Currently in Chicago— April 29th, 2022

The weather, currently.

60s stick around for a few days

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

  1. 60s Sticking Around Through Monday
  2. Strong Storms Possible Saturday
  3. Cooler By Middle Of Next Week

Warming into the lower 60s on Friday after back to back days with highs in the 40s. It will be cooler lakeside, with highs in the lower 50s. Some scattered showers Friday then a chance for some strong thunderstorms on Saturday, as highs climb into the upper 60s for most but lower 60s along the lakefront. The biggest threat from storms will be damaging winds. Just a few spotty showers Sunday, with a high near 60°F. Highs fall back into the 50s for Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Tim McGill

What you need to know, currently.

The World Meteorological Association announced that they are retiring Ida from their list of storm names, after Hurricane Ida caused $65 billion in damages and killed 155 people in Louisiana and across the Northeast.

Ida made landfall at Port Fourchon, Louisiana on August 29, 2021 as a Category 4, devastating coastal towns outside of New Orleans levee system. The levees did hold, a victory for post-Katrina engineering, but the remnants of the storm brought tornado outbreaks and unprecedented flooding as it moved across the Northeast.

Imagine Waterworks, a New Orleans-based community organization focused on Climate Justice, has been a leader in mutual-aid work around hurricane recovery in Louisiana. Yesterday, they announced that they had distributed $100,000 to public health workers who had been impacted by Ida.

In their report, Imagine Waterworks noted that through their selection process for funds distribution, they prioritized BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people.

Imagine Waterworks wrote, “We know that storms hurt communities of color the most. And while the climate crisis a serious health threat for people from all walks of life, it is a major health concern for communities who already face societal inequities and systemic oppression. For the LGBTQ community, social stigma, higher unemployment, and inadequate safe living spaces also makes them more vulnerable to environmental catastrophes.

Hurricane recovery is a pain-staking process though, as Louisiana has been hit by several other storms in the past few months, including several tornadoes just last month. To contribute to year-round recovery work, donate to Imagine Waterworks here.