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Dogs cool off in plastic pools at Churchill Field Dog Park on Damen and Bloomingdale avenues earlier this week. (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune / June 22, 2012)

Skilling: Pleasant end to the work week

The work week ends with sunshine and warmth but without the humidity that smothered the first half of the week. Friday is to deliver 85-degree … Read more ›

Enjoying the weather at 63rd Street beach last week. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune / May 29, 2012)

Skilling: Coolest weather in weeks on the way

The heat is over, at least for the foreseeable future. A huge realignment is underway across the Lower 48 and is likely to slash more … Read more ›

Gavin Schmidt of Hoffman Estates plays with his son, Logan, 3, in the Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Fountain in downtown Chicago. (William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune / May 28, 2012)

After another record high at 95, thunderstorms threaten

Temperatures hit 95 degrees around 1 p.m. today as Chicago set a record for the second straight day. A storm system to the west and … Read more ›

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Chicago could get its first 90-degree day of 2012 today

Portions of the Chicago area could experience 90-degree temperatures for the first time this year today. According to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com, today’s high is expected to be … Read more ›

Skilling: May already nearly 9 degrees warmer than year ago

The return of sunshine today and Friday will boost temperatures well above Wednesday’s sub-par 60-degree high. That reading was the first below normal temperature of … Read more ›

Young men and women play soccer at Douglas Park in Chicago before the rain moves in late Thursday afternoon. (Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune / May 4, 2012)

As storms move out, cold front moves in

After a night of rolling thunderstorms, a cold front will move into the Chicago area today that could drop temperatures to the 50s along the … Read more ›

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Chicago area, south Wisconsin under thunderstorm watch Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm watch for most of northeast Illinois and southeast Wisconsin. Severe thunderstorms could hit this afternoon and early … Read more ›

Skilling: As much rain this week as in past month

There will be no shortage of rain in the days to come. As much rain may fall over the coming five days — more than … Read more ›

Warm spell returns after month’s absence

Get set in the coming days for the most significant warming here since the record-breaking warm days of March. After unprecedented string of eight days … Read more ›

As the wind bends a planter full of tulips, street musician Miguel Hidalgo plays a flute on Michigan Avenue last week. (Scott Strazzante/ Chicago Tribune / April 25, 2012)

Go figure: March will go down warmer than April

It now appears to be a sure thing. This past March will go down in the weather books warmer than April. That is a feat … Read more ›