Chicago remains mired in the chilliest early October in 22 years.
Its opening 14 days -- with an average temperature of 47.6 degrees -- are well below the 57.3 degrees observed during the same period over the last 138 years -- and chilly enough to rank third coldest since 1871. The only Oct. 1 to 14 periods that have been colder occurred in 1876 (46 degrees) and 1987 (47.5).
Thursday likely will be the 18th straight day of below-normal temperatures and the sixth day highs fail to reach 50 degrees, establishing a record for the most early-season daytime readings that fail to break out of the 40s. With Friday and Saturday predicted to stay in the 40s, the string is likely to end up at seven days, which doesn't usually happen for another five weeks.
OBAMALAND IS HAVING IT'S COLDEST OCTOBER SINCE OBAMA WORKED FOR SIDLEY & AUSTIN IN 1989 - WHEN AND WHERE HE MET MICHELLE ROBINSON.
("COINCIDENTLY", SIDLEY WAS TOM AYERS' FIRM OF CHOICE, AND WHERE HIS SON'S WIFE - BERNADINE DOHRN WORKED.)