Currently in Los Angeles — December 1st 2022

The weather, currently.

A rainy day on December 1st might as well be snow

I can’t believe this year’s almost over. For me, it’s felt like a long one, but there’s also large chunks of time that have slipped away. Can I remember a single thing that happened in April? Wasn’t my lizard birthday party, in February, just a couple weeks ago?

Stormy weather in other parts of the country are pushing rain to Los Angeles on Thursday, and this is basically our equivalent of getting snow on the first day of December. Gotta’ really hammer home that it is the holiday season.

The chance of rain spikes to 40% after 4 PM, so the morning could potentially be gray, overcast, and threatening, but dry. Our highs will only reach 58°F, so this is properly cold weather for us. Don’t get cute with a light jacket. Put on the winter faux furs and sweat it out. In the evening, wind will pick up a little bit, but humidity will trap our lows in around 52°F, meaning it’ll be warmer (but wetter) than usual. Rain will almost certainly continue falling over night. The real question is whether or not it’ll last until Friday.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Solar-powered microgrids add climate resilience in rural Vermont communities
Green Mountain Power’s new “resiliency zone” initiative is using outage and other data to pinpoint places in need of local grid upgrades. Its first projects consist of microgrids that will power remote villages during outages.

Tropical Storm Irene caused widespread devastation when it roared into Vermont in the summer of 2011. And few communities fared worse than the remote mountain town of Rochester.

Tucked between the two main ranges of the Green Mountains, Rochester was cut off in every direction for days after flood waters destroyed access roads and other infrastructure. The town’s 1,000-or-so residents, stuck on what had essentially become an island, had no power, internet or phone service.

“People had to queue up in front of the grocery store and be escorted in with flashlights,” recalled Jeffrey Gephart, the town’s energy coordinator. “And somebody had to round up a pump and generator, cordon off the gas station and pump people their 5- or 10-gallon allotment.”

Such extremes promise to get worse in the face of climate change, especially for a town that, because of its valley location, is especially prone to “significant weather,” Gephart said. With that in mind, the local utility, Green Mountain Power, is building a microgrid that will power the central village during outages.

Read the full story by Lisa Prevost from Energy News Network here.

What you can do, currently.

We are ramping up efforts to finish building Project Mushroom asap — a safe platform to promote connection, mutual aid, and transformative action at a critical moment in history. ​​We need your help.

Several community members have committed to a matching fund of $8,815 that will be used to match dollar-for-dollar all Kickstarter pledges made using this link through December 2nd.