The weather, currently.
Get ready for possibly the latest 100 degree day ever recorded in Colorado. Right now the record for the hottest day ever recorded was 94°F in 1959. However, we could see 100°F tomorrow and that would break that record. In addition, we will keep smoke in the forecast. If you are sensitive to smoke, please stay indoors for Thursday as much as you can.
If you are over the heat and smoke, I have good news! We are looking at a reprieve Friday and Saturday as two cold fronts from the northwest heads our direction on Friday. The first cold front will drop our temperatures 30 degrees into the 70s on Friday and blow out the smoke. Saturday, the next front will come through and will drop our temperatures into the 50s and 60s. We also have a small chance to see showers on Saturday. Just hang on a little bit longer with this heat and haze.
Here are the three things you need to know for your Thursday:
1) Record smashing heat! Temperatures in the triple digits. Try to stay cool on Thursday.
2) Hazy. The same high pressure system that is bringing us heat will also continue to bring smoke into our area.
3) You have just one more day before the heat and smoke head out of Colorado. On Friday it gets cooler.
Walking, gardening, grilling: If you want cooler weather to be outside, you need to get out before sunrise. We start the day in the 60s at sunrise but by 9 a.m. we will be in the 80s. The rest of the day just looks rough. Stay inside and stay cool for the rest of the day if you can.
Running, cycling, active outdoor sports: If you can, get any of your outdoor activity done in the morning by sunrise. That's the only time we see temperatures in the 60s. By 9 a.m. we are in the 80s and by the afternoon we see triple digits. If you can, try doing an indoor activity and bring as much water as you can.
What you need to know, currently.
Anti-pipeline activists will converge in Washington D.C. this Thursday in an effort to convince lawmakers to halt the Mountain Valley Pipeline — a pet project of Senator Joe Manchin, that was revived as part of the deal brokered to pass the Inflation Reduction Act.
The methane pipeline would cross 303 miles of mountainous, landslide-prone terrain and pass through several areas where a potential accident could severely affect residents’ drinking water. Landslides are a relatively common cause of pipeline explosions in Appalachia and building regulations are lax.
"No one is really saying, ‘We’ve looked at this and this line is safe,’" Rick Kuprewicz, a chemical engineer who worked on pipelines before going into safety consulting, told E&E News in 2019. "The system favors rushing."
What you can do, currently.