National Weather Forecast
As low pressure moves through the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast on Sunday, rain, snow, and ice will be possible across the region. The trailing cold front from the low in the Mid-Atlantic will bring rain to Florida. Rain and snow are also expected in the Northwest and northern California as a system moves through.
Through Monday evening, at least 1-3″ of rain will be possible in portions of the Southeast, with several inches of rain possible in the Pacific Northwest stretching down into northern California. Over 100″ of snow could fall in some of the mountain ranges in the Northwestern United States, while about 6″ of snow could fall across portions of Maine.
Bomb cyclone in northern Pacific Ocean breaks all-time records
More from the Capital Weather Gang: “A powerhouse storm that explosively intensified in the northern Pacific ranks as the strongest nontropical cyclone observed in that ocean basin since at least 1958. The storm’s pressure dropped to 921 millibars on New Year’s Eve, which is even lower than extreme cyclones that formed in the same vicinity in 2014 and 2015. It now qualifies as the strongest storm on record to hit Alaska, according to Rick Thoman, a climate scientist at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.“
Quadrantids meteor shower lights up first weekend of 2021
More from c|net: “The New Year has finally arrived, and 2021 kicks off with a nice light show for those willing to head outside in the early morning hours on Sunday to see the Quadrantid meteor shower.The Quadrantids aren’t nearly as well known as the Perseids or Leonids, but they have the potential to be one of the strongest showers of the year. The challenge is that these shooting stars and bright fireballs risk getting washed out by the bright moon that won’t be far off its full phase Saturday night and Sunday morning. Also, the peak of the Quadrantids is quite narrow, with a window of just a few hours rather than a few days like other showers.“
‘The sea is rising, the climate is changing’: the lessons learned from Mozambique’s deadly cyclone
More from The Guardian: “Seven hours later, the deadliest cyclone in the history of southern Africa hit Mozambique, before surging inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi. Cyclone Idai killed more than 1,000 people and devastated Beira, a sprawling port city of 500,000 people, built on a delta in the Mozambique Channel on the east coast of Africa. First there was wind, with gusts of up to 200km an hour, strong enough to blow off roofs and to send plates, chairs, even cats and dogs, airborne. The stink of rotting animals that had been flung into trees lingered for days. Then came days of heavy rain and, finally, flooding.“
– D.J. Kayser