Currently in Melbourne — October 12th, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — October 12th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Showers increasing today as we head into a major rain event

The forecast over the next couple of days is wet, wet, wet. A major rain event is on the way with catchments full. The ground is already sodden across the state, which puts us firmly into flood watch territory. This weather pattern is coming to us courtesy of La Niña — which we’re all familiar with by now — being that it’s in its third year.

But on top of that, the Madden-Julian Oscillation — which brings a collection of "pulsing" storms to meteorological regions over the Maritime Continent, otherwise known as Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and the Philippines — is also present, increasing the chances of above-average rainfall. Wednesday, a cloudy day with a very high chance of showers, mostly in the afternoon and evening, will be a good day to prepare for Thursday’s major rain events. (I’ll be cleaning out my gutters, checking my leaky windows, and have towels at the ready. For preparation tips and warnings relevant to your exact location, go to redcross.org.au/prepare or to bom.gov.au.)

After an overnight low of 14°C, we’ll reach a top of 20°C by about 2pm. Showers are possible throughout the day, but will increase in the evening, with the especially heavy downpours expected to start in the middle of the night and continue throughout Thursday. There is also a chance that this weather system could result in thunderstorm asthma, so if you are someone who typically experiences asthma or hay fever, be on alert. Remember to never drive through, swim, or play in flood waters. It’s dangerous for you and for anyone who might have to help rescue you. Batten down the hatches and stay safe everyone.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

In honor of National Coming Out Day, here are some books that explore queerness, place, nature and climate change. They tell tales of human destruction and climate wars, or document the intimate relationship between queerness and place. Some are about the inherent healing that lives in embodied queerness.

Love After the End — Edited by Joshua Whitehead

This young adult anthology, featuring short stories by Indigenous and Two-Spirit authors, explores the future effects of climate change. Despite its grim storyline, the book holds hope, touching on themes of queer joy, unity and possibility.

Nature Poem — Tommy Pico

In "Nature Poem," Pico tells a story  about the natural world and where he fits in, as a queer Indigenous person. Weaving stories of both pain and hope, he recounts Indigenous history and the harmful stereotypes surrounding Indigenous communities and their relationship to nature that exist.

Blackfish City — Sam J. Miller

Set in a post-climate-collapse world, on the floating Arctic city of Qaanaaq, "Blackfish City" tells the story of a woman who mysteriously lands in the city one day, riding an orca, with a polar bear by her side. “The orcamancer,” as she’s known, quickly brings people together to engage in acts of resistance before the city caves in due to its own decay. Though the tone is urgent and serious, this book is ultimately a hopeful story about gender identity, climate change and collective action.

Borealis — Aisha Sabatini Sloan

In this book-length essay, narrator Sloan tells stories of her summers in Homer, Alaska, detailing the close relationships between place, gender, Blackness and the natural landscape. By the end, it steeps the wilderness that we think we know, in a new reality.

Calamities — Renee Gladman

Gladman's words dance with prose, lyricism and imagery as she writes essays about the inevitability of climate change and various calamities, including hurricanes, floods and heat waves. She captivates the reader with her honesty, as she explores the connection between climate and community.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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