Editors USA TODAY Published 8:11 p.m. UTC Sep 3, 2018 Protesters aim to shut down Chicago airport over gun violence Protesters led by an activist Chicago minister plan to shut down the nation's second busiest airport on Labor Day by blocking the main highway leading into and out of O'Hare International. The Rev. Gregory Livingston says Monday's march along the Kennedy Expressway is an effort to highlight the violence and lack of opportunity on the city's South and West sides. But Major David Byrd, spokesman for the Illinois State Police, said authorities will not allow the protest to interrupt traffic. Chicago tallied more than 1,400 murders and 6,200 shootings in 2016 and 2017; 2018's murder rate through August is down 20%, according to police. Earth's strongest storm of the year heads for Japan Typhoon Jebi, the Earth's strongest storm of 2018, is expected to hit Japan as a dangerous storm on Monday. Though forecast to weaken, the typhoon should … [Read more...] about O’Hare protest, Typhoon Jebi, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’: 5 things you need to know Monday
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Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Aug 27, 2018 Could this be one of summer's last gasps? About 70 million Americans are under some level of heat advisory or warning, the National Weather Service said, with portions of the Midwest and Northeast forecast to see the heat index nearing 100 degrees this week. Some high temperature records could be broken, the weather service said. "With the school year getting started in many areas, it could be a very uncomfortable few days for students and teachers in schools without air conditioning," AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Thompson said. In the Northeast, heat advisories are posted for a swath of the mid-Atlantic states, New York and New England, including the entire New York City Tri-state area and Philadelphia metros, the Weather Channel said. Excessive heat watches for more dangerous heat indices are posted for the Boston and Hartford metro areas. In New York City, players and spectators alike will endure … [Read more...] about Summer hangs on: 70 million enduring late-August heat wave
Doug Stanglin USA TODAY Published 1:33 p.m. UTC Jun 16, 2018 A dangerous combo of high temperatures and high humidity has triggered excessive heat advisories and warnings in Chicago and St. Louis this Fathers' Day weekend as forecasters warn of blistering heat in northern tier states spreading to the East Coast by next week. The National Weather Service forecasts hot and muggy conditions across much of the Southern and Central Plains, as well as the Midwest, over the next few days, with high humidity and afternoon highs generally ranging from the 90s to low 100s. "This may increase the risk for heat exhaustion or stroke for susceptible individuals," the weather service warns. The forecast for a weekend bake-off includes Minneapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis, with the large mass of hot and humid air moving to the Eastern Seaboard — including New England and the Mid-Atlantic — by Monday. Chicago is expected to swelter in the … [Read more...] about Dangerous mass of hot, humid air triggers heat advisories in Midwest, targets East
Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 6:25 p.m. UTC Jun 14, 2018 Time to break out the flip-flops, fans and cool beverages, as some of the hottest weather of the season so far will scorch areas from the Midwest to the Northeast this Father's Day weekend and into early next week. Blistering heat is forecast to bake much of the U.S. with widespread temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90s as far north as Wisconsin. It will feel like the middle of the summer in Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, AccuWeather said. "Heat of this magnitude is not uncommon for this part of the season, but intense June sunshine can make if feel worse than a similar hot and humid spell in August or September when the sun is weaker," AccuWeather meteorologist Bob Larson said. Excessive heat advisories and warnings have been posted in both Chicago and St. Louis. The National Weather Service in St. Louis called it … [Read more...] about ‘Dangerous’ heat wave forecast for Father’s Day weekend in central, northeast U.S.
By April 17, 2018, 4:07 PM EDT Your Spring Break is over. The calendar says it’s mid-April, but snow and ice may be headed for northern New York and New England later this week, according to Bob Oravec, a senior branch forecaster at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Places that had a nice, sunny day this past weekend probably won’t see warm temperatures again for at least several days. Blame the Arctic. Weather patterns up there haven’t been changing much, and that’s driving colder temperatures across most of North America. The only part of the U.S. that’s bucked that trend this month has been in the Southwest, where parts of California, New Mexico, Arizona and southern Utah have had above-average temperatures, Oravec said.Colder-than-normal temperatures will continue to grip most of the U.S. through this weekend, and may last through the end of April in the East, according to Bradley Harvey, lead meteorologist at … [Read more...] about Say Goodbye to Spring. Arctic Weather Drives Cold Across U.S.