Currently in Boston — October 6th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Partly cloudy and warm Thursday

The storm system that has brought scattered showers throughout the region on Wednesday move far enough offshore to allow the rain to come to an end overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. Some patchy fog will be possible in the morning due to the cooler air and the leftover ground moisture. However, we expect clouds to gradually thin out through the day on Thursday allowing for plenty of sunshine to filter through and warm temperatures up into the low-to-mid 70s for the afternoon. All of the sunshine will be great for the solar energy production in the Boston area. There will be enough solar energy production on Thursday to avoid about 3000 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to planting another 50,000 trees!

Skies will be clear for Thursday night, allowing for more patchy fog to develop with lows bottoming out in the mid-50s.

—Chief Meteorologist Anthony Torres filling in for Dave Epstein

What you need to know, currently.

More bad news about methane! A new study in Science covering the three largest oil and gas basins found that flaring — the method through which companies dispose of unwanted methane — is often significantly less effective than previously thought. For decades, the prevailing wisdom was that flaring destroyed methane with 98 percent efficiency, turning it into CO2 which (while still not exactly beneficial) does less harm to the atmosphere. Researchers found that unlit and inefficient flares are allowing roughly five times as much methane to escape than previously believed.

Methane has roughly 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide and emissions have risen sharply since 2007, for reasons scientists don’t completely understand. Researchers worry that the rise in methane output may signal that we have entered into a self-perpetuating cycle in terms of climate change, making global heating even more difficult to reign in. Looked at in this light, the new study in Science on flaring inefficiency is both a depressing example of oil and gas laxity and a potential source of methane emission mitigation. Fix the flares and you can (slightly) bring down methane output.

What you can do, currently.

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