Category: climate change

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 »

Big Gator Weather

Big Gator Weather
Summer in the city–heat and humidity.   Out come the shorts and tank tops, T-shirts and breezy summer dresses.  It’s big gator weather when the sweat makes everyone look dewy. Everyone is melting. And like a big ‘gator we seek the cool and shade, and ice melting in tall glasses. The big news here is there’s... Read more »

Mysterious glowing object spotted over Chicago area

Mysterious glowing object spotted over Chicago area
Tuesday, June 18—There were many reports of a mysterious glowing object in the sky over the Chicago area after the fog cleared in the afternoon today. Witnesses reported the object was so bright it hurt to look at it. Some had vague memories of seeing it before, but weeks of rain and fog had muddled their... Read more »
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21 Days in May

Wettest May gives way to a wet June 1st https://t.co/oDrknbDMEl — Skilling (@Skilling) June 1, 2019 It was a wet and wild May—an all-time record of precipitation, and 21 days of rain.  Fields are too wet for planting. Rivers are still at flood stage. Here is a satellite image from NASA showing flooding along the Mississippi River in... Read more »

Full Moon and Equinox

Full Moon and Equinox
Mark your calendars– the vernal equinox  is coming on March 20, and the start of astronomical spring in the Northern hemisphere.  Lighter days are here again. And there will be a full moon on the night of the equinox! This full moon of March is called the worm moon, or the rising sap moon,  associations of spring... Read more »

first signs of spring

first signs of spring
Welcome to March and Meteorological Spring!    And we’re off to a roaring start with record cold high temperatures in Chicago, big snow  in Boston  and deadly tornadoes in Alabama. Still, the snow is almost gone here, and most of the ice has melted on the sidewalks. The streets  are blooming with potholes–one of the first signs of spring.... Read more »
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Weathering Winter Storm Harper

Snow will spread eastward across parts of north central and northeast Illinois late in the day Friday into the early Friday evening. This snow will then expand area wide later in the evening. Impacts to the evening commute are possible, mainly along and north of I-88. #ILwx #INwx pic.twitter.com/JMCgeQnRSQ — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) January 17,... Read more »

Now in November

November is here. Skies are mostly gray. The World Series is over. Now comes wind and cold and rain. Snow is not unusual. We are already past the halfway mark between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. Days grow shorter, now, and it will be dark even earlier in the evening after  we  set... Read more »

U.N. climate report shows civilization is at stake if we don’t act now

U.N. climate report shows civilization is at stake if we don’t act now
Monday, October 15– It’s a chilly October day in Chicago. Friday, the sky looked like November, and the first traces of snow fell in LaSalle County. Saturday was bright and sunny for the Women’s March downtown to get out the vote in November. The sky was glorious blue. Last week, the United Nations issued a... Read more »
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