National Weather Forecast

A system moving into the Pacific Northwest Monday will bring rain and higher elevation snow chances to the region. We’ll also watch scattered showers from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast, and still downwind of portions of the Great Lakes as well. Some snow could mix in at times in the Appalachians.

Some of the heaviest rain will fall in the Pacific Northwest through the first few days of the work week, with potentially up to 3” for some locations.

A few inches of snow could fall through the first part of the week in the Cascades.


The EU just kicked off its biggest climate experiment yet

More from Grist: “With little fanfare, the European Union has launched a huge climate experiment. On October 1, the EU kicked off the initial phase of a Europe-wide tax on carbon in imported goods. This marks the first time a carbon border tax has been tried at this scale anywhere in the world. Europe’s experiment could have ripple effects across the entire globe, pushing high-emitting industries to clean up their production and incentivizing other countries to launch their own carbon taxes. It may well end up being the most important climate policy you have never heard of.

Rivers may not recover from drought for years

More from the University of California Riverside: “Lack of rainfall is not the only measure of drought. New UC Riverside research shows that despite a series of storms, the impact of drought can persist in streams and rivers for up to 3.5 years. There are two measures of drought in streams. One measure is the total water level, which is impacted by snowmelt and rainfall. Many researchers examine this measurement. Another measure is baseflow, which is the portion of streamflow fed by groundwater.”

Research shows wildfire smoke may linger in homes long after initial blaze

More from Colorado State University: “Newly published research on indoor air quality from Colorado State University shows wildfire smoke may linger in homes long after the initial blaze has been put out or winds have shifted. The findings, published in Science Advances, show that wildfire smoke can attach to home surfaces like carpet, drapes or counters – extending the exposure for those inside and potentially causing health problems even after an initial cleaning activity by air purifiers. However, Professor Delphine Farmer said the research also shows that simple surface cleaning – like vacuuming, dusting or mopping – can reduce exposure and limit risk.


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