Currently in Boston — May 10th, 2022
The weather, currently.
The windy dry weather continues for Tuesday after a chilly night ahead as readings fall down into the 30s inland, but forties at the coast. Tomorrow will be very similar to Monday, with temperatures in the lower 60s inland, but holding in the 50s in coastal communities with the wind coming in off the water and gusting over 25 mph at times. We will finally relax the wind a bit on Wednesday with temperatures in the 60s inland and near 60 at the coast. Warm weather surges into the area on Thursday as it approaches 80°F inland and stays in the 60s to near 70°F in coastal communities with lots of sunshine.
What you need to know, currently.
Currently published a piece today by Editor-in-Chief, Abbie Veitch, on the importance of language-inclusive weather information. Veitch spoke to meteorologist Joseph Trujillo Falcón on the challenges of getting severe weather alerts out to diverse, multilingual communities.
“Weather alerts that describe potential impacts prompt communities to take proactive safety measures,” Veitch writes. “Trujillo Falcón said that in order for populations to be informed, weather warnings need to be consistent, specific, certain, clear, and accurate.”
“If even one of those components is missing, it could really get in the way of somebody making a protective action during an extreme weather event,” said Trujillo Falcón. “For Spanish-speaking communities, a big problem there is that we’re not even receiving information in the dominant language that someone speaks.”
Veitch notes that of the 18 people who died in New York City during Hurricane Ida, “the majority of the victims were of Asian descent and many did not speak or had limited proficiency in English and Spanish, the two languages that the National Weather Service issued emergency alerts in. Such data reinforces the importance of making weather information accessible for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origins, or language.”