Tim's Weather World: Top ten weather events of 2012

The Chicago National Weather Service office has assembled their top ten weather event list of this year.  See if this list brings back some weather memories:


  1. Mild Winter-10th least snowy winter on record and 9th warmest.  Just 19.8″ of snow (compared to an average of 39.3″) and Chicago never dipped to zero or below.
  2. March Warmth Smashes Record-Average temperature for the month was 15.6° above average, smashing the old record by almost 5°!
  3. Record Warm Spring-Warmest spring on record with average temperature of 56.6°. 26 days with a high of 80° or warmer, second only to 28 days in 1977.
  4. May Tornado Touch Down-EF1 tornado struck southeast of Watseka.  Baseball sized hail in Clifton.
  5. Hot, Dry June & July-6th warmest June ever with 100°on June 28th, first 100° day since 2005.  3rd hottest July ever.  23 heat related fatalities in Cook County.
  6. Severe Weather Outbreak 6/28-7/1-June 28 storm produces tennis ball sized hail in Dyer.  Squall line on June 29th produces gusts to 90 mph.  Squall line on July 1st leaves over 250K without power.
  7. Severe Storms Shut Down Lollapalooza(see photo below)-Storms first hit Morris hard with uprooted trees that fall on cars and homes.  Storms sweep through downtown Chicago forcing evacuation of 100,000 concert goers.
  8. August Gale Generates Huge Waves-Gusty winds with August 9th and 10th storm produces waterspouts and gale force winds.  Ships report waves of up to 18′.
  9. Superstorm Sandy Impact(see photo above)-Superstorm Sandy helps produce wind gusts to 69 mph at Michigan City and near 60 mph in southern lake Michigan.  Waves build to 21.7″ at Harrison-Dever Crib, second largest peak wave ever record in 31 years.
  10. Scarcity of Snow-Only a trace of snow snow far this winter.  Old record streak of 280 consecutive days without measurable snow broken this week.


The National Weather Service office in Romeoville has the complete list with more details.





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