Currently in Los Angeles — December 20th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Overcast in the morning and brief sunshine in the afternoon.

Happy Holiday, friends! This is my last weather report for the year, so you’ll have to rely on boring, impersonal forecasts to get your Christmas updates. But, for my fellow Hanukkah celebrants, I can at least tell you what the second day / third night will be like. Then I'm heading on a trip to the Caribbean (compliments of The Bachelorette, long story!)

The second day of Hanukkah, (a.k.a. Tuesday the 20th,) will begin cloudy, as if the dust and fire from a destroyed temple in Jerusalem has obscured the sky. Temperatures will be mostly in the 50s, and then climb to a high of around 66°F in the early afternoon. By then, the overcast skies will clear up, the clouds forming clumps like greasy latkes. When the sun disappears over the horizon, light your candles, spin the dreidel, and stay inside because temperatures return to the 50s, and eventually slide down to a low of about 45°F.

Though I won’t be writing for Wednesday, I wanted to point out that Dec. 21 is the winter solstice, one of my favorite days of the year because it means sunshine’s coming back to us. Have a great, sunny (or snowy) holiday, and see you next year!

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

A La Niña advisory is in effect, and it is expected to continue into the winter. The climate pattern also has a 50-50 chance of continuing into early 2023 as well.

Earth had one of the hottest summers on record this year. This is peculiar because the climate pattern across the tropical Pacific, or El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), was in its cool phase, aka La Niña. During this phase, the Pacific’s waters are far cooler than normal, and changes global weather patterns.

In the winter months, La Niña can cause colder and stormier than average conditions across the North, and warmer, less stormier conditions in the South. Essentially, La Niña keeps global temperatures under control, despite extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, floods, wildfires, and droughts. In other words, La Niña stops these events from transforming into their worst form.

If La Niña continues into early 2023, the weather pattern will be one of the longest on record, as it began in spring 2020.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.