Talk:Climate of Chicago

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Weather Changes[edit]

I would like to know why exactly the weather fluctuates so dramatically in Chicago. The fact that it does is mentioned but no explanation is provided.

I believe that it is because of neighboring Lake Michigan. Contrary to the sea, which is slow to absorb heat and likewise slow to release it, Lake Michigan is too small to have much of a long term effect on the weather with the exception of slightly milder temperatures on the coastline and breezes. It is basically like any other city in a temperate inland zone. So, there's your answer, but I can't verify it so I won't put it up there.

However, remember to refrain from comments like this, as Wikipedia is not a discussion forum. Yeah, I know, i know...I'm sort of a hypocrite, but anyways...

--Starstriker7(Say hior see my works) 23:59, 18 August 2008 (UTC)


What, no mention of winds in an article about the climate of the Windy City? Loganberry (Talk) 15:59, 5 August 2005 (UTC)

I've added a paragraph on winds and the history of the Windy City nickname. InNuce 02:35, 19 February 2006 (UTC)


In the article it mentions that August is the rainiest month, but in the table is shows that June is, by far, the rainiest month. So which is it really? bob rulz 21:40, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

August is the wettest month. The data in the table comes from, run by the Weather Channel, and the data in the text comes frmo Tom Skilling, the chief meteorologist at the Chicago Tribune. I was planning on reconciling the article by adding the Tribune data into the table, but I've encountered difficulty in obtaining the Tribune data again, so I'm still waiting. I'll change it next time I have a chance. RyanGerbil10 (Drop on in!) 22:08, 24 June 2006 (UTC)
I've updated the table to reflect the current "official" 30-year Chicago averages as recorded by the National Climatic Data Center. I also updated the text to match these numbers. It turns out the data originally used for the table are for the old Meigs field reporting station. Meigs hasn't been the official Chicago station for over 40 years; I suspect that's why the numbers seem so out-of-date. The updated table is now in agreement with both the NCDC and's (O'Hare ) averages.InNuce 18:31, 28 August 2006 (UTC)
These are out of sync again. Someone with access to accurate data should really definitively coordinate the text with the chart. It looks really stupid to have them constantly out of sync. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:12, 25 December 2008 (UTC)

Shouldn't the freak weather record about August 4, 2008 have been on this article?[edit]

Based on so many of the YouTube videos of thunderstorms, a massive one hit Chicago on this particular day. I won't edit this article because due to my autism and the fact that I don't live in Chicago, it may not be reliable enough so this message is for reminder and suggestion purposes only. I have been frightened of thunderstorms though which resulted in such a discovery on YouTube. Autisexp235 (talk) 21:57, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

Using Midway Data for Chicago climate?[edit]

O'Hare is the official recording site for Chicago weather data, and was for the entire period from 1981-2010, so it appears inappropriate to use the data from midway as examples of the records and averages for Chicago. Midway is no more representative than the lakefront is, or O'Hare for that matter, but O'Hare is the official site, and should be the source for stats of this sort. If there's no objection I'll change the data to the official records.Icebox93 (talk) 04:15, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Winter section[edit]

This section understates the winter stats, suggesting that 1 inch of snow is a possibility in winter, when this has never happened in years we have records, and is considerably balmier sounding than that the long-term averages suggest. If one is looking for info about the climate of Chicago, the long term averages are the best measure of this. I've rewritten the section to take account of these issues. Icebox93 (talk) 15:28, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Spring section citation[edit]

I added as a citation for the snowed out White Sox opener in 1982. Not 100% sure that's an acceptable source though. --DaBunny42 (talk) 20:47, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

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