A friend of mine from Ecuador told me that the weather Quito is almost always pleasant. Is this true?
Jeff Taylor Chicago
Quito is located on the equator more than 9,000 feet above sea level and has a climate described as “eternal spring” with mild days and chilly nights. Temperatures are relatively steady through the year with daytime highs generally in the upper 60s and lower 70s and overnight lows in the 40s and 50s. The area’s hottest days top out in the middle and upper 80s
and the coolest mornings drop to around freezing. The variable aspect of Quito’s weather is mountain-induced rainfall with the city having definite wet and dry seasons. The dry season runs from June through September with monthly rainfall averaging 1 to 3 inches while the October to May rainy season has considerably more with amounts in the 3 to 7 inch range.
Our friend and past photo contributor–and always with eyecatching work— Ryan Szekeres jumped on Metra and headed out to La Fox, Illinois to photograph Wednesday’s blue skies decorated by cottony cumulus clouds. A great job once again, Ryan! MANY THANKS!
Photo courtesy of Ryan Szekeres, La Fox, Illinois
Henry Jung snapped this shot of the nearly full moon over Chicago as it appeared Sunday night (October 4, 2009). THANKS for taking the time to send this along, Henry! Great shot!
Photo courtesy of Henry M. Jung, Chicago
Corrina DeMaria tells us this scene caught her attention–so much so she stopped in her tracks and photographed it. These are altocumulus clouds and Corrina isn’t the first one to have been gripped by their appearance. This is called a “Mackerel Sky”—a name which comes from
the fact that when altocumulus become arranged in a wavelike fashion, the scene looks like the scales of a mackerel. These clouds–and the ones pictured here are no exceptional–generally occur at heights of 6,000 to 18,000 ft. Mackeral skies can also include cirrocumulus which appear in waves across the sky as well. GREAT SHOT Corrina–and THANKS for sharing it with us!
Photo courtesy of Corrina DeMaria, Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago
Sunrises don’t come any prettier than this! MANY THANKS to Scott Sowards for the great job in photographing it and for sharing it with us!
Photo courtesy of Scott Sowards, Valparaiso, Indiana
Naperville native Bob Hawbaker, who moved in 1995 to Trinidad, Colorado, shares these fabulous photos with us. He writes:
“We have seen some of the strangest cloud formations over the years. Just today, I had to snap a couple pictures of some really wind blown clouds. Of course they were heading your way from the West.
Keep up the great work as we still watch the WGN Chicago news/weather out here via satellite.”
That’s so good to hear, Bob—and we’re thrilled to hear you continue to watch WGN! THANKS for the beautiful shots–and all the best from your old stomping grounds here in the Windy City!
Photos courtesy of Bob Hawbaker, Trinidad, Colorado
Longtime viewer Bob Ferguson shares this beautiful shot of white capped Lake Geneva with us. It was taken around 5 p.m. Tuesday as powerful post frontal winds swept southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Great shot, Bob! MANY THANKS!
Photo courtesy of Bob Ferguson, Lake Geneva, WI