National Weather Forecast
On Tuesday, storms and snow will continue to impact parts of the western United States. A batch of mixed precipitation will also impact the Upper Midwest – and, in some areas, contain some icing. A system in the Northeast will bring rain and mixed precipitation chances.
We continue to watch heavy rain in the western United States through the middle of the week, with rain possible across the northern tier of states as well. The southern U.S. will be dry.
The heaviest snow through the middle of the week will be in the western mountain ranges, where several inches of snow could easily fall.
A 205-mph (330 kph) wind gust measured in Hurricane Otis
More from Yale Climate Connections: “As Hurricane Otis made landfall in Acapulco, Mexico, on Wednesday, October 25, as a Category 5 hurricane with 165 mph sustained winds, a wind gust of 205 mph (330 kph, or 113.3 m/s) was recorded at the port authority at Acapulco Bay. If verified, this would be one of the top 15 strongest wind gusts ever recorded globally by a ground-based instrument. Sustained winds for hurricanes in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific are typically averaged across one minute, whereas a wind gust may last as little as three seconds. Wind gusts in hurricanes are normally assumed to be about 20% stronger than sustained winds, but gust strength can vary widely. On Monday, officials of the Mexican National Tidal Service (Servicio Mareográfico Nacional del Instituto de Geofísica) posted a thread on X discussing data taken by one of their instruments in the right-front eyewall of Otis, exactly where one would expect the strongest winds to occur.”
This ‘living paint’ traps carbon dioxide and produces oxygen
More from Anthropocene: “A new paint harnesses living bacteria to capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. The robust “living paint” can withstand harsh conditions, which means it could be used anywhere on Earth to trap carbon. It produces high levels of oxygen and carbon capture for at least one month despite being completely dried and then rehydrated, researchers from the University of Surrey report in the journal Microbiology Spectrum. Such biocoatings could be further developed for a variety of applications, they say, “including carbon capture, wastewater treatment and biofuel production.” Bacteria are tiny but powerful workhorses, able to perform complex chemical reactions. By tweaking the genetics of various natural bacteria, researchers have engineered the microbes to produce ammonia, synthesize drugs and fuels, break down plastics, convert waste to fuel, and even produce power.”
Minnesota adjusts solar incentives to prioritize low-income households
More from Energy News Network: “Xcel Energy is dedicating a bigger share of its Minnesota solar incentives to lower-income customers in response to a new state law. Since launching in 2014, Solar Rewards has provided financial incentives to help thousands of Minnesota homeowners pay for small solar installations. Over the past five years, state lawmakers, regulators, and the utility have gradually directed a larger share of Solar Rewards to income-qualified customers. The new state law increases that amount to 50% of the program’s budget, up from a 30% expectation in the previous year. The tradeoff is that the program will fund fewer projects overall, as low-income customers get a larger incentive, much of it upfront, in order to help cover installation costs. While some solar companies have expressed concern that the money won’t go as far, others are happy about the increased commitment to low-income customers.”
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