Currently in Los Angeles — January 9th, 2023

The weather, currently.

Prepare for another rainy week in LA!

Did you enjoy your sun filled weekend? Was it your last days of freedom before returning to work, or have you already returned to the grind? When I’m not writing weather reports, I’m an art professor, and today school’s back in session. My pre-semester jitters are matched meteorologically. Monday’s rain will stir up anxiety on the road and trap me inside for last minute lesson planning.

Another round of atmospheric rivers and cyclones are headed to the California coast, so, like last week, we’re going to have a lot of rainy days ahead. Monday’s precipitation is almost guaranteed, and it’ll relentlessly stay with us throughout the day. Temperatures will mostly stay in the mid-50’s, and humidity will keep the wet nights relatively warm, with lows around 53°F. Make sure you’re also planning for strong winds this week, and if you’re in the Valley or closer to Ventura or Santa Barbara counties, flood watches are in effect.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Western Australia’s worst flooding on record continues to spread across Fitzroy Valley and the country’s north-west.

The flooding, which was sparked by heavy rainfall from ex-tropical cyclone Ellie last week, has left houses in the Kimberley region, in which the population is almost 40% Aboriginal, uninhabitable. Hundred of people have been displaced. The flood waters have also shut down main access routes in Kimberley, making it difficult for those hardest hit to receive food and medical supplies.

The town of Fitzroy Crossing, a community of around 1,300 people and about 60% Aboriginal, is one of the worst hit, with supplies being airlifted in.

Western Australian residents have noted that the extreme weather event has been worse by the lack of communication with First Nation peoples.

“In a place with 80-90% Aboriginal people, you would expect that they would convene talks with Aboriginal leaders to let them know what they are doing, but it’s practically nonexistent, it’s a total disregard,” Joe Ross, a resident of Fitzroy Crossing, told Guardian Australia.

On Saturday, Australian Defence Force aircraft were used to assist flood-hit communities, while Chinook helicopters were en route to help relocate residents, according to authorities.

As of Sunday, rain is easing and the storm is shifting eastwards to the Northern Territory, though this “record-breaking major flooding” will continue in the Kimberley, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

“Many roads are impassable and many communities are now isolated,” the forecaster said on its website.

This emergency comes after frequent flooding in Australia over the last two years, as a result of a multi-year La Niña event.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.