National Weather Forecast
As we head into the first Monday of June, scattered storms will be possible across the western and southern United States, with some mixed snow at times in the Colorado Rockies. Some scattered storms will also be possible with a backdoor cold front in the upper Midwest. That same front is approaching the Northeast, and that along with an area of low pressure off the coast will lead to rain showers.
Scattered areas of heavy rain are expected through Tuesday across the nation, with some 2”+ amounts possible from the Rockies into the Southern Plains, across southern Florida, and in the Northeast.
Without chief heat officers, how can smaller cities respond to extreme heat?
More from Smart Cities Dive: “With summer on the horizon, cities nationwide are bracing themselves for extreme heat events — along with the deadly and unjust impacts that follow. But what does effective preparation look like as climate change brings more frequent, intense heat waves? City leaders are still in the early stages of figuring that part out, according to Ladd Keith, assistant professor of planning and sustainable built environments at the University of Arizona. Smart Cities Dive spoke with Keith about the single event that triggered cities nationwide to reconsider their heat responses, whether every city needs to hire a chief heat officer and what cities can do this summer to protect residents from blistering temperatures.”
How Climate Scientists Predict India’s All-Important Monsoon Rains
More from Bloomberg: “It’s a weather event so decisive for India’s economy that a former president once called it the nation’s “real” finance minister. But climate change is making the annual monsoon more difficult to forecast, and raising the stakes of getting those predictions wrong. That’s why researchers at the India Meteorological Department have spent more than a decade fine-tuning a new way to divine when, and how much, rain will fall each year. The National Monsoon Mission, which set out in 2012 to move the nation over to a system that relies less on historical patterns and more on real-time, on-the-ground data gathering, is starting to pay off, potentially saving property, crops, and even lives.”
Little-Known Microbes Could Help Predict Climate Tipping Points
More from Duke University: “Researchers studying a group of widespread but often overlooked microbes have identified a climate feedback loop that could accelerate climate change. But it’s not all bad news: this one comes with an early warning signal. Using a computer simulation, a team of scientists from Duke University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, showed that most of the world’s ocean plankton and many other single-celled creatures in lakes, peatlands and other ecosystems could cross a threshold where instead of soaking up carbon dioxide, they start doing the opposite. That’s because of how warming affects their metabolism. Because carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, that in turn could drive up temperatures further — a positive feedback loop that could lead to runaway change, where small amounts of warming have an outsized impact. But by carefully monitoring the abundances of these organisms, we might be able to anticipate the tipping point before it gets here, the researchers report in a study published June 1 in the journal Functional Ecology.”
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