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Currently in the Twin Cities — February 7th, 2023

The weather, currently.

Mild Tuesday with highs in the 30s

The very mild weather continues Tuesday and for the rest of the week. Normal high temperatures are around 26°F for the Twin Cities and we’ll continue to be at least 10°F above that through Thursday. A cool front will produce a few snow showers Thursday and drop the temps slightly Friday and Saturday to ‘near normal,’ but we pop back above freezing Sunday and temps could be even milder early next week. We could be near 40°F Wednesday and also in the early to middle part of next week. The coldest air in the hemisphere remains bottled up near the North Pole and Siberia for the foreseeable future.

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What you need to know, currently.

Happy “Last of Us” Recovery Day!

To celebrate, here’s an op-ed by Kelly Hayes for TRUTHOUT. In it, she outlines how the post-apocalyptic drama—which serves as a semi-metaphor to climate change—doesn’t rely on cynicism and terror to get its message across, but rather, notions of care, radical love, tenderness, and mutual aid.

“Storytelling affects our notions of what is possible, our beliefs about human nature, and even our sense of our own potential. Given these realities, it’s unfortunate that so much apocalyptic fiction models a dim view of human potential. Assumptions that people will become hysterical, violent, and only look out for themselves amid crisis lend themselves to right-wing and authoritarian ideas about how people should be managed during a crisis. In addition to propping up bad politics, such stories also disregard the well-documented reality that many people respond to crises with caring, prosocial behaviors amid catastrophe — as we saw at the start of the pandemic when so many people joined mutual aid efforts.

To explore the fragility or durability of such efforts (even if one eventually came to cynical conclusions) would at least engage with reality, but many apocalyptic stories simply bypass questions of human potential, and how we might care for each other, disregarding themes that are crucial in our times.”

Click here to read the full piece.

What you can do, currently.

Climate change is making wildfires worse, damaging our communities and the environment. Not only do wildfires hurt our forests and put people in danger — burn scars can result in harsher floods — like we’ve seen in recent weeks across California.

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