National Weather Forecast

The number one story on Sunday will be Henri, which is expected to make landfall along Long Island during the midday hours at or near hurricane strength. Storms in the upper Midwest later in the day could be on the strong side.

The heaviest rain through Monday will be across portions of the Northeast in connection to Henri where 3-6” (isolated 10”) amounts will fall. Some of these areas in southern New England have already had a quite wet summer, so flash flooding will be an issue. The saturated ground could also allow for trees to topple more easily in the strong winds expected.

Here’s the latest track on Henri, which is expected to hit Long Island and southern New England on Sunday at or near hurricane strength. This will bring strong winds, dangerous storm surge, and flooding rain.


Illinois Solar Companies Say They Are ‘Held Hostage’ by Statehouse Gridlock

More from Inside Climate News: “The number of rooftop solar installations in Illinois has plummeted, as state incentives for consumers have dried up amid a standoff in the Legislature over major energy legislation. After a state incentive program ran out of money late last year, just 313 small rooftop solar projects were completed statewide in the three-month period ending June 30, compared with 2,908 a year earlier, Illinois Power Agency records show. Those numbers account for most of the rooftop solar projects done in Illinois. The state program helped reduce the cost of adding solar to a home by thousands of dollars. The funding problems also have idled hundreds of workers, hurting a fledgling, once fast-growing industry.

Female and young walruses depend on disappearing Arctic sea ice for food sources

More from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: “A new study shows that disappearing sea ice is a significant element of the food web supporting female walruses and their dependent young in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea. Researchers were able to trace biomarkers that are unique to algae growing within sea ice to connect marine mammals with a food source that is rapidly diminishing in the face of climate change. “This study builds on work we have been doing in the Bering and Chukchi Seas to show that these tracers of ice algae and phytoplankton can be used to monitor the ecosystem response to disappearing sea ice,” said lead study author Chelsea Koch of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.” “Ongoing monitoring of these sea ice biomarkers in walruses and even other organism tissues in the region will potentially help us to identify how the system is responding to changing food sources at the base of the food web as a result of climate change.”

New measure of wind turbine night noise

More from Flinders University: “With wind generation one of the fastest-growing renewable energy sectors in the world, Flinders University experts are using machine learning and other signal processing techniques to characterise annoying noise features from wind farms. Two new publications from the ongoing Wind Farm Noise Study take another step towards improving wind turbine noise assessment methods, guidelines and wind turbine design to make wind energy more acceptable to surrounding communities.


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