Currently in Melbourne — October 20th, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — October 20th, 2022
Sunny down south, while floods continue up north.

The weather, currently.

Mostly sunny today.

After an early morning low of 10°C, we’re in for another mostly sunny day today with a glorious top of 23°C. Light winds tending southerly from 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon will become light in the evening.  The UV index will be high at 7, so cover up between the hours of 9.30am – 4.30pm (pretty much all day). It’s strange and unsettling to be enjoying this lovely spring weather when many of our northern neighbours are still receiving emergency flood warnings and evacuation orders or dealing with flood clean up when more rain is on the way. If you’d like to help the affected communities, there are links on most local council websites like this one put together by the Greater Shepparton region.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

Regardless of where you live, you’ve likely seen fog before, but there’s something alarming and medieval about its character in the Bay Area — like a dead language made corporeal, hanging over a city. Ambrose Bierce once described San Francisco as “a point upon a map of fog,” and the fog’s local nickname, “Karl,” seems insulting and insufficient when viewed up close.

In the 50’s the U.S. Military conducted a covert biological warfare experiment, spraying bacteria-filled fog through two giant hoses and tracking its spread across the city. One man died and at least 11 residents checked into the hospital with strange infections. You’re going to call that fog Karl? I don’t think so.

San Francisco’s famous fog may be under threat from climate change though — although researchers still aren’t totally sure about whether the fog itself is disappearing or if it’s simply not moving onto the land with the same frequency.

“Fog has decreased, more or less everywhere,” Otto Klemm, a professor of climatology at the University of Münster, told the New York Times. “Of about 1,000 stations, 600 or 700 show a statistically significant decrease. All over Europe, all over North America, South America — everywhere.”

Still, when it does appear it can prove to be a hazard. Currently’s Managing Editor, Zaria Howell has an explainer up on fog today:

“There are more than 38,000 vehicle crashes, and 600 deaths, every year due to fog. The thick clouds can obscure even the sharpest of vision and make it hard to navigate any terrain.

The best way to stay safe is to follow a trusted weather source and keep your eyes peeled for fog forecasts. This way, you can plan your travel accordingly, around this extreme weather.”

Click here to read the full story!

What you can do, currently.

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