The Wgn Weather Blog

Lynne Kiesling

I am a geek of many stripes — econ geek, shoe geek, yarn geek, and so on. I am also a weather geek. I love the Weather Channel, I love the NOAA website, and above all I love Tom Skilling, Chicago’s most famous weather forecaster. He brings an intellectual fascination to weather forecasting and weather phenomenon history that I can relate to at a very geeky level. I know a fellow geek when I see one.

Not surprisingly, Tom and his colleagues have set up a WGN Weather Center Blog. It rocks. Lat night’s last entry provides a wealth of information:

January has hosted the Chicago area’s three biggest snowstorms—the infamous 1967 Blizzard (23.0”) and the megasnows of 1979 (20.7”) and 1999 (21.6”). Significant snow accumulations are no stranger here this time of year. Even without a truly mammoth snowstorm to its credit, the month has tallied a total of 12” of snow to date, making it one for the books. The amount is already more than the 11.3” considered normal in an entire January.

What the 1999 statistic misses is that there had been about foot of snow just before New Year’s, in December 1998. That was a great set of storms … we actually strapped on the x-c skis and skiied out the back door and the whole mile’s distance to the lakefront, having to unstrap only twice to cross streets that had been salted. Then once around the golf course and back home.

We may get anywhere from 5″-8″ between now and Saturday. Waxin’ those skis …

Even if you don’t live around Chicago, I recommend this site to you for its wealth of general weather phenomenon information.


6 thoughts on “The Wgn Weather Blog

  1. You midwesterners are tough. We just returned from two days of skiing at Tahoe where the skies were blue with no wind and warm weather at 9000 ft. Come on out and spend some money in California.

  2. Thanks for the link to the WGN blog. I enjoy finding out what the weather is up there in the winter before calling my family and rubbing it in (from NC).

    I still remember that 1967 blizzard fondly. Missing about a week of school and just fooling around outside in the snow was a highlight of my “yute”. It’s not such fun when you have to figure out a way to work as well as resupply at the grocery store.

  3. Thanks for the link to the WGN blog. I enjoy finding out what the weather is up there in the winter before calling my family and rubbing it in (from NC).

    I still remember that 1967 blizzard fondly. Missing about a week of school and just fooling around outside in the snow was a highlight of my “yute”. It’s not such fun when you have to figure out a way to work as well as resupply at the grocery store.

  4. In 1967, I was an undergrad at the U of Chicago. What I remember most about the blizard, is how nice the weather was the day before it started.

    Ever since then really warm pleasant days in January have scared me.

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