connection, a senior administration official said. The “central recommendation” of the climate and migration report is to establish an interagency policy process, which had not previously existed, the official added.”
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More from E&E News: “Plastics production is on track to become a major source in driving climate change, according to a report out today that finds the industry will outpace coal in greenhouse gas emissions within a decade.The findings, which stem from a project with Bennington College in Vermont and the environmental group Beyond Plastics, show that the U.S. plastics industry is quickly gaining on more traditional sources of greenhouse gas emissions and that plastics are already a significant source, with the petrochemical industry rapidly growing.”
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