Currently in San Francisco — May 25, 2023

The weather, currently.

Cloudy morning that clears in the afternoon, with winds throughout for Thursday, May 25.
Tulare Lake. Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The San Francisco Chronicle

Tulare Lake, which re-emerged during this year’s winter storms is on track to reach the size of Lake Tahoe as it is projected to grow to 182 square miles next week. Regression in snow pack combined with concerted efforts to capture runoff that would otherwise end up in the lake have prevented it from inflating even more. Afterwards, as summer weather sets in, evaporation will likely skim water from the lake, causing it to shrink. However, with an El Niño on the horizon, there is a chance that Lake Tulare may grow again.

Priya Shukla

What you need to know, currently.

After his laughably awkward launch of his presidential campaign on Twitter, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis went on Fox News and was asked about the role of climate change.

"The hurricanes have not increased in number," DeSantis said, which is of course wrong and will keep getting wronger especially if we keep electing anti-science bigots like DeSantis.

On the one hand, it's good that climate change is a front-and-center issue in America in 2023 even on Fox News. On the other hand, I can't even with this bullshit.

If you'd like to support frontline climate advocates in Florida that are doing the intersecting work of countering the racialized climate destruction of the DeSantis Administration, there are few organizations better than the CLEO Institute in Miami.

-Eric Holthaus

What you can do, currently.

Currently is transitioning to become an entirely member-funded organization.

We're doing this to boost our organization's prospects for growth and sustainability, and to align more with our founding ethos of becoming an independent weather service for the climate emergency.

Paid members will have a truly premium weather experience. Here's some of what we have planned:

  • Text directly with Priya, who will personally answer your weather questions and give you a customized forecast on demand.
  • Our first weather app, which will put your daily weather in the context of climate change, no matter where you are, anywhere in the world.
  • Reader-ownership — an experiment in direct democracy so that Currently can remain accountable to our most important stakeholders, you, the readers.

We have SO MANY more exciting features planned, but we can't do this without your direct support. Your paid membership makes Currently possible.