July 24 bike forecast: cool & windy

New week, new weather.

MONDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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There you have it. Looks like it’ll be 10-15 degrees cooler than this weekend, which puts us close to ideal bike commuting temperature.

Overall: high 72, low 64, 20% chance of rain, fairly windy from the north-ish

AM: high 60s, partly cloudy, 15% chance of rain, wind from the north at 14mph

PM: low 70s, sunny, wind from the north at 13mph

Oh, also: river flood warnings for the Des Plaines River out near Riverside. Any Riverside readers? No? Ok.


REPRESENTATION OF EXPECTED WINDINESS:

Courtesy of Lettuce Cat. See how the lettuce is blown off the cat’s head? That’s an indication of gusty winds.


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Dunno what it says, but seems rude. Loyola Park.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.25/4. Good. Enjoy!

July 21 bike forecast: fine

Friday: looks all right. But really: who knows? How accurate is contemporary meteorological science? Not very!

FRIDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 84, low 74, 20% chance of rain, light winds from the east-ish, 70% humidity

AM: mid 70s, cloudy, possibly rainy, light winds from the east-southeast

PM: low 80s, partly cloudy, wind from the east-southeast at 8mph


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Spotted on the road…

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Blobby mortar, Lincoln Park.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING: Flag_of_Chicago__Illinois_svg.png

2.75/4. Eh, not bad.

July 16 bike forecast: gets no better than this?

Monday: unseasonably cool, fairly sunny, and calm-ish winds. Letting you know right now: you better ride your bike!

MONDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

 

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Look at that!

Overall: high 74, low 63, mostly sunny, winds from the northeast-ish at 5-10 mph

AM: high 60s, partly cloudy, wind from the north-northeast at 7mph

PM: low 70s, sunny as heck, wind from the northeast at 9mph


METEOROLOGICAL CAT GIF:

Consider sunglasses. UV Index 9/10. Which is high, apparently.


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Spotted on the road…

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Firetruck and map, Wilson Avenue firehouse, Uptown.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.8/4. That’s really good. Almost perfect. Ride your bike.

July 14 bike forecast: bye bye heat

Friday: too “cool” for non-cyclists? Maybe. But if you ride a bike (which you should), this is good!

FRIDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 71, low 62, cloudy and pleasant

AM: high 60s, cloudy, wind from the northeast at 8mph

PM: around 70, cloudy, wind from the north-northwest at 11mph

Don’t be discouraged by the cloud cover. Less UV means less skin cancer. Who needs sun!


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Spotted on the road…

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Evanston. Cool.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.25/4. Excellent. Ride ride ride!

June 13 bike forecast: damp & disappointing

First of all, Wednesday didn’t turn out to be so bad. Sure it was miserable, but we didn’t even get close to 92º. What’s with the dire predictions, meteorologists? Big Weather strikes again??

Anyway, Thursday: like Wednesday, but hotter and less rainy. We think.

THURSDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 87, low 64, humid, 40% chance of scattered T-storms

AM: high 70s, possible thunderstorms, winds from the west-southwest at 9mph.

PM: mid 80s, maybe rainy, wind from the west-northwest at 10mph.


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RECOMMENDED CYCLING RAIN GEAR OF THE DAY:

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Spotted on the road…

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This gorgeous folding bike.


And in other news…

Have you signed the Active Trans petition for a Milwaukee Avenue bike lane?


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

 

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1.5/4. Not impressed. Ride anyway!

July 12 bike forecast: welcome to HELL

Wednesday: not… not good.

WEDNESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: High 93, low 74, humid, rainy, and windy from the southwest-ish.

AM: High 70s, chance of rain, 13 mph winds from the southwest.

PM: Awful! 92, humid, possible thunder, windy. Heat index 100!


PREVIEW OF TOMORROW’S CONDITIONS:

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Boy, that’s hot!


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Spotted on the road…

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Tortoise, Rogers Park.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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1/4. Very, very bad. Consider being tough and riding anyway.

July 11 bike forecast: damp, a bit cooler

Tuesday: a little better than Monday, which itself wasn’t so bad after all. Cooler, calmer, but still a bit damp.

TUESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 80, low 72, mostly cloudy with a chance of rain

AM: mid 70s, mostly cloudy, 20% chance of rain, light winds from the north-ish, and oh, 90% humidity.

PM: high 70s, cloudy, 15% chance of rain, a bit less damp


Visual Representation of Expected Windiness, Courtesy of Lettuce Cat®

Iceberg edition. Cranial-leaf stability indicates calm day, wind-wise.


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By the way…

Have you seen the new segment of the separated Lake Front Trail?


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3/4. Okay, but a tad too damp. Enjoy!

July 10 bike forecast: Rain! Thunder! Lightning!

Monday: new week, new weather. But as we see, new isn’t always good. :/

Rain tomorrow and possibly for the rest of the week. :/

MONDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 83, low 69, 80% chance of thunderstorms

AM: mid 70s, possible scattered thunderstorms, winds from the south at 10mph

PM: 80º, 80% chance of thunderstorms, wind from the south at 9mph.


VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF PREDICTED CONDITIONS: 

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Cat gif version:

 


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What’s with this street sign?


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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1.5/4. Bad! Ride anyway, if you want.

July 7 bike forecast: probably good

Friday: balmier than Thursday, but with a chance of isolated thunderstorms. Check out the infographic.

FRIDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 78, low 62, possible isolated thunderstorms in the morning, wind from the north-ish

AM: mid 70s, partly cloudy, 35% chance of isolated thunderstorms

PM: low 70s, partly cloudy, wind from the north-northeast at 11mph. 10% chance of rain, too.


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And in other news…

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Chicago Bike Report: political powerhouse.

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These are horses, apparently.

OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3 stars. Not bad. Ride! But avoid stray lightning bolts, too.

July 6 bike forecast: return of heat

Thursday: hotter than Wednesday. Rain possible, but not likely.

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Overall: high 87, low 71, partly cloudy, 20% chance of rain, 55% humidity, mild winds from the south-ish

AM: upper 70s, partly cloudy, 20% chance of rain

PM: mid 80s, partly cloudy, 15% chance of rain


VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF EXPECTED SWEATINESS:


RECOMMENDED HOT WEATHER GEAR OF THE DAY:

The Veskimo Personal Cooling System: only $493 with included 9 quart Hand-Carry Cooler.

“Quick-disconnect fittings on a single flexible insulated hose make for easy connection to either the Veskimo 4.4 Quart Hydration Backpack or 9 Quart Hand-Carry Cooler chilled water reservoir containing ice and water. The shirttail design of the cooling vest keeps it in place during the most rigorous activities. Perfect for sports, racing, motorcycling, bicycling, construction and industrial uses, it creates a personal microclimate of COOL under your clothing in hot and humid environments.”


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OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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2.25/4. Hot! Ride anyway. Enjoy!