National Weather Forecast
As we slide into Thursday, showers and thunderstorms will be possible across the Plains, Upper Midwest, and parts of the southern and eastern United States due to a couple of frontal boundaries in place. Storms across the High Plains could be on the strong side, including tornadoes and very large hail. Some storms will also be possible out west due to an area of low pressure. While the heat subsides just a touch in Texas, several record highs are still possible – and the heat will expand across this region once again into the weekend.
Very heavy rainfall will continue to be possible through the end of the week across portions of the Plains as well as in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, where at least 3” of rain could fall. Some of the heaviest will be in parts of Florida, where 5”+ will be possible.
‘Unprecedented’ ocean heat wave could linger through fall
More from NBC News: “An intense marine heat wave that has fueled record-warm sea surface temperatures in the world’s oceans in recent months could linger well into the fall, according to an experimental forecast produced by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Researchers with the agency’s Physical Sciences Laboratory said unusually warm conditions in the North Atlantic are all but certain to last all summer, with an up to 90% chance that the marine heat wave will persist through November. Members of the research team are set to host a public discussion later this week to unveil the new forecast and talk about its implications.”
Groundbreaking youth-led climate trial comes to an end in Montana
More from The Guardian: “A groundbreaking climate trial came to an early close on Tuesday as lawyers on each side presented a very different picture of who can be held responsible for the climate crisis. Attorneys representing the lawsuit’s young challengers said Montana officials and agencies must be held accountable for exacerbating the crisis, and thereby violating the plaintiffs’ state constitutional rights. But the defense argued that the climate crisis is a global problem, and that if Montana is contributing to it, plaintiffs should work to change that through the legislature. The trial for Held v Montana began in the state’s first judicial district court in the capital city of Helena last week, marking the first constitutional climate trial in US history. A ruling will now follow from Judge Kathy Seeley, who has been hearing the case, with expectations that this could take several weeks to emerge.”
Peru is enduring its worst dengue outbreak ever. Is El Niño making it worse?
More from the CBC: “Peru is battling the worst dengue outbreak in its recorded history, with more than 140,000 registered cases so far this year, and more than 200 people believed to have died from complications related to infections. Dengue is prevalent throughout Peru, particularly in lower altitudes, though cases typically drop off as the weather becomes drier. But not this year. The rainy weather that allows mosquito populations to breed — in pools, puddles and any standing water — hasn’t let up thanks, in part, to El Niño — the natural, recurring phenomenon that brings warm conditions to the eastern Pacific Ocean and disrupts weather patterns around the world.”
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