Abundant sunshine. Temperatures around 80. Sailboats out on Lake Michigan, beyond the still-empty harbor.
Just your average St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago.
Get real. Chicago has never in recorded history seen a stretch of weather this warm and this long in mid-March. The average high temperature this time of year is 47. For three consecutive days dating back to Wednesday, the high has cracked 80, and it may do so again today.
For perhaps the first time ever, the pipers marching in Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade today must have been glad to be wearing kilts for a reason other than ethnic pride. My sympathies go out to those whose marching uniforms are more calibrated to the way the weather usually is here on March 17.
It’s as though the patron saint of Ireland decided to take this year off, and had St. Sebaldus stand in for him. “Saint Who?” you ask. Sebaldus was an 11th century German who is the patron saint against cold weather. He also happens to be the patron saint of Nuremberg and of Bavaria, in case you were still wondering.
And no, not being of the faith, I didn’t know that until a few minutes ago myself. Amazing the stuff you can learn from the Internet.
Seems like a good place to catch up on the Cooler on the Lake Shore Chicago vs. D.C. Weather Smackdown. According to Weather Underground…
On Wednesday, Chicago O’Hare reported a record high of 81 — that’s 35 degrees above normal — a low of 46 and no rain. Washington Reagan National reported a high of 81 (26 degrees above normal), a low of 54 and no rain. Holy virtual tie, Batman! But because this was so unprecedented for Chicago, it gets the point.
On Thursday, Chicago O’Hare reported a high of 81, a low of 48 and no rain. Washington Reagan National reported a high of 82, a low of 54 and a trace of rain. Same thing, folks.
On Friday, Chicago O’Hare reported a high of 82, a low of 46 and no precipitation. Washington Reagan National reported a high of 59, a low of 51 and .02 of an inch of rain. No brainer on this one. So Chicago finally shows signs of making a comeback in the overall contest, cutting D.C.’s lead to 125-100.
And, yes, I’m a homer, even at this, and I will, when it’s feasible, put my thumb on the scale for Chicago. As I’ve said before, if you don’t like how the game is played, start your own weather contest.