National Weather Forecast

The heat wave continues across the Southern United States on Tuesday, with cities from Arizona to Texas reaching the 100s for highs (and, in Texas, heat index values above 110F). Otherwise, showers and storms will be possible along and ahead of a cold front from the eastern Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. Scattered storms will be possible at times from the Plains back to the Northwest.

The heaviest rain through mid-week will be across the Northeast, where some locations could receive over 3”. Flash flooding could be a concern in some areas.


Planet-heating pollution from global energy sector continues to rise as fossil fuels dominate, report finds

More from CNN: “Last year may have seen a record growth of wind and solar power but planet-heating fossil fuels continued to provide most of the world’s energy, according to a new analysis. Oil, coal and gas made up 82% of global energy consumption last year, according to the Statistical Review of World Energy report by the Energy Institute and consultancies KPMG and Kearney. The report, which analyzes data on world energy markets, found that energy consumption rose by 1% in 2022, with fossil fuels helping to meet the demand.

Climate Change Made the Texas Heat Wave More Intense. Renewables Softened the Blow

More from Inside Climate News: “A brutal two-week heat wave that has broiled much of the U.S. South and pushed the Texas power grid to its limit won’t be ending anytime soon, federal forecasters warned Friday…. While the Lone Star State has so far managed to avoid the kind of rolling blackouts caused by an intense spring heat wave last year and a vicious cold snap in the winter of 2021, Texans may be surprised to learn that solar energy and batteries played a large role in preventing power outages over the last two weeks—even as other energy sources struggled to stay online.

LG kicks off colossal ramp-up of US factories for EV and grid batteries

More from Canary Media: “South Korean manufacturer LG is drastically scaling up its U.S. production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and the grid. The U.S. clean energy sector is transforming from an import-based industry to one that builds equipment domestically, bolstered by supportive policies in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act. As Canary Media reported recently, U.S. battery manufacturing is on track to grow tenfold by 2027. But LG Energy Solution, one of the largest battery makers in the world, has already committed to factory construction that would increase its own U.S. production capacity by a factor of more than 55 by 2027.


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