National Weather Forecast
On Saturday, a system out in the western United States will bring the chance of rain and snow, with another front approaching the Pacific Northwest Saturday Night. An area of low pressure that will move across Florida will bring the chance of showers and storms for the Gulf Coast and Florida. Lake effect snow will continue downwind of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, with a few snow showers possible across northern New England as well.
The heaviest rain through the weekend will fall along the Pacific coast near the Oregon/California border, where 3”+ of rain will be possible. Across portions of Florida, up to an inch of rain will be possible, particularly Saturday into Saturday Night. Meanwhile, several inches of snow will be possible in the Cascades and Sierra, as well as downwind of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
NASA’s Perseverance rover deploys wind sensor on Mars
More from Live Science: “NASA’s Perseverance rover continues to get up to speed on the Red Planet. Since Perseverance’s picture-perfect landing on Feb. 18, the rover team has been methodically checking out its seven science instruments and various subsystems. For example, Perseverance just deployed its wind sensor, as before-and-after photos captured by the six-wheeled robot’s navigation cameras show. The wind sensor is part of Perseverance’s weather station, which is called the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA). The instrument will monitor air temperature, humidity, radiation, dust and wind at Perseverance’s landing site, the floor of Jezero Crater, a 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) hole in the ground that harbored a deep lake and a river delta in the ancient past.”
Air pollution puts children at higher risk of disease in adulthood, according to Stanford researchers and others
More from Stanford: “Children exposed to air pollution, such as wildfire smoke and car exhaust, for as little as one day may be doomed to higher rates of heart disease and other ailments in adulthood, according to a new Stanford-led study. The analysis, published in Nature Scientific Reports, is the first of its kind to investigate air pollution’s effects at the single cell level and to simultaneously focus on both the cardiovascular and immune systems in children. It confirms previous research that bad air can alter gene regulation in a way that may impact long-term health – a finding that could change the way medical experts and parents think about the air children breathe, and inform clinical interventions for those exposed to chronic elevated air pollution.”
Major Utilities Are Gearing Up to Install EV Charging Stations Across 16 States
More from Earther: “It could soon become a lot easier to take an electric car on some pretty cool road trips. A group of powerful utilities said Tuesday that they’re teaming up to make chargers for electric cars more accessible on highways. The newly-formed Electric Highway Coalition is made up of six big regional utilities—American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy, Southern Company, and Tennessee Valley Authority—that provide electricity across the South. The utilities said they will work together to “provide EV charging solutions within their service territories,” according to an industry press release announcing the move. A map provided in the release shows a map of the projected area of the network, which includes more than 15 states, with highways stretching from Texas to Florida up to Virginia and over to Indiana.”
– D.J. Kayser