National Weather Forecast
Heavy rain will continue across portions of the Mid-Atlantic – especially along the Carolina Coast – as we head into Sunday with an area of low pressure offshore. Areas of rain and snow will be possible in the Northwest.
At least three inches of rain could fall in some locations of the Southeast from Saturday through Monday with that low pressure off the coast. The heaviest rain in the Northwest will fall along the coast, with one to two feet of snow possible in portions of the Cascades.
‘Warmer, Wetter, Wilder’ Great Lakes Are Sentinel for Climate Change
More from The Energy Mix: “The Great Lakes are getting warmer, wetter, and wilder, three Windsor-area researchers write for The Conversation. And those “typical conditions” are amplifying other threats to the region. Harmful algal blooms are increasing in severity and geographic extent, sewers are overflowing, and stormwater is flooding neighbourhoods and parks, write the University of Windsor’s John Hartig, Patrícia Galvão Ferreira, and Robert Michael McKay. Many terrestrial organisms are shifting northwards, and worsening air quality is disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable people living in cities. The Great Lakes hold one-fifth the standing freshwater on the Earth’s surface and more than 34 million people live in the basin, supporting an economy worth US$5 trillion—if it were a country, it would be one of the largest economies in the world. And yet shoreline communities are faltering under the weight of billions of dollars in damages—and are worried that climate change will continue to make things even worse.”
Teens and Unions Take Over Glasgow as Greta Thunberg Declares UN Climate Talks a ‘Failure’
More from Gizmodo: “The leaves of Kelvingrove Park are a patchwork of yellow and green, caught between summer and fall, life and death. A stiff wind stirred the boughs above a throng of strikers who gathered there on Friday to send a message to negotiators in the conference rooms at United Nations climate talks a mile (1.6 kilometers) away: The time for promises is over. The era of climate action has to begin. The scene in Kelvingrove felt a bit like a school reunion as climate strikers from around the world met up, some for the first time in two years. The pandemic forced a movement that was gaining force through mass demonstrations to scramble and organize online. But with the Glasgow talks going and vaccine access spreading—albeit still incredibly unevenly—the strikes are back. Cries of “climate justice” echoed off the city’s buildings as police cleared a path from Kelvingrove to George Square at the heart of the city’s downtown.”
Increasingly frequent wildfires linked to human-caused climate change, UCLA-led study finds
More from UCLA: “Research by scientists from UCLA and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory strengthens the case that climate change has been the main cause of the growing amount of land in the western U.S. that has been destroyed by large wildfires over the past two decades. Rong Fu, a UCLA professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and the study’s corresponding author, said the trend is likely to worsen in the years ahead. “I am afraid that the record fire seasons in recent years are only the beginning of what will come, due to climate change, and our society is not prepared for the rapid increase of weather contributing to wildfires in the American West.” The dramatic increase in destruction caused by wildfires is borne out by U.S. Geological Survey data. In the 17 years from 1984 to 2000, the average burned area in 11 western states was 1.69 million acres per year. For the next 17 years, through 2018, the average burned area was approximately 3.35 million acres per year. And in 2020, according to a National Interagency Coordination Center report, the amount of land burned by wildfires in the West reached 8.8 million acres — an area larger than the state of Maryland.”
– D.J. Kayser