Posts in category "weather"

Have you seen these weeds?

People call them weeds, unwanted.  But these four wild plants, commonly found along roadsides, vacant lots,  and other undisturbed places, have many uses, medicinal and  otherwise. They are also very good plants to grow to attract bees and butterflies. They deserve a place in  cultivated gardens, too. These wild weeds are burdock, chickory, milkweed and... Read more »

August light

August light
Under the August moon, the katydids and cicadas are trilling  in the trees.  The days grow shorter, and the light slants through the green leaves. Summer is not over yet, but the freshness  of June has ripened, mellowed into a richness of time.  If ever a moment  felt ripe like a fruit, it is  now.... Read more »

Watch for the Perseids---August 12, 13, 14

Watch for the Perseids---August 12, 13, 14
The Perseid meteors are one of the highlights of summer.  Remnants of the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Earth passes through this debris field every August, a reliable annual event  lighting up August nights.  On a good clear night, over 100 meteors have been reported in an hour! This meteor shower also comes at peak vacation time in... Read more »
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Summer of the Dragonflies

Summer of the Dragonflies
It’s not every day that dragonflies make the news, but this summer in Chicago, dragonflies are  everywhere.  They have been front-page news at the Chicago Tribune.  You can read more about them here. Update–In case you don’t have time to read the articles, here’s what you need to know–Dragonflies don’t bite.  They do, however, eat... Read more »

supercell storms -- fast and furious

supercell storms -- fast and furious
Summer storms can be sudden and scary–on Sunday, the sky turned dark at 3 in the afternoon. Lollapalooza  was evacuated, due to the weather. Performances were rescheduled due to the delay. A tent collapsed in Wood Dale.  Sadly, one person was killed. The most damage was in Rogers Park–rain, lightning, hurricane force winds, large hail,... Read more »

Heat Wave 1995

    The heat wave that hit Chicago in July of 1995 was one of the worst urban tragedies in modern history. It was scorching, sweltering. It was unbelievable heat, and high humidity, combined with poor air quality. During the five-day period, of July 12- 16, temperatures were well over 100 degrees, with heat indices... Read more »
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full orange moon

Smoke moon, Danny Crocker-Jensen, Wardsville, MO Many saw a high, orange moon last night due to Canadian wildfires pic.twitter.com/RMdxa5gj7m — EarthSky (@earthskyscience) June 30, 2015   The full moon of July is the moon of high summer. It has many traditional names from folklore and Native Americans. According to the Old  Farmers’ Almanac, it is... Read more »

Rain delay summer

You thought right: June is breaking rainfall records. http://t.co/f8khefoBoc pic.twitter.com/rsyAovx5gB — Tribune Graphics (@ChiTribGraphics) June 30, 2015   It’s been a cool and rainy June, here. Many days of clouds and gray, severe storms, flash flooding  and more than nine tornadoes. According to Tom Skilling, the tornado that hit the Coal City area was the... Read more »

floods in the forecast

The most recent wave of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Hawks fans. The heavy rain did, however,  make getting anywhere challenging, to say the least. Flights were delayed or cancelled. Busses were rerouted to accommodate the crowds and flooded streets. Blue Line trains were stopped from Cicero Ave. to  Forest Park. Public transit was... Read more »
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A day of weather

Here’s how @cubs fans are spending the rain delay pic.twitter.com/ifpjTTPsuU — Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) June 14, 2015 The fans in the photo above had  fun during a rain delay at the Cubs game on Saturday. That could have been the scenario for Monday night as well, but the Cubs-Indians  game has been rescheduled for August... Read more »