Currently in Chicago — August 31st, 2022

The weather, currently.

A gusty west wind combined with sunshine

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Warm End To Summer Season

2. Above Average Streak

3. Only Hit Or Miss Shower This Weekend

The last day of August and meteorological summer on Wednesday will be warm. A gusty west wind combined with sunshine will push highs into the middle 80s.  More of the same for the start of September and meteorological fall with mostly sunny skies on Thursday and highs in the middle 80s  Warming into the upper 80s Friday with plenty of sunshine. A mostly dry Labor day weekend but a few showers possible Saturday morning and a hit or miss shower or thunderstorm possible on Labor Day. Above average through Saturday then highs slide into the upper 70s to near 80 for Sunday and Monday.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

If you’ve never eaten a breadfruit, now is the perfect time!

According to reporting by Smithsonian magazine, the fruit could play a role in addressing global hunger as well as food security adaptation amid global warming and climate change.

Breadfruit is very versatile, as it can be dried and ground into flour –– its trees provide abundant shade for humans and wildlife alike, and it’s been used to treat various skin ailments. The perennial custard-y fruit is also very rich in nutrients and requires less labor, water and fertilizer than annual crops.

“I really think it has a lot of potential to help people, especially in the tropics, where 80 percent of the world’s hungry live,” Diane Ragone, founder of the Breadfruit Institute, told Smithsonian magazine in 2009. “It’s low-labor and low-input; much easier to grow than things like rice and corn. And because it’s a tree, the environmental benefits are huge compared to a field crop.”

Past research has found that yields of staple crops like corn, wheat and rice may decline due to climate change, particularly in areas close to the equator. The breadfruit, on the other hand, is more resilient to rising temperatures. In conjunction with other food security adaptations and solutions, this tropical fruit could make a real difference.

—Aarohi Sheth