Currently in Toronto — December 1, 2022

Variable skies but still windy and very cold

The weather, currently.

A December chill moving in! Gusty winds approaching 80km/h will continue through this evening with cold air charging in behind a passing cold front. This system has dropped over an inch of rain in some areas — Niagara recorded over 31mm so far.

Likely some flurries and ice patches for your commute tomorrow morning. Expect variable cloudiness and a wake-up temperature of -1°C but feeling closer to -8°C. The kids will need toques and boots as they head to school. We will see some sunshine tomorrow afternoon but it will still be windy at times. Gusts of 25-50km/h. The high 3°C, but dress for a windchill of -2°C.

Thursday night: increasing cloudiness with flurries and westerly winds of 20-40km/h the low -4°C feeling closer to -10°C.

Side note: The strong winds will start up the lake effect snow machine again tonight for traditional snowbelt areas. 10-20cm of snow likely.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

Solar-powered microgrids add climate resilience in rural Vermont communities
Green Mountain Power’s new “resiliency zone” initiative is using outage and other data to pinpoint places in need of local grid upgrades. Its first projects consist of microgrids that will power remote villages during outages.

Tropical Storm Irene caused widespread devastation when it roared into Vermont in the summer of 2011. And few communities fared worse than the remote mountain town of Rochester.

Tucked between the two main ranges of the Green Mountains, Rochester was cut off in every direction for days after flood waters destroyed access roads and other infrastructure. The town’s 1,000-or-so residents, stuck on what had essentially become an island, had no power, internet or phone service.

“People had to queue up in front of the grocery store and be escorted in with flashlights,” recalled Jeffrey Gephart, the town’s energy coordinator. “And somebody had to round up a pump and generator, cordon off the gas station and pump people their 5- or 10-gallon allotment.”

Such extremes promise to get worse in the face of climate change, especially for a town that, because of its valley location, is especially prone to “significant weather,” Gephart said. With that in mind, the local utility, Green Mountain Power, is building a microgrid that will power the central village during outages.

Read the full story by Lisa Prevost from Energy News Network here.

What you can do, currently.

We are ramping up efforts to finish building Project Mushroom asap — a safe platform to promote connection, mutual aid, and transformative action at a critical moment in history. ​​We need your help.

Several community members have committed to a matching fund of $8,815 that will be used to match dollar-for-dollar all Kickstarter pledges made using this link through December 2nd.