National Weather Forecast

Two frontal boundaries on Friday will lead to the best chances of showers and thunderstorms across the nation. The first extends from the Southern Plains to the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. The second is across the Upper Midwest back into the Rockies. Some snow could mix in at times in the highest elevations of the Northern Rockies, mainly at night and the wee early morning hours. Hot weather will still be in place across portions of the Southern Plains but is expected to expand heading into the weekend.

Very heavy rain of at least 3” is expected to fall over the next couple of days across portions of the Northern Plains and in the Florida Panhandle. This rain could lead to some flash flooding.

Meanwhile, we are tracking two systems out in the Atlantic. Bret is approaching the Lesser Antilles late Thursday, crossing through the chain of islands into the Caribbean as we go through Thursday Night into Friday. This system will continue moving west, with upper-level winds helping to kill off the storm back to tropical wave status this weekend. Meanwhile, Four is expected to become Cindy as we head into Friday. This storm will continue to move northwestward into the weekend and early next week, moving northeast of the Antilles.


Texas Cities Set Temperature Records in Unremitting Heat Wave

More from Inside Climate News: “A searing heat wave has pushed temperatures to record highs in recent days in several cities in South and West Texas, prompting health advisories and pleas for energy conservation. Readings in Laredo, Del Rio, San Angelo and Junction were the highest ever recorded, according to the National Weather Service. Corpus Christi logged an unprecedented 125 degree heat index—a combined measurement of temperature and humidity—on Saturday, said Liz Sommerville, the service’s lead forecaster there. And readings at six of 20 monitoring stations in Texas on Tuesday tied or exceeded the highest temperatures ever recorded on June 20, according to data compiled by the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

Talon Metals releases plan for Minnesota nickel mine that would supply Tesla

More from the Star Tribune: “Talon Metals took a major step Wednesday toward opening an underground nickel mine in northern Minnesota, submitting a plan to the state that will trigger a new discussion over the risks and benefits of hardrock mining. The company, based in the British Virgin Islands and run from Canada, has stressed the need for minerals to speed the transition away from fossil fuels. Talon signed a memorandum of understanding last year to supply roughly half the nickel it produces to Tesla for electric vehicle batteries. The details of this preliminary mine proposal will come under heavy scrutiny for the potential to harm the environment. Those concerns have stalled two copper-nickel mines proposed by other companies in northern Minnesota.

To reach net-zero emissions, American homes need an electric makeover

More from Grist: “Households in the U.S. use 1 billion fossil-fuel powered machines to heat our homes, cook food, and drive to work. Those residential appliances and vehicles produce 42 percent of the nation’s energy-related emissions. But electric alternatives, like heat pumps and electric vehicles, already exist — and adopting them will help curb emissions, fast. A report released on Tuesday by the nonprofit Rewiring America found that to reach President Joe Biden’s goal of a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, Americans will need to buy 14 million more electric household machines than usual over the next three years. Cora Wyent, director of research at Rewiring America, said that target is “ambitious, but it’s achievable,” mainly due to clean tech incentives created by the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act and some state policies. The report finds that if there are enough early adopters, market trends will soon take over — eventually resulting in widespread adoption with little to no additional effort.


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