The light of twilight

The light of twilight
Around the summer solstice,  the tilted orbit of our earth around the sun brings early morning light  and lingering evenings. These are the longest days and shortest nights in the Northern Hemisphere. This is also the time of twilight, the light of  dusk and dawn. Did you know there are three designations of twilight?  NOAA defines twilight this... Read more »

Mayors, governors, business leaders agree on Paris Agreement

As far as these states are concerned, the Paris climate agreement is still on. https://t.co/scF5PqAlXm via @grist pic.twitter.com/7DBtLwOydR — Tim McGill (@WGNWeatherGuy) June 6, 2017 More and more leaders in the United States are taking a stand with the world and the Paris Agreement. Donald Trump does not speak for them, and  those of us who stand... Read more »

A coat for all seasons

A coat for all seasons
A coat for all seasons, is there such a thing? I am still searching. How many coats does it take to survive a Chicago winter? My fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Kathy Mathews,  models fourteen examples in her wonderful post!  You can read it here. Spring weather also has its challenges. Days of sun, days of rain. Sun and 60’s, rain... Read more »
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What's so special about the full moon tonight?

What's so special about the full moon tonight?
Native Americans called the May full moon the Flower Moon. And all around us now, the earth is in bloom. Pansies in planters!  Gardens are full of  colorful tulips. There are buds on the peonies. Parkways are lush with  violets and dandelions. This May full moon is also called the Wesak moon, celebrating the life of Gautama, the... Read more »

March for Science, Earth Day

March for Science, Earth Day
It was a beautiful day on Planet Earth, and the people came out to march for science, for the planet, for the future. In Chicago, an estimated 40,000 people joined marchers in over 500 cities. Estimated 40,000 in Chicago join more than 500 cities across the United States and the world in March for Science... Read more »

Are you ready for severe weather season?

Are you ready for severe weather season?
As I write this, it’s Friday, a sunny April day. After days of wind and rain and  rain mixed with snow, the weekend ahead looks wonderful. But severe weather season has already started. While Chicago had wind and rain, there were tornadoes in Oklahoma and Missouri. Three veteran storm chasers lost their lives chasing a tornado in Texas.... Read more »
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No fooling, here comes the sun

No fooling, here comes the sun
After days of gray sky and rain, here comes the sun! An umbrella is necessary here, and it is always a challenge if one does not have a proper raincoat. By this I mean something waterproof.  Maybe something  with a hood. Preferably black. Such things exist, I have seen them, but they are not easy to find.... Read more »

It's not a blizzard, so enjoy the snow

It's not a blizzard, so enjoy the snow
Winter Storm Stella (named by the Weather Channel) has brought snow from Minneapolis  to Nashville on its way east to join the  Nor’easter heading for the east coast and New York.  Chicago is also getting snow from Winter Storm Stella.  For us, this is the first measurable snow since December 14! Here are some totals from NWS Chicago— Waukegan... Read more »

Spring fever in a changing climate

Spring fever in a changing climate
March roared in on the last night of February, with gusty winds, large hail, and tornadoes. While severe weather can happen any time of year, such an outbreak in February or early March is really unusual. But it’s been an unusual winter, here. A mild winter. A weird winter. For the first time since they began... Read more »
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Spring for a Day

Spring for a Day
Spring came on a Saturday. It was February 18, a little over a month  until  the vernal equinox, but already there was more light in the mornings and evenings.  It was the balmy 70 degree temperatures that took people by surprise. It felt like a mild April day, except the ground was still brown, and the... Read more »