Hopefully, Chicago Will Look Warmer From Space In A Few Weeks

By Chuck Sudo in News on Mar 2, 2015 2:30PM

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Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti

Unless you were under a blanket fort and on media lockdown for the majority of last month, you may have heard Chicago tied a 140-year-old record for the coldest February ever. The National Weather Service recorded the average February high at 14.6 degrees; the normal average in February is 27.7 degrees. Yes, spring cannot come soon enough and what is understood need not be discussed.

The cold must be bitter if astronauts are remarking on it from the International Space Station. That's what Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti did when she snapped this image of Chicago from space Feb.19. "How do you like #Chicago dressed for winter?" Cristoforetti said.

It is pretty but after last month, we are ready for spring to arrive and the 4-6 weeks of muggy weather we call summer after that. This image and others were taken as part of NASA's Crew Earth Observations program. Bookmark their image of the day archives here.

[H/T/ Sun-Times]