National Weather Forecast
A slow-moving frontal boundary in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains on Saturday will bring the potential of showers and storms – some of which could be strong. We’ll also watch monsoonal rains in the Southwest and storm chances in the eastern United States.
Two areas of heavier rain (2-3”+) will be possible through the weekend across the nation. One is across the mid-Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley, with the second occurring in the upper Midwest.
Sinema says she will ‘move forward’ on economic bill, putting Biden’s agenda on the cusp of Senate approval
More from CNN: “Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Thursday night offered critical support for President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda after party leaders agreed to change new tax proposals at her request, indicating she would “move forward” on Democrats’ sweeping economic package that has been the product of intensive negotiations for more than a year. Sinema’s support means Democrats likely will have 50 votes in their caucus to push the bill through their chamber by week’s end, before it moves to the House next week for final approval.”
London Is Teetering Toward Water Rationing If Drought Persists
More from Bloomberg: “The lawns crossing Britain’s Kew Gardens, home to the world’s biggest collection of living plants, have turned yellow. Amid one of the hottest and driest summers on record, gardeners at the southwest London tourist attraction are carefully choosing how and when to irrigate thousands of species of plants and trees that draw in more than a million visitors a year. Over on woody Hampstead Heath, a park in the north of the city, staff have fenced off a number of trees to protect them against the risk of fire. Across London — and most of England — the unprecedented heat this summer has pushed plant life, infrastructure and residents to the edge. Green leaves are falling ahead of autumn. Dead grass crunches as you walk across the park. At times there’s been a desert-like feeling in the air. High temperatures have also sparked fires near London. Train operators have triggered warnings about buckling railway lines. Gas pipelines have cut output due to high temperatures.”
At least half of NYC cooling centers were listed as closed during weekend of July heatwave
More from the Gothamist: “Hundreds of air-conditioned facilities designated as emergency cooling centers during dangerously hot weather were closed for two days during last month’s heat wave, according to a new report from New York City Comptroller Brad Lander. During the extended heat wave from July 19th through July 25th, the city directed residents to its map of cooling centers, which mostly consist of public libraries, community and senior centers, and NYCHA facilities. But suggesting a lack of planning and possibly staffing, the comptroller’s office found that half of the facilities were listed as closed on Saturday, while more than 80% were closed on Sundays. The closures occurred even though the heat emergency spanned the weekend.”
– D.J. Kayser