National Weather Forecast
On Monday, a cold front stretching from the Great Lakes to the Southern Plains will help to spark off showers and storms all the way into the Southeast. A warm front associated with that system will also produce some snow across portions of New England. An area of low pressure in the Desert Southwest will produce some rain and snow. Scattered areas of rain and snow are also expected from the Pacific Northwest to the Northern Plains.
Through Tuesday, the heaviest rain will fall across portions of the Deep South, where rainfall tallies of 1-3″ will be possible. In the western mountains, several inches of snow will fall. Some of the heaviest will fall in the Cascades where up to 30″ is expected.
However, additional rain is likely through at least Thursday across the Deep South, and current guidance shows the potential that some areas from Alabama to Georgia could see at least 4-6″ of rain by the time the workweek is over.
Of course, the Deep South is a region that does not really need any more rain at the moment. Areas from Jackson to Atlanta are at least 9-14″ above average so far for the year, and river flooding continues to be a major concern across the region.
Airborne Nitrogen Dioxide Plummets Over China
Image: NASA Earth Observatory, using modified Copernicus Sentinel 5P data processed by the European Space Agency.
More from NASA Earth Observatory: “NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) pollution monitoring satellites have detected significant decreases in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) over China. There is evidence that the change is at least partly related to the economic slowdown following the outbreak of coronavirus. … According to NASA scientists, the reduction in NO2 pollution was first apparent near Wuhan, but eventually spread across the country. Millions of people have been quarantined in one of the largest such actions in human history. As of February 28, 2020, the virus had been detected in at least 56 countries.”
U.S. Farmers and Shippers Face Huge Losses From Flooding Again
More from Bloomberg News: “For the second year in a row, much of the U.S. is primed to suffer multi-billion dollar flood losses, with farmers already steeling themselves for planting delays. Relentless storms that have marched across the Midwest and into the South this winter have already filled rivers to the brim and are threatening to make farm fields too soggy to plant as spring arrives. And there isn’t much to suggest an easing ahead. Heavy rains forecast through next week could push waterways higher where the Mississippi and Ohio meet in Illinois, and into northern Mississippi and Arkansas.”
Climate change is threatening winter sports’ very existence
More from CNN: “A warming planet has major ramifications on winter snowpack across the globe, including a long-term drying trend for many. That’s a concern for winter sports enthusiasts and communities that depend on snow throughout the year. Not many understand this better than the climate advocacy group known as Protect Our Winters (POW). The group is an organization of professional athletes and like-minded individuals fighting for policy to protect winter sports and mountain communities. “Increased temperatures are melting away both my sport and my livelihood,” professional ski mountaineer and POW representative Caroline Gliech told the US Senate late last year.”
– D.J. Kayser