Archive for 2016

December Solstice

December Solstice
Yes, these are dark times, and winter is here. For meteorologists, winter  begins on December 1. Astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere  begins on the December solstice. This year, it falls on December 21 at 4:40 am Central Time.  At the time of the December solstice, the sun appears to be  directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn in... Read more »

Walking in winter

Walking in winter
As if this year didn’t  have enough sadness and suffering, now  comes arctic air, subzero wind chills  and more snow. What does that mean for us, here in  Chicago?   It means pay attention to the weather forecasts. Wind chills are no joke, and frostbite and hypothermia  can happen in a matter of minutes. The National... Read more »

Winter has Arrived!

Cold, snow, and more cold. Sounds a lot like winter across the Midwest. pic.twitter.com/fee7ZZgU7h — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) December 7, 2016 Winter has arrived,  with snow and cold, boots and  hoodies, and  early sunsets.  Yes, it gets dark at 4:20 in the afternoon these days. December 3-15  are the earliest sunsets of the year, here. December Solstice (Winter... Read more »
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Magnolias in November

Magnolias  in November
Magnolias may be considered  a southern  tree,  but they are grown here, too. The magnolia is a  lovely small tree, and in the spring the  flowers are exquisite.  There are many varieties of magnolias, such as the star magnolia, pictured. The Morton  Arboretum  has over forty-nine examples of magnolias. Flower colors can range from creamy white to yellow to... Read more »

Watch the Supemoon tonight!

Watch the Supemoon tonight!
Tonight, the full moon will appear bigger and brighter than it has in  almost 69 years. If  you can’t go out and see the moon, or it’s overcast where you are, SLOOH will be live streaming this amazing sight beginning at 8 pm EDT, or 7 pm in Chicago. You can watch it online here. Why is... Read more »

Cold November Reality

December-like air to push across northeastern US this weekend https://t.co/jwAoxkHVS1 pic.twitter.com/GKSZtPWxRn — William Rusk (@willdrusk) November 9, 2016 It’s November 11, and  still the warmth of summer lingers, but  it’s a different season, now. The election is over. The leaves are falling on the campaign signs and  we know the cold is coming.  The cold and dark will... Read more »
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Mother Nature is a Baseball Fan

Downtown Chicago transformed into a sea — and a river — of Cubbie blue. https://t.co/mDRT3yq6Iz pic.twitter.com/BzmZ6efjxU — Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) November 4, 2016 Best. Game. Ever.  Game 7 of the World Series seemed like a game that would never end. Young men grew old, 108 years  in that extra-inning game, and in a single  throw for the final... Read more »

World Series Weather --- Cleveland!

World Series Weather --- Cleveland!
Sunday  was the last home game  at Wrigley field this year, but baseball wasn’t over yet. For  Game 5  of the World Series, all the greats were there–Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg came to add their magic. But these are new kids, playing the game old school. Even with temps in the 40’s and the cold wind blowing... Read more »

World Series Weather

World Series Weather
World Series Weather–what a thrill to write these words!  This  year, the World Series is in Cleveland and  Chicago–and midwest weather is part of the story. Game 2 was in Cleveland on Wednesday night. It  was a chilly, rainy day in Chicago. That same storm was heading for Cleveland, too. The game was re-scheduled to start... Read more »
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Is climate change changing fall?

Is climate change changing fall?
Greetings again from October country, where the leaves are starting to change color on the trees. The timing  of peak color  varies from year to year, but the average for  Chicago area is mid to late October. What makes vibrant fall  leaf color?  Warm sunny days and crisp, cool nights. You can read more about the... Read more »