The weather, currently.
Another nice fall-like week is in store for us as we expect two cold fronts to eventually bring us cooler weather. The first cold front comes on Wednesday but it really won't do much and you won't really notice a different in temperature. The second one will bring cooler weather however on Thursday and drop our temperatures down into the mid 60s.
So here is what to expect for your Wednesday:
1) Cool morning in the low 40s by sunrise. If you have been cold in the mornings, you are going to want to layer up as you head out the door.
2) The afternoon is Sunny with temperatures in the low 70s.
3) Even cooler on Thursday.
All activities: Layer, layer, layer. If you are headed out in the morning bring that jacket with you and expect to wear it until you feel warm. In the afternoon, you won't need those layers as much.
What you need to know, currently.
In honor of National Coming Out Day, here are some books that explore queerness, place, nature and climate change. They tell tales of human destruction and climate wars, or document the intimate relationship between queerness and place. Some are about the inherent healing that lives in embodied queerness.
This young adult anthology, featuring short stories by Indigenous and Two-Spirit authors, explores the future effects of climate change. Despite its grim storyline, the book holds hope, touching on themes of queer joy, unity and possibility.
In "Nature Poem," Pico tells a story about the natural world and where he fits in, as a queer Indigenous person. Weaving stories of both pain and hope, he recounts Indigenous history and the harmful stereotypes surrounding Indigenous communities and their relationship to nature that exist.
Set in a post-climate-collapse world, on the floating Arctic city of Qaanaaq, "Blackfish City" tells the story of a woman who mysteriously lands in the city one day, riding an orca, with a polar bear by her side. “The orcamancer,” as she’s known, quickly brings people together to engage in acts of resistance before the city caves in due to its own decay. Though the tone is urgent and serious, this book is ultimately a hopeful story about gender identity, climate change and collective action.
In this book-length essay, narrator Sloan tells stories of her summers in Homer, Alaska, detailing the close relationships between place, gender, Blackness and the natural landscape. By the end, it steeps the wilderness that we think we know, in a new reality.
Gladman's words dance with prose, lyricism and imagery as she writes essays about the inevitability of climate change and various calamities, including hurricanes, floods and heat waves. She captivates the reader with her honesty, as she explores the connection between climate and community.
What you can do, currently.