National Weather Forecast
On Saturday, a frontal boundary near the Southeast will continue to bring the threat of heavy rain. The Southwest will see showers and storms fueled by Kay. And a cold front across the Central U.S. into the Great Lakes will bring showers and a few storms.
Several areas of heavier rain are possible through the weekend. One is across southern California due to the influx of moisture northward from Kay off of Baja California. Two areas of heavier rain are possible in the Southeast – one in the Big Bend of Florida, and another along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts. In these three areas, rainfall amounts of 3”+ are possible. 1-3” of rain will also be possible across parts of the Mid-Atlantic and in the upper Midwest.
Major Climate ‘Tipping Points’ Are Just on the Horizon
More from Gizmodo: “Rapid sea level rise, mass die-offs in coral reefs, and quickly melting glaciers are closer to occurring than we think. The planet needs to stay within 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming if we want to avoid triggering some of these events, but a new study published in Science on Thursday finds that we’re already in the danger zone for several irreversible changes to some climate systems: what are known as tipping points. The tipping points in this study are described as a threshold that is crossed when changes add up and then cause larger changes in the global climate. Researchers identified 16 major tipping points that help regulate Earth’s climate. These include nine global core tipping points that contribute to the plant’s regular functions, like melting permafrost in the Arctic or the collapse of ocean currents.”
California’s fleet of battery storage working to avert energy crisis
More from Energy Storage News: “On 6 September, Jill Anderson, executive VP for operations at another big utility, Southern California Edison, tweeted that it was “incredible” to see battery storage set “record after record of grid support during this intense heatwave”. The most extreme mismatch between supply and demand generally comes between 7pm and 9pm, in the evening peak. Anderson posted a graph from CAISO showing that around 7pm on that day, well over 3,000MW of battery capacity was discharging to the grid. “Just now we saw batteries discharging more than double last year & orders of magnitude more than what was available to the grid in 2020,” Anderson tweeted.”
Big oil companies are spending millions to appear ‘green.’ Their investments tell a different story, report shows
More from CNN: “Big oil companies are spending millions to portray themselves as taking action on climate change, but their investments and lobbying activities don’t live up to their planet-friendly claims, according to a new report. An analysis from London-based energy and climate think-tank InfluenceMap found that the amount of climate-positive messaging used by five major oil and gas companies — BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, and TotalEnergies — is inconsistent with their spending on low-carbon activities. The report comes as scientists have grown increasingly urgent in their warning that the world must slash the use of fossil fuels to prevent catastrophic consequences of the climate crisis. It also comes amid fresh criticism of oil companies’ growing profits as consumer energy costs soar.”
– D.J. Kayser