Tuesday, February 1, 2011

You Know it's the Snowpocalypse when.....

(I know you can't really tell from the picture but the snow is going up up not down.)
  • The snow is all going upward, yet still collecting on the ground at a rate of 1 inch/hour.
  • The nurses at Northwestern all have to spend the night there and get paid for it. (Note: no one tried to make the residents stay because they have no interest in paying us. And, let's face it, nurses are way more important! Really, they are.)
  • I just saw a lone brown leaf blow down from the tip top of the building next store. Chicago is always windy- that leaf must have really been wedged in something to wait until 2/1/11 to make it down. Guess it's the 40 mph winds.
  • I don't see a single runner on the lakefront path. Not a one. Maybe they are deterred by the waves on Lake Michigan that are exploding over onto the bike path and freezing? Wusses.
    -----Addendum: Now there is a cop blocking the path headed North....okay maybe smart wusses:)
  • Some of the obstetricians at Northwestern recommended their very pregnant patients stay in hotels downtown "just in case".
  • The folks snow-blowing the sidewalks are wearing what appear from the 11th floor of my apartment building to be full body Hazmat suits. Seriously, they are orange and everything. What's up with that?
  • North bound Lake Shore Drive is bumper to bumper. There are only 2 cars going South and they both have their hazards on. What on earth happened up North??
Folks leaving work early downtown, around 3 pm.

Out my window today at 4pm. No fog, just snow.

The usual view out my window:

Stay safe and warm and play in the snow for me! Why didn't I choose a profession that gets snow days???

  • When Lake Shore Drive is completely shut down!!
  • When the meteorologists predict thundersnow and are actually right!!

    ---Wikipedia definition: Thundersnow, also known as a winter thunderstorm or a thunder snowstorm, is a rare kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. It typically falls in regions of strong upward motion within the cold sector of an extratropical cyclone, where the precipitation consists of ice pellets rather than snow.

It sure looks like an extratropical cyclone out there. I'm too excited to sleep!

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