Currently in Chicago — July 27th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1.  Typical July Temperatures

2.  Only Scattered Showers & Thunderstorms

3.  Warming Up This Weekend

Highs will be right around average through the end of the week as we top out in the lower to middle 80s. The heat gets turned up a bit this weekend and into early next week with highs hitting the middle to upper 80s. A bit cooler lakeside Friday through Sunday with highs there in the upper 70s to near 80°F. Some scattered showers and thunderstorms Wednesday, Sunday night and Monday but no washouts. Plenty of sunshine on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. July should end near normal, but August looks to start off warmer next week.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

The U.S. will plant 1 billion trees across the millions of acres of burnt and dead forests in the American West, the Biden administration announced on Monday.

This announcement is the latest in forest regeneration efforts by the federal government. In April, the President signed an executive order to protect old-growth forests. In August, the nation signed on to an effort to plant 1 trillion trees worldwide.

Unfortunately, not much action-based change has taken place, as the Biden administration continues to toy with the notion of declaring a climate emergency, which could potentially lead to more national efforts to tackle climate change.

In the meantime, as climate change continues to scorch woodlands, the Department of Agriculture has led reforestation efforts by using funds from the bipartisan Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees Act as well as the bipartisan infrastructure law.

So far, wildfires have decimated 5.6 million acres in the U.S. this year. Some forests naturally regenerate after fires, but, because of human-induced climate change, the wildfires have become more frequent and severe, leaving forests barren for decades before they can start to sprout back up. This replanting plan could change things, as it will nurture forests’ natural regeneration, mitigating the effects of climate change and making them more resilient to threats of wildfires and drought.

The Forest Service expanded their reforestation funds up to about $100 million. The agency also plans to plant about 400,000 acres of forest annually, particularly in the West, where wildfires continually rage.

—Aarohi Sheth