Skill: Very warm Wednesday, then strong wind blows into colder air

A rare mid-December warm-up is set for Wednesday. Visible Chicago area mid 60’s and setting a new record! Can reach as high as 66 degrees.

Strong storm blows Wednesday night to early Thursday

The massive “wind machine” of a winter storm is capable of generating potentially damaging non-storm winds Wednesday night’s Chicago winds. Gusts will approach and possibly hit a peak of 50-60 mph on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.


An unusual storm warning was issued for the open waters of Lake Michigan due to the potential for these strong winds by my National Weather Service colleagues.

Strong winds bring colder weather to the area on Thursday, then into the weekend

Full forecast details and more at WGN Weather Center Blog

Will we see a white Christmas?

We are 26 days (more than 2 weeks) past the first day of measurable snow, which typically occurs in Chicago on or around November 18.

Only four out of 10 Chicago Christmases qualify as White Christmases – defined as having 1 inch or more of snow on the ground at dawn. And the prospects for a White Christmas this year look bleak at this point.

More on record warmth

In terms of unusually warm, record-breaking mid-December on Wednesday and the 66-degree highs we anticipate:

  • Wednesday’s high of 66 degrees will break the previous 70-year record for the highest temperature on 15 December on the books since official records began here in 1871 and nearly 30 degrees higher than the previous record. with normal.
  • On average 1 in 4 December has a temperature of 60 degrees
  • December 1982 has the most: 9 days out of 60
  • December 1998 ranked 2nd for most 60s with five days of 60
  • 113 December of 150 did not produce a single 60 degree temperature
  • On the other hand, December 38 saw a temperature of 60 Skill: Very warm Wednesday, then strong wind blows into colder air


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