Currently in Chicago— March 23rd 2022

The weather, currently.

A mild but wet Wednesday.

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Wet Middle Of The Week

2. Falling Back Into The 40s

3. Bit Below Average But Dry Weekend

Wednesday will be wet at times with showers early and late along with a few rumbles of thunder in the afternoon. Highs will reach into the lower 60s. Chicago turns cooler Thursday with light rain as highs fall back into the upper 40s. Drying out in time for Friday and the weekend. Highs in the 50s Friday but falling back into the 40s for the weekend. Middle 40s expected Saturday and Sunday but cooler (lower 40s) for highs along the lakefront. — Tim McGill

What you need to know, currently.

Remember the Mars-like Saharan dust we shared last week? Well, it could just help nourish the Earth.

The dust caught a ride on some strong winds and traveled across the Mediterranean, turning the air orange and coating surfaces across Europe. In Spain, the combination of dust-filled air and heavy rains led to what residents described as “raining mud”.  

That dust, while a nuisance to air quality, is actually rich in minerals and acts as a fertilizer, according to reporting from The Guardian. In fact, the dust can help to fight climate change. When Saharan dust lands in the Atlantic, it fertilizes microscopic phytoplankton, which in turn absorb massive amounts of carbon dioxide.