National Weather Forecast

A system across Oklahoma on Thursday will lead to showers and storms from the Southern Plains to the Ohio Valley, with a streak of mixed precipitation/icing on the north side from the Four Corners region to the eastern Great Lakes. Some of the storms in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana could be strong. Another system out west will bring the potential of snow and rain.

An Enhanced Risk of severe weather (threat level 3 of 5) exists just north and northeast of Houston on Thursday, where several tornadoes could be possible. This could start in the late morning hours, with the severe weather potential lasting into the evening.

Heavy rain is expected to fall in southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana Thursday into Friday, with some locations near Houston seeing over 3” through the second part of the week.

Heavier snow returns to the Cascases and Rockies out west, with several feet possible in the Cascades through Friday.


What Happened to the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Boom?

More from Inside Climate News: “At the tail end of the aughts, as it became clear that the United States would need to create much more renewable energy, fast, many believed the transition would be bolstered by the proliferation of offshore wind. But not off the coasts of states like Massachusetts and California, where it’s best positioned today. They thought the industry would emerge, and then take hold, in the Great Lakes. Things looked promising for a while. Glimmers of an offshore wind boom arose from the depths of the Great Recession, as developers offered up proposals on both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the lakes. In 2010, the Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, better known as LEEDCo, announced plans to install its first 20 megawatts by 2012 and scale up to 1,000 megawatts by 2020. Two years later, the Obama administration and five states—though not Ohio—formed the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Consortium to help streamline the permitting process.

Here are the 4 issues to watch at COP28

More from Grist: “Every year, world leaders gather under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to assess countries’ progress toward reducing carbon emissions and limiting global temperature rise. The most famous of these so-called Conferences of Parties, or COPs, resulted in the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, which marked the first time the world’s countries united behind a goal to limit global temperature increase. That treaty consists of 29 articles with numerous targets, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing financial flows to the most climate-vulnerable countries, and establishing a carbon market. This year’s COP, which commences in Dubai on Thursday, is all about determining whether that agreement succeeds or fails. For the first time since the Paris accords, the negotiators assembled at COP28 over the next two weeks will conduct a “global stocktake” to measure how much progress they’ve made toward those goals.

The Salton Sea has even more lithium than previously thought, new report finds

More from the Los Angeles Times: “Want to produce a huge amount of lithium for electric vehicle batteries — and also batteries that keep our homes powered after sundown — without causing the environmental destruction that lithium extraction often entails? Then the Salton Sea may be your jam. Companies big and small have been swarming California’s largest lake for years, trying to find a cost-effective way to pull out the lithium dissolved in scorching hot fluid deep beneath the lake’s southern end. Now a new federal analysis suggests even more of the valuable metal is buried down there than we previously understood. The new analysis — led by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and reported here for the first time — finds we may be able to extract 18 million metric tons of “white gold” from the heated underground pool, which is not connected to the surface lake. That’s the first thoroughly documented public estimate of how much lithium is available at the Salton Sea, said Alex Prisjatschew, an engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy, which funded the analysis — and it’s higher than past guesses.


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