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Thursday’s downpours hardly the last; 5-day rains to top 2"

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ASK TOM WHY: "April showers" in Chicago vs. May rainfall

Dear Tom, We always hear about “April showers,” but it seems that May can be very rainy as well. How do the two months compare?–Elizabeth, Chicago Dear Elizabeth, The reference to April showers was popularized by singer Al Jolson in the 1920s, with the song “April Showers.” In Chicago, April’s wet notoriety comes from rainfall […]

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Tim’s Weather World: Short-term forecasts get a big boost

NOAA has begun using a new powerful weather forecast computer model called Rapid Refresh.

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Thundery downpours could generate as much rain in the coming 5 days as over the past 33; local 2"+ totals possible

By Meteorologist Tom Skilling There will be no shortage of rain in the days to come.

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Warm, humid air raises risk of severe, downpour-generating storms

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Tuesday tornado

John Doherty from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign sent us these shot taken from KCMI (U. of Illinois-Willard Airport) at 4:20 p.m. today. Thanks John!

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Chicago area prepares for its first multi-day set of 80s in the 6 weeks since March

By Meteorologist Tom Skilling

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Thundery downpours to erupt as 80s, muggy air interact

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ASK TOM WHY: Solar activity’s effect on weather

Dear Tom,Do the computer models used by meteorologists and climatologists take into account solar sunspot activity or coronal mass ejections? Can those phenomena explain our unusually warm weather here and the crazy weather elsewhere?—Eric Bockenthien, Lombard

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Wet weather fan

Allison Phelps from Morton Arboretum in Lisle sent us this shot. Allison tells us:“Here is a little guy/gal that loves this wet weather. It acted as our Arboretum Greeter to people as they walked into our Visitor Center.” Thanks Allison!

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Tim’s Weather World: Joplin & Tuscaloosa are twister sister cities

The Tuscaloosa News recently profiled the recovery of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri from powerful tornadoes that struck last spring.

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80s to return after long spring break

By Meteorologist Steve KahnLong-absent 80-degree warmth will arrive in Chicago this week. The city has not logged an 80-degree

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Warm, wet weather as May gets underway; Florida soaking

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ASK TOM WHY: Chicago’s spring of 1907

Dear Tom,Could you elaborate on the spring of 1907, when the only April other than the current one ended up colder than the preceding March. Pete Martin, Chicago Dear Pete,March 1907, averaging 42.6 degrees was nothing like our historically warm March 2012, which averaged 53.5 degrees. March 1907 was cool through the 20th, with the […]

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Tom’s feline fan club

Thanks to Gary Dettl of Burr ridge for these shot of one of Tom Skilling’s biggest fans, Spot a 6-year old Tokinese,

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