National Weather Forecast
On Friday, a frontal boundary will still help to bring shower and storm chances from portions of the East Coast down to the Southern Plains. Storms will be possible across the Intermountain West, partly due to monsoonal moisture (especially in the Southwest). A system will help bring some showers and storms to the upper Midwest. The severe storm threat across the nation is low. A few record highs could be possible in the Great Plains.
The heaviest rain through the first half of the weekend will fall along portions of the Gulf Coast, where 1-4” of rain is possible. Some heavy rain will also be possible in the Southwest due to monsoonal storms.
Even a small rise in temperatures could decimate North American forests
More from Grist: “From 2007 to 2017, land-based ecosystems like the vast boreal forests of Canada and the Amazon rainforest removed roughly a third of anthropogenic carbon emissions from the atmosphere. According to a slate of new scientific research published this week in Nature, however, the threats that climate change poses to these terrestrial carbon sinks are greater than previously understood. A new study from a research team at the University of Michigan found that even a relatively small temperature increase of 1.6 degrees Celsius associated with climate change can have drastic effects on the dominant tree species in North American boreal forests, including reduced growth and increased mortality. “Our results spell problems for the health and diversity of future regional forests,” University of Michigan forest ecologist Peter Reich, who led the study, told the University of Michigan news office.”
Rhine River could fall below critical mark, risking industry
More from the Star Tribune: “Water levels on the Rhine River could reach a critically low point in the coming days, German officials said Wednesday, making it increasingly difficult to transport goods — including coal and gasoline — as drought and an energy crisis grip Europe. Weeks of dry weather have turned several of Europe’s major waterways into trickles, posing a headache for German factories and power plants that rely on deliveries by ship and making an economic slowdown ever more likely. Transporting goods by inland waterways is more important in Germany than in many other Western European countries, according to Capital Economics.”
More Midwest banks see opportunity to finance solar, energy efficiency projects
More from Energy News Network: “Smaller, regional banks and credit unions are increasingly looking to help homeowners finance solar installations in a sign of growing recognition of the opportunities in clean energy finance. In the Midwest, Iowa-based Decorah Bank & Trust is among the latest to begin marketing loans for solar and other clean energy projects. The community bank recently relaunched a digital subsidiary called Greenpenny to serve residential and commercial customers in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It joins longtime Twin Cities clean energy lender the Center for Energy and Environment and a handful of credit unions and other community banks offering products in a space traditionally dominated by larger, national firms.”
– D.J. Kayser