National Weather Forecast

A stalled-out boundary across the southern United States Thursday will continue to bring the region rounds of showers and thunderstorms – some of which could be severe and contain heavy rain as well. A system working east across the Great Lakes will bring storm chances to the eastern Great Lakes and the Northeast. We’ll also watch some storm chances in the Plains and back into the Great Basin, with some snow mixing in at the higher elevations of the Rockies during the coldest portions of the day.

Very heavy rain is expected to fall from Wednesday through Friday evening across the Southeastern United States, with at least 3-5” possibly bringing the threat of flash flooding.


New England and the upper Midwest could have a higher fire risk than the West this year. Here’s why

More from CNN: “Unusually hot and dry northeastern and upper Midwest states are forecast to be wildfire hotspots this summer, while historically fire-prone Western states, including California, have a lower-than-normal predicted wildfire risk. A summer wildfire outlook from the National Interagency Fire Center paints an atypical picture, with the highest potential for wildfires largely in the northernmost parts of the country. New England states including Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, as well as parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and nearly all of Michigan – along with areas in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest – are also facing an elevated risk of fire.

‘My life and my home’: young people start to testify at historic US climate trial

More from The Guardian: “The US’s first-ever trial in a constitutional climate lawsuit kicked off on Monday morning in a packed courtroom in Helena, Montana. The case, Held v Montana, was brought in 2020 by 16 plaintiffs between the ages of five and 22 from around the state who allege state officials violated their constitutional right to a healthy environment by enacting pro-fossil fuel policies. In opening statements, Roger Sullivan, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, explained that climate change is fueling drought, wildfires, extreme heat and other environmental disasters throughout Montana, taking a major toll on the young plaintiffs’ health and wellbeing. There is a “scientific consensus”, he noted, that these changes can be traced back to the burning of fossil fuels.

Climate Change: Rising Rainfall, not Temperatures, Threaten Giraffe Survival

More from the University of Zurich: “Climate change is expected to cause widespread decline in wildlife populations worldwide. But little was previously known about the combined effects of climate change and human activity on the survival rates not only of giraffes, but of any large African herbivore species. Now researchers from the University of Zurich and Pennsylvania State University have concluded a decade-long study – the largest to date – of a giraffe population in the Tarangire region of Tanzania. The study area spanned more than a thousand square kilometers, including areas inside and outside protected areas. Contrary to expectations, higher temperatures were found to positively affect adult giraffe survival, while rainier wet seasons negatively impacted adult and calf survival.”


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