Currently in Los Angeles — January 23rd, 2023

The weather, currently.

Happy Lunar New Year! Sunshine ahead!

I wanted to happily wish you a happy lunar new year, but the mass shooting in Monterey Park, a predominantly Asian neighborhood, has made this a somber occasion. As the Year of the Rabbit asks us for peace and contemplation, let us take a moment to mourn the 10 lives lost. As of this writing, the murderer is still at large, and we can only hope the AAPI community remains safe.

The early days of the Year of the Rabbit brings us highs around 63°F and bright, clear skies. We’re still dealing with a lot of wind, which could be a bother if you’re still patching things up from the rains. Luckily, fire danger is low. Dry nights give us evening temperatures in the low-50’s and late night lows plummet all the way to 41°F.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Scientists studying water supply focus on weeks following peak snowpack
Water managers in the Colorado River basin are gaining a better understanding of how the weeks after peak snowpack can influence on the year’s water supply.

“Water managers in the Colorado River basin are gaining a better understanding that what happens in the weeks after peak snowpack — not just how much snow accumulated over the winter — can have an outsize influence on the year’s water supply.

Water year 2021 was historically bad, with an upper basin snowpack that peaked around 90% of average but translated to only 36% of average runoff into Lake Powell, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. It was the second-worst runoff on record after 2002. One of the culprits was exceptionally thirsty soils from 2020’s hot and dry summer and fall, which soaked up snowmelt before runoff made it to streams. But those dry soils are only part of the story.”

Read the full story, originally published by Heather Sackett in Aspen Journalism here.

What you can do, currently.

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