Currently in Chicago— April 21st, 2022

The weather, currently.

Feeling like summer by Saturday.

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

  1. Back Above Average
  2. Second Half Of Weekend Soggy
  3. Cooler Pattern Kicks In Next Week

After seven straight days with below average temperatures we jump up above average Thursday with a warm weekend ahead. Thursday will vie for the best day of the year so far with some sunshine and lower 70s for highs.  We fall back into the 50s for highs on Friday with on and off showers and a possible rumble of thunder.  Saturday should be dry with highs near 80 degrees but rain returns on Sunday with occasional showers and a few thunderstorms as we top out in the middle 70s.  Cooler next week with highs a bit below average.  Highs should fail to climb out of the 50s.

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What you need to know, currently.

Happy 4/20! If you’re with it enough, this is a great day to call your representatives and encourage them to support the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act.The legislation would legalize weed nationwide, expunge the records of those arrested on cannabis offenses, and set up a trust to fund services for communities that have been impacted by over policing.

Were it to pass, it’s also likely to make the marijuana industry more sustainable. States that have legalized weed are better able to regulate its production (ensuring that pesticides and fertilizer used in growing cannabis don’t pollute local waterways, for example) as well as regulate its carbon footprint.

Because weed is often harvested in growhouses, it uses up an enormous amount of electricity. Colorado—with harsh winters—was the first state to legalize weed, but its carbon footprint there is substantial. A study published in Nature Sustainability last year showed that the state’s cannabis industry produced more emissions than its coal mines.

“The emissions that come from growing 1 ounce, depending on where it’s grown in the US, is about the same as burning 7 to 16 gallons of gasoline,” Hailey Summers, one of the study’s authors, told New Scientist. Legalizing weed nationwide and creating incentives to grow it outdoors could reduce its expanding carbon footprint.