What did we do before Internet weather radar and the Weather Channel? Our only real plan for today is to go to see a parade. The girls love parades, so we want to celebrate the Independence Day holiday by waving a flag at a parade.
But, this is Chicago, so today the weather is cool and drizzling. We haven't given up on the parade idea, yet, though because this is Chicago. Many of the area suburbs are having parades. We have lots of options, depending upon how far we want to drive. We found parades every few hours from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. There is probably one after 3:30 p.m., but we haven't found it yet.
We did what all good planners do. We watched the Weather Channel for a bit this morning to see the forecast. We thought about going to a parade at 12:45 p.m., but it's still drizzling, so we're holding out and hoping it stops.
We wouldn't be so confident that it will stop without the Chicago Tribune weather radar. On the front page of the web site, there is a thumbnail with the current radar showing. So, we check it regularly to see which parade we are going to target.
Yeah, I know it's not exactly the way the Founding Father's celebrated Independence Day, but it is the modern version, isn't it? When is the last time you went somewhere without checking the weather? We often work our day around the weather. If it looks like it's going to rain in the afternoon, we are certain to get out in the morning. If it is raining in the morning, we check radar to see when it might stop.
Checking radar is not the most exciting way to spend Independence Day. In the end, we're going to see a parade even if it is drizzling. It will just be more fun for all of us if we're chily and dry, as opposed to chilly and wet. We're just playing the odds that we can wait out the rain/drizzle and end up with a dry flag to wave.