National Weather Forecast
A stationary boundary across the Ohio Valley to the Northeast will lead to more showers and thunderstorms as we head through Wednesday. Some could be strong around Washington D.C. More showers and storms are expected from the Southeast to the western United States. A few strong storms are also possible in the Northwest.
Some of the heaviest rain through the middle of the week will fall in the lower Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley and the Appalachian Mountains, where 1-3” of rain could fall in spots. Due to recent heavy rains across parts of Kentucky, Flood Watches are in place.
July 2022 was third hottest on record for the U.S.
More from NOAA: “July 2022 will go down in the history books as the third-hottest July on record for the U.S., according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. From drought to deluge, the nation saw remarkable extremes last month. Drought conditions intensified or expanded across parts of the U.S., while others were hit by historic rainfall that led to catastrophic flooding.”
Northeast Minnesota’s Native communities adapting to climate change
More from the Star Tribune: “Higher temperatures and bigger swings between wet and dry weather are challenging the plants and animals that Ojibwe people in northeastern Minnesota have lived alongside for hundreds of years. With species like wild rice, paper birch and moose at risk, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are all working on strategies to aid ecosystems on their reservation lands in northeast Minnesota. Members of the three bands also have rights under an 1854 treaty to hunt, fish and gather on lands ceded to the U.S. government in one of the most vulnerable sections of the state. Full of cold-loving spruce forests, this northern ecosystem is under intense pressure from a warming climate. Parasites are flourishing that feast on species like moose. Trout can’t survive in overheated streams. Many of these plants and animals may simply migrate north. But that’s not necessarily an option for the Native people whose traditions are entwined with them.”
Who will pay for all the electric car chargers? Pretty much everyone
More from Axios: “Americans nationwide will likely face higher electric bills to pay for the next stage of the country’s electric vehicle (EV) charger buildout — even if they don’t drive an EV. Why it matters: The U.S. will need a massive investment in public charging infrastructure to match the anticipated spike in EV demand. But such capital outlays don’t make economic sense for many companies until there are more EVs on the road — which won’t happen until there are more chargers. It’s a classic chicken-and-egg scenario that, in the near term, is likely to be solved by regulated public utilities that can pass on the investment burden to their customers over many years.”
– D.J. Kayser