National Weather Service
This month has been the wettest June on record in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service, and Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement DistrictBiologist Paul Geery said all the rain has created a bumper crop of floodwater mosquitos, which will be bad through the holiday weekend.
“The threat of very heavy rainfall and flash flooding has diminished,” the National Weather Service said in a statement around 4 a.m.
With several areas south and west of Chicago only starting the recovery process after nine tornadoes touched down during Monday night’s storms, more severe weather was expected to hit the area Wednesday night and early Thursday.
More bad weather on Wednesday could hamper recovery efforts in Coal City, which was hit by an EF-3 tornado Monday night. It was the most powerful tornado to hit the Chicago metropolitan area in nearly 25 years.
Survey teams with the National Weather Service have confirmed at least two tornados touched down Monday night, when powerful damaging storms swept through the western and southwestern suburbs.
National Weather Service crews were headed out Tuesday to try to confirm reports of up to six tornados touching down Monday in Grundy, LaSalle, Lee, and Will counties, including three already confirmed in Ottawa, Sublette, and Coal City.
The first full day of summer will be a steamy and stormy one for the Chicago area, with temperatures nearing 90 degrees, and an increasing risk of severe thunderstorms from midday through the evening.
The rain might have stopped falling hours ago, but most of the Chicago area remained under a flood warning Tuesday morning, with many streets still covered in water from a series of storms that dropped nearly 5 inches of water in some suburbs.
As heat and humidity build through the day on Monday, so will the chances for showers and thunderstorms.
Wednesday was expected be the hottest day of the year so far in Chicago, and storms that should move through in the afternoon could make things very steamy south of the city.
Those clouds marring your morning commute weren’t actually clouds — they’re actually a thin layer of smoke blowing in from large forest fires in Canada.
With temperatures rising into the low 80s by early Monday afternoon, a new round of storms could begin moving in from Wisconsin after lunchtime, up through about 9 p.m., before skies clear.
More rain was expected in the Chicago area on Monday, on the heels of a storm that caused flash flooding in some areas of northwest Indiana, caused hail damage in the south suburbs, and sparked and a possible tornado near DeMotte, Indiana.
Chicago might not have set any records for heat or rainfall last month, but May was still warmer and wetter than normal, despite the chilly end to the month.
This past weekend marked the unofficial start of summer and the outdoor swimming season, and it was also marked by drownings and water rescues. Benjamin said part of the problem is that too many people think they’re better swimmers than they are.
While the day started out dry, remnants of storms that slammed Houston were moving in Chicago’s direction, and is still strong enough that the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said there is a chance of severe weather for much of northern Illinois, and all of Indiana.
Were you grumbling about having to throw on a jacket or sweater when you headed out the door Tuesday morning? Don’t worry, the chilly conditions will only be around a couple days.
Thursday could bring the kind of summery heat Chicago hasn’t seen this time of year in more than five decades.
Chicago will get a taste of summer on Thursday, which will be the warmest day of the year so far, and will flirt with record heat.
The Chicago area got soaked with rain overnight, with more than 2 inches falling in some outlying suburbs. Totals in the city and nearby suburbs were closer to an inch, but all that rain made […]