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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 ›

Skilling: Warmest June in 25 years, but relief in sight

The Chicago area will swelter through a third straight day of 90s Wednesday, making June the warmest here in 25 years. But relief is in … Read more ›

Corenna King, 10, and her siblings, Corenell, 9, and Cayden, 7, cool off in a lawn sprinkler on Western Avenue in Joliet. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / June 18, 2012)

Skilling: We’re on a hot streak not seen since 1977

A second uncomfortable day lies ahead, potentially hotter than Monday, with highs in the middle to upper 90s. The reading would mark the 12th time … Read more ›

Monday could be hottest day so far this year

Monday is shaping up to be one of the hottest days of the year so far — if not the hottest — with high humidity … 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 ›


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, 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 ›

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Storm Damage!

Powerful rain and winds toppled parts of St. James Armenian Church located at 816 Clark Street in Evanston last night, 5/3/12. Unconfirmed reports are that … Read more ›

Severe weather moves out, temperatures to drop today

A cold front from between Green Bay and Milwaukee will move into the Chicago area today, dropping temperatures from the mid-80s yesterday to the 50s … Read more ›


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 ›