Winter Forecast 2020

Winter Forecast 2020

Happy New Year!  The days are getting longer–over 8 minutes more daylight since the winter solstice on December 21.

Now comes  the real reality of winter in Chicago —the snow and cold and bills–the layering and shoveling. Will we face another arctic blast of the polar vortex this year?  A blizzard like the GroundHog Day blizzard of 2011?

So far, the worst of  the wintery weather  here seems to have been at the end of  October!  It was relatively calm and not too cold for December.  How long will this  last?  The Weather Channel meteorologists are optimistic that a milder trend for the midwest will continue in early January.

You can read more of what they have to say, here.

What will 2020 bring?

I think this coming year we will be experiencing more and more of the effects of climate change–environmental, political, personal—local and global.  The rains last spring in the midwest are one example.  The ongoing fires in Australia are an extreme example.  The fires can be seen from space. Smoke from the fires has reached South America–over 7000 miles away. We are one world.

The world is  facing an environmental and existential crisis. And yes,  “existential” was the word of the year for 2019 at  Perhaps it’s not surprising that Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019 is climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Climate change is not a story.  This is our reality now.




Filed under: climate change, seasons, weather


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  • Thank you for a clarion call. Our home is burning. Keep reporting!

  • Thank you for reading!

  • There was a report that Putin said "I don't know what causes climate change." That seems to acknowledge that it exists, something his acolyte doesn't acknowledge.

    Given another warm Dec. into Jan., I wonder if we are into another snow storm in April.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack. I think they know something is happening, even if they won't admit it.
    How furious he must have been not to make the cover of Time!

    Yes, I wonder if we'll have snow in April, again...A possible snowstorm Friday...

  • Another weather oddity for this year. WeatherNation was running a crawl that there is a WINTER STORM WARNING for Hawaii county in Hawaii. I assume it is running the official NWS text, and a little more research indicates there is considerable snow on mountains exceeding 9,000 or 12,000 feet.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thank you, Jack. I didn't know about snow on mountains in Hawaii!
    I wonder if the volcano eruption in the Philippines will affect weather, too...

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