National Weather Forecast
Showers and thunderstorms will be possible in the Deep South on Friday, some of which could be heavy, due to a frontal boundary nearby and areas of low pressure. The back side of that system across parts of New Mexico and western Texas will see snow and mixed precipitation. A frontal boundary moving east will bring rain, snow, and ice chances to the East Coast. Meanwhile, a system in the Pacific Northwest brings rain and snow chances.
Very heavy rain is expected to fall in parts of the lower Mississippi Valley and Southern Plains over the next few days, with rainfall tallies of 3-5” possible. On the cold side (into western Texas and New Mexico), several inches of snow is expected to fall.
This scorching ‘super-Earth’ exoplanet is one of the most massive ever discovered
More from Space.com: “As astronomers add to their known population of distant planets — called exoplanets — they expand their understanding of how Earth’s rocky relatives appear around other stars. And their surveys often come across oddballs, like one newly-discovered planet coated in molten magma with a “year” that only lasts half a day. The discovery, called TOI-1075 b, was spotted in observations from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) spacecraft. Data from this four-year-old mission revealed that TOI-1075 b has a superheated surface of about 1,922 degrees Fahrenheit (1,050 Celsius). These extreme conditions occur because of the planet’s proximity to its parent star, a small, red-orange star about 200 light-years away from Earth. But in addition to the planet’s scorching climate and ultra-short orbit — which takes just 14.5 hours — it’s fascinating for another big reason: TOI-1075 b is one of the most massive of its exoplanet class. ”New data shows that TOI-1075 b is one of the most massive super-Earths discovered so far,” NASA officials wrote in a Nov. 8 announcement (opens in new tab) of the discovery.”
Young people just got a louder voice on climate change — and could soon be shaping policy
More from CNBC: “Young people have long been at the forefront of discussions and activism around climate change. This year’s COP27 was another milestone for them — they became official stakeholders in climate policy under the ACE action plan, which was created at COP27 in Egypt over the last few weeks. Young people’s voices and opinions will now be much more impactful when it comes to the design and implementation of climate policies, explains Hailey Campbell, one of the negotiators who made it happen. “Official recognition as stakeholders in the ACE Action Plan gives young people the international backing we need to demand our formal inclusion in climate decision-making and implementation,” she told CNBC’s Make It.”
Climate Change Will Make El Niño and La Niña Stronger by 2030 — 40 Years Sooner Than Previously Thought
More from Discover Magazine: “The La Niña climate phenomenon — now in its third year and projected to last through winter — has brought an even greater chill to the waters around the archipelago. And over the longer term, the cool oceanic patch in and around the Galápagos has actually fended off the effects of global warming. According to recent research, it has cooled by 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit since the early 1990s, thanks to a strengthening and shifting of one of the deep ocean currents that bring cool water to the region. “There’s a tug of war going on between our greenhouse effect causing warming from above, and the cold ocean current,” says Kris Karnauskas, author of the study and a researcher at the University of Colorado. “Right now, the ocean current is winning — it’s not just staying cool, it’s getting cooler year after year,” Karnauskas is quoted as saying in a release from the university.”
– D.J. Kayser