National Weather Forecast

Wet weather will continue to impact the Northwestern United States on Sunday, with one system in the region and another reaching the coast toward Monday morning. We’ll also be watching an area of low pressure tracking across the Upper Midwest, bringing mainly rain (but some mixed precipitation is possible in far northern areas).

Heavy rain will continue to impact the northwestern United States, with some areas over the next few days seeing at least 3-5” of rainfall.

Several inches of snow will be possible through the first day of the work week in parts of the Cascades and Northern Rockies.


Damaging Thunderstorm Winds Increasing In Central U.S.

More from NCAR/UCAR News: “Destructive winds that flow out of thunderstorms in the central United States are becoming more widespread with warming temperatures, according to new research by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The new study, published this week in Nature Climate Change, shows that the central U.S. experienced a fivefold increase in the geographic area affected by damaging thunderstorm straight line winds in the past 40 years. The research uses a combination of meteorological observations, very high-resolution computer modeling, and analyses of fundamental physical laws to estimate the changes in the winds, which are so short-lived and localized that they often are not picked up by weather stations.

The US offshore wind industry faces a moment of reckoning

More from Canary Media: “Up and down the U.S. Northeast coast, the once-promising prospect of a burgeoning offshore wind power industry is facing a moment of reckoning. A wave of project cancellations, caused by periods of skyrocketing inflation, high interest rates, choked supply chains and financial troubles, have put hopes that the industry will play a major role in reaching decarbonization targets in serious doubt. Now state and federal policymakers are grappling with how to respond. If they want to achieve even a fraction of the Biden administration’s goal of building 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 — a target most analysts say is out of reach — they’ll need to significantly increase their financial support to overcome cost increases and bolster an industry in turmoil. But this course of action presents a significant dilemma.

World isn’t spending nearly enough money to prepare the most vulnerable countries for climate extremes, UN reports

More from CNN: “Measures to adapt to climate change in the developing world are slowing on all fronts even as the impacts of the crisis are accelerating, creating a widening gap that leaves billions of people increasingly vulnerable to extreme heat, worsening storms and sea level rise, a UN report published Thursday shows. The estimated costs to fully prepare low-income nations for the worst effects of a rapidly heating planet are now 10 to 18 times greater than the amount of money that is currently flowing to these regions, according to the United Nations Environment Programme’s annual “adaptation gap” report. That’s a more than 50% larger gap than UNEP had estimated in its 2022 report.


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