Sep 28, 2019

Atlanta on pace to break city record for most 90-degree days in a year

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Atlanta is on track to break the city record for the most 90-degree days in one year, reports AccuWeather.

The big picture: Atlanta is one of several cities in the Southeast to have broken "multiple daily high-temperature records" this month. It's already had 83 days in 2019 in which the temperature was at least 90 degrees, threatening to break the record of 90 days set in 1980 and 2011. The steaming temperatures across a number of U.S. cities are raising cooling costs, as people are forced to use indoor air conditioning for longer than the standard cooling period from May 1 through Sept. 26, per AccuWeather.

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Southern states suffer from "flash droughts," record-breaking heat

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The American South has been hit with record heat, even as other parts of the country welcome fall weather, and it's bringing a sudden dry spell, dubbed a "flash drought" with it, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: The warm and dry regional pattern is hurting crops across the South, per the Times. But if the drought continues, "it could bring wildfires and render entire crops as losses," writes the Wall Street Journal.

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"Potentially historic" October snowstorm expected to strike north-central U.S.

A snowstorm in Denver. Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A massive snowstorm is forecast to pummel the Northern Plains over the weekend, with 6-12 inches of snow projected to fall over the region, along with record-low temperatures, NBC News reports.

What they're saying: Isolated totals for Bismarck, and Fargo, North Dakota are expected to reach 18 inches, while "[r]ecord low temperatures" are possible across the western and central parts of the U.S. through Friday, NBC notes. Freezing rain, which began to strike New York and New Jersey on Wednesday, is anticipated to last through Friday, according to NBC New York.

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Exclusive: Cities see signs of recession on the horizon

Data: National League of Cities City Fiscal Conditions Report; Chart: Axios Visuals

Almost two in three finance officers in large cities are predicting a recession as soon as 2020, according to a new report from the National League of Cities, as weakening major economic indicators and shrinking revenue sources put pressure on municipal budgets.

Why it matters: One of the first signs of changing economic conditions can be seen in city revenue collections. For the first time in 7 years — generally seen as the recovery phase since the Great Recession — cities expect revenues to decline as they close the books on the 2019 fiscal year.

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