Currently in Chicago — October 18th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Chill in the air

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Chill Still In The Air Tuesday

2. Dry Through The Weekend

3. 70°F Possible By Saturday

Highs will fail to get out of the 40s on Tuesday for the second straight day. This is the coldest we’ve been since early April. Mostly cloudy skies and gusty northwest winds won’t help make it feel any better. The good news? The forecast is dry through Sunday. And, we're in for more sunshine Wednesday, though just upper 40s for highs. Highs hit the middle 50s Thursday, and then the middle 60s Friday under partly cloudy skies. By Saturday, highs will warm to near 70°F and hit the lower 70s on Sunday.

Tim McGill

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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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