Posts in category "weather"

So far, 2017 has been an active hurricane season

So far, 2017 has been an active hurricane season
Approaching the autumn equinox, we are just about halfway through the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June to December. Pictured above is what Hurricane Alice looked like to meteorologists in  December, 1954.  This black-and white radar image, so stark compared to today’s computer models and satellite imagery, still  shows the swirling pattern and the eye of... Read more »

Hurricane Harvey was not caused by climate change

This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety. #Harvey pic.twitter.com/IjpWLey1h8 — NWS (@NWS) August 27, 2017 Hurricane Harvey was not caused by climate change, but the situation  has been made much worse because of a changing climate. The extremely warm Gulf waters have contributed to... Read more »

On the Eve of the August 21 Eclipse

Clouds may spoil our view of Monday’s solar eclipse. Hope for breaks in the clouds mid-day in nrn IL and nw IN! #ILWX #INWX #eclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/4uGb1HxEBI — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) August 20, 2017 The August 21 total solar eclipse is just hours away. The latest weather forecast for Monday August 21 is for partly cloudy... Read more »
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How to watch the August 21 total eclipse

How to watch the August 21 total eclipse
According to the  10-day weather forecast, Monday August 21 should be a sunny day in Chicago. Weather permitting, if you are anywhere in the continental United States, you will be able to see at least a partial solar eclipse on August 21. Please, please, please, wear eclipse glasses!  Many places, including libraries and museums, will be giving... Read more »

August 21 Solar Eclipse is One Lunar Month Away

August 21 Solar Eclipse is One Lunar Month Away
July 23, 1917–today is new moon day. The dance of summer continues with sun and clouds, floods  and rain, and increased humidity from growing corn fields. In backyard  gardens, tomatoes and peppers are ripening. In the papers, there are back-to-school ads. It’s  high summer. On average, these are the  hottest days of the year, here. This new moon... Read more »

Total Solar Eclipse --August 21

Total Solar Eclipse --August 21
An astronomical event of a lifetime is coming this summer.  On August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse, the first on US mainland since 1979. The path of  totality will fall  along a 70-mile wide path from Oregon to South Carolina. This time, eclipse enthusiasts won’t have to travel to Mongolia or the Pacific Ocean for... Read more »
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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 »