— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) January 26, 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 National Weather Service in Boston does not mince words in their latest update: pic.twitter.com/5tdnbvATZ4
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) January 26, 2015
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.
— Brian Ries (@moneyries) January 26, 2015
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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