Currently — June 29th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Hurricane season is rapidly increasing in activity this week, with the National Hurricane Center currently tracking three separate areas of interest.

Potential Tropical Cyclone Two is passing over Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night, putting the southern Caribbean country on alert for any potential impacts. The potential cyclone is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Bonnie as it slides near the coast of Venezuela this week. Conditions are favorable for potential rapid strengthening, potentially into a hurricane, before the system arrives on the coast of Nicaragua on Friday or Saturday.

A separate area of disturbed weather in the Gulf of Mexico could bring up to six inches of rain to the Gulf Coast states over the weekend, whether or not it officially organizes into a tropical system.

Elsewhere, a third area of thunderstorms in the central Atlantic could strengthen this week as it approaches the Eastern Caribbean.

This hurricane season’s activity is expected to be much above normal. You can use Currently’s interactive seasonal hurricane landfall map to plan how much of an increased risk you personally face.

—Eric Holthaus

What you need to know, currently.

One of Currently’s contributors, Grennan Milliken, recently wrote a story about the malaria vaccine as a form of climate resilience and advocacy.

“As climate change persists, new weather systems could allow malaria to spread and thrive more easily, making the malaria vaccine a form of climate resiliency,” Milliken writes.

“In fact, weather systems are one of the most important factors to consider when tracking the spread of malaria, Milliken continues. “Some researchers have taken this fact and tried to posit what will happen to the spread of malaria as climate change persists. Many have even wondered if the disease could re-enter places it has been eradicated from — imagining Anopheles mosquitoes taking over cities like Houston or Atlanta. But this ignores a lot of other environmental and societal factors that also have roles to play in the spread of these malaria vectors.”

Click here to read the full story!