Currently in Denver - October 6, 2022

The weather, currently.

Sunny with low 70s for Thursday, October 6th. 

Another calm and relatively warm day is on tap for the Denver area as an area of high pressure remains over most of the West. We do see a small change coming on Friday that will feel more like fall as a cold front comes from Canada through the Range. As that front passes through, it might bring a chance for showers Friday evening and drop our temperatures 10 degrees down to the low 60s.

Until then, here's our forecast for Thursday:

1) Cool in the morning with temperatures in the mid 40s by 6 a.m. and 50s by 9 a.m.

2) Low 70s in the afternoon with sunshine.

3) If 60s are cooler to you and if you haven't already, go find that light jacket for Friday.

Activity forecast:

Walking, gardening, grilling: It will be a beautiful day to be outside. Temperatures will be cool in the morning so make sure to bring a jacket with you if you find 40s and 50s cool. By the afternoon, it will just be a nice day.

Running, cycling, outdoor sports: I feel like we are headed into that sweet spot when it comes to working out outdoors. It will be cool in the early morning, so if you are headed out then, put some layers on just for your warmup until your body temperature rises. For the rest of the day, it will be nice to be outside.  

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

More bad news about methane! A new study in Science covering the three largest oil and gas basins found that flaring — the method through which companies dispose of unwanted methane — is often significantly less effective than previously thought. For decades, the prevailing wisdom was that flaring destroyed methane with 98 percent efficiency, turning it into CO2 which (while still not exactly beneficial) does less harm to the atmosphere. Researchers found that unlit and inefficient flares are allowing roughly five times as much methane to escape than previously believed.

Methane has roughly 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide and emissions have risen sharply since 2007, for reasons scientists don’t completely understand. Researchers worry that the rise in methane output may signal that we have entered into a self-perpetuating cycle in terms of climate change, making global heating even more difficult to reign in. Looked at in this light, the new study in Science on flaring inefficiency is both a depressing example of oil and gas laxity and a potential source of methane emission mitigation. Fix the flares and you can (slightly) bring down methane output.

What you can do, currently.

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