National Weather Forecast

A frontal boundary stretching from the Southern Plains to the Northeast on Thursday will help spark showers and storms, with mixed precipitation/icing possible in New England. Mixed precipitation will stretch back into portions of the Upper Midwest. Meanwhile, a new system approaching the Northwest will bring another round of precipitation.

The heaviest rain through the end of the week will be in the Southern Plains, where some tallies of 2”+ will be possible.

Scattered areas of snow are expected through the end of the week, with the heaviest expected in the Colorado Rockies and Cascades.


A California town wiped off the map by wildfire is still recovering five years on

More from NPR: “As Paradise marks five years since one of the worst wildfires in American history — only the blazes on Maui last August were deadlier — many in the rural Northern California region are still coping with trauma and struggling to recover. The slow and expensive recovery that continues today in Paradise could be a lesson for survivors in Lahaina, not to mention scores of other recent wildland fire disasters on the mainland like Marshall Canyon, Colorado and near Las Vegas, New Mexico. Before the Camp Fire, which was ignited by downed powerlines in the National Forest lands northeast of town, about 26,000 people lived in Paradise. Now, it’s estimated that it’s roughly a third of its pre-fire population.

2023 on track to be the hottest year ever. What’s next?

More from the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service: “Summer 2023 broke temperature records globally by a wide margin and these record-breaking temperatures continued into September, putting 2023 on track to be the hottest year ever. In Europe, which is warming faster than the global average, the situation is even worse – September temperatures were 2.51°C higher than the 1991-2020 average. Copernicus Climate Change Service (*C3S) Deputy Director Samantha Burgess joined a panel of experts in a Climate Now debate to discuss the implications of these temperatures and what the future holds. Asked about the global surface air anomalies for September, the C3S deputy director noted that the analysis showed that September 2023 was not only the warmest September on record globally, but it was different by the largest margin from any other month of any year in the data record, going back to 1940.

UC Irvine-led science team shows how to eat our way out of the climate crisis

More from UC-Irvine: “Agriculture is one of the hardest human activities to decarbonize; people must eat, but the land-use practices associated with growing crops account for roughly a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions evaluate a new solution to this problem, one that eliminates farms altogether. In a study published today in Nature Sustainability, the UCI-led team of scientists assess the potential for widescale synthetic production of dietary fats through chemical and biological processes. The raw materials for this method are the same as those used by plants: hydrogen in water and carbon dioxide in the air.


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