National Weather Forecast
On Thursday, what is left of the system that has been impacting the southern U.S. and Ohio Valley earlier in the week will continue to bring snow and ice concerns to New England. Meanwhile, we’re tracking two clipper systems – one impacting the Ohio Valley and another moving into the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
Heavy snow will continue into New England on Thursday, with over a foot total possible for parts of Maine. Meanwhile, heavy snow will also be possible in the northern Rockies, with over a foot for higher elevations.
Moon near Jupiter January 25 and 26
More from EarthSky: “You can’t miss Jupiter near the moon on the evenings of January 25 and 26, 2023! Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. It reached opposition – when Earth flew between Jupiter and the sun – on last September 26. While it’s not as bright now as it was then, it still outshines the brightest stars at -2.1 magnitude. Both the moon and Jupiter are in the constellation Pisces the Fish. But you’ll need a dark sky to see the faint stars of Pisces.”
Report forecasts clean-energy boost from turning cornfields into solar power fields
More from the Wisconsin Examiner: “About 1 million acres of Wisconsin farmland produces corn for ethanol fuel, but an environmental group says the land could produce 100 times as much energy if planted with solar farms instead. In addition, it would take less than one-third of the land currently used for ethanol corn to house enough solar generation to eliminate carbon-based energy in the state by 2050, according to Clean Wisconsin. The organization released a report Tuesday comparing the efficiency of using farmland to grow corn for ethanol with using it for solar power. “There is a concern that we’re going to take too much farmland out of production to put on solar panels,” said Paul Mathewson, Clean Wisconsin’s science program director, in the organization’s press announcement. “But we’re already using a lot of land to primarily harvest energy in the form of corn made into ethanol. This analysis demonstrates how, with solar, we can harvest more energy using far less land.””
Proactive offshore wind transmission planning could save billions, report finds
More from Renewable Energy World: “The U.S. has ambitious goals to generate clean energy from offshore wind farms. But inadequate or non-existent transmission infrastructure remains a well-known hurdle to achieving those targets. Proactive and collaborative transmission planning to support offshore wind development in the coming decades could save at least $20 billion and reduce environmental and community impacts by 50%, according to a new report conducted by the Brattle Group on behalf of clean energy advocacy organizations.”
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