Currently in Los Angeles — May 19th, 2022

Another overcast morning with a sunny afternoon

The weather, currently.

Yesterday, a brush fire in broke out in Griffith Park. It was likely man-made, small, and quickly contained with the help of 100 firefighters and our tame weather. Had it been windy, drier, or hotter, it’s possible that a small blaze could have quickly gotten out of hand. That’s part of the issue with climate change; we’re going to get fires no matter what, but the weather conditions can quickly shift the situation from dangerous to full on disaster.

Today’s weather will continue yesterday’s trend, with the overcast morning and temperate weather lasting until roughly 11 AM. After that, highs will climb to roughly 78°F and it’ll be mostly sunny. As the evening approaches, temperatures will go into the mid-60s and then eventually reach a low around 58°F. The night will get cloudy again, setting up a similar weather pattern for the weekend.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Currently published a story today by Priya Shukla on the U.S. Border Patrol’s latest recruits — those creepy robot dogs. The AI equipped robots are being rolled out partially because of severe weather, which continues to worsen due to climate change.

“The use of so-called robot dogs at the border raises several ethical issues,” Saif Shahin, Assistant Professor of Digital Culture at Tilburg University, told Currently. “It’s a violation of privacy. The sensors on these robots are likely to collect various kinds of information about individuals near the border without their knowledge or consent.”

“Supposedly the robots will be used in instances of alleged criminal activity, though it is unclear what their role will be exactly,” writes Shukla. “Equipped with high-end cameras and a suite of sensors, these four-limbed vehicles are not that far off from the gun-toting ones that debuted at last year’s Association of the United States Army conference. But, what is key to their design, is that they are capable of navigating higher temperature areas that are perilous for CBP staff.”

Click here to read the full story.