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 »

flowers of May

flowers of May
They say May is the month of flowers, and the May flowers here have been magnificent! The cooler and wetter days have contributed to this abundance. How many flowers have you seen? Let’s list some of them– Crocus and daffodils, and the yellow forsythia. And tulips, tulips, tulips! Then come magnolias, redbuds and dogwoods, and... Read more »

May days at last!

May days at last!
Oh happy May days, and warmer days at last! Can we put the winter coats away now? The first of May is a cause for celebration, whether you follow the Old Calendar or not. May 1 is about halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. These are the lightest days. And this time... Read more »
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Winter Storm X

The calendar may say it’s spring, but it won’t feel that way today in the Great Lakes and Northeast. A major winter storm continues to impact the Northern Tier today. Learn more about winter weather safety: https://t.co/Ax3iZcVDA3 pic.twitter.com/A1L9uxiLIH — NWS (@NWS) April 15, 2018 Severe weather season is here–tornadoes have been spotted in Arkansas and... Read more »

April fooling, maybe even snow

Apr low pressure records were set from TN to MI to VT when a windy Apr 1-3, 1970 cyclone rapidly strengthened across the Midwest & Northeast. @NWSChicago recorded their heaviest April snowstorm on record when 10.7″ fell. April 1970 became Chicago’s 2nd snowiest April on record. pic.twitter.com/JoLNwY1bMA — NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) April 2, 2018 April is... Read more »

Spring for a day!

Spring for a day!
Today was one of those mild March days, when the sky is cloudless blue, and warmer in the sun, when the crocuses are coming up in all the yards, and the pussy willows are beginning to open. Robins are everywhere.  Cats are rolling on the sidewalks. People are out on bicycles. It’s spring for a day!... Read more »
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The many weathers of March

March 1  marks the start of Meteorological Spring, but this doesn’t mean that there won’t be more wintery snow and cold. In Chicago we are currently enjoying pleasant weather, but in the Northeast, a major storm is raging. In the UK, they are also dealing with snowstorms. Even Rome is a winter wonderland. There is an old saying–March is many... Read more »

Winter Olympics Chicago Style

Winter Olympics Chicago Style
Well it’s time for the Winter Olympics again, and maybe you are wondering how you can be a part of it all in addition to watching on TV.  Have you always wanted to try downhill skiing, or envied figure skaters?  It’s not too late. It’s winter here in Chicago, and we have plenty of ice and snow right... Read more »

Forecasting weather--it's an art--and science!

After likely light snow accums this wknd, additional rounds of accumulating snow are *possible* next work wk. Here’s a good reminder about challenges of winter wx forecasting & why it’s too early for specifics on the potential snow next wk. Created by @NWSKansasCity #ilwx #inwx pic.twitter.com/OxHHQxVZcE — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 2, 2018 Consulting groundhogs... Read more »
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Super blue blood moon--January 31

Super blue blood moon--January 31
The full moon on January 31  will be a triple treat  of lunar delights–a supermoon, a blue  moon and a blood moon! What is a supermoon?  When the moon makes its closest approach to earth in a lunar month, it’s called a perigee moon. The perigee full moon is also called a supermoon.  The moon does appear larger... Read more »