National Weather Forecast

A slow-moving low in the Northeast will continue to bring showers and storms to the region and down to the Mid-Atlantic states on Saturday. A stationary front associated with that low down along the Gulf Coast also brings storm activity. Meanwhile, another slower-moving low in the Upper Midwest will bring storms – some of which could be strong. The heat bubble starts to reform across portions of the Southern Plains, but will really kick into gear as we head into Sunday.

The heaviest rain through the weekend will be up across portions of the Upper Midwest – some areas that definitely need the rain. However, 2-4” of rain in a short amount of time is not going to be the best solution to help the drought.


The driest spring in five decades left Minnesota farmers with withered crops

More from the Star Tribune: “Dean Engelmann, who farms outside Plato, Minn., grows produce for the Tangletown Gardens CSA. He said after a hot and dry early growing season had him watching a beautiful crop of spinach wither in 10 days, a short burst of rain last weekend found him beside himself with emotion. “Do you go out in a puddle and cry or dance?” he said. “Those little rains are priceless.” He also has known the agony of the season. He’s been up all night, moving irrigators across his fields. He described the tiny window of time for peas, arugula and radishes to thrive. Those crops love cool, spring weather, and they’ve suffered under this year’s abrupt transition from winter to what Engelmann calls “the cooker.” It’s also the third season in a row he’s managed drought conditions on his farm an hour west of the Twin Cities. “The worst thing is when it forecasts rain, and you watch it coming your way only to dissipate before reaching you,” he said.

AI is helping scientists and startups fight El Niño

More from Semafor: “Scientists and startups have a new tool to blunt the effects of warmer temperatures in the Pacific Ocean that typically upend global weather patterns known as El Niño: artificial intelligence. June marked the official start of the latest cycle, which is expected to fuel record-breaking heat over the next year or so. AI algorithms that are fed satellite images, weather gauge readouts, pictures and text from news articles and social media posts, and other large datasets can reveal patterns that were invisible before, and make reliable predictions about what will happen next. That includes the arrival of El Niño itself, which used to sneak up on geoscientists at the last minute but, with AI, can be forecast more than a year in advance.

The politics of Biden’s battery support

More from Axios: “Biden administraion officials are taking a kitchen sink approach to boosting production of electric vehicle batteries and components — and the effects could be political as well as economic, Ben writes. Catch up fast: The Energy Department on Thursday conditionally approved $9.2 billion in loans for a joint battery manufacturing venture between Ford and South Korea’s SK On. It will help finance two factories in Kentucky and one in Tennessee to supply Ford and Lincoln-branded EVs. Why it matters: It’s the largest award ever from the clean tech loan office. And it arrives amid an increasingly intense geopolitical race to capture the economic benefits of the shift to EVs.


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