| Sep 1, 2014
What is the highest temperature recorded in Chicago, and do you think we will ever break it?
B. T., Mundelein
Dear B. T.,
In official records dating to November 1870, Chicago's all-time high temperature stands at 105 degrees (July 24, 1934,...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 6:14 PM
airplane was climbing in the direction of thunderstorms vaulting across northeast Indiana when an air traffic controller radioed the pilots to recommend a course change toward smoother air.
Normally such advice would be heeded, but the purpose of the...
| Aug 30, 2014
Meteorological summer 2014 has been an exceptionally wet one and even more rain is expected before it ends Sunday night. Scattered showers and thunderstorms peppered the greater Chicago area Friday with some locally heavy totals. Nearly an inch of rain...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 6:00 AM
A 10-mile-wide band of thunderstorms dumped nearly 5 inches of rain on many parts of the Chicago area overnight, closing the Eisenhower Expressway for a time, halting Blue Line trains and causing flooding in several west and south suburbs.
As of 7 a.m.,...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 8:03 PM
Moisture-laden air, featuring rain forest-type dew points, pooled across the region Thursday and Thursday night. Precipitable water, a measure of water vapor through the vertical extent of the atmosphere, exceeded 2.5 inches. Storms developing in such...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 2:07 PM
Midday storms brought some relief to one of the muggiest days of the year, with temperatures dropping 10 to 15 degrees within two hours in many parts of Chicago.
Shortly before noon, it was 91 degrees at Midway Airport with a punishing dew point of 78...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 6:21 PM
After days of watching baseball games on screens hundreds of miles away, fans of the history-making Jackie Robinson West team finally got a chance Monday to congratulate the boys in person.
Hundreds turned out at Midway Airport and the Far South Side'...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 7:11 PM
If all this summer's rain was snow, how much would have fallen?
— Dan Zarco
This summer was certainly a wet one in the Chicago area. Midway weather observer Frank Wachowski measured a little more than 25 inches of rain...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 4:58 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s next move to open a potential third airport in the south suburbs is a call for private developers, air carriers and would-be tenants to gather for a forum next month with state transportation officials to...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 5:08 PM
The two men suspected in this week’s Orange Line train-car robbery spent hours riding the rails before announcing their crime to passengers in a single car during one of the route’s longest stretches between stops, police said Thursday....
| Jul 18, 2014
| 6:15 AM
Police have released three more photos of the two men they believe robbed several riders on a CTA Orange Line train.
CTA surveillance cameras showed the men had been riding the Southwest Side line most of the day Wednesday before announcing a robbery as...