National Weather Forecast
A frontal boundary from the Northeast to the Southern Plains will bring the threat of showers and thunderstorms along it as we head through Tuesday. More scattered storms will be possible in the western U.S. as well as the Southeast.
Some areas of heavier rain will be possible through the middle of the week from the Deep South into the Northeast and in parts of the Southwest due to the monsoonal storms. In some areas, particularly in New England, some rainfall totals could generally approach three inches. If you end up under heavy or training storms rainfall amounts could be heavier.
Meanwhile, we haven’t talked a lot about the Atlantic recently as it has been fairly quiet over the past month or so. That could change later this week, however, as a tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic has a medium chance to become a tropical depression as it moves westward.
U.S. Senate passes historic climate bill
More from Grist: “The Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 on Sunday, a $433 billion climate, energy, health, and tax bill that will set the United States on course to reduce its cumulative emissions roughly 40 percent, compared to 2005 levels, by 2030. Fifty Democratic senators voted for the bill, including centrists Joe Manchin, from West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema, from Arizona. Republican senators unilaterally opposed the legislation. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote. In a statement, President Joe Biden said that the bill “makes the largest investment ever in combating the existential crisis of climate change.””
A historic climate bill passed. Now comes the hard part.
More form E&E News: “As difficult as passing the “Inflation Reduction Act” was, the road ahead stands to be more challenging. New transmission lines will need to be strung to connect wind and solar projects in disparate parts of the country. Batteries need to be installed to backup renewable projects. Emerging technologies like clean hydrogen and advanced nuclear, along with seldom-used ones like carbon capture and sequestration, have to be installed to ensure the grid can run round-the-clock without pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. And that’s just in the power sector. Cleaning up transportation and industry will likely be even more challenging, due to relatively limited technological options and the long lifetimes associated with cars and large industrial equipment.”
‘Very critical situation’: Almost half of EU countries suffering from drought
More from Sky News: “Almost half of European Union land is currently under a drought warning or more severe “alert” level, hampering agriculture, energy production and water supply, the European Commission has confirmed. From France in the west and Romania in the east, to western Germany and southern Greece, a “wide and persistent” lack of rain, combined with heatwaves, makes for an alarmingly long list of countries where drought is getting worse. New data from the European Drought Observatory (EDO) shows some 45% of the bloc’s territory under “warning” conditions, the second of three drought categories, during the 10 days leading to 20 July.”
– D.J. Kayser