31 Aug 09 - “Usually, late August is a time when Chicagoans are
thinking of hitting the beaches or lounging in the sidewalk cafes
one last time, but this year, the temperatures have seemed more
appropriate for Halloween.
“The record low for Aug. 31 is 47 degrees, set in 1872. Overnight
Sunday into Monday, the nippy readings were close, and in some
areas even lower. (Italics added)
“CBS 2's Ed Curran reported that the overnight low at O'Hare
International Airport was 49 degrees.
“At 5 a.m., it was 49 at Midway International Airport, 48 in
Waukegan, and a mere 41 degrees in Aurora. (Aurora is 35
miles from O’Hare.)
“There was only one day (this month) where the temperatures reached
“In fact, Aug. 9 was only one of four days this summer where the
temperature exceeded 90 degrees. Temperatures also reached the 90s
in June 23, 24 and 25. July had no 90-degree days at all.”
Thanks to Robert Nech, Eunice Farmilant and Charles Patrick for this
"Note the concluding comment,"
says Charles. "...normally at this time
of year, available
sunshine for the summer is 67 percent. This year, it
was only 53
percent, meaning it was cloudy almost half the time."
“My old home town,” says Eunice
. “We used to spend the hot
summer nights on
the living floor where the only fan in the house
was installed in an
window when I was a kid in the 1950s.”
Chicago Sees Coldest July In 67 Years (7/28/2009)