Great Northeastern Blizzard 2015


You can see this thing from space. The entire East Coast is facing a winter storm of  historic, unprecedented   proportions.

The worst blizzard in Chicago history also happened on this date--January 26, 1967.  Here  is that story.

More recently, if you were in Chicago during the Ground Hog Day Blizzard of 2011, you may remember what that was like--a big city  and big snow. The feeling of expectancy, the warnings, the first flakes  that came just as you were getting off the train to walk home after your office closed early. Yes, the storm arrived just about when they predicted it would.

Think about that drifting, blowing snow. The winds, the whiteout conditions. The traffic stranded on Lake shore Drive. Remember? It was beautiful and scary,  four-foot drifts in the alleys.  It was epic.

This time, all the flights East are  affected--Boston, New York, Philadelphia.  Times Square is deserted. Subways will be completely closed.  The last time  they were shut down was for Superstorm Sandy.  This could be epic.

Here is the forecast from NWS Boston--


The message is --- STAY HOME.

How do people deal with these pre-apocalyptic conditions? Everyone says--be prepared. That means, stock up on necessities. Here is a scene today, just before the snowstorm.

I'm willing to bet these people were not stocking up on batteries and canned goods. Nothing goes better with a blizzard (and possible power outages) than kale chips and Spanish goat cheese. But I know people are scared. And when we are scared, we panic. We hunker down. We eat and we wait. What else can we do?

Mike Royko recommended drinking and brooding, which are always good choices.   I can recommend a few other pastimes, so don't be surprised if there is an uptick in births in New England nine months from now.

But this is serious business. Life threatening, even. There will be tragedies, that's what I'm afraid of. Please go safely, everyone. And if you can, just stay home.


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  • As Skilling points out, this is the anniversary of the Chicago 1967 one (which is the worst I remember in this area). Skilling is now saying that the 1967 one wasn't predicted because we didn't have the models then we do now. I remember John Coleman saying he predicted it, but for Milwaukee.

    I noted something you noted--that New Yorkers stock up at Whole Foods Market, causing a run on kale. At the time of the last stock up (which seemed more justified by claims about organic toilet paper), I asked if that is the only grocery store there. Maybe NYC is like what Lakeview and Evanston are becoming, but here Safeway (Dominick's) pulled out first.

    This sort of looks like Superstorm Sandy, except the epicenter seems more headed to Boston than New Jersey. Long Island gets hit either way.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack! Yes, the 1967 blizzard is still the record here. It was heavy and wet snow, too. I did do a post about it--I'll add the link.

    It does seem that NWS Boston is going for a real disaster scenario. Roads are now closed to traffic in MA and CT.

    That's the problem with the forecasts--to issue warnings without causing widespread panic (and kale hoarding) but it is fear that makes the news. The early predictions were for over 3 feet of snow in NYC, but that was revised. We shall see...

  • I stayed home!

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