National Weather Forecast

Whatever is left of Nicholas will continue to help bring in heavy rain across portions of the central Gulf Coast and Southeast on Saturday. A weakening boundary in the Northeast could spark some showers and isolated thunderstorms. The Northwest will continue to see showers and storms, with snow mixing in at times at higher elevations. Storms will also be possible across the Intermountain West and Southwest.

While rainfall amounts of 1-3” will be possible across the Southeast, it’ll be the Pacific Northwest that sees the heaviest rain through the weekend with some locations seeing over 3” fall.

Here’s a closer look at the Northwest, where Seattle and Portland could see over an inch of rain fall. There could also be some snow accumulation up in the mountains.


Lab-grown woolly mammoths could walk the Earth in six years if geneticist’s new start-up succeeds

This sounds like a bad idea – has anyone seen Jurassic Park? More from CNBC: “A little more than two years ago, serial tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm reached out to renowned Harvard geneticist George Church. The two met in Boston, at Church’s lab, and that fruitful conversation was the catalyst for the start-up Colossal, which is announcing its existence Monday. The start-up’s goal is ambitious and a little bit crazy: It aims to create a new type of animal similar to the extinct woolly mammoth by genetically engineering endangered Asian elephants to withstand Arctic temperatures. The project has been kicking around for years, but nobody had ever given it enough funding to get it off the ground. Now it’s a company with $15 million in seed funding from a variety of investors and Lamm as CEO.

Democrats Seek ‘Historic’ Changes to U.S. Flood Program

More from Scientific American: “Congressional Democrats are moving toward enacting two measures that could vastly expand access to flood insurance and give communities a more accurate picture of their flood risk through better maps. Two provisions in a budget reconciliation bill the House Financial Services Committee approved Tuesday address long-standing shortcomings in flood protection as climate change and coastal development intensify damage from flooding. One item provides $1 billion to launch a subsidy program to help low- and moderate-income households buy flood insurance and close the coverage gap that leaves poorer households and communities more vulnerable to flood damage. The other item provides $3 billion to improve the federal government’s flood maps, which show areas of the country most at risk of flooding but which in some cases are more than 15 years old and do not reflect a community’s current or future flood risk.

Killings of Environmental Advocates Around the World Hit a Record High in 2020

More from Inside Climate News: “A record number of environmental activists were killed in 2020, according to the latest accounting by a U.K.-based advocacy group that puts the blame squarely on extractive industries, including agribusiness and logging. The number of documented killings—227—occurred across the world, but in especially high numbers throughout Latin America and the Amazon. According to the report, published late Sunday by Global Witness, the real number is likely to be higher.


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