Currently in Chicago — June 10th, 2022

Heat is right around the corner.

The weather, currently.

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

  1. Mild Through Weekend
  2. Mainly Dry Saturday & Sunday
  3. Heat & Humidity Build Next Week

Occasional showers on Friday, but not a washout. A few rumbles of thunder possible during the afternoon as highs hit the middle 70s. Spotty showers possible late Saturday and early Sunday but most of the weekend will be dry with a mix of sunshine and clouds as highs hit the upper 70s but cooler lakeside Sunday. A few showers early Monday but then the focus of the forecast is on heat. Lower 80s for highs Monday and then 90s for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

Los Alamos, New Mexico sits on one of the four mesas of the Pajarito Plateau. It’s a strange town—the birthplace of the atomic bomb laid out as a strip mall, where a storefront labeled “News From Mars” plays slideshows from the rover down the street from a Subway sandwich shop. It’s in the middle of the most beautiful part of the country I’ve ever seen, but it’s also one of two sites in the United States that manufacture plutonium cores for bombs and it’s quite vulnerable to wildfires.

New Mexico’s fire season started early this year. Climate change has contributed to a long term drought in the region, which has been exacerbated by La Niña  and in April a prescribed burn at Hermit’s Peak grew beyond firefighters capacity to control. Some of this is because of overactive fire suppression, which has allowed the forests’ undergrowth to turn the woods into a tinderbox.

“Many of these forests, naturally speaking, are adapted to burn,” fire ecologist, Blanca Cespedes, told the New York Times. “Fire suppression policies have allowed us to live in this territory, but also created a forest that is hyper-dense in fuels.”