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Low 50s, sun on the way Friday

Friday: Mostly sunny with some clouds, low: 33 Full forecast details at the WGN Weather Center → Read More

A look at Chicago Thanksgiving temps since 1970

MORE INTERESTING INFO ON THANKSGIVING DAY WEATHER–FROM MY NWS-CHICAGO COLLEAGUES AND THE FOLKS AT CLIMATE CENTRAL, who have put this graph of Chicago Thanksgiving temps together covering the period since 1970—AND FROM THE NOAA MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER at Purdue University in Indiana. → Read More

Mild temps for week of Thanksgiving

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, WNW 0-5 mph. 27Tuesday: Mainly sunny, WSW 5-10. 48 For the latest weather updates, check out the WGN Weather blog. → Read More

Chicago begins wintry week with 1st snow of season

THE MONDAY WEATHER HEADLINES –Chicago heads into a cold, wintry week with prospects of the city’s first measurable snow in 7 months tomorrow into Wednesday—though precip is likely to be mixed at times after start Tuesday morning as snow, especially in areas near Lake Michigan. Lake enhancement of the precip as cold air rides over […] → Read More

Gusty showers to start the weekend before unlimited sunshine

HERE’S THE LATEST FRIDAY CHICAGO METRO FORECAST (11/4/2022) plus the FRIDAY WEATHER HEADLINES and the latest NWS 6 to 10 and 8 to 14 DAY TEMP TREND FORECAST FIRST, THE FRIDAY WEATHER HEADLINES —–A 5th STRAIGHT ABOVE NORMAL DAY Friday with a high of 66-deg at a time of year when 55 is normal. –REMEMBER: […] → Read More

Strong storm packing 60+ mph wind rolls in Saturday

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES–SECURE ANYTHING WHICH CAN GO AIRBORNE–HIGH WINDS THREATEN SATURDAY–GUSTS COULD REACH/EXCEED 60 MPH–STRONG ENOUGH TO PRODUCE DAMAGE Model forecasts of the developing autumn storm system headed for the Chicago area from north Texas remain consistent. The POTENTIAL FOR HIGH WINDS CAPABLE OF DAMAGE is to grow by and during SATURDAY. Morning showers, […] → Read More

Another 70-degree day with threat of scattered showers Friday

FIRST, THURSDAY WEATHER HEADLINES –The week’s SECOND OFFICIAL 70-deg HIGH TEMP today (Thursday)–the 73-deg high came within 2 degrees of the 1987 record of 75 set 35 years ago. It’s a LATE SEPTEMBER LEVEL DAYTIME HIGH. –Tonight’s low temp—expected to straddle 60-deg in the city—is warmer than the NORMAL HIGH TEMP this time of year […] → Read More

Forecast – A Fragile Climate: Lowering water levels spell deep trouble for drought-plagued Southwest

WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling leads the special series Forecast – A Fragile Climate. In his 50 years as a meteorologist, he has seen the atmosphere do things he never thought possible. It’s what compelled him and the WGN team to travel all across the country in search of the very latest climate research and information. […] → Read More

Forecast – A Fragile Climate: NASA minds and technology track the changing planet

In Part 2, Skilling visited his beloved Alaska an area changing three-times faster than other parts of the world. → Read More

Forecast – A Fragile Climate: What Alaska glaciers are telling us about warming

In his 50 years as a meteorologist, he has seen the atmosphere do things he never thought possible. → Read More

Gloomy Halloween conditions put a wrench in travel plans around Chicago

CHICAGO — Gloomy and dreary weather added to the Halloween vibe Monday, as the fitting conditions also caused problems at local airports. Earlier in the day, dense fog around Midway and O’Hare International Airports led to more than 140 flights being cancelled or delayed, putting a wrench in travel plans all across the Chicagoland area. […] → Read More

Tom Skilling circa 2004 with a spooky Halloween bit

Check out this clip from 2004 with our very own Tom Skilling and his spooky Halloween bit. → Read More

Rainfall continues overnight before Wednesday morning clearing

FIRST, THE TUESDAY WEATHER HEADLINES –It’s likely to end up THE CHICAGO AREA’S HEAVIEST RAIN in 3 months—since 2.09″ fell July 23-24. –It’s going to get WINDY TOO with 30+ mph wind gusts locking in from the north and reaching GALE FORCE over Lake Michigan tonight and Wednesday. The energy transfer from the atmosphere to […] → Read More

A breezy & cooler than normal weekend is ahead

FIRST, THE WEDNESDAY WEATHER HEADLINES –THE THREAT OF ANY SEVERE WEATHER IS OVER for the Chicago area –CHICAGO’S recorded its heaviest rainfall in a month Wednesday—0.96″ at Midway and 0.68″ at O’Hare. Oak Forest reported 0.95″ of rain. –There had only been 0.05″ in the 15 days since Sept 26 leading into this rain event. […] → Read More

Storms blow through area; Tornados reported in Wisconsin

CHICAGO — A cold front entered Illinois Wednesday afternoon and brought with it a round of severe weather. A Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for portions of McHenry and Lake counties while tornado warnings were issued in Wisconsin, including in Kenosha County. Reports indicate 21,000 were without power in that area and trees were damaged. […] → Read More

Another wave of t-storms set to move in Wednesday

FIRST, THE TUESDAY WEATHER HEADLINES –The Chicago area, which has been VERY DRY, is on the way to its biggest rainfall in a month–since 1.47″ fell Sept 11-12. We need the rain. Only 0.05″ has fallen this month and my WGN meteorological colleague Mark Carroll notes the period from Sept 26 through yesterday October 10–with […] → Read More

A windy shift to the coolest air of the season looms

Here’s my latest THURSDAY CHICAGO METRO FORECAST (10/6/2022) plus the THURSDAY WEATHER HEADLINES and the latest NWS 6 to 10 and 8 to 14 DAY TEMP TREND FORECASTS FIRST, THURSDAY WEATHER HEADLINES —-THE COOLEST AIR in the 5 months since last May is sweeping into the area on strengthening northerly winds which have prompted GALE […] → Read More

Brrrr! Big cool down moves in for end of the week

FIRST, THE WEDNESDAY WEATHER HEADLINE –Another beautiful day, Wednesday, with a preliminary high of 75 at O’Hare and 77 at Midway. –It’s the warmth before the BIG COOL DOWN which hits with a cold frontal passage early Thursday afternoon–a frontal passage which is to bring a jarring wind shift to the north with gusts picking […] → Read More

70s as highs on tap for Wednesday, Thursday

First, THE TUESDAY WEATHER HEADLINES –A second straight day of 100% possible sun and of 70+-deg high temps. Frank Wachowski tells us the opening four days of the month, having received 87% of their possible sun makes this the sunniest start of a October in the 11 years since 2011. (Frank notes that October went […] → Read More

After a warm spell, temps to drop into 30s this week

FIRST, THE MONDAY WEATHER HEADLINES –By the time the books close on this 3rd day of October, Chicago will have recorded its 12th consecutive day of below normal temps in Chicago. –October’s off to a cool opening 3 days compared to Oct 1-3 a year ago. Temps for the period this year are running 14.4-deg cooler than the […] → Read More