LISTEN: Tornadoes, Heat Waves And Floods In Chicago

How susceptible is Chicago to tornadoes? How hard is it to predict Chicago weather? That and more in our playlist.

Chicago Tornado 2021
More than 100 homes across Chicago’s western suburbs were damaged during the storm on June 20, 2021. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ
Chicago Tornado 2021
More than 100 homes across Chicago’s western suburbs were damaged during the storm on June 20, 2021. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

LISTEN: Tornadoes, Heat Waves And Floods In Chicago

How susceptible is Chicago to tornadoes? How hard is it to predict Chicago weather? That and more in our playlist.

Three weeks ago, a tornado ripped through suburban Chicago, damaging more than 200 homes and injuring several people. Heavily populated Naperville was particularly hard hit, along with other Chicago suburbs like Woodridge, Burr Ridge and Darien.

It was a devastating reality check for a region that sometimes considers itself immune to tornadoes.

This week, we’re revisiting an episode from back in 2016 about some of the myths surrounding the Chicago area’s susceptibility to tornadoes.

Want to hear more weather-related Curious City episodes? Check out our Spotify playlist, below.