National Weather Forecast

Some lingering snow chances stick around the Great Lakes as we head into Sunday. A frontal boundary near southern Florida will help produce showers and thunderstorms. Meanwhile, the next system is working into the western United States, bringing rain and snow to the region.

Several inches of snow could accumulate through Monday in the western mountains and the Great Lakes. Rainfall amounts in coastal areas of the west coast could approach a couple of inches.


Where Did Earth’s Water Come From? Not Melted Meteorites, According to Scientists

More from the University of Maryland: “Water makes up 71% of Earth’s surface, but no one knows how or when such massive quantities of water arrived on Earth. A new study published in the journal Nature brings scientists one step closer to answering that question. Led by University of Maryland Assistant Professor of Geology Megan Newcombe, researchers analyzed melted meteorites that had been floating around in space since the solar system’s formation 4 1/2 billion years ago. They found that these meteorites had extremely low water content—in fact, they were among the driest extraterrestrial materials ever measured. These results, which let researchers rule them out as the primary source of Earth’s water, could have important implications for the search for water—and life—on other planets. It also helps researchers understand the unlikely conditions that aligned to make Earth a habitable planet.

In Puerto Rico, advocates want the clean energy revolution to be local

More from Energy News Network: “The U.S. Department of Energy has committed $1 billion to develop solar energy in Puerto Rico, to help the island meet its goal of 100% renewables and to add resilience to a system plagued by hurricane damage, poor maintenance and debilitating blackouts. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has visited the island multiple times, and the department has promised additional funding for renewables once an in-depth study is completed. Community leaders who have long pushed for solar are hopeful. But they are adamant that the funding must prioritize community-driven, decentralized rooftop solar. They don’t want to see more solar farms, which they say can damage land and continue reliance on shipping power across the island; and they are skeptical of the role of LUMA, the company that runs Puerto Rico’s grid since it was privatized in June 2021.

Volkswagen plans to sell battery cells to Ford and reduce EV costs as it eyes mining investment

More from electrek: “VW has big ambitions to bring down EV costs, starting with the battery cells. To do so, the automaker looks to invest in mines as it looks to vertically integrate. Through PowerCo, VW plans to meet half of its own demand while selling to other automakers like Ford. It’s been a busy month for Volkswagen, starting with the release of the upgraded ID 3 with improved design and features. … There have also been reports that the automaker is developing its smallest, cheapest EV model yet, likely to be called the ID 1 (or ID Polo) that will start around $20,000 and expected to arrive in 2027.


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