National Weather Forecast

The big story on Friday will be an area of low pressure in the center of the nation, producing severe weather across the Mississippi River Valley and blizzard conditions in the Upper Midwest. Mixed precipitation will also be possible in New England. Meanwhile, a system for the Pacific Northwest brings rain and snow.

A foot or more of snow could fall through Saturday in some of the western mountains – and will even be possible in parts of the Upper Midwest. 1-3” of rain will be possible in the Pacific Northwest and across parts of the central/eastern United States.

Here’s a closer look at expected snow in the Upper Midwest. A band of 6-12” (with isolated higher amounts) is expected through the first part of the weekend from central South Dakota across Minnesota and northern Wisconsin to the U.P. of Michigan.

This system will also bring a sizeable severe weather threat and potential outbreak to the central part of the nation Friday, with two Moderate Risk (threat level 4 of 5) areas. Strong and long-tracked tornadoes, destructive winds, and very large hail will be possible.


Who Suffers From Climate Anxiety? Not Exactly Who You Might Think.

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The power used to make green hydrogen must be tracked down to the hour

More from Canary Media: “Ben Gerber, CEO of the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, has no doubt that the U.S. government could structure its multibillion-dollar hydrogen tax-credit regime in a way that reduces carbon emissions rather than increases them. That’s because his nonprofit, which manages renewable energy certificates that companies use to verify that they’re buying clean energy, has already been doing the work that could help make it happen. Since 2019, the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System has been providing a way to track and validate renewable energy certificates not just on an annual basis — the system that’s been used for more than a decade — but down to the hour that the clean energy is produced. Those hourly time stamps are critical pieces of data for companies such as Google, Microsoft and others that are aiming to use 24/7 carbon-free energy, which means matching the clean energy they buy to the energy they consume every hour of every day.

Manchin: Biden admin might ‘try to screw me’ on EVs

More from E&E News: “Sen. Joe Manchin predicted Wednesday that the Biden administration will interpret new restrictions on electric vehicle tax credits in ways that are too permissive and don’t align with the climate change law he wrote last year. The West Virginia Democrat, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said at a Washington event hosted by energy security advocacy group Securing America’s Future Energy and the Electrification Coalition that he would fight for his interpretation of the law, even suing the administration if he has to. “I think they’re going to try to screw me on this,” Manchin said of the Treasury Department’s forthcoming guidance on the tax credit’s changes in the Inflation Reduction Act, the law he wrote last year with the goal of boosting U.S. energy security.


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