National Weather Forecast
On Monday, we’ll watch stormy weather from the Four Corners region to the Southern Plains, and up across portions of the Great Lakes. Another system brings showers to the Northern Plains and Northwest with mixed-in snow in spots.
The heaviest rain through the beginning of the week will be in the Southern Plains, where some locations of western Texas could see over 3” of rainfall.
Meanwhile, we could see upward of a foot of snow at some of the higher elevations of the Northwest in the Cascades and Northern Rockies through Tuesday.
James Webb Space Telescope spots jet stream on Jupiter stronger than a Category 5 hurricane
More from Space.com: “Though NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was initially touted as having the power to unveil our universe’s furthest horizons — and it surely has — some of the observatory’s most gorgeous images are actually ones of our very own solar system. With its gold-plated hive of mirrors and backpack of infrared equipment, such as the Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), the James Webb Space Telescope has reintroduced us to the stunning place we call home, making us feel like we’re seeing our planetary neighbors for the first time all over again. It even offered us a poignant view of Neptune’s frail rings, something that hasn’t been done for 30 years. But on Thursday (Oct. 19), scientists announced that, beyond offering us fresh eyes on the solar system, the JWST’s images of our cosmic neighborhood are also presenting us with new data about a planet we thought we knew quite well: Jupiter.”
Climate change has toppled some civilizations but not others. Why?
More from Grist: “The Roman Empire fell more than 1,500 years ago, but its grip on the popular imagination is still strong, as evidenced by a recent trend on TikTok. Women started filming the men in their lives to document their answers to a simple question: How often do you think about the Roman Empire? “I guess, technically, like every day,” one boyfriend said, as his girlfriend wheezed out an astonished “What?” He wasn’t the only one, as an avalanche of Twitter posts, Instagram Reels, and news articles made clear. While driving on a highway, some men couldn’t help but think about the extensive network of roads the Romans built, some of which are still in use today. They pondered the system of aqueducts, built with concrete that could harden underwater. There are a lot of reasons why people are fascinated by the rise and fall of ancient empires, gender dynamics aside. Part of what’s driving that interest is the question: How could something so big and so advanced fail? And, more pressingly: Could something similar happen to us? Between rampaging wildfires, a rise in political violence, and the public’s trust in government at record lows, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched that America could go up in smoke.”
More Renewable Energy Loans For Community Projects
More from CleanTechnica: “Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia (CORENA) is in the news again funding two worthy projects to support community organizations’ move to renewables. CORENA is providing interest-free renewable energy loans to the Barnardos South Coast Children’s Family Centre in Wollongong, New South Wales, and the Heritage-listed Capri theatre in Adelaide, South Australia. The Capri Theatre was built in 1941 in art deco style. It houses a 1923 world-class WurliTzer theatre pipe organ. You can read the fascinating story of this organ here. When the CORENA project is complete, this vintage American-made organ will run on renewable power supplied by a 71.8 kW solar electricity system backed up with a 51.2 kWh battery. After all, most concerts are in the evening. Volunteers from the Theatre Organ Society of Australia staff and maintain this not-for-profit cinema.”
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