National Weather Forecast

We’ll be watching the chance of storms across parts of the mid-section of the nation on Thursday. These storms could be severe from the Front Range to the Ohio Valley. Storms are also expected in New England with an area of low pressure. Meanwhile, the heat wave continues in the southern United States, with numerous Excessive Heat Warnings in place.

The heaviest areas of rain during the second half of the week will be in parts of the Central Plains and the Northeast, where some areas could see at least 2” of rain fall.

Meanwhile, due to Canadian wildfire smoke, we will continue to see at least Unhealthy air across the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and Northeast on Thursday.


Canadian wildfire smoke reaches Europe as Canada reports its worst fire season on record

More from CNN: “Canada has officially marked its worst wildfire season on record, with smoke from the blazes crossing the Atlantic Ocean and reaching western Europe on Monday. Canada has had a dramatic start to wildfire season, with at least 19,027,114 acres already charred across the country. Wildfire activity in Canada typically peaks from June to August, leaving more than half of the peak season still to come. As a result of the unprecedented start to the wildfire season, this year has become the worst fire season on record, surpassing the previous benchmark set in 1989 for the total area burned. In 1989, at least 18,254,317 acres were burned in the country, according to fire statistics from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre.

Coastal cities are sinking as sea levels are rising, increasing flood risks

More from Smart Cities Dive: “New York City is sinking 1-2 millimeters a year. The northern part of Tampa, Florida, is sinking up to 6 millimeters a year. This phenomenon, called subsidence, is one that many coastal cities are facing. Urban areas are sinking while sea levels are rising, resulting in a heightened risk of floods. While the impacts may sound drastic, the issue is not always top of mind, even for officials in coastal cities, said Steven D’Hondt, a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. “Probably most coastal city managers are aware of sea-level rise, but I think not very many of them are aware of the sinking of the shore,” said D’Hondt, who has co-authored research papers on the topic. Local governments can take steps to minimize future flooding by enacting policy and operational changes now, say researchers and city officials.

As charging headaches persist, automakers turn to Tesla’s Supercharger network

More from Grist: “Ford CEO Jim Farley was driving his family back from vacation in Lake Tahoe last summer when he recognized something most EV owners know well: Public charging can be a headache. On the 300-mile trip to Monterey, California, it wasn’t easy to find places to plug in his Ford Mustang Mach-E. His children had no problem, however, spotting the numerous Tesla Supercharger stations along the way. “My kids kept looking at me, ‘Hey Dad, there’s another Supercharger, can we stop there? How about there?’” Farley recounted in a conversation on Twitter Spaces in May. “I’d say, ‘No, we have to go over here, behind this other building.’” Farley said that was when he realized Tesla had done far better than any other charging network in creating an easy, dependable, and accessible customer experience. So easy, in fact, that he wanted Ford customers to be able to access it, too.


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