National Weather Forecast

Shower and storm chances will exist for “May the Fourth” from the western to the central United States, with some mixed precipitation and snow in parts of the western U.S. Meanwhile, a system off the East Coast will bring rain and snow chances to the Northeast. A few record highs will be possible in the Northwest.

A few inches of rain will be possible through the end of the week in the central United States and parts of the West Coast. Only a few inches of snow will accumulate in western mountain ranges and parts of the Appalachians.


Finland Drained Its Peatlands. He’s Helping Bring Them Back

More from Yale Environment 360: “Until a century ago, almost a third of Finland was covered in pristine peatlands, which comprise one of the Earth’s largest and most important carbon sinks. Since then, however, half of Finnish peatlands have been strip-mined for fuel or drained to make room for forest plantations. But Tero Mustonen is turning the tide. After campaigning to restore a polluting peat mine in his village near the Russian border, he has been masterminding the rewilding of about 80 areas of peat across the country. Last week, Mustonen, 46, won a Goldman Environmental Prize for his work through the NGO he founded, the Snowchange Cooperative, which has taken on a global agenda for ecological and native cultural restoration from Alaska and northern Russian to Polynesia and New Zealand.

This Might Be the World’s Oldest Tree. And It Could Die of Thirst

More from Scientific American: “A Patagonian cypress known as Lañilawal or Alerce Milenario may be the oldest tree on Earth. One researcher estimates it sprouted more than 5,000 years ago, well before the Great Pyramid of Giza was even built. The age estimate hasn’t been verified yet, and other scientists are skeptical it will be. Regardless of this designation, its life in Chile’s Alerce Costero National Park could end without greater protection, says Jonathan Barichivich, a research professor at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France. Barichivich’s grandfather, Aníbal Henríquez, who would become the first park warden for Alerce Costero, discovered Lañilawal in the 1970s. “Even though it’s a protected area, [the tree] is not necessarily protected,” says Barichivich, who is Indigenous Chilean. Lañilawal—named for the word describing its location in the Indigenous Mapudungun language —is under stress from tourism and a warming, drying climate pattern, Barichivich says. (Alerce means “larch” in Spanish.)

In Minnesota, electricians are plugging into a new niche installing EV chargers

More from Energy News Network: “A small but growing number of Minnesota electricians are finding steady work installing residential electric vehicle chargers. Minnesota has around 35,000 electric vehicles on the road today, but that number is expected to rapidly grow in the coming years as more models become available. The state is using federal funds to help build out a public charging network along major highways, but even so, research suggests most drivers are likely to mostly charge at home. Some will simply have to plug into an existing outlet in their garage, but many will need electrical upgrades, especially those with older homes or those who want to take advantage of faster charging times. Participating in certain utility programs may also require the installation of new equipment. That’s creating an opportunity for electricians like Adam Wortman of St. Paul, who installed an electric vehicle charger at the home of a clean energy advocate four years ago and has since retooled his business to focus almost solely on similar projects.


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