Chicago’s Biggest Weather Stories of 2014
It was a big year in the Windy City when it comes to record-breaking weather
The year 2014 could very well be remembered in Chicago as "the year of the polar vortex."
It was a big year in the Windy City when it comes to record-breaking weather. Here's a look back at some of the big weather events of the year.
1. Polar Vortex
Chicago faced a bout of dangerous, record-breaking cold temperatures in January.
Temperatures dipped to -16 degrees on Jan. 6 with wind chills in the -40 to -50 degree range in some areas.
The historic freeze shuttered schools and businesses across the country at the start of the first full work week of 2014. Flights, trains and bus transportation were disrupted, many were left without power and even parts of the country used to fending off hypothermia and frostbite had to take extra precautions as temperatures and wind chills approached record levels.
The Chicago area saw snow totals near 80 inches for the winter of 2014. By April 15, O’Hare Airport had recorded 82 inches of snow, making it the city’s third snowiest on record since 1884. The second snowiest seasonal was the 82.3 inches recorded in 1977-78.
The city saw its third coldest meteorological winter, with an average temperature of 18.8 degrees.
October snowfall marked one of the earliest snowfalls in Chicago weather history.
Chilly September temperatures reached record-setting status in the city.
Hot summer weather brought a weekend of rain to Chicago that left some areas flooded.
Eight tornadoes touched down in Illinois and northwest Indiana during a July storm.
8. May Snow
Chicago's winter didn't end in spring. In fact, the area saw snow in May!