Category: climate change

These are the dog days

These are the dog days
Now come  the dog days of August, days of  heat and humidity, sweat and thunder. Days of ripening tomatoes and milkweed pods. Days of monarch butterflies, evenings of fireflies and dog day cicadas.  The term dog days comes from the dog star Sirius,  which is visible in the night sky at this time.  You can... Read more »

Humidity, dew points, fires and rain

Humidity, dew points, fires and rain
The moon is almost the color of a grapefruit in the sky. Smoke from the wildfires in the West has spread clear across the country, all the way to the East coast, and making the midwestern skies hazy. Hazy days of summer, the dog days are here, and more heat and humidity on the way.... Read more »

It's not just the heat

It's not just the heat
Summers are getting hotter. From Siberia to Seattle, people are dealing with intense heat they are not prepared for. In the Pacific Northwest, hot and dry conditions are causing pavement to buckle and fueling wildfires. Along the coastline, clams and oysters cooked in their shells on the beaches. In New York and California, people are... Read more »
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Severe Weather Sunday

Tornado Warning including Bolingbrook IL, Orland Park IL, Tinley Park IL until 11:45 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/cKzplWj7Cp— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) June 21, 2021 Overcast Sunday, and the Storm Prediction Center issued warnings of severe weather Sunday night—thunderstorms, damaging winds, possible tornadoes for Illinois, including Dekalb County and Cook County. A wall cloud was spotted in DeKalb... Read more »

New Climate Normals

New Climate Normals
Recently, NOAA released its new 30-year normals for our changing climate, spanning the years 1991-2020. For the past decade, the normals have been based on weather observations from 1981 to 2010. What do these “new normals” show? A warmer and wetter climate, evidence of global warming. As many climatologists and environmentalists have been saying, a... Read more »

Flowering Season

Flowering Season
“The alphabet of the trees is fading in the song of leaves …” —-William Carlos Williams We do not get the news from poems. But spring is here in Chicago, and we are once again saddened by needless death. Shootings in Indianapolis and Austin, Texas. In Chicago, people marched in the streets for Adam Toledo,... Read more »
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A Dishful of Snow

February 18—Today is Yoko Ono’s Birthday– I was born February 18th, 1933 during a heavy snow in Tokyo. In the morning the nurse opened the curtains to the window to show my mother what happened to the city over the night. The whole city was blanketed with snow, which was shining under the blue sky.... Read more »

Is it time for a Green New Deal?

Is it time for a Green New Deal?
April  22, Earth Day–it’s been 50 years,  and the earth, the environment is still  a cause worth fighting for.  In the midst of a pandemic, some things are very clear— vulnerable people are most affected fossil fuels are not the future The way we have been living has contributed to income inequality, wars, refugees, deforestation, mountains of plastic,... Read more »

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... Read more »
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Weather Maps Don't Lie

This summer, Donald Trump said he wanted to buy an island. No, not Puerto Rico–Greenland! No doubt, he was thinking ahead. Take advantage of global warming—this would be the opportunity of a lifetime–why not build a golf course once all that ice melted. And a luxury hotel! Meanwhile, in Iceland people held a funeral for... Read more »