Currently in Denver - September 23, 2022

The weather, currently.

Upper 70s and sunshine for Friday, September 23rd. 

Friday and this weekend's forecast looks calm and peaceful, just in time for the first weekend of fall! Usually this is the time we start thinking about heading to the mountains to look at the changing leaves. Well, for this year, they are going to be a little later than expected.

First, let's talk about when you can expect the leaves in Colorado. Our fall foliage map shows to think about heading to the mountains in early October! In our first image below, you can expect to see leaves to near their peak in the Rockies around October 3rd, except in Breckenridge where leaves will be at their peak at that time. In the second image below, you can see most leaves in the Rockies will be at their peak around October 10th.

Fall foliage prediction map for Oct 3rd. Most leaves in the Rockies will be expected to be near peak at this time except for Breckenridge which will be at peak. 
Fall foliage prediction map for Oct 10th. Most leaves in the Rockies will be at peak. 

This is a little later than usual for leaves to reach their peak. Why? Well, we've had a very warm year. Leaves get signals from the temperatures of when to change. Through most of summer we've set temperature records for warmest days and many of our days that didn't set records were warmer than average. This is just one of the side effects of climate change. If we see warmer summers more and more, we will see later leave seasons.

So, if we can't see leaves just yet, what will the weather be like so you can make other plans. Well it will be calm and warm as an area of high pressure moves in over Colorado again. Plain on sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s.

Here's how your Friday and weekend play out:

1) Friday: Sunny with a highs in the upper 70s.

2) Saturday: Sunny with highs in the low 80s.

3) Sunday: Cooler. Sunny with highs in the low 80s.

Activity forecast:

Walking, gardening, grilling: You get your choice of the best time to get out this weekend. Anytime will be a good time.

Running, cycling, outdoor sports: Most mornings will be mild with temperatures in the 50s by 6 a.m. and 60s by 9 a.m. That's a great time to exercise. However, afternoons will feel more like fall with temperatures in the upper 70s and 80s, so if you want to attempt to exercise at that time too, it won't be as hot as summer.

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

Fridays for the Future will be holding a global climate strike tomorrow, calling on leaders to take long overdue action on climate change. The organizations demands include:

  1. Keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5 °C compared to pre-industrial levels.
  2. Ensuring climate justice and equity.
  3. Listening to the best united science currently available.

You can view their map here to find a strike in your city.

Today, for Loss and Damage Action day, activists called on polluters to pay reparations for the harm they've caused.

"In response to climate disasters, vulnerable communities rely on adaptation measures (eg. building flood defenses such as embankments) to survive; but these efforts can only go so far," Currently's Anna Abraham wrote in August. "Based on existing emission trends, climate change has dramatically increased the number of extreme weather events, making many disasters completely unavoidable. The social and fiscal impacts of these unavoidable events are referred to as “loss and damage."

Click here to read Abraham's full article on Loss and Damage finance.

Register for tomorrow's strike here!

What you can do, currently.

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