Currently in Chicago — May 10th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Skipping right into summer this week

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

  1. Jumping Right Into July
  2. Some Storms Tuesday Night
  3. Wet At Times This Weekend

Monday was the first above average day in terms of temperature for Chicago this month. It gets even warmer Tuesday and stays relatively hot with highs hitting well into the 80s through Friday. A few spots could tag  90 degrees Tuesday and Thursday. Expect some sun mixed with clouds most of this week. Just some scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday, otherwise most of the work week will be dry. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at times this weekend as highs slide back into the 70s.  Cooler but still above average for the middle of May.

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What you need to know, currently.

Currently published a piece today by Editor-in-Chief, Abbie Veitch, on the importance of language-inclusive weather information. Veitch spoke to meteorologist Joseph Trujillo Falcón on the challenges of getting severe weather alerts out to diverse, multilingual communities.

“Weather alerts that describe potential impacts prompt communities to take proactive safety measures,” Veitch writes. “Trujillo Falcón said that in order for populations to be informed, weather warnings need to be consistent, specific, certain, clear, and accurate.”

“If even one of those components is missing, it could really get in the way of somebody making a protective action during an extreme weather event,” said Trujillo Falcón. “For Spanish-speaking communities, a big problem there is that we’re not even receiving information in the dominant language that someone speaks.”

Veitch notes that of the 18 people who died in New York City during Hurricane Ida, “the majority of the victims were of Asian descent and many did not speak or had limited proficiency in English and Spanish, the two languages that the National Weather Service issued emergency alerts in. Such data reinforces the importance of making weather information accessible for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origins, or language.”

Click here to read the full piece.