I was born on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 1953, and my mother likes to remind me of how hot it was (no air conditioning) just before I was born. What caused the heat wave and when did it finally break?
The days leading up to your birth set new standards for late-season heat in Chicago. With the jet stream far to the north in Canada and high pressure anchored over the eastern United States, Chicago was locked in a record-breaking heat wave. The city recorded 11 consecutive days of 90 degrees or higher from Aug. 24-Sept. 3 that included back-to-back highs of 101 on Sept. 1-2. The hot weather established six straight record highs from Aug. 29-Sept. 3, and all remain in effect today. The heat wave finally broke on Sept. 4 when a cold front passed, dropping the high temperature to pleasant 76 degrees.
The photos below illustrate the extent of tornado damage in Elburn — the result of an EF1-strength twister that occurred just north of Elburn at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a National Weather Service survey team.
Matthew Cumberland took these photos Thursday, who spoke to a resident who was at home when the twister struck. Cumberland said before the air raid sirens went off, that resident’s “glass patio table blew up and shattered his back window. At that time he knew it was at the point he needed to take shelter in the basement. The home owner was gracious enough to let me take photos of the damage around the home, and I wanted to share these with you.”
Jason Rourke took these photos about a half-mile north of the intersection of Illinois Routes 47 and 38 on Thursday.
Thanks Matthew and Jason for your timely and informative photos!
Here are some great photos of Thursday’s rainbow, starting with Noelle Bender of Aurora, who took this photo at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.
Mike and Chris, also from Aurora, sent us this wonderful picture. If you look closely to the left, you’ll see a faint “double rainbow.”
Finally Kim Lucarz, another Aurora resident, seemed to discover the “end of the rainbow” right in front of her!
Thanks to all for the great photos!
Here are a few great cloud-and-sky related photos that we’ve received from our viewers. The first two are from Angela Fink of Wheeling, who captured these very unusual cloud formations north of Lake Geneva during the storm event of Aug. 9.
Tem Hunter sends us this great photo of Chicago’s skyline and the clouds beyond.
We received dozens of great viewer photos from this week’s storms. If you have a weather photo you want to share, join our WGNtv.com Community at http://community.wgntv.com, upload your weather photos and select “Weather Photos” as the category.
Thanks to all of you who are already part of the WGNtv.com Community!
Friday’s thick, sporadically showery overcast and the northwest winds blowing beneath it set the stage for one of Chicago’s coolest air masses in more than a month. The sub-72-degree highs predicted over much of the area Friday and Saturday would mark the first time a set of comparably cool late August days has occurred here in 15 years.
Computer trajectory forecasts, which track the path which air masses follow into the area, indicate Friday’s late September-level low 70 degree maximum temps originated 860 miles to the north over Canada’s Ontario Province only yesterday. An anomalously strong late summer northwesterly jet stream is behind the southward flood of cool air which aided the eruption of powerful mid-week thunderstorms. National Weather Service survey teams confirmed Thursday four tornado touchdowns from those storms—the most damaging of them was the EF2 intensity twister with 120 m.p.h. top winds which ravaged a swath 60 yards wide and 2.5 miles in length in Chesterton, Indiana. Two weaker twisters dipped into northern Kane County near Elburn and still another touched down 3 miles north of Watseka in Iroquois County.
Swells produced by mammoth Hurricane Bill fanned out across 2,800 miles of the Atlantic Thursday, from the Southeast U.S. Coast east to Puerto Rico and the Leeward Islands. The storm, huge by hurricane standards, was producing tropical strength winds which extended 260 miles from the storm’s center late Thursday. At the time Bill was located 975 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. If Bill’s eye was placed over Chicago, its 39+ m.p.h. tropical storm force winds would extend from the Mississippi River east to Detroit, and hurricane force (74+ m.p.h.) winds from west to Rockford to Grand Rapids, Mich. Though the storm is to churn north and avoid direct contact with the U.S. mainland, huge waves are to batter the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coasts and the Canadian Maritimes this weekend.