Currently in Los Angeles — August 22nd, 2022

The weather, currently.

A little cloudy in the morning, then sunshine

Stretch your arms wide, feel a twist in your shoulders, a tension release in your upper back, a few vertebrae cracking. There’s a nice, overcast morning to greet you if you’re up early, and if you’re a snoozer (like me,) you’ll only catch it if you manage to get out of the house by 10 am. Around 11 am, the sun will muscle her way into the spotlight, and she’ll start heating up the Southland. Highs are expected to reach roughly 84°F today, and you should savor it, because it could end up being the coolest day this week because another warming trend is coming. Around 6pm, temperatures begin to descend into the 70’s, and will stay in that range during a clear, breezy evening. Late night lows will reach about 66°F.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Houston is using nature to reduce flooding.

And now that hurricane season is well underway, the city’s green solutions are more important than ever.

Exploration Green in Clear Lake was once an abandoned golf course. Now, it is both a public greenspace and a flood detention project. The project first started in 2005 and is a collaboration between the conservancy and the Clear Lake City Water Authority.

The fifth and final retention pond will be finished around next year. During storms, these five ponds can each hold 100 million gallons of floodwater that would otherwise be rushing into the local bayous and causing flash flooding. One the ponds are full, the water will drain into the bayous. When it’s not raining or storming, the ponds hold water to support native plant and animal life.

Exploration Green works with nature, rather than against it, mimicking natural life to absorb and slow down rain water. In fact, when Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, the first pond was almost complete filled with stormwater, saving around 150 homes from flooding, according to reporting by Houston Public Media.

Along with mitigating flood risk, green infrastructure is also known to improve water and air quality, minimize erosion and reduce urban heat.

—Aarohi Sheth