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The winters in Chicago use to be long and brutal....temperatures down to -26º C (-15º F) used to be fairly typical.  I would usually go fishing through the ice and have done this for about 50 of my 63 years on this planet! 

Alas, winters seem to be growing warmer and warmer....some winters, the ice barely holds up to being walked upon, or it all melts in an atypical February rainstorm.  

During the spring and summer, the Chicago region receives much heavier rainfall, leading to damaging flooding with extensive property losses.  Being the US midwest, we have our share of tornados and hailstorms!  Certain areas not far from where we live were completely destroyed by massive tornados...my wife and I nearly drove through this one.  

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I am also caught up in the heat wave affecting Europe...yesterday our well ran dry. The well has a hand pump that I have only used for watering the garden and flushing the toilet.    It has been the hottest and driest summer since we bought this property 12 years ago.

We knew that the previous owner (the ones that built the house) had trouble with the well running dry and went onto the town supply (which is still functioning). I did not expect to drain the well with a hand pump.

We still have a little water in a pond (natural dip in the rocks, with a extra dam that I just re-cemented to try and stop all its leaks). so the plants are good for a few days, and yesterday the well seemed to be filling at about 5 litres an hour.)

No rain in our local 10 day weather forecast. 

I cannot say if this is a long term climate change effect, as the island communities here have always had a risk of summer drought.
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No severe weather here in the Netherlands-just warm/hot (no heatwave-but most likely we will get a national heatwave next week)and no rain expected the rest of this month. 

This is effecting watersupply/pressure-demand is (much) bigger than what can be produced in some area's. So-since they are on the end of supply-lines some northern regions of our country have to deal with a pressure drop in water.

Since we are part of the EU, and Germany, France get a lot of rain in some regions, on a European level watersupply-for the moment-should not be a major problem (yet).

Waterlevel in the rivers is low-it will effect shipping-but since we have good rails-and-roads there may be alternatives for logistics. Also cooling powerplants most likely not getting problematic soon. 

We had a major wildfire north of Arnhem in 1976-we were getting close to evacuating northern parts of town, shooting wild animals in the Zoo-then. Wildfires are a very major risk-growing day by day. 

Links-wildfire in Sweden, Algae in gulf of Finland

http://www.euromomo.eu/ No increase in mortality yet in EU
heat-island effect in the Netherlands. In urban area's temperature may be several degrees above the surrounding area's. (In my area there is more water than during the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_European_heat_wave. This may bring temperatures down a little. (see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_North_American_heat_wave)

DJ-I think we are in a global climate crisis and may have to deal with weather becoming even more extreme. International cooperation is needed.
Que sera, sera, Whatever will be, will be, The future is not ours to see, Que sera, sera !
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