National Weather Forecast

Guess what – break out the Justin Timberlake meme as Monday is May! An area of low pressure continues to sit across the Great Lakes, leading to quite inclement weather from the Great Lakes to the Northeast to begin the month. This includes heavy snow in parts of Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan, as well as heavy rain in the Northeast. Showers, storms, and some snow will also be possible in the western United States. A few record highs will be possible from western Montana to Salt Lake City, but record cold highs are possible in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.

Heavy snow will impact portions of the Great Lakes, with a foot or more from Sunday through the beginning of the work week in northern Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan. Meanwhile, heavy rain impacts New England to begin May, with 3-5” possible that could lead to flooding.


Scientists discover antibiotic resistance genes in clouds

More from Université Laval: “The atmosphere is a large-scale dissemination route for bacteria carrying antibiotic-resistance genes. A research team from Université Laval and Université Clermont Auvergne has shown that these genes can be transported by clouds. “This is the first study to show that clouds harbor antibiotic resistance genes of bacterial origin in concentrations comparable to other natural environments,” says Florent Rossi, first author of the study and postdoctoral fellow in the team of Caroline Duchaine, a professor at Université Laval’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and a researcher at the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute-Université Laval. To observe this phenomenon, the team sampled clouds at the Puy de Dôme summit, a dormant volcano in France’s Massif Central. At an atmospheric research station perched 1,465 meters above ground, the scientists conducted 12 cloud sampling sessions over two years using high-flow rate “vacuums.” Analysis of these samples revealed that they contained about 8,000 bacteria per milliliter of cloud water, on average.

Humidity May Increase Heat Risk in Urban Climates

More from Yale School Of The Environment: “As temperatures across the globe reach record-level highs, urban areas are facing increased heat stress. Cities are generally warmer and dryer than adjacent rural land. But in the Global South, there is an additional complicating factor — urban humid heat. A new study, led by Yale School of the Environment scientists and published in Nature, investigated the combined effect of temperature and humidity on urban heat stress using observational data and an urban climate model calculation. Researchers found that the heat stress burden is dependent on local climate and a humidifying effect can erase the cooling benefits that would come from trees and vegetation.

The first of China’s desert solar and wind projects is online, and it’s huge

More from electrek: “The first of many solar and wind projects in China’s deserts is now online, and it’s capable of powering 1.5 million households. This first phase of this solar and wind project is in the Tengger Desert, which lies on the southern edge of the Gobi Desert. It has an installed capacity of 1 million kilowatts, and it’s expected to generate 1.8 billion kilowatt-hours each year, according to its operating company, China Energy. It’s also China’s first ultrahigh-voltage power transmission channel and the first major renewable project that transmits clean power from the Gobi Desert and other arid regions to the Hunan province.


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