Currently in Los Angeles — June 10th, 2022

A hot, sunny weekend ahead

The weather, currently.

I see a hot, sunny weekend ahead, and I’m hoping to spend most of it outdoors because my apartment is starting to hold onto the heat like precious jewels. I see highs near 88°F on Friday, but they’ll dip back into the mid- and low- 80’s after that. I don’t think we’ll have a grey morning until Sunday, so you might feel supercharged when you wake up, ready to pulverize fruit into a smoothie, ready to go hard at the early farmer’s market. Nights will be warm, with lows in the mid-60’s, so you’ll be able to linger outdoors on date night, pretend you forgot where you parked, and wind through the streets with stolen glances.

—Renée Reizman

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.”