Currently in Los Angeles — July 29 2022

The weather, currently.

Overcast skies throughout the weekend

Can I interest you in a cloudy weekend to close out July? This month is going out quietly. Thick cloud coverage doing its best to weaken the force of our mid-80’s temperatures that will accompany us from Friday to Sunday. Because August traditionally begins our stretch of the most brutal months in Los Angeles, I think you should embrace this weekend as much as you can. When the weather’s perfect, I like to turn the dog park into my reading nook — Flora runs! I learn! — but you probably have a far more active activity in mind.

If you do want to stay inside, save it for Sunday night. There’s a very dim chance of thunderstorms after 11 pm, but my guess is that we’ll just have a lot of humidity instead. Weekend lows will be in the mid-60s, and a strong wind will pick up in the darkness.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Eastern Kentucky has been hit by catastrophic flooding Wednesday night and more rain is on the way. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear confirmed that eight people had died overnight, with many more still unaccounted for and waiting to be rescued.

Flash floods aren’t necessarily becoming more common due to climate change, but they are becoming more dramatic. A 2021 paper in Nature found that—while the number of flash floods remained fairly constant—extreme floods tended to be increasing, while moderate flash floods were on the decline.

Flash floods are also growing shorter and more dramatic, which causes roughly the same amount of property damage but makes them much more dangerous for people, who have little warning before their towns are inundated.

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