Currently in Chicago — June 8th, 2022

The weather, currently.

You call this summer?

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. No 80s Until Tuesday

2. Cooler Wind Off The Lake

3. Wonderful Weekend Forecast

Wet at times on Wednesday with scattered showers and a possible rumble of thunder. The clouds, rain and wind off the lake will keep things cool with highs only in the middle to upper 60s.  More sun emerges Thursday as highs hit the middle 70s. Wet end to the week with showers likely on Friday and highs settling back to about 70 degrees.  A mix of sun and clouds this weekend with highs in the middle 70s.  Cooler along the lakefront through the weekend with 80s returning by the middle of next week.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

Soil, the dirt beneath our feet, is not only holding life, but is alive itself.

And we’re running out of it. In fact, we’re in the middle of a soil crisis. According to the United Nations, by 2050, soil erosion could reduce up to 10 percent of crop yields, which is equivalent to taking away millions of acres of farmland.

And, due to climate change and improper farming practices, many places have already lost their topsoil — the surface soil where plants have a lot of their roots.

This loss of soil is significant; soil provides ecosystems, supports our food supply, carries biodiversity, and filters our drinking water. Soil also mitigates climate change, as it's one of the biggest absorbers of carbon dioxide, which combats global warming.

But there is work that can be done to save our soil, like incorporating regenerative agriculture practices — which has origins in Indigenous culture — rather than plowing.

For those of us who are not farmers, we can help by pushing for federal support of these more sustainable practices, from giving out soil subsidies to financially rewarding farmers who are using these regenerative techniques to keep the soil healthy.

— Aarohi Sheth