The weather, currently.
Call it revenge of the storm system for what is bringing chances of rain back into the forecast for this weekend. Let's get into the meteorology weeds for a minuteto explain what is happening. Remember that cold front that brought us cooler temperatures and some wind in the middle of the week? Well, it is part of a low pressure system that is bringing rain to the Great Lakes. In general, air moves around a low pressure system in a counter clockwise fashion (cyclonically for all you weather nerds out there). As that air moves around the low pressure, some of that air will come back to Denver on Saturday and bring another chance of rain with it. I diagramed the whole weather explainer below. See? Now you know some weather lingo so you can sit at the cool weather nerd table now.
But weather lady?! What about Friday?! First of all, it's meteorologist thank you very much. Second of all, you actually see some sunny weather before the storms come our direction.
So here's how your Friday and weekend plays out:
1) Friday: Sunny before the storm hits. Cool in the morning with temperatures in the low 40s by sunrise and 50s by 9 a.m. We see mid 70s in the afternoon.
2) Saturday: Rain chances in the afternoon and evening. It's about 20% as of Thursday afternoon as I am writing this. Still cool in the morning and mid 60s by the afternoon.
3) Sunday: Partly sunny with highs in the mid 50s! I would also bring your plants and your pets in Sunday night because there is the potential for freezing.
Have a fantastic weekend and I will see you next week!
What you need to know, currently.
One of the more insidious byproducts of sea level rise is the way it will affect groundwater. A new study, that was presented at the Geological Society of America yesterday, found that North Carolina’s septic systems were particularly vulnerable. As groundwater rises, bacteria and waste will rise to the surface — mingling with drinking water and backing up into residents’ houses.
As climate change increases the probability of extreme precipitation, even inland sewer systems will be at risk. Philadelphia, for example, has a combined sewer system that transports both storm runoff and wastewater and leaves it vulnerable to flooding during extreme rainfall events like the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the Northeast last year. The UN estimates that only 48 percent of sewage systems worldwide adequately treat wastewater and climate change will complicate things, even for well-functioning systems.
The study focused on Nags Head, North Carolina and found that homes that were less than 2.6 meters above sea level were significantly more likely to have trouble. Part of the issue is regulatory — although the insurance industry is beginning to catch up to rising seas, rising groundwater further inland is often overlooked and regulations are outdated.
“Homeowners need to get their systems inspected and pumped every three to five years, depending on how many people live in the home,” Mary Lusk, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, told the Apopka Voice. “This will help keep the system working at its best even during heavy storms or other disasters. But if you see waste backing up in the toilet or bathtub, or if the area around your septic system stinks, that’s a sign that it’s not working correctly, and you should call a professional septic system inspector right away.”
What you can do, currently.
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