Currently in Denver — June 17th, 2022

Smoke and 90s for Friday, June 17th

The weather, currently.

In homage of a Justin Timberlake song, it’s bringing smoky back. We have hot and smoky weather in store for Friday and the weekend. The Pipeline Fire in Flagstaff, AZ, continues to burn, and as of Thursday morning is only 27% contained. While that fire burns, our current wind pattern will bring smoke to Colorado. But, there are afternoon storms forecast for one day this weekend as well which will help!

So here’s what to expect for Friday and this weekend:

  1. Friday: Smoke with low 90s.
  2. Saturday: Smoke and high 80s.
  3. Sunday: Possible afternoon T-storms and 80s.

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

We have a story up today from Anuradha Varanasi on the colonial history of pine trees in the Himalayas, the ecological problems they present, and the way pine needles could be used as a climate solution.

“Since the late 1800s, under British rule, native oak and deodar forests were razed for more than a century to build India’s extensive railway network and for other commercial purposes,” Varanasi writes. “For procuring resin in the 20th century, the British opted for large-scale pine plantations instead of re-planting native oak trees, which are resistant to wildfires. Not only do pine trees grow rapidly, but they also deplete groundwater, modify soil properties, and prevent the growth of other native trees, shrubs, and grass."

"'The pine forests act as bombs waiting to explode by the smallest of spark,' said Pavan Vyas, a fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & Environment (ATREE). 'Even when dry pine needles are lit in the form of controlled burns, they spread rapidly owing to the accumulation of pine needles on the forest floor as thick as 24 centimeters, causing forest fires which are hard to tackle without adequate infrastructure.'"

Now, the needles are being collected by groups of women and converted to bio-pellets.

Click here to read the full story!