Monday, January 07, 2008

Today's weather...

I'll post a blog later on about my day and it will allude to the weather. Chicago weather can be unpredictable at times. Last week we had a serious cold snap but today it was warm enough to not even need a winter coat.

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.

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.
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!

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!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How can Americans be so delusional as to not see how their own wasteful, greedy, selfish behavior has produced this climate change we are witnessing???

How can Americans be so ignorant as to still listen to any of Bush's propaganda about anything???

How can the EPA be so subverted by Bush so they can even try to deny a states' own attempts to stop global warming, by refusing to issue a waiver for emissions, under the system they encouraged previously when it was supposed to simply look like they were doing something, when they weren't planning on doing anything? (like when GM keeps coming out with their fictional new technology which none of us will ever see and actually does not lead to any increased research or development)

How will Americans be able to find housing when they cannot afford insurance in a 100 yr flood plain or their insurer refuses to cover them???

Who will continue to pay the exorbitant taxes that is supposed to pay in the coming decades for Bush's meaningless crusades for oil???

Why don't more people connect the dots between their buying huge SUVS (and McMansions) with dependence on Middle East oil (and building of more coal plants), leading to the necessity for war (and our polluted environment)????

Why is nobody alarmed by Bush's fairy tale energy policy of producing 68 billion gallons of ethanol in a decade, which would suck the Ogallala Aquifer dry, and lead to mass migrations of people from the Midwest????

Why does Hillary's crying and celebrities who continue to act like lowlifes still trump levees breaking, January tornadoes, flooding, drought across the nation resulting from climate change????

I am in environmental field, perhaps jet stream will stop, like Younger Dryas, and we will go into Little Ice Age, any scenario is not preferable to our current climate....maybe we stopped this cycle by our putting carbon dioxide into environment...future of human race, in any case, is very precarious, at least our current quality of life may not exist.....and I do not see that anybody in position of power who cares, or like Schwarzenegger, who isn't thwarted by EPA......saving our envir. is not as important as not embarrassing our useless fed. govt.

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