The weather, currently.
The National Hurricane Center has initiated advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Two — what could soon become Hurricane Bonnie — about 720 mi (1150 km) east of the island of Trinidad.
It’s unusual for a developing tropical system to be this far south in the Caribbean. In fact, the potential cyclone is expected to pass very close to the coast of South America, passing over or making landfall in Venezuela, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao before making landfall near Nicaragua on Friday or Saturday as a hurricane.
But first, the storm will pass through Trinidad and Tobago. Currently’s preseason forecast only had a 14 percent chance of a named-storm making landfall in Trinidad — a historically rare event. Hurricanes are so infrequent in the southern Caribbean that it’s difficult to know how much climate change might be affecting their frequency in the future, although the ones that happen are expected to be more powerful.
What you need to know, currently.
Currently’s Aarohi Sheth has a story up today about queer communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis:
“[Queer people] are no strangers to living in a world that can’t hold us — a world that seems like it’s burning up — both literally, because of the climate, and figuratively because our rights and bodies are constantly under attack, subject to discrimination, heteronormativity, homophobia, and transphobia.”