WBEZ | extreme weather http://www.wbez.org/tags/extreme-weather Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Making sense out of a strange winter http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-07/making-sense-out-strange-winter-96174 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-07/weather3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago is having its warmest winter in 80 years, according to <em>The Sun-Times</em>. Meanwhile, Mexico is mired in drought. Europe is experiencing bone-chilling cold in places where snow doesn't usually even fall. In Ukraine alone, an estimated 122 people are reported dead from hypthermia and frostbite.</p><p>Today, <em>Worldview</em> tries to make some sense out of this year's anomalous weather around the world with <a href="http://www.climatecentral.org/about/people-bio/heidi_cullen" target="_blank">Heidi Cullen</a>. Heidi's a climatologist with the think tank <a href="http://www.climatecentral.org/" target="_blank">Climate Central</a> and the author of <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061726880" target="_blank"><em>The Weather of the Future</em></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Heidi Cullen is giving <a href="http://public.elmhurst.edu/news/archive/137126173.html" target="_blank">a talk</a> on "The Future of Weather" at Elmhurst College on Thursday, March 1 at 7PM.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-07/making-sense-out-strange-winter-96174 Month in Review: July's wild weather, layoffs, shootings and more http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-29/month-review-julys-wild-weather-layoffs-shootings-and-more-89832 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-29/Chicago lightning.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On the last Friday of the month, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> served up the latest edition of the <em>Month in Review</em>. July made its statement via crazy weather--from derechos to monsoon-like rains. Plus, it was hot, which made the rest of the news unbearable – from shootings in the streets to city layoffs. To help sort through the month that was, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by three finely-tuned instruments of the news: WBEZ's own<a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/richard-steele" target="_blank"> Richard Steele</a>, <a href="http://www.meribahknight.com/?page_id=2" target="_blank">Meribah Knight</a> from the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a> and writer and commentator, Ron Litke.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-29/month-review-julys-wild-weather-layoffs-shootings-and-more-89832 Chicago braces for extreme heat http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-20/chicago-braces-extreme-heat-89392 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-20/5814650331_55dd8c887e_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Over the past couple of weeks, Chicago endured plenty of sweltering days. Many Chicagoans count on air conditioning at work to offer a small reprieve. But what about those who pay their electricity bills by working outside?<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked people who work outside how they beat the heat on the job.</p><p>Then <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisited a conversation with Eric Klinenberg, author of<em><a href="http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/H/bo3641018.html" target="_blank"> Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago</a></em>, examining the 1995 Chicago heat wave, when tempuratures soared to 106 and left over 700 people dead. The book conducts a "social autopsy," to examine how and why so many died in the city.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Mercury Program, "Egypt" from the release A Data Learn the Language (Tiger Style)</em></p></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-20/chicago-braces-extreme-heat-89392