Currently in Chicago — August 15th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Sunscreen & Shades Required

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Sunscreen & Shades Required

2. Dry Through Friday

3. “Cool” Pattern Continues

Plenty of sunshine and little to no rain through Friday this week. Partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies expected each day. Still no extreme heat in sight. Cooler than average Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with highs only in the middle to upper 70s. More seasonably warm by the end of the week with highs in the lower 80s.  Slap the sunscreen on the students returning to school this week. A light jacket may be needed as they wait for the bus with morning lows in the lower to middle 60s.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

Our founder, Eric Holthaus, has a new piece up today on the coming water restrictions in the drought-stricken Western states:

Time has run out for drought-stricken states along the Colorado River in the US southwest, as talks aimed at coming to terms on a water-sharing plan have broken down.

“Negotiations among the Colorado River’s Lower Basin states of Arizona, California, and Nevada have stalled,” according to Luke Runyon, a journalist for a Colorado public radio station focused on the Colorado River. According to Runyon, that makes “a seven-state commitment to conserve 2-4 million acre-feet unlikely ahead of a federal deadline.”

That much water — 2-4 million acre-feet — is about one-third of the river’s historic flow, roughly equivalent to all the water Arizona’s farmers use each year to grow alfalfa, a specialized type of hay, or about as much as Las Vegas uses in five years.

Click here to read the full piece!