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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 ›


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 ›

National Weather Service radar image of storms hitting the Chicago area Sunday evening. (April 15, 2012)

Thunderstorms roll into Chicago area, more likely later tonight

Thunderstorms rolled into the Chicago area this evening, possibly the first wave of storms that could include some severe weather, with winds of up to … Read more ›

Thunderstorms may hit as weather starts to cool

The Chicago area might see some thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight, but the best chance for the worst weather is expected Sunday afternoon and evening … Read more ›

A camera caught a brief sight of last night's meteor.

Meteor dazzles stargazers: ‘This thing just split the sky’

    // Dan Joyce was headed west with a buddy and a big telescope, hoping to take advantage of the “beautiful night” when a … Read more ›

Easter forecast: Sunny, breezy and mild

Today’s temperatures are expected to reach into the high 60s and will continue into tomorrow, making for a warm but breezy Easter Sunday. Today’s temperatures … Read more ›

Forecast: Overnight frost gives way to sun and warmer conditions

After an overnight frost covered much of the area, temperatures were expected to take a turn reaching in the low 50s by the afternoon, officials … Read more ›