National Weather Forecast

On Sunday, a system working through the eastern United States will bring the chance of some ice in New England, rain/snow across the Great Lakes into the Northeast, and showers and storms from the Northeast Coast south through the Mid-Atlantic down into the Deep South and Southern Plains. Rain and snow will be possible in the Northwest.

The heaviest rain from Saturday through Monday evening will be across portions of the Tennessee Valley, where at least 3-4” of rain will be possible. The heaviest snow will be in the Cascades, where at least 1-3 feet of snow could fall.


Grass fires prompt plea from authorities to postpone brush fires in central Minnesota

More from the Star Tribune: “Central Minnesota is seeing grass fires earlier than normal this year — and experts warn recent rain won’t be enough to squelch the threat of more fires. The first week of April is traditionally when John Korzeniowski sees wildfires picking up in central Minnesota. But Korzeniowski, of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources forestry office in Little Falls, Minn., has already seen 10 in his area this year. ”This period between when our snow leaves and things green up is traditionally our busiest fire time here in Minnesota — and we’ve got a ways to go yet before we hit green-up,” Korzeniowski said.

Fire season got started a month early in northern Michigan

More from Interlochen Public Radio: “Fire crews with the state’s Department of Natural Resources responded to over 50 fires in recent days, including assisting at a 600-acre blaze near the Manistee National Forest on Monday. It’s been a strange beginning to fire season. “This really all started last fall—we went into the winter with a moisture deficit,” says Don Klingler, a wildfire expert with Michigan’s DNR. Then the state didn’t get much snow. “There are some places that are 90 inches of snow below normal,” he says.

The University of Michigan divesting from fossil fuels shows that change is here

More from The Guardian: “…But students never gave up pushing for change, and to the university’s great credit it kept lines of dialogue open (including with me; I offered my take earlier this year in a meeting with university officials). And this week it announced that it was divesting from fossil fuels – not only that, but it’s “committed to achieving net-zero emissions across our entire endowment by 2050; and shifting our natural resources investment focus toward renewable energy investments with an attractive risk-adjusted return profile”. The university’s regents voted on Thursday afternoon in favor of $140m in “innovative new investments we have been working on related to renewable energy and sustainable energy infrastructure”. Taken together, university officials say, “we believe these steps are unprecedented among American higher education institutions.”


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