Yikes! I'm not a huge fan of cold weather in the winter, but I hate extreme weather even more. Yesterday, my hometown of Rockford, Illinois, just 75 miles northwest of Chicago, was in the middle of an ice storm, but today the temperature rose into the 40's. Tomorrow, the temperature is expected to reach a record high in the low to mid 60's but then the bottom is expected to fall out, as the area is expected to be hit with severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes followed by a huge dump of snow on the back end. By Thursday night the temperature is expected to drop below zero.
But that's just my hometown and Chicago. The rest of the Midwest is also going through extreme weather shifts, with temperatures rising into the mid-60's today in St. Louis and hitting record highs in the mid-70's in Kansas City and other parts of Kansas and Missouri. But the area is expected to pelted with severe storms and/or tornadoes late tonight, and those storms are expected to intensify tomorrow and reach all the way through central Illinois and southern Indiana.
By Wednesday the storms are expected to head east, going all the way from Mississippi to Florida to Ohio. In the meantime, the extreme warm weather currently in the Midwest will suddenly drop to Arctic chill, with temperatures dropping up to 50 degrees from the highs today and tomorrow.
So this weather is getting quite ridiculous. If this isn't evidence of climate change, I'm not sure what is.