National Weather Forecast
On Thursday, an area of low pressure moving into the Southeast will bring shower and thunderstorm potential. A system working through the Rockies toward the Upper Midwest will provide some rain and snow chances. And a system approaching the Pacific Northwest will provide areas with another round of rain and snow this week. Record highs will be possible from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast.
Up to two feet of snow will be possible in the northern Rockies through Friday evening. The heaviest rain through this time frame will be in the Southeast, where some 1-3” amounts are possible.
Funding for weather stations that provide critical data is under threat
More from NPR: “Networks of weather stations throughout the U.S. provide data that’s crucial for emergency responders, farmers and researchers but funding for them is precarious. Across the U.S., networks of weather monitors known as mesonets record data for farmers, researchers and emergency responders. This information is vital when it comes to issuing storm warnings and understanding climate science. But financing for many state mesonets is on shaky ground.”
The EPA Faces Questions About Its Approval of a Plastic-Based Fuel With an Astronomical Cancer Risk
More from ProPublica: “The Environmental Protection Agency is facing a lawsuit filed by a community group and questions from a U.S. senator over the agency’s approval of fuels made from discarded plastic under a program it touted as “climate-friendly.” The new scrutiny is in response to an earlier investigation by ProPublica and the Guardian that revealed the EPA approved the new chemicals even though its own scientists calculated that pollution from production of one of the plastic-based fuels was so toxic that 1 in 4 people exposed to it over their lifetime would be expected to develop cancer. That risk is 250,000 times greater than the level usually considered acceptable by the EPA division that approves new chemicals, and it’s higher than the lifetime risk of cancer for current smokers.”
Southeastern U.S. Seas Are Rising at Triple the Global Average
More from Scientific American: “Sea levels have surged along the coastlines of the southeastern United States, new research finds — hitting some of their highest rates in more than a century. They’ve risen more than a centimeter a year over the last decade — about triple the global average — and the effects on communities near the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean already are being observed in the form of increased flooding, more severe hurricanes and eroding shorelines. “We have seen the impacts quite significantly,” said Sönke Dangendorf, an expert in coastal engineering at Tulane University and lead author of the new study. The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Communications, is the latest to point out the trend. Another study, published earlier this month in the Journal of Climate, highlighted a similar pattern — sea-level rise of more than a centimeter per year since 2010 along the Gulf and Southeast coasts. The studies indicate that the affected region spans from the western Gulf up to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina.”
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