National Weather Forecast
On Thursday, a slow-moving frontal boundary will bring the threat of storms from the Northeast back into the central United States. Typical summer afternoon storms will be possible in the Southeast, with monsoonal storms in the Southwest.
Some of the heaviest rain through the end of the week will fall near the mid-Mississippi Valley, where over three inches of additional rain could fall.
California’s megadrought is worse than you think
More from E&E News: “Tooleville, a town of about 700 people, depends on wells for water. Those wells have run dry as climate change exacerbates summer heat and shrinks California’s winter snowpack. In response, state- and county-funded water deliveries now are arriving a few days a week in Tooleville, as well as in Seville and Yettem — other Tulare County towns without running water. So far this year, the state has had more than 660 wells go dry. The majority of those are in the San Joaquin Valley, said Kelsey Hinton, spokesperson with Community Water Center, which has offices in Visalia, Sacramento and Watsonville.”
The future of America’s EV charging network takes shape
More from Axios: “The federal government is doling out $5 billion to states to build a nationwide network of highway charging stations intended to get more people to buy electric vehicles. Why it matters: The taxpayer-funded charging network is a cornerstone of President Biden’s ambition to electrify America’s transportation sector. He wants half of all new cars sold to be electric by 2030 — but many car buyers won’t consider an EV without assurances that they’ll be able to charge quickly, especially on long road trips. The plan, which calls for installing up to 500,000 direct-current “fast chargers” along the nation’s most heavily traveled highways, could boost drivers’ confidence, EV advocates and policymakers say. That’s up from roughly 20,000 DC fast chargers today, which are sometimes off the beaten path. As with most sweeping federal policies, however, state officials say the devil is in the details.”
How climate change is muting nature’s symphony
More from Grist: “When Jeff Wells, vice president for boreal conservation at the Audubon Society, first encountered the call of the common loon on a pond near Mt. Vernon, Maine — about an hour and a half north of Portland — he thought he may have heard a ghoul. “I leaped out of bed and ran into my parents’ bedroom, like, ‘What is that?’” he told Grist, describing a melancholy wail that has made loons famous far beyond the birding community. Even after years of summer vacations in Maine, at the southernmost reaches of the loon’s habitat, Wells hasn’t tired of their calls. When their moody warbles echo across the pond, he still beckons family members to gather on the patio to listen. But loons, like so many other birds, are threatened by climate change. Rising summertime temperatures and warmer lake waters may eliminate important swathes of their habitat, and elevated precipitation is putting their nests at greater risk of flooding. As a result, loons’ songs are in danger of fading from many parts of the world.”
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