National Weather Forecast
On Thursday, we’ll be watching a system in the central United States that will bring the potential of showers and storms. Behind it, snow will be possible in the Colorado Rockies. A frontal boundary moving into the Pacific Northwest will bring rain chances along with higher-elevation snow. Meanwhile, a frontal boundary lingering over Florida will produce some storm chances.
Some heavy rain will be possible in the Pacific Northwest, Southern Plains, and New England, where 1-3” will be possible through Friday evening. Snow can be expected from the Cascades to the Colorado Rockies, with several inches possible for some.
‘Virtually every child’ to face frequent heat waves by 2050, UNICEF says
More from the Washington Post: “Catastrophic storms and unforgiving heat waves devastated many parts of the world this year, with Earth experiencing one of its hottest summers on record in 2022. Now, a new report from UNICEF estimates that nearly all the world’s children — more than 2 billion — will be exposed to high heat-wave frequency by 2050. That is about 1.5 billion more children than are exposed now. “The models tell us this is the case, as does empirical lived experience,” Lauren Gifford, a research scientist at the University of Arizona, said in response to the report. She added, “Children now and children who haven’t been born yet are going to exist in the world in very different ways, and some of those ways we can’t even conceive yet.””
Climate Change is Closing Daily Temperature Gap, Clouds Could be the Cause
More from the University of Texas at Austin: “Climate change is shrinking the difference between the daily high temperature and the daily low in many parts of the world. The gap between the two, known as the diurnal temperature range (DTR), has a significant effect on growing seasons, crop yields, residential energy consumption and human health issues related to heat stress. But why and where the DTR shrinks with climate change has been something of a mystery. Researchers who are part of a new international study that examined the DTR at the end of the 21st century believe they have found the answer: An increase in clouds, which blocks incoming-shortwave radiation from the sun during the day. This means that while both the daily maximum temperature and the daily minimum are expected to continue to increase with climate change, the daily maximum temperature will increase at a slower rate. The end result is that the DTR will continue to shrink in many parts of the world, but that the changes will vary depending on a variety of local conditions, researchers said.”
Renewables provided nearly one-quarter of US electrical generation to August 2022
More from Electrek: “Renewable energy – solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, biomass – provided almost a quarter of electrical generation in the US during the first two-thirds of 2022, according to data just released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), which was reviewed by the SUN DAY Campaign. The latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” report (with data through August 31, 2022) reflects that, year-to-date, renewables provided 23.3% of total US electrical generation, compared to 20.6% a year earlier. Further, in the first eight months of 2022, renewable energy sources (including small-scale solar) increased their electrical output by 17.5%, compared to the same period a year earlier.”
– D.J. Kayser