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Opinion: Chicago Has Two Seasons: Winter and Murder

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Opinion: Chicago Has Two Seasons: Winter and Murder

In Chicago, we have two seasons: winter, and murder. Death did not take a holiday for the 4th of July. More than 70 Chicagoans were shot and 12 were killed over the four-day weekend. 

Here are the murder totals for each month in 2013, along with the average temperatures. In February, the coldest month, we had only 14 murders. May and June each had 44 murders (although so did January, which was warmer than normal.)
 
So far, 16 Chicagoans have been murdered this month, putting us on a pace for 66 in July. 
 
January: 44
Average high temperature: 35.8 degrees
Historical average: 29.6 degrees
January 2012: 40
 
February: 14
Average high temperature: 34.2 degrees
Historical average: 34.4 degrees
February 2012: 29
 
March: 18
Average high temperature: 40.5 degrees
Historical average: 46.1 degrees
March 2012: 52
 
April: 24
Average high temperature: 57.3 degrees
Historical average: 58 degrees
April 2012: 41
 
May: 44
Average temperature: 57
Historical average: 59 degrees
May 2012: 51
 
June: 44
Average high temperature: 78.5 degrees
Historical average: 79.2 degrees
June 2012: 47
 
July: 16 (on pace for 66)
Average high temperature: 78.2 degrees 
Historical average: 83.5 degrees 
July 2012: 49
 
 

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