The Chicago metro area will see the weather roller coaster return, but not as wild as in the spring. While we will not see the 40 degree high temperature swings we experienced back then, the swings will be noticeable.
After several days of simply gorgeous weather with highs in the 70s, sunshine, and low humidity, Thursday and Friday will see a return to heat and humidity. Highs both days will reach into the middle 90s with dew points above the 70 sticky mark. A strong front will then move in Saturday. By Sunday highs will only be near 70, with much lower humidity levels. A touch of fall in the air by Monday as we celebrate Labor Day. Occasional thunderstorms are expected to accompany the front later Friday night into early Saturday night. Some storms “might” be severe in parts of the area.
There has been criticism that Irene was “over hyped”. Really, time for a fact check. As of Tuesday the death toll was up to 43 souls, in spite of all the warnings and evacuations. Can you imagine the toll if everyone just sat in place? There was flooding in some south sections of Manhattan. Nearly 3 million customers were still without power Tuesday, and still 1.8 million without power Wednesday morning. . Still thousands in shelters. Record flooding being reported in some areas, and immense infrastructure damage to roads and bridges. Rainfall with the storm locally hit 20 inches in two states. The forecast going in was for isolated amounts to 18 inches. So the rain forecasts, like the track forecasts, were dead on. Congratulations to the various branches of the National Weather Service for simply super accurate forecasts. Your federal tax dollars at work. Of course some in Congress want to shut part of this down. Stupid!
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