The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 burned for three days from October 8 to October 10. It killed hundreds and destroyed 3.3 square miles of the city.  The tragedy led to massive rebuilding that that changed Chicago's future.
With the “D” word all over Chicago’s news today, we started thinking about disasters in general. The “D” word, for those who are not weather junkies, is derecho (even spell check thinks it’s a misspelling). A derecho is a severe storm, similar to a tornado, that moves in a straighter line. To qualify for derecho... Read more »