Considering how many beautiful days we’ve had in Chicago, the timing for the line of storms that barreled through this morning couldn’t have been much more of a drag. It hit just as the annual Air and Water Show was scheduled to get under way, and caused the throngs gathered on the beaches and in the parks along the lakeshore (and many of the boaters positioned to watch from the lake) to scramble for safety.
Yesterday was another winner for Chicago, bringing its record to 16-1 in the Cooler on the Lake Shore Chicago vs. D.C. Weather Smackdown. Chicago O’Hare recorded a high of 87, a low of 64 and no rain. Washington Reagan National was close in temps — 89 high, 69 low — but somewhere along the line, y’all had a dump of 1.61 inches of rain.
The forecast for the rest of today, from Weather Underground:
Chicago: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds around 10 mph shifting to the north…. Tonight… Partly cloudy. Chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s…except in the upper 60s downtown. Northeast winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light and variable…then becoming northwest around 10 mph during the predawn hours. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Washington: Sunny. Highs around 90. South winds around 5 mph…. Tonight…. Mostly clear in the evening…then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds around 5 mph.