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01/06/2012 05:31 pm ET | Updated Mar 07, 2012

Why Chicago's Winter Is So Warm Right Now (Probably)

This morning as I was making coffee, I heard birds singing. I didn't smile to myself or do a jaunty heel-kick; I went back to the bedroom to turn off my alarm, which sounds like birds. Nope: it was real birds, ringing in a predicted 55-degree high today--25 degrees higher than the normal high for January 6th, five degrees short of the record set in 2008.

My pick for the Sun-Times weather word of the day was "suspicious." I went to Ask Tom Why, expecting the question of the day to be Dear Tom Skilling, should I be afraid? No, what I got was "this is fantastic, where can I move where it would be like this all the time?"

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