This past July Chicago recorded 9.81 inches of precipitation--the wettest July ever, and the 9th-wettest month in the city's history. But if you were here on this August 31st in 1987, you were just finishing monsoon month, the all-time record-holder. Let's turn back the clock 24 years. What was it like? How would you cope?
July 1987 had been very hot and very dry. When the rains came in the opening days of August, Chicago was relieved. At last it was cooling off.
But the rains continued . . . and continued . . . and continued. The Des Plaines River overflowed. Water backed up into basements. As the water receded swarms of mosquitoes appeared.
And then the rains returned. People joked about building an ark. But what was a "cubit" anyway?
So what did you do for relief in 1987? The parks and forest preserves were all mud. Spectator sports were not a happy solution--the Cubs and the Sox were floundering, and the Bears' pre-season was not going well.
TV was all summer reruns. If you were one of the fortunate few who had cable, there were plenty of black-and-white 1950s sitcoms to choose from. Too bad your VCR was in the shop getting fixed again.
The internet--what was that? Something to do with your computer?