The weather, currently.
Takeaways for Chicago's weather:
1. Cold start to Tuesday and Wednesday
2. Mostly dry until this weekend
3. Slowly getting back to about average
So long to the 70s and 80s we saw this past weekend. A freeze warning starts off our Tuesday but expires by 7 AM. It doesn’t include the Chicago metro area or suburbs south of the city. Watch for some frost to start things off early Wednesday morning. Highs by Wednesday will fail to get out of the 40s with 50s for highs on Tuesday and Thursday. We should warm back to near 60°F by Friday and into the lower 60s this weekend. A few showers possible Thursday night but a better chance of showers comes this weekend. — Tim McGill
What you need to know, currently.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its monthly report on global climate trends, including a preview of what the summer months of June, July, and August have in store.
In the contiguous U.S., the March precipitation total was 2.26 inches, which was 0.25 inches below average— making this year’s March the driest third of the 128-year period on record. It was also ranked the third warmest March on record.
March was the warmest it has been since 1880, as temperatures were 1.71° F (0.95 °C) above normal globally.
Parts of South Asia and Southeast Asia had the hottest March on record this year as well. For example, India had its hottest March in its 122-year record. There is also an ongoing heatwave across both India and Pakistan with temperatures expected to rise further.
And, the contiguous U.S. was affected by a bit of heat last month, too, with an average temperature of 44.1°F (6.72°C) — 2.6°F (1.45°C) above the 20th-century average.
March was marked by several severe weather outbreaks, with at least 13 confirmed tornadoes across Iowa— including the one in Winterset, which was ranked an EF4, the second-strongest on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Other major storms wreaked havoc in the southern U.S. including an EF3 tornado in Jacksboro, Texas, and in New Orleans.
After the severe drought in the upper Midwest region last year, the NOAA is predicting a hotter and drier than normal summer yet again, with temperatures above normal across the country.
La Niña will continue through the end of the year as well, possibly drawing out the drought in the West. —Aarohi Sheth