“Don’t knock the weather; nine tenths of the people couldn’t start a convervation if it didn’t change once it a while,” wrote humorist Kin Hubbard back in his day early in the 1900s.
This afternoon, PN received a weather advisory that at 6PM Thurs., May 3, a 100 percent chance of rain was predicted. We wondered, 100 percent? Where? Knoch Park or Knoch Knolls Park? Commissioners Park where the weather alert sirens are out or Frontier Park or Nike Park?
Sports teams throughout the city put their baseball and softball games on alert. When PN photographed outside, citizens were running and bicycling as the clock ticked beyond 7:15PM, the end of the first alert.
Then the warnings were updated. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunder storm alert in effect until 11PM May 3 in DuPage and Will counties and throughout Chicagoland. The warning suggested the storms may cause hail, strong gusts of wind and heavy rainfall.
Be prepared. Isolated heavy rainfall and possible localized flash flooding could arise if earlier predictions have been delayed.
The forecast is similar for Friday with a chance of thunderstorms and showers through Monday. Sunshine is expected to be back Tuesday. Stay tuned and be alert. For updates visit the National Weather Service website.
Update on May 6: PN knocked the weather on Thursday and watched the forecast miss its mark nearly every hour all during the weekend from May 4 to May 6. Fortunately, most of the outdoor events and ball games went on with weather permitting.