The weather, currently.
Welcome to the coldest day thus far for this season! The cold air from the cold front will continue to rush through our area. As it does it will drop our temperatures to the coldest temperatures we have seen this season and bring us an even greater chance of a rain/snow mix in the morning.
So let's get right to it and talk about the forecast for Thursday:
1) The morning will be cold and we see freezing temperatures by sunrise. At that time there is a very good chance for a rain/snow mix due to temperature levels.
2) In the afternoon, temperatures rise slightly into the upper 40s with some breezes at times. We also continue the chances for a rain/snow mix. You will want to keep that jacket handy all day.
3) In the evening, during the commute chances for precipitation subside. Our temperatures will be hovering around freezing by nightfall. It will get below freezing overnight.
All activities: Start thinking about moving your mindset to how you would like to exercise during the winter. Tomorrow will kind of be like a winter day, except it is still fall. Jackets are a good thing to keep around all day long.
Ski forecast: Should get additional snow in the mountains overnight. If you can make it up to the mountains to enjoy the snow, just travel cautiously and you should be good.
What you need to know, currently.
The UN released a report today warning that developed nations were “nowhere near” where they needed to be to stay within the boundaries of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which limited global warming to 1.5°C. Without dramatic cuts, the planet is headed towards 2.°C to 2.9°C of warming — ensuring a future of drought, wildfires, devastating extreme weather events, and rising sea levels.
This is depressing, but not exactly shocking.
”It is very likely that we will reach 3°C [of warming], warned Hans Olav Hygen, a climate researcher at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, after COP26 last year. “I already consider 1.5°C and 2°C to be almost unattainable. Now the question is how close to three we will get.”
The areas that will be most affected by the global increase in temperature are already the most vulnerable; many are among the world’s lowest emitters. Small island nations will be swamped, both by rising sea levels and increasingly violent storms, drought will spread across arid regions and begin creeping towards regions that have historically been water abundant, and wildfires will spread. It can be difficult to grasp what a difference three degrees of warming would make, because the number itself seems so innocuous, but every fraction of a degree counts. 1.5°C of warming is difficult; three degrees of warming will take an untold cost on people’s lives.
Mike Davis, the writer and activist, passed away yesterday before the UN report was released, although it’s unlikely he would’ve been surprised by it. Often “the prophet of doom,” Davis became infamous for predicting catastrophe — ecological and otherwise. He disliked the nickname, insisting that he was not hopeless, just paying attention. Four years ago, an interviewer quoted Raymond Williams to him (“To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing”) asked asked him his thoughts.
“‘Hope’ is not a scientific category,” Davis said. “Nor is it a necessary obligation in polemical writing. On the other hand, intellectual honesty is and I try to call it as I see it, however wrongheaded my ideas and analyses may be. I manifestly do believe that we have arrived at a ‘final conflict’ that will decide the survival of a large part of poor humanity over the next half century. Against this future, we must fight like the Red Army in the rubble of Stalingrad. Fight with hope, fight without hope, but fight absolutely.”
What you can do, currently.
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