Big Gator Weather

Big Gator Weather
not an alligator

Summer in the city--heat and humidity.   Out come the shorts and tank tops, T-shirts and breezy summer dresses.  It's big gator weather when the sweat makes everyone look dewy. Everyone is melting.

And like a big 'gator we seek the cool and shade, and ice melting in tall glasses.

The big news here is there's a real alligator in Humboldt Park Lagoon. You can read more about the history of Humboldt Park Lagoon here.  The alligator has a name--Chance the Snapper--and there are T-shirts and tote bags, too. As I write this, the alligator is still at large.

Meanwhile in real alligator country, Louisiana is dealing with tropical storm Barry. Will the levees in New Orleans hold?  It's been 14 years since Hurricane Katrina.  Are people more prepared now?

It's been 24 years since the big heat wave hit Chicago in July of 1995.  Are we more prepared now for the kind of extreme heat which will become more common with climate change?

But  today it's a beautiful day in July.  Day after day of orange day lilies.  There are bees in the beebalm and milkweeds. The chicory is blooming, as blue as the summer sky.



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  • I wonder if lagoon is connected to other waterways.

    On Barry, Tom Skilling said it was the freakiest thing he ever saw developing. Most hurricanes develop off West Africa, Katrina in the Bahamas before it bombed over the Gulf. This has to be the first hurricane to develop around Atlanta Ga.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks so much for reading, Jack! Yes, I wonder how that alligator got there....
    Oh yes, Barry is very unusual, but maybe a sign of things to come?
    And how about those straight-line storms in Indiana yesterday?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    My first comment was not directed at how the gator got there but, after being sighted and confirmed, it hasn't been seen nor trapped in the past 4 or so days. It may have taken off to the Middle Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River.
    The last point, I don't know about, other than after there not having been fronts on TV weather maps for a number of years, there's now one that meanders north and south around here.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes, if so, this would not be the first alligator to find its way into Chicago waterways from the Humboldt Park Lagoon. In 2010, Alligator Bob helped capture an alligator in the North Branch of the Chicago River near Belmont Avenue, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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