Below are some examples of the extremes in weather from 2012 to 2013.
Last year at this time it was pushing 100 degrees for extended periods
Emergency drought aid expands as Midwest bakes!!!!!!!!!
US Drought Disaster Worst In Over 50 Years
Forecast: More Heat, More Drought
The 2012 drought disaster is now the largest in over 50 years, and among the ten largest of the past century, according to a new report released by the National Climatic Data Center today.
The current drought actually covers more area than the famous 1936 drought, though other droughts in the Dust Bowl years – particularly the extreme drought of 1934 – still rank higher
Heat Wave Smashes Records as Drought ExpandsThe heat wave continues! O'Hare's hit 103, Midway 102. The heat's to run thru Sat AM. Afternoon temps are within striking distance of Chicago's all-time record hi of 105 set July 24, 1934. It's the 2nd day in which century old temp records have fallen.
Wednesday's record-tying 102-degree high, the hottest July 4 temperature here in nearly a century, appears only the opening act of an intense heat wave which still has several days to run.
The 102-degree peak reading marked only the second time in 142 years an Independence Day has recorded a triple digit temperature here
Photos of the effects that the record setting heat and drought had on the golf course in 2012
2013 Weather Headlines
Wednesday morning’s deluge is just the latest to hit portions of the Greater Chicago area in a year which has been producing precipitation at a record rate. There hasn’t been a single year since official weather records began 142 years ago in 1871 which has produced a year-to-date precipitation tally greater than the 27.54" currently on the booksMonth’s rainfall running at 12 times last June’s pace; 2013′s precipitation tally remains the heaviest of any on record in the past 142 years
From a 140 year drought last summer to 140 year rainfall records this year
NCC golf course flooding