Do You Remember... Chicago's March '17 Heavy Lake Effect?
The 2016 winter season started on point in Chicago after what was an above average snowfall for the month of December. At no point after Christmas Day, however, did Chicago have one inch of snow on the ground as the Windy City turned silent for January and February of 2017. That would soon change in mid-March as a winter storm rolled into the Midwest.
Do You Remember... The Blizzard of 1999?
Thousands were out celebrating the first weekend of 1999 when snow slowly pushed into the Midwest late on New Year’s Day. States from Illinois to Ohio and Michigan were under the radar for a major snow event, but it would be Chicago and bordering areas around Lake Michigan that would take the brunt of the storm. It would go down as the second-worst blizzard of the 20th Century according to the National Weather Service.
Do You Remember... The 'Heart Attack Snowstorm'?
30 years ago this month, a massive storm system impacted the central United States. This system spread a path of snow from New Mexico all the way into Ontario, Canada. What would forever be known as Chicago’s ‘heart-attack’ snowstorm not only caused at least 26 deaths in the Chicago area but also took several lives and injured hundreds in Arkansas and Tennessee as a tornado shredded through the region.
Superstorm Sandy: 5 Years Later
Half a decade ago, thousands of lives were changed over the course of just a few days.
Record storm surge descended over barrier islands and towering sandbags. Roadways, homes, and even subways were inundated with water. Power was knocked out to millions of people. It would take months to even years for people and businesses to fully recover from what became the second-costliest storm in U.S. history (at the time), but even time couldn't wipe away the memories of one of the most destructive events to ever hit the Northeast.
Harvey and Irma Wreak Havoc
Before 2017, the last major hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. was Wilma in 2005, leaving some to believe that they were still in the clear while others felt that their time was almost up. Regardless of the odds, there is no real pecking order to where the next tropical system will set its eye on. In fact, from the start of June to the end of November anywhere along east coast of North America and the Caribbean Sea is fair game for the next landfall.
Harvey Rewrites History
On August 17th, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) first gave Harvey its name as tropical storm warnings were issued for the Windward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. As it tracked through the islands and towards the Yucatan Penisula, it had weakened into a tropical wave but was expected to re-strengthen as it reached the warm Gulf waters over the Bay of Campeche. From there, weather models indicated intensification, some quicker than others, but most agreed that Texas was next for what would soon be Hurricane Harvey.
Weather and the Air We Breathe
Before we walk outside, most of us tend to be fairly cognizant of whether we need to bring a jacket to work or if we can get away with shorts for just one more day, but what we usually fail to acknowledge is the type of air quality that we may encounter just beyond our doorstep. Most of us don’t realize that a hot summer day may not only require some extra fluids and a few breaks from the scorching heat, but we may also need to take the time to remove ourselves from the outside environment.