I'm curious about Chicago's summertime weather.
My understanding is that the Lake acts as a heat sink. It absorbs a lot of the sun's radiation meaning that the nearby land is cooler.
But I was wondering if easterly winds also come into play. If winds blowing from the east pass over Lake Michigan, are they cooled down?
What about winds coming from the west? If Chicago gets wind from the west/north-west during the summer, shouldn't the winds be as hot as the air?
Obviously this is not the case, since the only breeze I have felt during the summer is a cool breeze. So, what cools down wind coming from the west? (If we get winds from the west in the summer.)
Lot of questions here, and some rambling. I'd appreciate it someone could confirm/debunk my suspicions, as well as answer my questions.