May 18th bike forecast: Windy, again

Thursday: like Wednesday, but not as hot and sunnier. So, better.

THURSDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 78, low 43, windy with GUSTS UP TO 38 MPH (as indicated above).

AM: Low 70s, sunny, wind from the SW at 19 MPH

PM: Mid 70s, partly cloudy, winds from the west-northwest at 17 MPH.


How windy is it? 

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This windy! Well no, probably not quite this windy. But pretty windy nonetheless.


DIVVY BIKE REPORT:

All stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES:

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Partial street closures here.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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2.5/4. Could be nice if you don’t get blown away.

Enjoy your rides!

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Ride of Silence is Tomorrow, May 17th

Tomorrow is the annual Ride of Silence. The purpose is to raise awareness of cyclists’ rights and honor cyclists who have been killed in crashes. (7 cyclists were killed in Chicago in the past year.)

Details:

6:30 PM

Start: Daley Plaza

Finish: Ghost Bike at Lincoln and Addison, with a post-ride gathering at Burrito House (3547 N. Lincoln Ave).

Riders are requested to wear black armbands, or red if you’ve been in a bike/car crash. Helmets are required.

May 17 bike forecast: A Windy City.

(WE REGRET THE LATE FORECAST.)

Wednesday: Gusty! Gale-y! Blowy! Yes, that’s a word. Look it up.

Not only does Chicago have the market cornered on 19th-century boosterish bluster, it also has plenty of the real-life climatological stuff too. At least tomorrow.

WEDNESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Note the GALE WATCH in all caps. Winds could get to 30 MPH or higher.

Overall: high 83, low 67. 20% chance of rain. Winds 20-30 MPH.

AM: low 70s, partly cloudy, winds from the SSW at 16 MPH.

PM:  low 80s, cloudy, 22 MPH winds from the south, 15% chance of rain.


 

VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF EXPECTED WINDINESS: 

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I’m told that’s a live image from Lake Michigan. Except the wind is real and not coming from 747 engines.


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES and PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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2/4. All right if you can manage the wind and it doesn’t rain.

Enjoy your rides!

May 16 bike forecast: good, bad

Tuesday: a good day to ride a bike? A bad day to ride a bike? Why not both.

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Note the happy AM sun face and the angry PM sun face. This is what we’re talking about.

Overall: high 87low 69, windy.

Morning: around 70 degrees, partly cloudy, wind from the SSW at 10 MPH.

Evening: unseasonably hot. 20 MPH winds! Could be a good thing if you’re commuting to the north. If not, sucks for you.


Lettuce Cat Wind Meter:

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No surprises here. 20 mph winds’ll swipe the leaf right off yer noggin.


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Hot, I guess. (This concept might need some work.)


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES:

Here.

And partial street closures map here.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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2/4. Try not to sweat too much!

Enjoy your rides.

May 15 forecast: THE ideal bike commute?

 

Monday: could it be the highest rated bike commute of the year??? The only way you can find out is by reading below!

MONDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 73, low 52

Morning: high 50s, sunny, gentle winds from the east-southeast.

Evening: high 60s to low 70s, partly cloudy, 8MPH winds from the east

BUT: 25% chance of rain in the evening. Watch out.


Even non-humans are considering commuting by bike tomorrow!


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES: 

A long list, most of which end on Sunday. Check here.

Partial street closures here.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.75/4. Almost the best ever! But threat of rain keeps the day from living up to its potential.

Enjoy your rides!

May 12 bike forecast: A good day

Friday: what a day to ride a bike!

FRIDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Nice day.

Overall: high 59, low 44, mostly sunny, not too windy

AM: high 40s, partly cloudy, negligible wind

PM: high 50s, sunny, wind from the NNE at 10 MPH.


Feline Weather Representation of the Day:

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Sunglasses: not a bad idea.

Cat could teach you a thing or two about suave helmet removal.


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURE REPORT:

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OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.8 stars. A day to make you thankful for your bike commute.

May 11 bike forecast: a tad windy

Thursday: cloudy, windy, cool. Maybe rainy. But nothing extreme.

THURSDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 55, low 43, mostly cloudy, 20% chance of rain

Morning: high 40s, cloudy, moderate winds from the NNE, 15% chance of rain

Evening: mid 50s, cloudy, moderate winds from the NNE, 15% chance of rain


Lettuce Cat Wind Meter:

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14 mph winds: strong enough to make a cat’s lettuce flop.


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURE REPORT: 

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Partial street closures here.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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2.75/4. Wind, clouds, rain chance make this an all right day to ride. Nothin’ special.

Enjoy your rides!

May 10 bike forecast: Maybe rain?

Wednesday: probably a pretty nice day for biking. But possibly not. Who knows!

WEDNESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 57, low 48, mostly cloudy, 40% chance of rain.

Morning: low 50s, partly cloudy, slight chance of rain. Light wind from the northeast.

Evening: mid 50s, cloudy, 40% chance of rain. Wind from the NE at 7 MPH.


Lettuce Cat Wind Meter: 

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Tranquil. No confirmation on whether this is lettuce though. (Rhubarb?)


DIVVY REPORT: California and Altgeld still out. All others operational.


STREET CLOSURE REPORT:

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Partial street closures here.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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2.8 stars. Why? Because it’s probably not gonna rain.

Enjoy your rides!

May 8 Bike Forecast: Cold, rainy, oy

Tuesday: not looking too good. Cold and rainy. Rain expected Wednesday too.

Before that, an announcement:

Important CDOT meeting!

5:30 PM tomorrow

AN Pritzker School Auditorium

2009 W. Schiller Street

CDOT and Aldermen Moreno, Waguespack, and Hopkins are hosting a meeting about fixing Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Quite possibly the most dangerous street in the city for cyclists. Go! Attend!

Anyway.

TUESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 49, low 44, cloudy with a 70% chance of rain

Morning: low 40s, 65% chance of rain, winds from the ESE at 7 MPH

Evening: high 40s, rain possible, winds from the NE at 8 MPH


LETTUCE CAT WIND METER:

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A pleasant breeze. Less pleasant if it’s raining.


RECOMMENDED RAIN GEAR OF THE WEEK:

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Rain bubble recommended!


DIVVY REPORT: California Ave & Altgeld St. out of service. Check here for up-to-the-minute reports.


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Partial street closures here.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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1.5/4. Not good!

May 7 bike forecast: Sunny, chilly, good.

Monday: a welcome contrast to the clouds, wind, and rain of last week.

Some might complain about the unseasonably cold weather. But us? We like the anti-sweatiness benefits.


MONDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Note the little cloud hat in the afternoon, denoting the occasional PM cloud. Clear skies in the morning.

Overall: High 50, low 43, mostly sunny

Morning: Mid 40s, clear skies, winds from the NE at 6 MPH

Evening: High 40s, a cloud or two, winds from the east-northeast at 8 MPH.

Nothing much to complain about.


Lettuce Cat Wind Meter (Mushroom Hat Edition): 

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As you see, calm winds, but consider sunglasses.


DIVVY REPORT: all stations in service.


STREET CLOSURE REPORT:

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Partial street closure map here.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.25/4. Really nice! Ride your bike!