Also last week snow covered the ground and by the weekend it was all melted. Of course the weather can change right back to snow and sub-zero windchills. Right now instead of a winter storm we have the kind of weather that can only be expected in the early spring. From the Sun-Times...
The Chicago area enjoyed record warm temperatures Monday afternoon, but conditions rapidly took a turn for the worse with heavy rains and thunderstorms and even a possible tornado moving through the area.Are you kidding me??? A tornado warning in January? Lightining streaking across the sky in January? I don't mind the rain but I wish Mother Nature would keep this in season!
The thunderstorms left nearly 3,400 customers without power as of 6 p.m. Monday, ComEd spokesman Jeff Burdick said.
Tornadoes cause havoc in northern Ill., southern Wis. Current weather conditions In the air: Flight information On the road: Traffic information
Burdick said ComEd crews continue to try to restore power to thousands of customers throughout the Chicagoland area. He said 3,392 customers are without power with a majority of the outages -- 2,446 customers -- in the south suburbs.
Burdick characterized the outages as "widely scattered" with no major outages in one single area. He said crews are working on restoring power and additional crews remain on call.
In addition to the south suburbs there are outages in other areas including 156 in Chicago, 98 in the northern suburbs, and 692 in the western suburbs.
The high in Chicago reached 64 degrees at O'Hare International Airport, eclipsing the previous high of 59 degrees, a record set in 1907, according to the National Weather Service.
But the high temperatures are being overshadowed by severe weather rapidly moving across the area.
The weather service issued a tornado warning Monday afternoon for parts of Boone, Winnebago and McHenry counties, but that warning area has now been moved northeastward into Kenosha and Racine counties in Wisconsin, according to the weather service.
As of 4:13 p.m., weather service radar and law enforcement officers were tracking a large and dangerous tornado in the Wheatland area, moving east at about 45 mph. The storm was expected to reach Union Grove by 4:25, Kenosha by 4:30 p.m. and Racine by 4:40 p.m., according to the weather service.
A tornado watch remains in effect for much of northeastern Illinois and northwest Indiana, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties in Illinois, and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana until 9 p.m.
Hmmm, this could cause a discussion on global warming couldn't it? It is humans who are causing climate change or perhaps this is just the nature of the weather cycle on earth. Well I don't have enough data to even hazard a guess. Perhaps there is someone out there who can!