Has this been the coolest year in memory, or is that just my impression?
2009 has been a cool year thus far, but memories and impressions can be deceiving.
Averaged from Jan. 1 through Oct. 17, this year’s temperature stood at 51.4 degrees, as registered officially at O’Hare International Airport. A computer sweep of the city’s entire 139-year official temperature data base (1871-2009) indicates that 2009 ranks 26th coolest. That places this year among Chicago’s coolest 19 percent of all years, but 25 years had lower average temperatures in the period from Jan.1 through Oct.17.
The chilliest year in the data base is 1875, with an average temperature of 47.0 degrees. Even when ranked among the 51 years (1959-2009) for which temperature data are available at O’Hare, 2009 is merely the 11th coolest.
After an abysmal run of weather which has seriously hampered our farmers’ ability to get out in the fields for the fall harvest, good news from our friend John Hazzard in Will County! John writes:
“Finally some great harvest weather. Soybeans are being harvested by Dave Keigher 2 miles East of Wilmington. This is only the second day of cutting beans for Dave, He farms 700 acres. 400 of those acres are soybeans and the remainder is corn. The soybeans have been yielding in the low to mid 50 bushel range which is a little above average, but most farmers here in southern Will County are 21 day’s late in starting there work compared to the last 5 years, so there is plenty of work to be done that’s for sure. Many farmers will be burning the midnight oil trying to catch up. Very little corn has been harvested around here it needs more day’s like this to dry down. No matter what this is going to be a LATE fall for most to get done. Let’s hope we get some dry days to keep the farmers going.”
Isn’t that the truth, John! Great news indeed–and THANKS as always for keeping us posted and for the great photos!
Photos courtesy of John Hazzard, Wilmington, Illinois
Heriberto Quiroz shares this post-sunset shot with us from Chicago’s famed Pilsen community. We love it—-THANKS for sharing it with us, Heriberto!
Photo courtesy of Heriberto Quiroz, Pilsen community, Chicago
Check out this drooping saguro cactus in the sun near Pinnacle Peak Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona
Gary Wojton, who taught for years here in Chicago and has retired to Arizona, shares this photo with us. He writes:
“Tom….while hiking Pinnacle Peak Mountain in Scottsdale today…I came across an “arm” of a saguaro cactus that was drooping over…this is a photo of the top of the arm….sort of looks like a sun so I am sending some your way J! “
It worked–because the sun’s out and it’s a beautiful day here Monday (10/19), Gary–warmest here in nearly 3 weeks. THANK YOU–and thanks, as always, for another great photo! All the best!
Photo courtesy of Gary Wojton, Scottsdale, Arizona
High temperatures Sunday again barely surpassed 50 degrees despite 97 percent of possible sunshine, but Monday will be a different story. Warmer air will ride into northern Illinois on strong southwesterly winds, and afternoon readings are expected to rise well into the 60s. After the coldest October start since 1876, southerly winds should persist the next four days with highs averaging 5 degrees above normal. The extended period of southerly winds is due to a slow-developing low pressure system that will move out of the central Plains and cross the Mississippi River on Thursday. A broad band of showers and thunderstorms with 1 to 2 inches of rain will cover Illinois on Thursday. Even as the low moves slowly east away from the area, clouds and scattered showers will persist into Saturday.
Record low maximum temperatures were recorded Sunday in every eastern seaboard state from Virginia to Florida. Miami registered a record low maximum of 71 degrees Sunday, after a record high of 92 Saturday.