National Weather Forecast

On Sunday, a system moving into the Pacific Northwest will bring showers and, for parts of the Cascades, some mixed precipitation. A frontal boundary in place in southern Florida will bring storm chances. Otherwise, some scattered showers are possible in the Great Lakes and parts of the Northeast and Appalachian Mountains. In the Great Lakes, some of these will be lake-effect showers – but warm enough where it is rain, not snow.

A couple of areas of heavier rain are expected through the weekend and into early next week: one along the Pacific Northwest, and a second in parts of the Mid-Atlantic. In both of these areas, rainfall amounts could approach 3” for some.


Biden admin picks 7 ​‘clean hydrogen hubs’ for $7 billion federal boost

More from Canary Media: “After more than a year of evaluating competing proposals, the Biden administration has picked the parts of the country where it hopes to turn billions of dollars of federal investment into the seeds of a clean hydrogen economy. On Friday, the Department of Energy announced the selection of seven ​“clean hydrogen hubs” — sets of projects that promise to combine big investments in low-carbon hydrogen production with big investments in preparing industries to use that hydrogen to reduce their carbon emissions. The hubs are scattered around the nation — from the Pacific Northwest and California to the Midwest, and from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast. The consortia behind the hubs — groups of state governments, private companies and research organizations — are now eligible to receive up to a cumulative $7 billion in federal funds over the coming years.

Hydrogen hub in Minnesota and North Dakota wins nearly $1 billion in federal money

More from the Star Tribune: “Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota have been chosen to host one of seven U.S. “clean” hydrogen production hubs, scoring up to $925 million in federal money. Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is a primary partner in the Upper Midwest venture — dubbed the Heartland Hydrogen Hub — which would use renewable power and nuclear energy to produce hydrogen in Minnesota. “The Heartland Hydrogen Hub is game-changing initiative that demonstrates how we’re accelerating the development of the next generation of clean energy technology,” Xcel’s CEO Bob Frenzel said in a statement. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Friday announced the winners among 26 hydrogen-hub proposals submitted earlier this year. The regional hubs mark one of the largest federal energy programs ever, with a total investment of $7 billion.

Antarctica has lost 7.5tn tonnes of ice since 1997, scientists find

More from The Guardian: “More than 40% of Antarctica’s ice shelves have shrunk since 1997 with almost half showing “no sign of recovery”, a study has found, linking the change to the climate breakdown. Scientists at the University of Leeds have calculated that 67tn tonnes of ice was lost in the west while 59tn tonnes was added to the east between 1997 and 2021, resulting in a net loss of 7.5tn tonnes. Warm water on the western side of Antarctica has been melting ice, whereas in the east, ice shelves have either stayed the same or grown as the water is colder there. The ice shelves sit at the end of glaciers and slow their rate of flow into the sea. When they shrink, glaciers release larger amounts of freshwater into the sea which can disrupt the currents of the Southern Ocean.


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