The weather, currently.
It has been a rough month for precipitation. There has been little rainfall this month and we are looking at breaking the record for the driest April on record. That doesn’t mean good things for the drought conditions of our state. Most of the Denver-Metro is in a moderate drought. We do have a chance for rain this weekend, but it’s not a lot.
Here's your forecast for Friday and the weekend:
- Friday: Windy afternoon with partly cloudy skies. Highs in the 60s.
- Saturday: 60s and sunny.
- Sunday: Chance of evening rain and highs in the 60s.
What you need to know, currently.
The World Meteorological Association announced that they are retiring Ida from their list of storm names, after Hurricane Ida caused $65 billion in damages and killed 155 people in Louisiana and across the Northeast.
Ida made landfall at Port Fourchon, Louisiana on August 29, 2021 as a Category 4, devastating coastal towns outside of New Orleans levee system. The levees did hold, a victory for post-Katrina engineering, but the remnants of the storm brought tornado outbreaks and unprecedented flooding as it moved across the Northeast.
Imagine Waterworks, a New Orleans-based community organization focused on Climate Justice, has been a leader in mutual-aid work around hurricane recovery in Louisiana. Yesterday, they announced that they had distributed $100,000 to public health workers who had been impacted by Ida.
In their report, Imagine Waterworks noted that through their selection process for funds distribution, they prioritized BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people.
Imagine Waterworks wrote, “We know that storms hurt communities of color the most. And while the climate crisis a serious health threat for people from all walks of life, it is a major health concern for communities who already face societal inequities and systemic oppression. For the LGBTQ community, social stigma, higher unemployment, and inadequate safe living spaces also makes them more vulnerable to environmental catastrophes.”
Hurricane recovery is a pain-staking process though, as Louisiana has been hit by several other storms in the past few months, including several tornadoes just last month. To contribute to year-round recovery work, donate to Imagine Waterworks here.