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Currently in Miami — October 27, 2023: Very sunny, but nuisance flooding possible

Plus, a scary new prognosis for ice in Antarctica.

Sunny, but it could flood

The weather, currently.

This deep and vast system of high pressure over the Southeast will remain in place through the end of the week and even into next week, meaning that the weather will stay nice and sunny in South Florida for days to come. Even the coastal showers from earlier this week will be out of the equation on Friday and Saturday as moisture levels decrease even further. However, the ridge of high pressure will start to show signs of breaking down on Sunday, which could bring rain chances up to around 30% in the afternoon. Winds will also remain strong in the 15-20 mph range, with gusts up to 20-30 mph. Temperatures will be in the mid-80s near the coast and the upper 80s over inland communities, while overnight lows will be in the low to mid 70s. Despite the sunny skies, watch out for nuisance flooding from the King Tides because sea level rise has made these more commonplace around the area.

El tiempo, actualmente.

Este sistema de alta presión vasto y profundo sobre el sureste persistirá hasta el final de la semana e incluso hasta la próxima, lo que significa que el tiempo seguirá siendo agradable y soleado en el sur de Florida durante los próximos días. Incluso los aguaceros costeros de principios de esta semana quedarán fuera de la discusión el viernes y sábado a medida que los niveles de humedad disminuyan aún más. Sin embargo, la alta presión comenzará a mostrar signos de retroceso el domingo, lo que podría elevar las posibilidades de lluvia hasta alrededor del 30% por la tarde. Los vientos también seguirán siendo fuertes en el rango de 15 a 20 mph, con ráfagas de hasta 20 a 30 mph. Las temperaturas estarán en el rango medio de los 80 grados cerca de la costa y el rango alto de los 80 en las comunidades del interior, mientras que las mínimas nocturnas estarán en los rangos bajo a medio de los 70. Aunque esté soleado, cuidado con las inundaciones de agua salada causadas por mareas muy altas impulsadas por el aumento del nivel del mar.

What you need to know, currently.

Ocean warming will triple for the rest of this century near the vulnerable West Antarctica ice sheet, according to a new study out this week. Even more worrying, over the next ~20 years, there is no statistical difference between the course global emissions take and the melt rates of key ice shelves which hold back enormous Antarctic glaciers.

Here’s more, from The Guardian:

Accelerated ice melt in west Antarctica is inevitable for the rest of the century no matter how much carbon emissions are cut, research indicates. The implications for sea level rise are “dire”, scientists say, and mean some coastal cities may have to be abandoned.

The ice sheet of west Antarctica would push up the oceans by 5 metres if lost completely. Previous studies have suggested it is doomed to collapse over the course of centuries, but the new study shows that even drastic emissions cuts in the coming decades will not slow the melting.

It’s times like these that I always refer back to the original scientists that conduct these important studies. In this case, I’ll give the final word to Kaitlin Naughten, the scientist for the British Antarctic Survey that led the study’s research: “I would hate for people to read this story and think “we should give up on climate action, we’re all doomed anyway”. We must remember that West Antarctica is just one cause of sea level rise, and sea level rise is just one impact of climate change.”

Basically: It is never, ever too late.

Naughten’s parallel essay on her team’s findings is worth a read for everyone — and a worthy call to courage in a time of bad climate news.

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