Currently in Chicago — August 22nd, 2022

The weather, currently.

Mostly sunny skies all week

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Time For A Carwash

2. Seasonably Warm Week

3. Keeping It Cooler Lakeside

Awesome August weather for the next several days.  A dry and seasonably warm week ahead. Mostly sunny skies expected each day and highs near 80°F or the lower 80s. Breezes off the lake will keep it cooler lakeside with highs in the middle to upper 70s. Dry and seasonably mild nights expected with lows in the lower to middle 60s.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

Houston is using nature to reduce flooding.

And now that hurricane season is well underway, the city’s green solutions are more important than ever.

Exploration Green in Clear Lake was once an abandoned golf course. Now, it is both a public greenspace and a flood detention project. The project first started in 2005 and is a collaboration between the conservancy and the Clear Lake City Water Authority.

The fifth and final retention pond will be finished around next year. During storms, these five ponds can each hold 100 million gallons of floodwater that would otherwise be rushing into the local bayous and causing flash flooding. One the ponds are full, the water will drain into the bayous. When it’s not raining or storming, the ponds hold water to support native plant and animal life.

Exploration Green works with nature, rather than against it, mimicking natural life to absorb and slow down rain water. In fact, when Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, the first pond was almost complete filled with stormwater, saving around 150 homes from flooding, according to reporting by Houston Public Media.

Along with mitigating flood risk, green infrastructure is also known to improve water and air quality, minimize erosion and reduce urban heat.

—Aarohi Sheth