Currently in the Twin Cities — March 17, 2023
The weather, currently.
Snow showers will wind down overnight Thursday night and temperatures will continue to fall. Watch for refreeze as we dive into the low teens by early Friday morning. Some pretty chilly air for mid March settles in with highs struggling to reach 20°F Friday afternoon. It will also be windy with northwest winds blowing at 10-25 mph creating subzero wind chills in the morning hours. That’s about 20°F degrees below normal. Saturday night could even bring overnight lows in the single digits. Next week looks warmer however with highs consistently in the 40s, some models even give us our first 50°F. We’ll also be on the lookout for our next rain/snow system by late Wednesday.
What you need to know, currently.
If you're wondering what you're looking at here, let us break it down for you.
📎 The percentages detailed in the map is a state-wise breakdown of the change in heat-trapping emissions. A negative percentage implies a decrease in emissions, while a positive percentage implies an increase. The greener the state, the higher the reduction in emissions. So that actually sounds good, right? We're seeing so much reduction across the board after all!
Well, not quite.
The United States committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, but at the current rate of reduction (i.e. 1% every year across the board) the country is not moving nearly fast enough to achieve this national target.
Top emitting sectors of electric power, transport, industry, and agriculture need to make some drastic changes at both state and local levels to create a larger dent in those reduction goals.
There have been some major wins along the way, such as a 7.2 % decrease in industrial emissions between 2005–2020! Strides ARE being made in each sector and we'll spotlight those in the coming weeks as well, so keep an eye out 🌱
— Prerana Narahari