National Weather Forecast

If you’re trying to go shopping on Black Friday, we are tracking three main areas of precipitation across the nation. The most prominent will be a storm in the Rockies and Central Plains, bringing heavy snow to the region. We’ll also watch some snow chances in the Great Lakes and New England and rain in Florida and along the Southeast seaboard. Scattered areas of rain are also possible in southern Texas and southern Louisiana.

Rain amounts in the southern United States through Saturday will be less than an inch or two. Most precipitation out in the western United States will be in the form of snowfall.

A foot or more of snow could accumulate through the next few days across the Rockies, with several inches possible for the Plains. Snowfall amounts in the Great Lakes and New England will generally be only around a couple of inches.


Scientists said the ozone hole was recovering. That good news was premature, one study claims

More from CNN: “The recovery of the ozone layer — which sits miles above the Earth and protects the planet from ultraviolet radiation — has been celebrated as one of the world’s greatest environmental achievements. But in a new study published Tuesday, some scientists claim it may not be recovering at all, and that the hole may even be expanding. The findings are in disagreement with widely accepted assessments of the ozone layer’s status, including a recent UN-backed study that showed it would return to 1980s levels as soon as 2040. In 1987, several countries agreed to ban or phase down the use of more than 100 ozone-depleting chemicals that had caused a “hole” in the layer above Antarctica. The depletion is mainly attributed to the use of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, which were common in aerosol sprays, solvents and refrigerants.

EPA announces $2B for local environmental justice projects

More from Smart Cities Dive: “The Biden administration announced on Tuesday the availability of about $2 billion in grants for communities to deploy clean energy, boost climate resilience and address climate and environmental justice challenges. Local governments partnering with community-based nonprofits are eligible to apply for the Community Change Grants, which mark the “single largest investment in environmental justice going directly to communities in history,” according to an Environmental Protection Agency news release. Federal climate funding has been criticized as difficult for less-resourced communities to access, and the grant program includes key elements to counter such challenges. That includes $200 million for technical assistance, an opportunity for applicants to orally present to the EPA, and a yearlong rolling application process that allows unselected applicants to try again with a new application. The final deadline to apply is Nov. 21, 2024.

Where could millions of EV batteries retire? Solar farms.

More from Grist: “On a 20-acre parcel outside the tiny Southern California town of New Cuyama, a 1.5-megawatt solar farm uses the sun’s rays to slowly charge nearly 600 batteries in nearby cabinets. At night, when energy demand rises, that electricity is sent to the grid to power homes with clean energy. To make renewable energy from intermittent sources like solar and wind available when it is most needed, it’s becoming more common to use batteries to store the power as it’s generated and transmit it later. But one thing about the Cuyama facility, which began operations this week, is less common: The batteries sending energy to the grid once powered electric vehicles. The SEPV Cuyama facility, located about two hours northeast of Santa Barbara, is the second hybrid storage facility opened by B2U Storage Solutions. Its first facility, just outside Los Angeles, uses 1,300 retired batteries from Honda Clarity and Nissan Leaf EVs to store 28 megawatt-hours of power, enough to power about 9,500 homes.


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