Tag: tornadoes

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 »

30 Days Wild ---day 23

30 Days Wild ---day 23
After the storms,  morning  fog  at 6 a.m.  For the moment, the  wi-fi is working, but  there may be  problems with the connection. Maybe it is the weight of branches and wet leaves brushing against a power line. There have been power outages reported, and  some flooding in the low-lying areas.  Tornadoes reportedly touched down... 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 »
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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 »

Be careful out there--stormy weather safety

With the 4th of July approaching, and festival season in full swing, it’s time for summer  fun.  Concerts, a day at the beach, picnics in the forest preserves, camping, hiking, boating, baseball, there are so many ways to enjoy being outdoors. But along with  summer comes severe weather season. Monday’s powerful storms are an example–thunder... Read more »

How do you describe the wind?

How do you make sense of  violent winds? How do you  measure fear, chaos, destruction, loss? At least 17 people have died after tornadoes struck AR and OK on Sunday. The  photos and footage of the damage in Vinolia and Mayflower, Arkansas, document the human tragedy and destructive power of tornadic winds. Semi-trucks turned over.... Read more »
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Tornado season could start this weekend

Tornado season could start this weekend
Looks like we could be in for some serious weather this weekend. Writing at Slate.com, meteorologist Eric Holthaus says the tornado season is about to really heat up. “The National Weather Service is saying ‘strong tornadoes are possible’ during a ‘significant multi-day severe event’ set to begin this weekend from Texas to Tennessee. “According to the Storm... Read more »

April Opening Days--Let's Play Two!

What do baseball and  severe storms have in common?  Both really get started in April. It’s the Cubs home opener at Wrigley Field  today,  and Fermilab Severe Storms and Tornado Seminar is tomorrow. What a  double-header! You can read about baseball, and  Opening Day  here. But it’s not always a beautiful day for a ballgame.... Read more »

Tornadoes Touch Down in Tazewell County

Sunday,  Chicago had unseasonably mild temperatures, and some wild weather! You know there’s trouble when the Chicago Weather Center Severe Weather Blog is activated.  There was heavy rain, thunder, lightning, hail, flooding, high wind warnings, and wind gusts over 60 mph. The Bears game was delayed due to severe weather. Fortunately, the Stadium full of people... Read more »
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In Case of Severe Weather

The Chicago area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, with possible hail and damaging winds. A  thunderstorm is one of the beauties of summer, here, for sure.  But are you prepared in the event of more severe weather?  What about your kids and pets? Let’s review– in the case of a tornado, here is  this excellent... Read more »