[메디컬리포트=Maricor Zapata 기자]
Photo: Adam Jones, Ph.D.
For most of February, Chicago has been threatening to break a warmth record that has stood 146 years in Illinois—one day away from beating the record.
The city of Chicago has gone 18 consecutive days in the month of February hovering around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is unusual for the Windy City.The Midwestern lakeshore metropolis tends to be covered in ice by this date and fraught with some of the most brutal winter weather seen in the U.S.
From February 18 to 22, the highs ranged from 65 to 70 degrees.
In order to truly grasp the shock value of these temperatures the way a Chicagoan does, one must remember that Chicago is a city that endures so much snow each winter that it has built much of its infrastructure to handle it - to the extent of schools and businesses remain open through snowstorms that would shut down other urban centers.
Ordinarily, the city stays under snow throughout the winter, only to melt massively in spring.This year, Chicago has no snow on the ground whatsoever.It has not had any now throughout the first two months of this year.
The oddity of Chicago's winter goes hand-in-hand with the uncharacteristic, winter weather afflicting virtually every region of North America right now.[메디컬리포트=Maricor Zapata 기자]