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Eye-opening weather statistics for Chicago

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The late season snowfall of April 14th opened many eyes across the Chicago area. As if we haven't seen our share of heavy snow this season. More>>

70 degree streak reaches the top 20

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Since November 17th, 2013 Chicago has seen only 2 days where the mercury has climbed at or above 60 degrees. More>>

Could running buffalo be signaling super volcano eruption

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Beneath Yellowstone National Park is an ancient super volcano nearly as large as the state of Wyoming. More>>

Coldest December-March in Chicago history

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The impressive cold this past winter continued through most of March. More>>

Will our cold winter lead to a cold summer?

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We just finished a brutally cold winter in Chicago and now spring is continuing that chilly trend. So, will our summer will be cold too? More>>

Time-Lapse from space of our wicked winter

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Will you be glad to finally put this wicked winter behind us? After all it was one of the coldest and snowiest on record for Chicago. Well, NASA doesn't want us to forget. More>>

Don't put the parka away winter expected to hang on through Spring

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Even though Spring was sprung on Thursday Old Man Winter will still be keeping a firm grip on most of the United States right through May. More>>

Are you prepared for flash flooding?

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The week of March 16th through the 22nd is national flood safety awareness week. Remember flash foods are the #1 killer when it comes to thunderstorms and severe weather. More>>

A heavenly look at Earth on the first day of spring

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Welcome to Spring 2014 and although we started with light snow in Chicago the skies quickly cleared to sunshine. More>>

Now 3rd snowiest season for Chicago and climbing

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As of March 12, 2014 Chicago has reached 79.1" of snow for the season. That is the 3rd snowiest season since records began in the 1800's. Question is can we reach the top spot? More>>

Chicago moves up to 3rd snowiest season

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The storm system that moved through late Tuesday night into Wednesday's early morning hours brought anywhere from 3-7" of snow around the Chicago area. More>>

How was date for Daylight Saving Time chosen?

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Last Sunday was painful and exhausting for most of us. That was the day our clocks moved ahead one hour as part of a yearly spring ritual. Have you ever asked yourself why we do it?


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Are you prepared for severe weather season?

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March 2 through 8 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Severe weather, in the form of tornadoes, lightning, flash foods, damaging winds, and destructive hail, strikes Illinois and Indiana each spring, summer and fall, sometimes with incredible violence. More>>

Great Lakes ice cover most extensive since mid-90s

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Two outbreaks of the "polar vortex" along with persistent cold temperatures in the Midwest this winter have almost completely frozen over many of the Great Lakes. More>>

Closing in on Chicago's all-time cold and snow records

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Meteorological winter ends this Friday February 28th, but there's no warm up on Saturday the first day of meteorological spring. With that in mind we may as well try and break a few records in return for surviving the extreme cold and snow. More>>

Chicago's streak of sub-freezing lows comes to an end

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One of the most brutal meteorological winters Chicago has ever seen continues to climb into many different record books. More>>

Chicago winter expected to be `average` this year

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Ready or not, meteorological winter starts on Sunday and weather predictions are flying faster than snow in a blizzard. More>>

November tornadoes are rare in greater Chicago

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Only 12 November tornadoes have been confirmed in the greater Chicago area between 1951 and last Saturday, November 16th. More>>

A look back at Super Typhoon Haiyan

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In the western Pacific and Asia Hurricanes are called Typhoons as is the case with Super Typhoon Haiyan. More>>

Halloween storm goes down in the record books

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The Halloween storm of 2013 will go down in the record books. It was the third wettest Halloween on record and only the third time 1 in. or more of rain had fallen on Halloween. More>>

Sandy’s impacts on Chicago, 1 year later

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One day after making landfall, Sandy's impacts were felt as far east as the Chicago area. More>>

Why this allergy season was so bad

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With the 2013 pollen and mold reporting season coming to an end, we look back at this year and see how it compares to 2012 and previous years. More>>

Dry-ice: Halloween special effect or potential weapon?

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Typically dry-ice is used for freezing food, industrial cleaning and theatrical special effects. Earlier this week it was also used as a bomb at Los Angeles International Airport. More>>

Winter forecast has arrived

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It's just what we've been waiting for. What to expect this winter here in the Midwest. More>>

Holy Calamari!

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In case you have never seen it before this is the strange Japanese dish known as Odori-Don. More>>

Midwest storm goes into the record books

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Regardless of what the calendar says, last week's storm system had it all, including heavy mountain snow to flooding and violent tornadoes. More>>

Smart Phones Detecting Earthquakes, Phone ET and Under Age Moon

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Stories about shake rattle and roll phones, plus our baby moon and a voice mail to ET More>>

Forget steak & seafood, bugs will be on future menus

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In the near future meal worms may literally become our meals. More>>

Bigfoot map, Shrinking Denali, Deadly Molasses

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Science stories that make you go huh? More>>

Flying frogs, Turtle tears and Trypophobia

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Unusual science stories you may have missed this week! More>>

Baby stars, Fatbergs, Lightning balloons & Red-hot chili peppers

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A dose of unusual, bizarre and amazing science stories from around the globe. More>>

World's largest volcano discovered

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Scientists believe they have found the largest volcano on Earth, but to see it you'll need a scuba mask rather than binoculars. That's because it is submerged in the Pacific Ocean. More>>

Asteroids…too close for comfort?

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How close is too close? Take a look at this asteroid "road map" created by NASA. More>>

Red Sprite...it's lightning...not a soft drink

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We've all seen lighting coming from the bottom of storms, but do you ever wonder what happens on the top of storms. More>>

2 tornadoes confirmed around Chicago

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The severe weather outbreak that occurred on Wednesday June 12th will not go down in the record books, but was fairly significant. More>>

A look back at the June 7, 2008 tornado outbreak

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On Saturday June 7, 2008, supercell thunderstorms developed across northeast Illinois and produced 8 tornadoes ranging from EF0 to EF2. More>>

El Reno, OK tornado was a record breaker

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Friday's monster twister that hit El Reno, OK was upgraded today from an EF3 to an EF5 with winds estimated at 295mph. More>>

Texas tornado outbreak kills 6

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In Texas, it was a completely different ball game as 12 tornadoes touched down Wednesday night (May 15th) killing 12 people and injuring more than 100. More>>

Chicago hits 90 degrees for first time in 2013

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Chicago reached 90 degrees for the first time this year on Tuesday. This happening just a day after we started at 36 degrees. More>>

Meteorologists keep watch during Ryder Cup

There's something that goes on behind the scenes at major golf tournaments that you hardly ever see. Forecasters constantly watch the skies, to make sure golfers and fans stay out of harm's way. More>>

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  • Eye-opening weather statistics for Chicago

    Eye-opening weather statistics for Chicago

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:41:08 GMT
    The late season snowfall of April 14th opened many eyes across the Chicago area. As if we haven't seen our share of heavy snow this season.
    The late season snowfall of April 14th opened many eyes across the Chicago area. As if we haven't seen our share of heavy snow this season.
  • 70 degree streak reaches the top 20

    70 degree streak reaches the top 20

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-04-09 01:43:36 GMT
    Since November 17th, 2013 Chicago has seen only 2 days where the mercury has climbed at or above 60 degrees.
    Since November 17th, 2013 Chicago has seen only 2 days where the mercury has climbed at or above 60 degrees.
  • Coldest December-March in Chicago history

    Coldest December-March in Chicago history

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-04-02 20:20:30 GMT
    The impressive cold this past winter continued through most of March.
    The impressive cold this past winter continued through most of March.

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