From the World's Greatest Newspaper, aka WGN-Chicago:
We're still three weeks from meterological autumn and we've already had the wettest summer in 54 years and the second-wettest ever:
The new rains are to fall in the midst of the Chicago area's wettest meteorological summer (the period which began June 1) in 54 years. A total of 420 mm has occurred to date which makes this the second wettest summer to date since the official observational record began here in 1871. That amount is nearly twice the 140 year average to date of 219 mm.
And what do we have in today's forecast? Yup. Rain.
At least it's only getting up to 26°C this weekend. I have my windows open for only the second time since July 7th.
Last night, after getting back from San Antonio, I opened the windows for the first time in nearly six weeks. We had, I believe, one of the hottest and stickiest Julys I've ever experienced. But yesterday when I got home the temperature was 23°C and dropping—finally cooler outside my air-conditioned apartment than inside it.
Unfortunately for my colleagues down in Texas, it's no cooler there:
|Sun Aug 7
|Mon Aug 8
|Tue Aug 9
|Wed Aug 10
|Thu Aug 11*
I understand, however, that they have beautiful winters....
Two more photos from yesterday. First, my hat's off to this guy, who has suffered more than most of us will ever know:
And Carlos Zambrano rounds the bases after his solo home run in the 3rd:
This was Zambrano's 23rd career home run making him one of the top-10 homer-hitting pitchers, and a solid argument against the hated designated hitter rule that afflicts some of the minor leagues.
Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano warms up before yesterday's game at Wrigley Field, Chicago:
Canon 7D at ISO-400, 1/800 at f/5.6, 171mm, exactly here.
In this shot, I corrected the color to 7500K (based on a gray card reading), pushed the contrast, and desaturated. Later today I'll have another shot of Zambrano in which I did almost the opposite.
I like afternoons like this one. Yes, it was a little warm, and yes, a little sticky. But I had seats in aisle 10, row 6 at Wrigley, which failed to suck:
Zambrano pitched, with a few walks here and there but mostly nothing for Cincinnati to hit:
And you know? I always like seeing things like this:
More photos later. Right now, I need about five showers, three for the sunscreen and two for the hot weather.
Six months ago, at North Avenue Beach in Chicago:
2 February 2011, Canon 20D at ISO-100, 1/250 at f/11, 27mm, near here.
I should have posted this photo a couple of days ago, when Chicago baked in near-40°C heat. Today's forecast calls for a mostly-pleasant 27°C under sunny skies.
Go back and relive those few days last February when it gets hot again.
This evening I found myself getting off the El here :
A friend, you see—an old, old friend—brought her son and his friend to Chicago this week, and they got tickets to what passes for baseball south of Madison St. Fortunately, the Yankees were in town, and even with Jeter sitting tonight out, the Sox were darned.
The home team got both their runs from this fourth-inning homer by Alexei Ramirez:
The Yankees still beat them 3-2.
The Cubs won tonight, lifting themselves back above .400 (ouch), while the Sox' back-to-back losses have them three games out of .500. As we all sweltered in the 28°C heat (and 22°C dewpoint), we wished it were October, until we realized that no one will be playing baseball in Chicago in October. The Yankees, though, they probably will still have a few games left.
 Yes, Wikipedia really has an entry on each El stop in Chicago.
The Tribune today has this graph showing the extreme precipitation we've had this year:
So far in 2011, Chicago has not only experienced its wettest year ever, but we've almost reached our annual normal rainfall total:
With the record (283 mm) July rains adding on to already above-normal precipitation prior to this month, Chicago's official total for 2011 has reached 858 mm - or 351 mm above normal at this point in the season. Chicago's official rain gage at the O'Hare International Airport observing site has now registered 93 percent of the normal annual 921 mm.
Today, however, it's sunny and clear, and not quite as hot as it has been recently.