Currently in Denver - October 18th, 2022

The weather, currently.

High 60s and sunny for Tuesday, October 18th. 

We have a slight warming trend coming our way that will bring our temperatures slightly above normal for this time of year. An area of high pressure that brought above normal temperatures to the Pacific Northwest and West for the last few days will be bringing clearer skies and warmer temperatures our way through the rest of the week. Normally we see temperatures in the mid 60s for this time of year but by Wednesday, the high pressure will bring our temperatures into the mid 70s. In other words, expect a gradual warming through the rest of the week.

Here is how your Tuesday plays out:

1) Morning: Still cold by sunrise. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s by sunrise and then 40s by 9 a.m.

2) Afternoon: Temperatures a little warmer than Monday with temperatures in the upper 60s.

3) Sunny.

Activity forecast:

All activities: Even though we see warmer temperatures on Tuesday, you really aren't going to notice that much of a difference because the increase is 3 degrees. So, do the same for outdoor activities as you would for Monday.

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) announced last week that it has canceled the snow crab season for the first time in its history, due to an extreme crab population decline across the Bering Sea.

Snow crabs are cold-water species that usually sit clustered together in areas where water temperatures are below 2 degrees C (35.6 degrees F). When the water warms and sea ice gradually disappears, the ocean is no longer liveable for the crustaceans. Climate change has, of course, exacerbated these harmful conditions.

The snow crab population began to rapidly shrink in 2018, when the population fell from around 8 billion to just 1 billion by 2021, according to Benjamin Daly, a researcher with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The count in 2022 has dropped even further.

“Snow crab is by far the most abundant of all the Bering Sea crab species that is caught commercially,” Daly told CNN. “So the shock and awe of many billions missing from the population is worth noting – and that includes all the females and babies.”

Local fisheries — like Bristol Bay’s red king crab fishery, which will also be closed for the second year in a row — will inevitably be impacted.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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