Currently in Chicago — October 6th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Dry Spell Ends

2. Temperatures Tumble Friday

3. Warming Back Up Next Week


After ten straight days without rain we will see some scattered showers on Thursday. Highs still in the 70s before temperatures tumble for Friday. Highs Friday will only hit the lower 50s. A few showers Friday too but some dry hours as well.  Drying out for the weekend. Highs hit the upper 50s Saturday and then climb into the middle 60s Sunday. Mostly sunny through the weekend then partly cloudy for Indigenous People's Day with highs in the middle 60s.

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What you need to know, currently.

More bad news about methane! A new study in Science covering the three largest oil and gas basins found that flaring — the method through which companies dispose of unwanted methane — is often significantly less effective than previously thought. For decades, the prevailing wisdom was that flaring destroyed methane with 98 percent efficiency, turning it into CO2 which (while still not exactly beneficial) does less harm to the atmosphere. Researchers found that unlit and inefficient flares are allowing roughly five times as much methane to escape than previously believed.


Methane has roughly 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide and emissions have risen sharply since 2007, for reasons scientists don’t completely understand. Researchers worry that the rise in methane output may signal that we have entered into a self-perpetuating cycle in terms of climate change, making global heating even more difficult to reign in. Looked at in this light, the new study in Science on flaring inefficiency is both a depressing example of oil and gas laxity and a potential source of methane emission mitigation. Fix the flares and you can (slightly) bring down methane output.

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