National Weather Forecast
The storm that has been impacting the central portion of the nation with snow and ice will move into the Northeast on Saturday, but rain, snow, and ice will extend back into the central Plains with the potential of strong storms in the Southeast. Rain and snow will be possible in the Northwest with the next system moving in.
Through Sunday the heaviest snow is expected out in the Cascades, where some areas could see up to 100″ of snow. However, there are portions of Maine and New Hampshire that could see over a half a foot of snow fall. Some areas along the Pacific Northwest coast could see at least 2-4″ of rain, and portions of the Southeast could see at least 1-3″ as well.
Exploring Space Can Unite the U.S.—but Not in the Way You Might Think
More from Scientific American: “On January 31, 1958, the U.S. put its first satellite into space. As the Jupiter C rocket carrying the satellite burned its way through the upper atmosphere, engineers at Cape Canaveral in Florida were “shouting, singing, cheering.” At the National Academy of Sciences, there was “hardly elbow room among the crowd on hand to hear that the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, was up.” But how did Americans feel about what followed? Many people think that NASA’s programs of the late 1950s and 1960s were extremely popular, and it is often said that the Apollo program unified an otherwise disunified nation. In our current moment of national disunity, it is tempting to imagine a reinvigorated program of space exploration bringing us back together.“
7 Graphics That Show Why the Arctic Is in Trouble
More from Earther: “It’s no secret that the Arctic is in trouble. And while the worrying state of the ice in the region has made numerous headlines this year, they’re just the latest twists and turns in a long-term trend. One of the best gauges for putting what’s happening in the region into perspective is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Arctic Report Card, a compilation of environmental observations and analyses that the agency has been producing annually for 15 years. It was released earlier this month, providing an in-depth look at the Arctic’s struggles as the climate crisis reshapes the region. But if you’re more of a visual person, NOAA made these neat—although worrying—graphics to help get a handle on what’s happened this past year and how it fits into the bigger picture.“
Australia records fourth-warmest year in 2020, despite La Niña
More from The Guardian: “Last year was the fourth warmest on record for Australia, continuing a run of record warm years over the past decade, according to provisional data released by the Bureau of Meteorology. Across the country, temperatures in 2020 were 1.15C higher than average, putting the year behind 2005, 2013 and 2019, which remains the hottest year on record.“
– D.J. Kayser
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