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August Ends With Near-Record Cold in Chicago

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 the 90s.

“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 link

         "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.”

See also
Chicago Sees Coldest July In 67 Years (7/28/2009)





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