National Weather Forecast

We will continue to watch the system that produced severe weather Thursday in the southern United States move northeast on Friday, producing more severe storms from the Ohio Valley to the Southeast and a band of snow and icing on the north side from the Central Plains to the Northeast. A system moving through the Northwest brings snow chances to the mountains.

There is the threat of severe weather in the Ohio & Tennessee River Valleys down into the Southeast on Friday. The greatest threat will be across portions of Kentucky and Tennessee. Damaging winds are the primary threat, followed by isolated tornadoes.

At least 3-5” of rain will be possible between Thursday and Saturday in the central United States, leading to the potential of flooding. Heavy snow of at least 5-8” will be possible in the Great Lakes, with over a foot in parts of New England. In the Sierra, feet of snow will be possible.


Why North Dakota is preparing to sue Minnesota over clean energy

More from Grist: “In early February, lawmakers in Minnesota passed a law requiring the state’s power utilities to supply customers with 100 percent clean electricity by 2040 — one of the more ambitious clean energy standards in the United States. Democrats, who clinched control of the state legislature in last year’s midterm elections, were euphoric. But not everyone in the region is enthused about Minnesota’s clean energy future. The state may soon face a legal challenge from its next-door neighbor, North Dakota. Not long after Minnesota’s governor signed the law, the North Dakota Industrial Commission, the three-member body that oversees North Dakota’s utilities, agreed unanimously to consider a lawsuit challenging the new legislation. The law, North Dakota regulators said, infringes on North Dakota’s rights under the Dormant Commerce Clause in the United States Constitution by stipulating what types of energy it can contribute to Minnesota’s energy market. “This isn’t about the environment. This is about state sovereignty,” North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, the chair of the Industrial Commission, said. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, a longtime proponent of clean energy legislation, was quick to respond. “I trust that this bill is solid,” he told reporters. “I trust that it will stand up because it was written to do exactly that.”

Why we can’t solve the climate crisis without schools — and teachers

More from the Los Angeles Times: “When wildfire smoke blocked the sun and turned the sky orange above the San Francisco Bay Area in September 2020, Andra Yeghoian’s two young children, ages 3 and 5, were scared. And they had questions: What was going on? Was this normal? Yeghoian did her best to explain and to comfort them. “I can’t not talk about climate change with my kids,” she said. “It’s the same for teachers with their students.” Yeghoian is one of the lead authors of a new report — released Thursday and shared exclusively with The Times — exploring how K-12 schools can educate students about climate change, while contributing to climate solutions themselves. It’s a fascinating read, full of useful ideas for teachers, lawmakers, government agencies, school districts and kids. It was written by university researchers and staffers at a variety of nonprofits, advocacy groups and other organizations, with funding from the Schmidt Family Foundation, which is backed by former Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy.

How a $6B transmission project made it in New York

More from E&E News: “When Transmission Developers Inc. announced plans for an underwater power line from Quebec to Queens, George W. Bush was president and Joe Biden was a senator. Fifteen years later, the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) is on the way to completion — making it a rare success story in a country where major transmission lines have often stalled. For the Biden administration to reach its clean energy goals, miles of long-distance power lines need to be built in the next decade to connect new clean energy projects to cities and towns. But getting those lines approved and paid for — and surviving legal challenges from project opponents — has often been a challenge.


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