|The city awakes on April 18, 2011 (JWB, 2011)|
Well, this was a heck of a way to wake up yesterday morning, three weeks into what they told us would be spring. The temperature in the mid-30’s and the ground covered with snow.
Just a little over a week ago, I stood in shorts and a shirt-sleeve shirt in a parking lot at Miller Field in Milwaukee with the temperature in the 80’s.
Now here we are . . . a snowfall record for this date – even though only .6 of an inch fell out at O’Hare.
Where is the essential fairness of it all? St. Louis had temperatures in the 70’s yesterday. Washington, D. C. basked in 74° weather. The forsythia are all in bloom. The locusts are green. Tulips stand resolutely against the onslaught.
The sandals tucked in the back of the closet are asking, “When do we get OUR turn?”
Not today. The forecast? Rain in the morning . . . then rain and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail in the afternoon. Blustery. Highs in the lower 40’s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mpy at times. Chance of percepitation 90 percent.
Blustery. There's a word I could do without.
Temperatures in the 40’s for the next two days. Rain on Friday and Saturday. A good week for blowing out an umbrella.
Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna, the Lord of the Levee, who never lost an election in 40 years as alderman from the first ward once said, “Chicago ain’t no sissy town.”
This week we’re proving it.
By the way, the photo looks toward the rapidly rising Lincoln Park 2520, a Lucien LaGrange-designed project that will include a 39-story tower, flanked by a 22-story north tower and a 16-story south tower as well as private gardens and three levels of underground parking.
The joint is so posh that a dog exercise area and paw wash will be part of the one-acre private gardens.
It’s a miserable week for dogs. And Chicagoans, too.