The weather, currently.
Chicago will spend Thursday just outside of the northern edge of a significant heat dome that's brought extreme heat US. Temperatures will feel quite pleasant for early July, with highs topping out in the upper 70s. We are keeping our eyes out on a couple of complexes of storms that will pass through central Illinois. This will keep skies mostly cloudy in our area, but our best chance of rain will move into the region in the late evening and overnight hours.
Thursday night will remain fairly warm with temperatures only struggling to fall below 70ºF.
— Anthony D. Torres
What you need to know, currently.
Scientists are working on developing plants that can better withstand heat waves, according to a new study in Nature. Even brief heat waves can have long standing effects on plant immunity, inhibiting their ability to produce salicylic acid—which prevents bacteria from spreading when they’re attacked by pathogens.
Scientists were able to manipulate the CBP60g, which acts as a master switch for plants, to allow them to keep their immunity levels up even as temperatures rose.
“We were able to make the whole plant immune system more robust at warm temperatures,” author Sheng-Yang He told SciTechDaily. “If this is true for crop plants as well, that’s a really big deal because then we have a very powerful weapon.”