National Weather Forecast
Behind a cold front all the way into the Southern Plains, we will be tracking the potential of icing (freezing rain and sleet) and mixed precipitation from parts of central Texas to the Northeast. In the warm sector closer to the Gulf Coast, storms will be likely. Another area of low pressure will bring rain and higher-elevation snow from southern California to the Rockies. Snow will also fall across parts of the Great Lakes into New England.
We’ll be tracking the potential of a foot or more of snow in parts of the Rockies over the next few days. While snow won’t be much of an issue in the Southern United States, with several rounds of icy weather expected up to a quarter inch of ice could fall through Tuesday evening from Texas to the mid-Mississippi Valley. Heavy rain will fall in the warm sector, with 3”+ from near Houston to southern Mississippi in areas that saw heavy rain last week.
The Supreme Court could end protections for some wetlands, threatening water and wildlife
More from Northern Public Radio: “In addition to providing safe resting grounds for wildlife, wetlands serve as natural water filters, and can also reduce flooding during major rain events by giving water a place to sit and soak in. But an ongoing U.S. Supreme Court case, Sackett v. EPA, could roll back the federal government’s authority to regulate wetlands and potentially trim their protections altogether. That worries conservationists such as Blodgett, who says Illinois has lost 90% of the state’s original wetlands. Many other Midwestern state’s have lost over 50%, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”
Sea Level Rise Will Lead To Faster-Than-Expected Flooding On The Coasts
More from Forbes: “One of the most well-known impacts of climate change is rising sea levels, and already coastal areas have started making plans to handle the flooding that will come with rising ocean waters. But new research published this week finds that those plans might need to accelerate, as the scientists behind it found that the flooding impacts of increased sea levels are likely to happen faster than previously thought. Not because of any change in carbon emissions, but because of better technologies. In decades past, researchers used radar to determine coastal elevations, which were then plugged into flooding models. But the problem, these researchers found, is that radar can’t always tell the difference between plants and the ground. Advances in lidar, however, don’t have that issue, enabling more accurate measurements. With those measurements, the study suggests that coastal flooding will happen sooner than previously anticipated, meaning that governments in those regions have shorter deadlines to work with in order to deal with potentially catastrophic climate impacts.”
The West’s salt lakes are turning to dust. Can Congress help?
More from High Country News: “Last summer, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observed dust blowing 85 miles from its source, Lake Abert and Summer Lake, two dried-up saline lakes in southern Oregon. This has happened before: Saline lakebeds are some of the West’s most significant sources of dust. California’s Owens Lake is the nation’s largest source of PM10, the tiny pollutants found in dust and smoke, while plumes blowing off the 800 square miles of the Great Salt Lake’s exposed bed have caused toxin-filled dust storms in Salt Lake City.”
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