Currently in Toronto — January 23, 2023

Sunny breaks with relatively mild

The weather, currently.

A quiet start to the last full week of January. However, it will be an active week. Variable cloudiness with isolated flurries early tomorrow morning and a wake-up temperature of -1°C feeling closer to -6°C with the wind chill. There will be some sunshine tomorrow, by late morning, there will breaks in the cloud and we will climb above the freezing mark. It should be a fun day for the kids to play in the fresh snow. (Especially for those who have a PA day.) The high 2°C, but dress for -3°C with the wind chill. The wind will be from the north initially, changing to a westerly flow by afternoon 15-30km/h.

Monday night: Cloudy periods with a risk of a flurry and a low of -2, feeling like -8.

Side Note: I'm tracking another major storm system for midweek, potentially delivering 10-15cm across the GTA. Just a heads up Monday and Tuesday would be better for traveling and doing errands as conditions will deteriorate by Wednesday afternoon. More to come.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

Scientists studying water supply focus on weeks following peak snowpack
Water managers in the Colorado River basin are gaining a better understanding of how the weeks after peak snowpack can influence on the year’s water supply.

“Water managers in the Colorado River basin are gaining a better understanding that what happens in the weeks after peak snowpack — not just how much snow accumulated over the winter — can have an outsize influence on the year’s water supply.

Water year 2021 was historically bad, with an upper basin snowpack that peaked around 90% of average but translated to only 36% of average runoff into Lake Powell, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. It was the second-worst runoff on record after 2002. One of the culprits was exceptionally thirsty soils from 2020’s hot and dry summer and fall, which soaked up snowmelt before runoff made it to streams. But those dry soils are only part of the story.”

Read the full story, originally published by Heather Sackett in Aspen Journalism here.

What you can do, currently.

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