Archive for April 2013

Prologue to the Playoff Season

April is poetry month, and I hope you’ve been enjoying some. Here’s a few April-related lines –T.S. Eliot, “April is the cruelest month” —Shakespeare, “the lovely April of her prime”–and of course the opening to the Prologue of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales–“Whan that aprille, with his shoures soote, the doghte of march hath perced to the... Read more »

Great Midwest Flood 2013

Would you call it this year’s flood of the century?  Scenes of water everywhere–highways and country roads inundated,  farmland and suburban backyards turned into waterways. There are videos on You Tube, reports on Facebook, Twitter updates.  There are pictures from Albany Park in Chicago  to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The U.S. Geological Survey says it  has... Read more »

Alleys in Bloom

After days of clouds and rain, here comes the  sun–at last! It’s been the coldest April in 17 years, and yet the magnolias are blooming. They are so fragile, they don’t last long, here. Still, the magnolias are blooming, fragrant white flowers against the blue sky. The spirea and lilacs are covered with tiny green leaves.... Read more »

After the Deluge

This is not the post I was going to write. I was going to write about  the rain, of course–what else would you expect from Weather Girl?  Well, there’s a difference between April showers, and way too much rain—which is what we had overnight. Good news–the drought is over. “Enough rain in one night for... Read more »

A Rainy Night

Tonight we share this rain, our thoughts in Boston. A horrible tragedy –Yet, it inspires the extraordinary kindness of strangers, such courage of first responders! I am inspired, too, by the responses of my fellow bloggers on ChicagoNow, each with their  own unique expressions of outrage, love, compassion, and eloquence.  Truly we are all in... Read more »

Two Seasons in One Day

This is the time of two seasons–It was like March in the morning, almost summer in the afternoon. In the evening, a warm breeze and 65 degrees, and that crescent moon… Like this? Why not subscribe? Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free,... Read more »

Fermilab Severe Weather Seminar: Dr. Louis Uccellini on Superstorm Sandy

This is the first in a series of reviews on the featured speakers at the  33rd Annual Fermilab Tornado and Severe Weather Seminar  hosted by WGN Chief Meteorologist, Tom Skilling.  Video clips of the presentations are available on How better to start off the  Severe Weather Seminar than with the most extreme weather event... Read more »

Rain Delay

We enter the severe weather season with thunderstorms and  high winds early this morning overturning semis in Ogle County. This evening, in the cold and damp, a green mist of opening buds on the lilac bushes, and  two rabbits almost the same color as the brown leaves. The Cubs second night game is cancelled due... Read more »

Fermilab Severe Weather Seminar Review

Oh to be at Fermilab on Saturday, April 6 for the 33rd annual Tornado and Severe  Weather Seminar, hosted by WGN-TV chief meteorologist Tom Skilling. This event was free and open to the public. There were two sessions, starting at noon, repeating at 6 P.M.  For those who could not make it out to Batavia (like... Read more »

These Are the Opening Days

If March is the door out of winter, April is that door opening.  Are you ready?  A chill continues, but  there is an undercurrent in the air, a warmth in the angle of the sun. That first 60-degree day is surprising, isn’t it?  But, don’t be fooled—it is intoxicating! How quickly we forget. It’s like... Read more »