| Nov 10, 2014
| 1:25 AM
Connecticut isn't at all like the sunny, dry-summer places where most of the world's great wine grapes are grown. Winters are more bitter than in France. Growing seasons are shorter and wetter than Italy's, Spain's or California's.
So you'd think that...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 9:05 AM
Two local broadcast meteorologists are predicting another colder-than-normal winter with above-average snowfall.
Justin Berk, a former TV meteorologist who now offers updates on his own website and Facebook page, forecasts about 30 inches of snow at...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 4:36 PM
The newly announced landmark plans by the U.S. and China to limit their greenhouse gas emissions left open the question of how realistic the targets are. The plans feature a number of ambitious goals for each nation, but they face serious challenges. A...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 11:24 AM
This past month was the third-warmest October in California since officials began keeping records more than a century ago, continuing the state’s pattern in what is likely to be its hottest year ever, according to government climatologists.
| Oct 16, 2014
| 7:45 PM
Southern California could see above-average rainfall this winter, but it won't be enough to shake the drought that is likely to persist or intensify in large swaths of the state, federal forecasters said Thursday.
"The drought has been so severe and...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 7:43 PM
It seems as if Chicago's normal daily temperatures aren't reliable because the actual high temperature on a day rarely matches the day's normal high. Your thoughts?
"Normal" temperatures are average temperatures...
| Oct 14, 2014
What is the highest wind speed recorded for Chicago?
— Miles Rose, Oak Park
Excluding tornadoes where winds have approached 200 mph, the city's highest sustained wind was clocked at 87 mph from the northeast during...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 11:21 AM
Snow has crept back into the forecast after taking only a four-month break.
It's a slight chance, and mostly around Rockford this weekend, but it doesn't take much to clench our teeth after last winter.
State climatologist Jim Angel says we can relax....
| Sep 19, 2014
| 10:00 PM
If the summer of 2014 felt unusually warm to you, you were right -- at least on a global level.
From June through August of 2014, the average temperature of our planet was 62.78 degrees Fahrenheit -- 1.28 degrees higher than the 20th century average,...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 7:51 PM
As President Obama and more than 100 other heads of state gather Tuesday in New York to spotlight the severity of global warming and the need to act on it, the scene will be more pep rally than policy negotiation.
The meeting is a launchpad for the...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 2:19 AM
Almost daily thunderstorms soaked Broward in July, a pattern that should continue for the rest of this week. But it was also abnormally steamy – with record heat in Fort Lauderdale.
The average temperature for July, recorded at Fort Lauderdale-...