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CBS weather watcher Ron Leffler took this photo of the sun in Burr Ridge, about an hour after sunrise on Tuesday. (Credit: Ron Leffler)

Smoke From Canadian Forest Fires Casts Haze Over Chicago Area

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.

06/09/2015

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More Rain, Scattered Storms Likely Monday Afternoon

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.

06/08/2015

Cars drive through a flooded street in Cedar Lake, Indiana, after heavy rain dumped nearly 4 inches of rain in the area on Sunday. (Credit: Larry Henderson)

Storms Cause Flooding In Northwest Indiana, Hail Hammers Southern Suburbs

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.

06/08/2015

A view from from downtown Chicago to the West Loop on May 27, 2015. (Credit: Patrice Davies)

May Was Warmer, Wetter Than Normal In Chicago

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.

06/02/2015

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Return Of Swimming Season Prompts Warning About Rip Currents

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.

05/26/2015

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Scattered Showers, Slight Chance Of Severe Storms Tuesday

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.

05/26/2015

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Cool Air To Stick Around Until Thursday, When Weekend Warmup Begins

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.

05/19/2015

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Thursday Heat Could Match 1964 Record For Chicago

Thursday could bring the kind of summery heat Chicago hasn’t seen this time of year in more than five decades.

05/07/2015

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As Temperatures Soar, Chicago Could Flirt With Record Heat Thursday

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.

05/06/2015

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Rain Totals For Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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 […]

05/05/2015

CBS 2

CBS 2 Extreme Weather Special: Safety And Preparation Tips

Need some advice on preparing for a severe storm, or what to do when severe weather hits? CBS 2 Weather Watch has you covered.

05/02/2015

PrepareAthon

CBS 2 Weather Watch Prepping For The Storm

Join CBS 2 on Thursday, April 30 for America’s PrepareAthon, a national campaign to increase our community’s storm readiness and resilience.

04/28/2015

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Chilly Start To The Week, But Mid 70s By The Weekend

Monday’s high of 55 is about 10 degrees cooler than the normal high temperature for this time of year. Though it will be a chilly day, skies should be bright and clear all day. By Wednesday, temperatures should reach the mid 60s, which is the normal high for this time of year, and by Friday, Chicago could see the return of 70s.

04/27/2015

Snow dusts the windshielf of Bill Lawton's car in Lake Barrington, after early morning flurries on Wednesday. (Credit: Bill Lawton)

This Is April? Chicago Wakes Up To Flurries, Wind Chills In The 20s

No, you didn’t travel back in time while you were sleeping. That really was snow falling in some parts of the Chicago area Wednesday morning.

04/22/2015

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Wind Advisory Issued For Chicago Area

Hold on to your hats. Chicago will live up to its nickname as the Windy City on Tuesday, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.

04/21/2015

The EF-4 tornado that hit Rochelle. (Credit: NIU)

Massive Fairdale Tornado Was One Of 11 In Illinois Last Week

Last Thursday’s severe weather created a total of 11 tornadoes in Illinois, including the rare EF-4 storm that destroyed much of two small towns west of Chicago.

04/16/2015

Rochelle Tornado

Ham Radio Operators Serve As ‘Eyes On The Ground’ When Severe Weather Hits

Tom Ciciora has been involved in amateur radio, or ham radio, for more than 40 years. He said, when thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service, amateur radio enthusiasts will head toward areas where it might be worst, using smartphone app radar as a guide.

04/13/2015

Houses and property in ruin the morning after a tornado swept through the town the previous day on April 10, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, 11 people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Recovery Efforts Continue After Thursday’s Tornado

Neighbors in Fairdale and Rochelle have been rallying together to pick up the pieces, and get through this difficult time, after Thursday’s devastating tornado. Survivors and volunteers spent the entire weekend cleaning, but there’s still a lot of work left to do.

04/13/2015

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Tornado Watch Issued For Chicago Area

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the Chicago area on Thursday.

04/09/2015

Severe Weather Definitions

Understanding Severe Thunderstorm Risk Categories From National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has modified the way it categorizes the anticipated risk of severe weather.

04/08/2015

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