National Weather Forecast

At least scattered areas of showers and storms are expected across much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation (mainly the Rockies eastward) on Thursday. Some of these storms could be severe, especially from the Northeast to the Ohio Valley and in the Plains. Meanwhile, the southern/southwestern heat wave continues.

Areas of heavy rain will continue to be possible in the mid to lower Mississippi Valley and in the Northeast through the end of the work week, with at least 2-4” of rain for some locations.


Gulf of Mexico Warmth Breaks Records

More from Eye on the Tropics: “The Gulf of Mexico – the land-fringed head of hurricane alley along whose edge some 16 million Americans live – is observing its warmest start to a year since satellite records began in 1981. The exceptional marine heat is driving up nighttime lows from South Florida to Texas and contributing to oppressive summer heat indices, including a record 31 consecutive days of heat indices over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Miami. The environmental impacts of such an intense marine heatwave are far-reaching – from extreme coral bleaching stressing important reef ecosystems to decreasing oxygen levels for marine life, leading to large hypoxic episodes, dead zones, and fish kills.

Fla. heat wave may be a harbinger of harsh summer for ocean life

More from E&E News: “After the heat index soared past 108 degrees Fahrenheit for the third consecutive day in Miami on Tuesday, Brian McNoldy had only one word to describe the record-breaking temperatures: “outlandish.” “And there’s really not much sign of a break coming,” said McNoldy, a senior research associate with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric and Earth Science. Even in a state known for its hot weather, the unprecedented marine heat wave has scientists worried about not only how humans will fare but what will become of Florida’s prized corals, which have experienced precipitous declines in recent decades. Researchers have long warned that hot summer waters are potentially devastating to coral reefs.

Extreme heat prompts first-ever Amazon delivery driver strike

More from Grist: “Heat waves can delay flights and melt airplane tarmac, but Amazon won’t let them hinder Prime deliveries. Extreme heat and unsafe working conditions under the merchant giant have now spurred drivers to unionize. In Southern California, 84 delivery drivers joined the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and negotiated the first union contract among any Amazon workers in the country. And since June 24, these workers have been on an indefinite strike. Amazon’s requirement of drivers to make up to 400 stops per day, even when temperatures exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, can make operating one of those ubiquitous gray and blue vans a particularly hazardous occupation. Raj Singh, a driver, knows that only too well.


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