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Chicago: Chilliest October in 133 years

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15 Oct 09 – “Chicago's average temperature over the month's first 15 days slipped Thursday to 47.3-degrees---the city's chilliest October open in the 133 years since 1876,” says WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling.

“Not only has it been cool---it's been cloudy and wet. Rain has fallen 10 of the past 15 days and has totaled 2.13 inches---nearly an inch (0.85) above normal. The damp weather has allowed only 38 percent of October's possible sunshine to date---58 percent is typical.”

Thursday's 44-degree high equaled readings for the date in 1876, 1909 and 1943--each tying as Oct. 15's coldest on record, The tenacious cold spell--which is to last into Sunday morning before breaking--produces a 19th day of below normal temperatures Friday and limits highs to the 40s for a 7th consecutive day--the most ever so early in the season.

See entire article:
http://weblogs.wgntv.com/chicago-weather/tom-skilling-blog/2009/10/october-slips-to-chilli est-in.html

Thanks to Norm Vermillion for this link
        “All of us who live in
Chicago know that it can get cold,” says Norm,
       “but this early is just really bad news.  I am afraid of what’s to come
         in the future.”
  

 

 

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