Currently in Toronto— April 29th, 2022
The weather, currently.
We will finally push into the "teens" as we wrap up the week. However, the frost advisory continues for the city tonight (Toronto, Niagara, and Windsor). The wake-up windchill for early Friday morning will -4°C. A ridge of high pressure continues to dominate the lower Great Lakes, providing lots of sunshine on Friday. There will be a light SW breeze, with a forecast high of 13°C. The UV index will be 6 or higher.
Friday Night: mainly clear with a low 1°C.
What you need to know, currently.
The World Meteorological Association announced that they are retiring Ida from their list of storm names, after Hurricane Ida caused $65 billion in damages and killed 155 people in Louisiana and across the Northeast.
Ida made landfall at Port Fourchon, Louisiana on August 29, 2021 as a Category 4, devastating coastal towns outside of New Orleans levee system. The levees did hold, a victory for post-Katrina engineering, but the remnants of the storm brought tornado outbreaks and unprecedented flooding as it moved across the Northeast.
Imagine Waterworks, a New Orleans-based community organization focused on Climate Justice, has been a leader in mutual-aid work around hurricane recovery in Louisiana. Yesterday, they announced that they had distributed $100,000 to public health workers who had been impacted by Ida.
In their report, Imagine Waterworks noted that through their selection process for funds distribution, they prioritized BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people.
Imagine Waterworks wrote, “We know that storms hurt communities of color the most. And while the climate crisis a serious health threat for people from all walks of life, it is a major health concern for communities who already face societal inequities and systemic oppression. For the LGBTQ community, social stigma, higher unemployment, and inadequate safe living spaces also makes them more vulnerable to environmental catastrophes.”
Hurricane recovery is a pain-staking process though, as Louisiana has been hit by several other storms in the past few months, including several tornadoes just last month. To contribute to year-round recovery work, donate to Imagine Waterworks here.