National Weather Forecast
An area of low pressure on Saturday will bring the threat of snow, a rain/snow mix, and even some ice across the Great Lakes region. Snow will linger across portions of Maine with a departing low. A pair of lows will bring rain to portions of the southern Plains and lower Mississippi Valley; meanwhile, another system brings rain and snow once again to the Pacific Northwest.
From Friday through Sunday there will be areas of heavy snow in the Northeast (with some 6”+ totals possible) and in the Cascades and northern Rockies. The heaviest rain will be in the Pacific Northwest, with some areas seeing over 3” of rainfall. Flood Watches are in place in the Pacific Northwest due to the heavy rain threat potentially leading to flooding, especially in areas that have been hard hit by rain this month already.
Thousands without power in Southern California as fierce winds fuel potential wildfire threat for 17 million people
More from CNN: “More than 70,000 homes and businesses in Southern California lost power on Thanksgiving as the region battles dangerously dry conditions and high winds, with gusts topping 70 mph in some areas. The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for parts of multiple counties, including San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura — collectively affecting more than 17 million people through Friday afternoon. Red flag warnings are issued when an area experiences conditions ideal for sparking and expanding fires, which may occur when winds are strong, humidity is low and temperatures are warm, the NWS explained.”
Epic Storms on Two Coasts Have Parliament Talking Climate Action, Adaptation
More from The Energy Mix: “With Canada’s East Coast grappling with the effects of an “unprecedented” storm and British Columbia on alert for another 10 days of heavy weather, the House of Commons held an emergency debate Wednesday night that focused largely on the country’s poor state of readiness for climate impacts. “If the last year has shown us anything, it’s the impacts of climate change are here sooner than expected and they’re devastating,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House, promising to throw “the full power of government and the entire force of our commitment behind real, meaningful climate action.” That promise will include increased funding to municipalities through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, the Toronto Star reports. “This is not about bad weather. This is about whether human civilization can survive,” said Saanich-Gulf Islands MP and former Green Party leader Elizabeth May, adding that her husband’s farm was sheltering climate refugees for the second time this year.”
Yale psychologist: How to cope in a world of climate trauma and anxiety
More from CNBC: “Climate change is changing how human beings live on the earth as floods, wildfires and extreme weather change the land and destroy property. Living with climate change as a constant threat on the horizon has also changed how human beings think about their own existence. Both kinds of distress — the acute trauma of immediate disasters and the background sense of existential doom — require different responses, both personal and from society. Sarah Lowe is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the department of social and behavioral sciences at Yale School of Public Health, and she spoke with CNBC about both of these impacts on human wellness.”
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