The weather, currently.
The temperature’s ticking up. Winds are getting rowdy. Flames broke out in the San Gabriel Mountains. It’s here: fire season.
If you’re west of the SGV, you don’t have to worry much about your safety, but be aware that there’s been an evacuation order and, as of now, the Sheep Fire is still growing. Over the mountains, we have a different reality. It should be overcast in the morning, and the marine layer should burn away by noon. Highs will reach about 82° on Tuesday and a mild wind will cool down some of that sweat. The evening will be clear, setting us up for a few cloudless days for the rest of the week. Smoke and haze could potentially obscure that meteorologically clear view. Lows on Tuesday will fall into the low sixties.
What you need to know, currently.
A lake in Chile has turned into a desert, amid a 13-year-long drought.
The Peñuelas reservoir, which sits in central Chile, was the main water source for the entire city of Valparaiso, until twenty years ago. At one point, the reservoir held enough water to fill 38,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Now, it holds enough for just two.
Chile has long been at the center of the South American water crisis, pushing the capital of Santiago to make tentative plans for water rationing. The country’s economy has also suffered; Chile is the world’s largest copper producer, with an economy largely dependent on mining. Without water, however, which the industry relies on heavily for processing, there is no mining. This has affected the livelihoods of Chilean farmers and animal breeders everywhere.
While extreme weather patterns continue to shift, the impacts of the drought can continue to be mitigated, albeit temporarily. But, its long-term future is dependent on the extent of human emissions and human-induced climate change.
— Aarohi Sheth