Currently in Los Angeles — August 15th 2022

The weather, currently.

Lots of sun and hot temperatures in the mid-90s this week

Last night I saw an outdoor movie, and a moth glued itself to the center of the picture for most of its runtime. Sometimes the breeze would ruffle the inflatable screen, the image would bend and curve like moving through steam, but the moth held on. Maybe it died on its perch. The film was about the end of humanity, so it was fitting.

All this to say — I focus a lot on daytime and rush through nighttime in my reports, because I’m solar charged. But this week I will focus reports on pre-dawn and post-dusk! With highs in the mid-90’s this week, you’ll want to be most active during those hours. Get moving quickly on Monday morning, because it’ll hit 80° around 10am. Only a few clouds will dim the sun’s view. Once you make it through the grueling day (downtown LA highs projected at 95°,) you’ll want to get back outside around  sunset, when temperatures return below the 80's. You’ll have a beautifully clear night, a pure view of the bright quarter moon. The rest of your waking hours will stay in the 70’s, and lows around 67° don’t arrive until just before dawn. Set those alarms very early.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Our founder, Eric Holthaus, has a new piece up today on the coming water restrictions in the drought-stricken Western states:

Time has run out for drought-stricken states along the Colorado River in the US southwest, as talks aimed at coming to terms on a water-sharing plan have broken down.

“Negotiations among the Colorado River’s Lower Basin states of Arizona, California, and Nevada have stalled,” according to Luke Runyon, a journalist for a Colorado public radio station focused on the Colorado River. According to Runyon, that makes “a seven-state commitment to conserve 2-4 million acre-feet unlikely ahead of a federal deadline.”

That much water — 2-4 million acre-feet — is about one-third of the river’s historic flow, roughly equivalent to all the water Arizona’s farmers use each year to grow alfalfa, a specialized type of hay, or about as much as Las Vegas uses in five years.

Click here to read the full piece!