National Weather Forecast
The only unsettled weather on Friday will be in the Northwest due to a cold front and a few areas of low pressure. That’ll bring the potential of showers and higher-elevation snow. Most of the rest of the nation will be fairly quiet.
The greatest precipitation chances through Saturday evening will be out in the western United States, where an inch or two of liquid will be possible with several inches of snow at higher elevations.
U.S. Winter Outlook: Warmer, drier South with ongoing La Nina
More from NOAA: “This year La Niña returns for the third consecutive winter, driving warmer-than-average temperatures for the Southwest and along the Gulf Coast and eastern seaboard, according to NOAA’s U.S. Winter Outlook released today by the Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service. Starting in December 2022 through February 2023, NOAA predicts drier-than-average conditions across the South with wetter-than-average conditions for areas of the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.”
The mighty Mississippi is so low, people are walking to a unique rock formation rarely accessible by foot
More from CNN: “Tower Rock – a massive island in the middle of the Mississippi River south of St. Louis – is typically surrounded by water and only accessible by boat. But as severe drought spreads across the Midwest and pushes river levels to record lows, people can now reach the rock formation on foot. “The river has dropped low enough that you can walk over to Tower Rock and not get your feet wet or muddy,” Missouri resident Jeff Miget told CNN. “I only remember being able to do this one other time in my life.” Photos taken by Miget show people hiking across the rocky river bed to the island tower, a trek posing little risk in the near-term as water levels are expected to continue to drop for at least the next two weeks.”
Gas stoves can leak chemicals linked to cancer, mounting evidence shows
More from NBC: “Natural gas stoves and ovens can leak harmful chemicals inside homes even when they’re not in use. About 47 million U.S. households use such appliances, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. A study published Thursday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found at least 12 hazardous air pollutants emitted from gas stoves in California, including benzene — a chemical known to cause cancer in some people with long-term exposure. The researchers behind the study — a group from the nonprofit energy research institute PSE Healthy Energy — took gas samples from 159 residential stoves in 16 counties throughout California. They found benzene in 99% of the samples. They also calculated a household’s benzene exposure based on the size of the kitchen, the room’s ventilation level, how much of the chemical was present and whether the stoves were leaking when they were turned off. The results showed that the leakiest stoves exposed people to indoor concentrations of benzene that were up to seven times the safe exposure level set by the California Environmental Protection Agency.”
– D.J. Kayser