Currently in Chicago — May 26th, 2022

The weather, currently.

"Summer" surges back this weekend.

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

  1. Wet End To Week
  2. More May Sunshine This Weekend
  3. Feeling Just Like July By Sunday

Wednesday’s wet weather will spill into Thursday. Occasional showers and thunderstorms Thursday and a few lingering light showers even Friday. Warming into the lower 70s for highs Thursday and then sliding back into the middle 60s Friday. Temperatures in the 70s are back on Saturday, but cooler lakeside, and then 80s Sunday. Highs by Memorial Day will be flirting with 90°F. A mix of sun and clouds Saturday through Monday.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

The EPA announced today that it plans to issue a proposal blocking the Pebble Gold Mine and permanently protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay, which provides more than half of the world’s salmon. The bay sits over a large store of gold, copper, and molybdenum—which is used in steel alloys.

The Obama administration issued a preemptive veto against the mine in 2014, which was then withdrawn by the Trump Administration’s EPA. Opponents of the mine noted that it would be the largest open pit mine in the country and pose serious dangers to the local watershed—threatening both the fishing industry and drinking water.

In 2020, environmental activists leaked recordings of executives insinuating that they had misrepresented the scale of the mine and planned to use any development in the Bristol Bay area as a route to opening up more mines in the region.

“They’ve lied to everyone about what this project looks like and what their intentions are,” Alannah Hurley, executive director of United Tribes of Bristol Bay, told the New York Times. “It’s time now for our elected leadership to stand up for Alaskans and stop this corrupt process.”