The weather, currently.
Good morning, Los Angeles! I’m reporting from my desert oasis in Borrego Springs. This under the radar gem doesn’t get as much attention as Joshua Tree, but is more otherworldly. With more than 130 large, metal sculptures by the artist Ricardo Breceda dotting the landscape, the sands are always coming alive.
But you only care about Los Angeles weather, so I’ll get back on track. For the rest of the holiday weekend, expect consistently warm, tranquil conditions. Wednesday's highs will be in the mid-70s, a slight warming trend that’s going to carry through to Thanksgiving Day and into Friday. With clear skies and plenty of sunshine, it’s not going to feel like a fall harvest, but at least the sun will set early enough to drop the temperatures for dinner. You’ll be feeling temperatures around the mid-60s if your feast takes place outdoors. Wind could pick up a little bit on Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t yet look as fierce as the Santa Ana’s we had last weekend. Overall, it’ll be very peaceful for those still in town.
What you need to know, currently.
Climate change made the deadly rains and floods that killed hundreds of people in both Nigeria and Niger from June to October 2022 80 times more likely, according to a recent study.
The study from the World Weather Attribution, or WWA, also concluded that the year’s seasonal rainfall in the Lake Chad and Niger Basins, was 20 percent wetter due to effects of climate change. This is significant because Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, which all have territories within either of the two basins, were most impacted by the flooding.
The study found that the extreme rainfall wouldn’t have been as likely without human-caused climate change and warning. Unfortunately now, rain like this is likely to occur once every 10 years.
With at least 612 and 195 fatalities in Nigeria and Niger, respectively, the floods were among the deadliest in the countries’ histories. Several hundreds of thousands of hectares of land were decimated, causing damage to over 300,000 homes and over half a million hectares of farmland as well. In September, Chad experienced its heaviest seasonal rainfall in over 30 years. Thousands of residents were forced to flee their now flooded homes.
And though wealthy countries agreed to pay climate reparations to those at the frontlines of the climate crisis at this year’s climate summit, this report just adds further evidence that less-industrialized nations bear the brunt of the damage caused by their richer counterparts.