Currently in Los Angeles — October 18th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Temperatures jump up and sunshine burns away the clouds.

When I walked to my car this morning to commute to work, the windows were frosted with condensation. I don’t often encounter this in Los Angeles, because it’s usually pretty warm by the time I have to go anywhere. It reminded me of all the days I’ve spent in the Midwest, shivering in the front seat, waiting for the car to heat up.

But if you’re feeling ghostly memories of your cold weather past creeping up, Tuesday should extinguish those thoughts. We’re back to highs in the mid-80’s, even if it’ll be short lived on these waning days. There might not even be a marine layer when you wake up. Bask in that sunshine as long as you can, then enjoy the brisker evenings in the mid-70’s to upper-60’s. It’s going to stay warm for the rest of the week.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) announced last week that it has canceled the snow crab season for the first time in its history, due to an extreme crab population decline across the Bering Sea.

Snow crabs are cold-water species that usually sit clustered together in areas where water temperatures are below 2 degrees C (35.6 degrees F). When the water warms and sea ice gradually disappears, the ocean is no longer liveable for the crustaceans. Climate change has, of course, exacerbated these harmful conditions.

The snow crab population began to rapidly shrink in 2018, when the population fell from around 8 billion to just 1 billion by 2021, according to Benjamin Daly, a researcher with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The count in 2022 has dropped even further.

“Snow crab is by far the most abundant of all the Bering Sea crab species that is caught commercially,” Daly told CNN. “So the shock and awe of many billions missing from the population is worth noting – and that includes all the females and babies.”

Local fisheries — like Bristol Bay’s red king crab fishery, which will also be closed for the second year in a row — will inevitably be impacted.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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