Currently in Denver - July 27th, 2022

The weather, currently.

90s and afternoon and evening chances of thunderstorms for Wednesday, July 27th.

We have what I like to call a rinse, wash and repeat pattern for this week. Yet again, we are dealing with a monsoonal pattern so that means lots of thunderstorms for the afternoon and evening yet again. Your chance of seeing a thunderstorm for Wednesday is pretty high (50% or more) so plan accordingly in the afternoon and evening.

Here's what you need to know for Wednesday:

1) 90s for a high.

2) More thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

3) For some reason I've been asked 4 times today about what the weekend is going to be like so, here's a quick look: Warm with 90s and storms chances again.

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

The U.S. will plant 1 billion trees across the millions of acres of burnt and dead forests in the American West, the Biden administration announced on Monday.

This announcement is the latest in forest regeneration efforts by the federal government. In April, the President signed an executive order to protect old-growth forests. In August, the nation signed on to an effort to plant 1 trillion trees worldwide.

Unfortunately, not much action-based change has taken place, as the Biden administration continues to toy with the notion of declaring a climate emergency, which could potentially lead to more national efforts to tackle climate change.

In the meantime, as climate change continues to scorch woodlands, the Department of Agriculture has led reforestation efforts by using funds from the bipartisan Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees Act as well as the bipartisan infrastructure law.

So far, wildfires have decimated 5.6 million acres in the U.S. this year. Some forests naturally regenerate after fires, but, because of human-induced climate change, the wildfires have become more frequent and severe, leaving forests barren for decades before they can start to sprout back up. This replanting plan could change things, as it will nurture forests’ natural regeneration, mitigating the effects of climate change and making them more resilient to threats of wildfires and drought.

The Forest Service expanded their reforestation funds up to about $100 million. The agency also plans to plant about 400,000 acres of forest annually, particularly in the West, where wildfires continually rage.

—Aarohi Sheth