Throughout April and May, U.S. farmers faced floods, tornadoes, downpours and droughts — all of which made planting difficult. Now in June, intense heat has been sweeping over much of the country.The harsh weather likely will reduce the fall's harvest, according to a new report from the U.S.
Chicagoans can expect another scorcher, though a front is expected to bring cooler temperatures and thunderstorms to the region Wednesday evening.Rose Sengenberger, with the National Weather Service in Romeoville, said temperatures on Wednesday will climb into the mid-90s, with heat index readings a
Unseasonably warm temperatures and high humidity will continue in the Chicago area through Friday.Samuel Shea is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He says there's a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening.
On Monday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn issued a disaster proclamation for southern parts of the state. Representatives from the National Weather Service predict that the Ohio River could reach record levels there by this weekend.
A tornado temporarily closed down the St. Louis airport on Saturday, and storms raged through Illinois earlier in the week. Spring may bring milder temperatures but it also kicks off the tornado and storm season.
There is a new focus on the safety of Lake Shore Drive and how Lake Michigan affects it after last week's blizzard. Hundreds of drivers got stuck in the snow there and eventually had to abandon their vehicles.Illinois U.S.