Currently in Denver - August 22nd, 2022

The weather, currently.

Low 80s and 30% chance of pm thunderstorms

It's going to be a nice week weather-wise this week. Temperatures will be warm in the 80s the whole week and we have a low chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms each day. It will perfect recess weather for the first or second week of school for most school districts!

Here are the 3 things you need to know for your Monday:

1) Mild morning with temperatures in the 60s. Low 80s for the afternoon.

2) Your highest chance of thunderstorms shows up in the afternoon and evening. My advice: enjoy your outdoor time in the morning. It will be great for a morning walk.

3) Tuesday, looks about the same as Monday.

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

Houston is using nature to reduce flooding.

And now that hurricane season is well underway, the city’s green solutions are more important than ever.

Exploration Green in Clear Lake was once an abandoned golf course. Now, it is both a public greenspace and a flood detention project. The project first started in 2005 and is a collaboration between the conservancy and the Clear Lake City Water Authority.

The fifth and final retention pond will be finished around next year. During storms, these five ponds can each hold 100 million gallons of floodwater that would otherwise be rushing into the local bayous and causing flash flooding. One the ponds are full, the water will drain into the bayous. When it’s not raining or storming, the ponds hold water to support native plant and animal life.

Exploration Green works with nature, rather than against it, mimicking natural life to absorb and slow down rain water. In fact, when Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, the first pond was almost complete filled with stormwater, saving around 150 homes from flooding, according to reporting by Houston Public Media.

Along with mitigating flood risk, green infrastructure is also known to improve water and air quality, minimize erosion and reduce urban heat.

—Aarohi Sheth