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The Best Time to Plant a Tree

The Best Time to Plant a Tree
Fall is often considered the best time of year to plant new trees. Late August, September and October have good gardening weather, here. There may be rain for the new plants, and still mild days and sun. The hottest days of summer are past, and the ground isn’t frozen yet. Fall  is the season gone to... Read more »

Sun and Sunday

Sun and Sunday
You can feel the season changing. Fall is coming. Rain, and the rainy sound of cicadas. Temps in the 60’s feel more like 50’s.  In the past few days, people have gone from shorts and T-shirts to hoodies and jeans. My furnace came on overnight! The virus is still with us.  It changed  all the things we would do in the summer, and... Read more »

After the August 10 Derecho

A week ago today, on August 10, a line of storms raced through Iowa and central Illinois and headed for Chicago. Over 100 mph winds were reported in the Quad Cities. There were flight delays at Midway and O’Hare airports, and Metra trains were halted. It was fast and furious! A line storm. A derecho. What is... Read more »
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Severe Weather Alert

Severe Weather Alert
As if 2020 couldn’t get more scary, there’s a line of very strong storms heading for Chicago– A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin until 7 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/QadSIJ2uM1 — NWS Severe Tstorm (@NWSSevereTstorm) August 10, 2020 Here’s the timing from NWS Chicago– Expected severe storm arrival... Read more »

"Neither snow nor rain..."

"Neither snow nor rain..."
You may know this as the motto  of the United Sates Postal Service–“neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night shall stay these couriers from their appointed rounds…” While this is not the official motto of the Post Office, according to Mental Floss, it is still true that  this is the mission of the USPS. Postal... Read more »

Re-Opening along Roosevelt Road

We’re  in Phase 4 of reopening, now, and there’s more  traffic along Roosevelt Road. A long way from everything being shut down,  except for essential things– like  mail service, auto mechanics, gas stations, grocery stores and drugstores. The Turano Bakery along Roosevelt Road kept working, bread trucks traveling east and west, making deliveries. At the height of the... Read more »
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sweet summer days

Summer days and summer music, funny  how memory works sometimes. There was a song in my head, or a fragment of a song–sweet summer days, sweet summer days–but I could not remember the rest of the song or who had done it. Yes, there  is a song “Sweet Summer Days”  and it’s a very good song,... Read more »

Happy Birthday, Alan Turing---June 23, 1912

Happy Birthday, Alan Turing---June 23, 1912
June 23 is the birthday of Alan Turing–one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.  A mathematical and computer genius,  he  saved countless lives in World War  II  by breaking the Nazi Enigma Code. His work paved the way to modern weather modeling, and even the computers and smartphones we use today. Sadly, he was... Read more »

Sunshowers, or the Tiger's Wedding

Sunshowers, or the Tiger's Wedding
The remnants of Tropical Depression Christobal produced a brief period of torrential, almost horizontal,  wind-driven rain! It was like that painting by Rousseau—the one with the tiger in the tropical storm. Then, the clouds parted, and sun was shining through the rain,  sunlight on the dripping leaves and grasses  Sun and rain is an almost otherworldly combination.... Read more »
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Two Chicago Icons Threatened by Recent Rain

Two Chicago Icons Threatened by  Recent Rain
What do Star Trek and Mies Van der Rohe have in common?  Record rain and flooding. Heavy rains and flooding over the weekend threatened two iconic buildings in the Chicago area –the Farnsworth House along the Fox River in Plano Illinois, and the Sears/Willis  Tower  in downtown Chicago. The Farnsworth House is a masterpiece of modernist... Read more »