National Weather Forecast
As a cold front continues to work south and east on Monday – positioned early in the day from the Front Range and Central Plains to the Great Lakes – rain and snow showers will be possible from the Northern Rockies through Central Plains, Great Lakes, and the Northeast. An area of low pressure near the Carolina coast will bring the potential for some storms. The cold front still positioned across Florida will lead to more heavy rain.
The heaviest rain through the first part of the week will fall across portions of Florida, where rainfall tallies from Sunday through 7 PM Tuesday could approach 5” in some locations. While the heaviest snow will be out toward the Northern Rockies where up to a foot and a half of snow could fall, we could also see a couple of inches of snow fall across portions of the Central Plains.
Category 5 Super Typhoon Surigae brushes Philippines
More from Yale Climate Connections: “At 2 p.m. EDT Saturday, April 17, the Japan Meteorological Agency put Surigae’s central pressure at an astounding 895 mb, beating the previous record low pressure for a typhoon this early in the year by 15 mb. (Previous record: 910 mb, Super Typhoon Maysak, Mar. 31-Apr 1., 2015.) The Joint Typhoon Warning Center put Surigae’s peak 1-minute average winds at 190 mph, making it the strongest typhoon so early in the year, as rated by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, JTWC. (Previous record: Super Typhoon Hester, 185 mph winds, January 1, 1953.)”
Despite Tensions, U.S. and China Agree to Work Together on Climate Change
More from the New York Times: “The United States and China have said they will fight climate change “with the seriousness and urgency that it demands” by stepping up efforts to reduce carbon emissions, a rare demonstration of cooperation amid escalating tensions over a raft of other issues. The agreement, which included few specific commitments, was announced on Saturday night, Washington time, after President Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerry, visited China for three days of talks in which the negotiators managed not to be sidetracked by those disputes.”
Deciduous trees offset carbon loss from Alaskan boreal fires, new study out of NAU finds
More from Northern Arizona University: “More severe and frequent fires in the Alaskan boreal forest are releasing vast stores of carbon and nitrogen from burned trees and soil into the atmosphere, a trend that could accelerate climate warming. But new research published this week in the journal Science shows that the deciduous trees replacing burned spruce forests more than make up for that loss, storing more carbon and accumulating it four times faster over a 100-year fire interval. The study, led by a team of researchers at the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at Northern Arizona University, suggests these faster-growing, less flammable deciduous forests may act as a stabilizing ‘firebreak’ against escalating fire patterns and nutrient loss in the region.”
– D.J. Kayser