The weather, currently.
It will be cold again tonight but the wind will slacken as temperatures fall to the upper teens and lower 20s. A bright start to Wednesday is followed by more clouds but it remains dry as readings reach seasonable levels 45°F to 50°F.
A lot of clouds are around on Thursday but any shower should hold off till the night with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s making it feel more like spring. Showers are around Thursday night and end sometime Friday morning with clearing skies developing. This will set us up for a dry weekend in temperatures will be in the 50s each afternoon. —Dave Epstein
What you need to know, currently.
Over the weekend a western heatwave brought record-breaking warmth to many states and cities. The heat, and strong winds also fueled a fire in Colorado, which forced around 19,000 people to evacuate. As of Tuesday morning, the fire is 80 percent contained and almost all evacuation orders are lifted.
It seems however that our early fire season (or more like, year long fire season) isn’t done with the Unites States just yet. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the South is under threat of wildfire weather. Parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas now experiencing extreme fire-weather risks, including very strong winds combined with dry air and brush.
The ongoing drought in the West, the High Planes, and South— so most of the continental United States— is likely going to make 2022 another dangerous one for wildfires. Scientists say that almost half of the droughts severity can be attributed to climate change. — Abbie Veitch