Illinois Weather Trivia for October 8th

10/8/1871
Drought prevailed across the Midwest during the summer and fall. Chicago only recorded an inch of rain between July and October. The tinder-dry conditions and strong winds over 30 mph fanned a small fire, which eventually turned into a major 3-day firestorm in Chicago. Nearly three square miles of the city were destroyed by the fire, which killed 300 people and left 90,000 homeless.

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