Currently in Chicago — June 16th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Cooler pattern by the weekend

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Cooling Down This Weekend

2. Dry Forecast Through Tuesday

3. Heat Builds Back Next Week

After two straight scorchers with highs in the middle to upper 90s we start to get some relief on Thursday. Still steamy with plenty of sunshine and highs in the lower 90s. The real relief arrives this weekend. Mostly sunny through early next week with highs on Friday falling into the lower 80s with 70s lakeside. Highs should hit just the middle 70s on Saturday but bounce back well into the 80s Sunday and then well into the 90s on Monday.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

Goats — yes, goats — could prevent wildfires in California, according to National Geographic.

The continuation of the megadrought in the West — which has made the region the driest its been in 1,200 years — along with the upcoming dry winter and looming effects of climate change will surely worsen this year’s fire season. And, dead vegetation has increased the number of California wildfires as well. Megablazes, which are fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are devastating the state more and more, too.

During past fire seasons, land managers have utilized herbicide and human labor to clear out some of the foliage and non-native plants that compete with the state’s native vegetation. When non-native species die off, they become fuel for wildfires. And sometimes, these clearing methods still left seeds behind.

As a result, more and more people in California are bringing in goats to clear the land and in turn, prevent wildfires. When the goats eat any unwanted or non-native vegetation, the plants’ seeds become nonviable.

So, next time you see a horned herbivore trotting around, munching on some vegetation, thank it for its service. It could be stopping a fire.

—Aarohi Sheth