National Weather Forecast
A clipper will move across the central U.S. on Thursday, leading to snow issues from the Northern Plains to potentially the Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley. Another area of low pressure in the southern United States brings icy concerns in the Tennessee River Valley to the Mid-Atlantic. Meanwhile, icy conditions will continue across parts of the Northwest as well as another system moves in.
Heavy precipitation continues to impact the Pacific Northwest, with over three inches of liquid possible along the coast and in the mountains (where it will fall as snow).
The heaviest snow through the end of the week will be in the Cascades to Northern/Central Rockies, where several feet could pile up in spots.
Why we still have brutal cold snaps even as the planet warms to record levels
More from CNN: “After a summer of record-breaking heat, vast swaths of the United States are now grappling with extreme cold as a brutal Arctic blast brings snow squalls, deadly ice and life-threatening wind chills. As unprecedented heat makes way for cold, it can provide fuel for climate-change deniers who point to freezing temperatures as evidence that global warming is overstated. But scientists are clear: cold extremes will still occur even as winters warm overall. Global heat records outpace cold records — 2023 was the hottest year on record by a huge margin. And even as the US struggles to cope with intense bursts of heavy snow now, over the long term, the human-caused climate crisis has led to an alarming trend of disappearing snow in the Northern Hemisphere.”
How freezing temperatures are affecting electric vehicles
More from Axios: “Electric vehicle drivers are reporting trouble charging their cars as an Arctic blast sweeps much of U.S. The big picture: Not only does charging take longer in freezing temperatures, some electric vehicle owners are surprised to find how much their car’s driving range is compromised by winter weather. Driving the news: Long lines and issues charging EVs have been reported in areas like Chicago that are experiencing bitterly cold weather. Tesla driver Brandon Welbourne told CBS News Chicago that a charge that should take 45 minutes was taking two hours. “I’ve been here for over five hours at this point and I still have not gotten to charge my car,” he said.”
On YouTube, climate denialism takes a turn
More from NBC News: “The voices that deny climate change have settled on a new refrain. Instead of rejecting the fact that the Earth is warming, they’re now focusing on skepticism of climate solutions, as well as scientists and activists and altogether the idea that climate change will cause harm, according to a new report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a nonprofit organization that researches digital hate speech and misinformation. The organization’s analysis suggests that the outright dismissal of climate change is no longer as convincing an argument, so climate skeptics are shifting the ideological fight to how seriously humanity must take climate change or what ought to be done about it. The report also claims that the content policies of YouTube’s parent company, Google — which are supposed to block advertising money from content that rejects the scientific consensus about the existence and causes of climate change — are ineffective and ought to be updated.”
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