National Weather Forecast

Active weather is expected in the western United States on Monday, with showers and snow showers expected in many areas. Some wintry precipitation will continue to be possible around the Great Lakes, with storms down in southern Florida.

Several inches of snow will be expected to accumulate in the western mountains through the first couple days of the work week, with several feet across portions of the Sierra. The heaviest rain will be along and near areas of the west coast (especially in California) where over 3” will be possible.


The worst cities in the U.S. for allergies

More from the Washington Post: “If you live in the U.S. Midwest, buckle up for an intense allergy season … for the rest of your life. Allergy season is becoming more intense across the country, lasting longer and with more pollen in the air. That’s bad news for the more than 60 million people in the United States who suffer from allergy-related sneezing, congestion and watery eyes. And just like brands of tissues, not all pollen-induced sneeze-fests are equal. Some places have it especially bad. A report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America revealed last year’s U.S. “allergy capitals.” These were the most challenging places to live for those with pollen allergies. The rankings were based on pollen counts and took into account use of over-the-counter medication and the number of allergy physicians in the area.

These Small- and Medium-Sized States Punch Above Their Weight in Renewable Energy Generation

More from Inside Climate News: “It’s not surprising that gigantic states like Texas and California are heavy hitters in generating some of the most electricity from wind and solar. But what if we look at generation per square mile of land? Then, the leader is Iowa. Iowa generated 806.7 megawatt-hours per square mile in 2022 from wind and solar, most of which was from wind, based on data from the Energy Information Administration. Rhode Island was next with 626.7 megawatt-hours per square mile, most of which was from solar.

Minimizing electric vehicles’ impact on the grid

More from MIT News: “National and global plans to combat climate change include increasing the electrification of vehicles and the percentage of electricity generated from renewable sources. But some projections show that these trends might require costly new power plants to meet peak loads in the evening when cars are plugged in after the workday. What’s more, overproduction of power from solar farms during the daytime can waste valuable electricity-generation capacity. In a new study, MIT researchers have found that it’s possible to mitigate or eliminate both these problems without the need for advanced technological systems of connected devices and real-time communications, which could add to costs and energy consumption. Instead, encouraging the placing of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in strategic ways, rather than letting them spring up anywhere, and setting up systems to initiate car charging at delayed times could potentially make all the difference.


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