Currently in Chicago — August 12th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Week Closes On Cooler Note

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Week Closes On Cooler Note

2. A Mostly Dry Forecast

3. Seasonably Warm Weekend

More clouds and a wind off the lake will keep it cooler on Friday with highs in the upper 70s for most but lower 70s lakeside. A mix of clouds and sun Saturday with a scattered shower or thunderstorm possible late in the day and at night.  We warm back into the lower 80s this weekend. Winds shift back off the lake on Sunday so just lower 70s for highs lakeside then. We start off next week with plenty of sunshine and highs in the middle to upper 70s on Monday and Tuesday.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

We have a new story up today by Zaria Howell on indigenous communities’ struggles to secure clean drinking water in Alaska:

“In January of 2021 an unknown source sparked a fire at the Indigenous village of Tuluksak’s sole water power plant,” writes Howell. “The plant, which provided this native Alaskan community of nearly 400 with safe drinking water, quickly burned to ashes, leaving the rural community vulnerable.”

“In the aftermath of the fire, community members struggled to access clean water or secure the delivery of bottled water from local and state authorities. And when they did manage to secure the latter, weather challenges and delays made the transportation process difficult.Many natives were left without water entirely for months on end, relying instead on hauled water from neighboring freshwater reserves, if they had the means to secure it via snowmobile or some other method.”

Click here to read the full story!