Currently in Chicago— April 14th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Strong winds bring in colder air

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

  1. Winds To Whip Up
  2. Colder Pattern To Stick Around
  3. Drying Out For The Weekend

Wind advisories are up for a good portion of Thursday. Gusts could get as high as 50 mph. Those winds are carrying colder air—after highs near 70°F on Wednesday, we fall into the middle 50s for highs Thursday and Friday and settle into the 40s for highs over the weekend. Sunny skies Thursday, then partly sunny ,with a chance of light rain on Friday. It may be a chilly weekend, but it will at least be dry. Highs warm back into the middle 50s by next Wednesday.

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What you need to know, currently.

As we move into Spring, hurricane season is creeping up on us once again. It arrives officially on June 1st, although the World Meteorological Organization will begin issuing its hurricane bulletins on May 15. Some scientists believe hurricane season is growing longer.

Research on whether the season should be lengthened is debated, but hurricane seasons are definitely growing more intense. Hurricanes feed off of warm water and as climate change raises ocean temperatures, hurricanes increase in ferocity and size.

Researchers aren’t yet sure why, but hurricanes have also been moving more slowly as climate change progresses, which means they can cause significantly more damage when they arrive on land. Hurricane Dorian, for example, essentially parked over the Bahamas—moving at 1 mph, while internal winds of 185 mph chewed up the landscape.

The last two hurricane seasons were very active—2020’s season set a record with 30 named storms and 2021 came up not far behind it, with 21 named storms. Colorado State University released their hurricane outlook last week and, unfortunately, it looks to be similarly active. Forecasters are predicting 19 named storms this year, which is five more than the 30 year average.
The National Hurricane Center began naming storms in 1950, in an effort to make the general public more aware of their dangers. In their FAQ section, the National Hurricane Center makes it clear that you cannot request to have a tropical storm named after you—in case you were considering bribery—but you can see the full list of upcoming names here.