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Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox
The Wheel of the Year  turns. It’s now just past the Autumn Equinox in the northern Hemisphere. The exact time was September 22 at 8:54 PM, CDT.  You can read more about the Autumn Equinox here. And it has been feeling autumnal lately–cool mornings, clear blue sky, the light ripe and gold. It’s the season of... Read more »

Survivors

Survivors
Hurricane Florence made landfall on  Friday morning near Wilmington, N.C., as a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of about 90 miles an hour.  On Saturday, the storm  had crossed into South Carolina about 25 miles west of Myrtle Beach. Even though Florence  has  been downgraded to a tropical storm, the torrential rains, flooding and power outages will continue for days.  Here... Read more »

Storms of August 28

August 28, 2018–Thunderstorms are moving through the Chicago area this afternoon and evening. Still, the cicadas are singing in the rain. Here’s what was happening on this day in weather history– August 28, 2017–Hurricane Harvey Hurricane Harvey is the second most damaging storm, after Hurricane Katrina, to hit the mainland United States.  Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017 as... Read more »
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Hurricane Season---August 2018

It should be a quiet 5-day period in the Atlantic basin with no tropical cyclones expected. You can always catch the latest outlook at https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/mN1HqBPeYs — NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) August 20, 2018 What a difference a year makes! In June, NOAA had forecast an active hurricane season for 2018. This was not good... Read more »

Tom Skilling--40 years of weather

If you live in the Chicago area, you know who Tom Skilling is. He is the Chief Meteorologist at WGN-TV, and this week they celebrated his 40th anniversary there. Congratulations, Mr. Skilling! Weather forecasting has come a long way in 40 years, and Tom has been at the forefront of these advancements in radar and... Read more »

How you can see the longest lunar eclipse of the century

How you can see the longest lunar eclipse of the century
Today, July 27 will be a full moon, a blood moon, and the longest lunar eclipse of this century! No, the eclipse won’t be visible in Chicago, or North America, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t see it here.  Thanks to the wonders of the internet, there are several places that will be streaming the... Read more »
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Winter in July

Winter in July
Winter in July, it is a dream of snow.  It is white sheets waving on a clothesline, white butterflies dancing on white flowers. It is a cool breeze and a gray sky, an almost autumnal feel, a favorite jacket in the light evening rain.  Blankets at night. Real winter is months away. It is a memory of blizzards, or a future... Read more »

Mosquito season

Mosquito season
Here we are in the heart of summer, and  the gardens are  lush. Daylilies, beebalm and milkweeds are blooming. Tomatoes are thriving in the sun. And for now, the extreme heat and humidity have passed.  How wonderful it is to sit outside. And now,  here come the mosquitos!  Not just a  nuisance, mosquitos can be  carriers of many diseases–among them,... Read more »

Summer Solstice 2018

Summer Solstice 2018
Our journey around the sun continues, and the June solstice is almost here. For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, this means astronomical summer begins.    This year summer solstice falls on June 21 at 5:07 a.m.  CDT. The sun appears at its northernmost point in our sky, along the Tropic of Cancer. This is... Read more »
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Hello, summer!

Hello, summer!
For most of us in Chicago, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer season, which lasts until Labor Day. It’s the season of farmers’ markets and festivals and outdoor events.  It seems every weekend there are block parties, yard sales, weddings and parties, too. It’s the season of al fresco dining, and concerts under the... Read more »