Today is an historic day in space exploration -- hopefully everything goes according to plan.
Perseverance was launched successfully back in July from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The rover is set to land on Mars on Thursday at the planet’s Jezero Crater.
The day is starting dry, but light snow will develop from south to north by late morning/early afternoon, and continue into Thursday evening. Many of us will see an inch or a little more, but some on the east side could approach a couple of inches.
AP: Power outages in Texas dropped below 1 million on Thursday morning for the first time in four days, but many people remained without electricity or safe drinking water after winter storms wreaked havoc on the state’s power grid and utilities.
Meanwhile, heavy snow and ice were expected Thursday in the Appalachians, northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, with the wintry weather moving into the Northeast by nightfall.
In Little Rock, Arkansas, 15 inches of snow was on the ground Thursday after back-to-back storms, tying a record for snow depth set in 1918, the National Weather Service said.
This week’s extreme weather has been blamed for the deaths of more than 30 people, some of whom perished while struggling to keep warm inside their homes. In the Houston area, one family succumbed to carbon monoxide from car exhaust in their garage. A grandmother and three children died when flames escaped the fireplace they were using to keep warm.
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 577,203 as of Wednesday, including 15,188 deaths, state officials report.
Wednesday’s update includes 939 new cases and 11 additional deaths. On Tuesday, the state reported a total of 576,264 cases and 15,177 deaths.
New COVID-19 cases have plateaued and deaths are starting to slow. Testing has been steady with more than 40,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate down below 4.0% as of Monday. Hospitalizations continue to decline over the last several weeks.
Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 898 on Tuesday -- the lowest since October. The 7-day death average was 34 on Tuesday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.6%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 43,000 on Tuesday -- near the lowest it’s been since October.
Here’s a look at more of the data: