Currently in Los Angeles — November 17th 2022

The weather, currently.

Mostly sunny and warm during the day.

With awards season approaching, I’ve been spending more time watching movies. I love catching a matinee, or putting on a film in the late afternoon, and I use those two-or-so hours to transition. From the real world into a story. From day into night. And, if I watch one on Thursday, from sunshine and highs in the mid-70’s, to a clear, dark night and temperatures in the high-50’s.

Then I’ll take the dog out while the feral cats stretch and warm up for their nightly hunt. I’ll hold back my dog, trying to snap the leash, from hunting the hunters. By then I’ll need a jacket and shiver if it’s not thick enough. I’ll think it’s midnight even though it’s, at the latest, 7 o’clock. I’ll crawl into bed and keep the windows open, even though the lows are approaching their low of 48°C, and think about whether or not that afternoon movie had a message. Then I transition into dreams.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Currently’s staff reporter, Anna Abraham, will be on the ground all week, interviewing activists and attendees at COP27. Follow along on in your inbox and on Twitter.

California Wildfires

The strongest Santa Ana winds of the season are fueling wildfires across Southern California. A fire in Fontana was spurred by these winds Tuesday night.

Just last week, wet and chilly winter weather seemed to bring fire season to a close. November, however, had other plans. The Santa Ana winds are forecasted to subside Wednesday evening.

According to Currently’s chief meteorologist Megan Montero, “A large difference in pressure across the Great Basin and California will lead to strong Santa Ana winds in southern California through Wednesday evening.”

High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories have been issued for the Transverse Ranges until Wednesday night. Wind speeds as high as 104 MPH were reported in Los Angeles County.

Climate change has made states like California vulnerable to wildfires almost all year. Californians should be cautious with ignition sources while we wait for the winds to die down.

For more wildfire safety tips check out our Wildfire Explainer.

What you can do, currently.