Currently in Boston — August 12th, 2022

A beautiful weekend on the way.

Skies will become partly cloudy overnight as temperatures fall back down into the 60s. Drier air will work into the region this weekend. Dew points will fall into the 40s for much of Saturday and Sunday. This will bring a crisp feeling to the air early in the morning, but temperatures will warm nicely in the afternoon into the upper 70s on Saturday and upper 70s and lower 80s on Sunday. There may be a chance of a a brief shower Friday as front crosses. Next week we will be watching for signs of steady rain. The most likely window would be Wednesday and Thursday. Drought conditions have now become even worse across Eastern Massachusetts so the rain is desperately needed.

What you need to know, currently.

We have a new story up today by Zaria Howell on indigenous communities’ struggles to secure clean drinking water in Alaska:

“In January of 2021 an unknown source sparked a fire at the Indigenous village of Tuluksak’s sole water power plant,” writes Howell. “The plant, which provided this native Alaskan community of nearly 400 with safe drinking water, quickly burned to ashes, leaving the rural community vulnerable.”

“In the aftermath of the fire, community members struggled to access clean water or secure the delivery of bottled water from local and state authorities. And when they did manage to secure the latter, weather challenges and delays made the transportation process difficult.Many natives were left without water entirely for months on end, relying instead on hauled water from neighboring freshwater reserves, if they had the means to secure it via snowmobile or some other method.”

Click here to read the full story!