Windy and very warm! Skilling tracks temps and wind gusts

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It’s windy today and blowing but also warm for mid-November!

A wind advisory with an elevated fire risk expired at 4 p.m.

Here’s a link to the wind advisory text from NWS-Chicago:

We’re well on our way to the predicted 66-degree high. It’s a reading 20-degrees above the normal of 46.

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Interesting stat from Frank Wachowski with whom I just talked. Frank points out our noon temp of 63 at O’Hare makes this the warmest November 19th since the 70 recorded on this date in 1991.

Winds as of post time have gusted as high as 43 mph at both airports–but have reached 54 mph out at the Harrison-Dever Crib and there’s been a 60 mph gusts reported at Munster, IN.

And it’s not just the Chicago area which is seeing high winds. Gusts have hit 52 mph at downstate Bloomington, 51 mph at Champaign and 48 mph at Decatur.

Here’s a list of peak winds from Chicago area sites through 12 noon today (Thursday):

  • 60 mph Munster, IN
  • 54 mph Harrison-Dever Crib (3 miles off the Chicago shoreline)
  • 48 mph Glendale Heights
  • 44 mph Crown Point, IN
  • 44 Waukegan Harbor
  • 44 Morris
  • 43 mph Waukegan Airport
  • 43 Midway
  • 43 O’Hare
  • 43 Gary
  • 42 Grayslake
  • 41 Valparaiso, IN
  • 40 Plainfield
  • 40 Hebron, IN
  • 40 Lansing
  • 40 Dwight
  • 39 Sugar Grove
  • 39 St. Charles
  • 39 Kankakee
  • 39 Burnham
  • 39 West Chicago
  • 38 Pleasant Prairie, WI
  • 38 Romeoville
  • 38 Kenosha Regional
  • 37 Union Hill (Kankakee County)
  • 35 Crystal Lake

Check out the graphics below including 12 obs for the Greater Chicago area, a model Midwest wind forecast, observed winds, peak winds gusts and relative humidities through midday and the national 12 noon temps and the 24 hour temp change through 12 noon Thursday.

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