Currently in Los Angeles — August 25th 2022

The weather, currently.

A third day straight of sunshine and clear skies

No, you’re not stuck in a reboot of Groundhog’s Day, but I cannot rule out the possibility that we’ve been transported to The Twilight Zone. This latest weather pattern is just stubbornly consistent. Thursday once again brings highs in the mid-80s, lots of sunshine, light winds, and average humidity. Sorry to bring up postcards yet again, but after three days, I really am starting to wonder if we’ve all been cursed and trapped forever in a freeze-frame that some futuristic Angeleno is mailing to their best friend on Mars.

Well, around 5 PM that curse should be broken, because winds will increase a tiny bit and finally change things up. It’ll be subtle, but compare the angle of your hair in today’s selfie’s to yesterday’s, and maybe you’ll see signs of change. As we unfreeze and get back onto the space-time continuum, lows will hit about 65°F.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

A new study published in elife looks at which mammals are most likely to hold up in the face of climate change. Ecological disruption has already caused vast upheaval in the natural world and a report from the World Wildlife Foundation found that sixty percent of wildlife had been lost between 1970 and 2014. Much of this is due to habitat loss, but climate change will only exacerbate the problem.

The study in elife found that animals with extended life spans and low birth rates are more able to adapt to extreme weather. Elephants, tigers, chimps, llamas, and American bison are all predicted to fare better than species such as the Arctic fox, the common shrew, the stout, and the Tundra vole.