Tag: snow

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 »

Winter-ready forecast

Winter-ready forecast
Meteorological winter  begins December 1.  Astronomical winter  is less than 2 weeks away. The winter solstice will be on December 21. Now is the time of the earliest sunsets of the year in Chicago–4:19 pm, from December 2-13. Now is also the season of bare  branches and red berries, milkweed pods scattering seeds to the wind.  But... Read more »

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 »
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Winter in July

Winter in July
Winter in July, it is a dream of snow.  It is white sheets waving on a clothesline, white butterflies dancing on white flowers. It is a cool breeze and a gray sky, an almost autumnal feel, a favorite jacket in the light evening rain.  Blankets at night. Real winter is months away. It is a memory of blizzards, or a future... Read more »

Hello, summer!

Hello, summer!
For most of us in Chicago, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer season, which lasts until Labor Day. It’s the season of farmers’ markets and festivals and outdoor events.  It seems every weekend there are block parties, yard sales, weddings and parties, too. It’s the season of al fresco dining, and concerts under the... Read more »

April fooling, maybe even snow

Apr low pressure records were set from TN to MI to VT when a windy Apr 1-3, 1970 cyclone rapidly strengthened across the Midwest & Northeast. @NWSChicago recorded their heaviest April snowstorm on record when 10.7″ fell. April 1970 became Chicago’s 2nd snowiest April on record. pic.twitter.com/JoLNwY1bMA — NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) April 2, 2018 April is... Read more »
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Forecasting weather--it's an art--and science!

After likely light snow accums this wknd, additional rounds of accumulating snow are *possible* next work wk. Here’s a good reminder about challenges of winter wx forecasting & why it’s too early for specifics on the potential snow next wk. Created by @NWSKansasCity #ilwx #inwx pic.twitter.com/OxHHQxVZcE — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 2, 2018 Consulting groundhogs... Read more »

Are you winter-ready?

Are you winter-ready?
Ready or not, winter has arrived. Meteorologists define winter as the three coldest months of the year–December, January and February. Traditionally, winter begins around December 21, at the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. You can read more here. Even older tradition calls the winter solstice midwinter, as it falls halfway through the darkest time... 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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Snow and subzero---winter as we know it

Snow and  subzero---winter as we know it
Snow, and subzero is winter as we know it here. Time to get out all the layers. When  Chiberia returns,  the chic Chiberians get out the snow pants, the sweatpants, the  fleece-lined pants. They pile on as many extra layers as they can.  They mix and match. They add colors, too.  There is Chiberian chic.... Read more »