Archive for February 2016

Why aren't you following Tom Skilling on Twitter?

On days like today, weather is news. A storm  in Chicago can  affect  getting around–from walking and driving conditions to  flight plans and train schedules all over the country.  There are many ways to stay informed about the weather.  If you don’t have or use a portable radio, social media is a valuable tool for... Read more »

What causes a ring around the moon?

What causes a ring around the moon?
Last night, I saw a ring around the moon.   A ring around the moon is also called a lunar halo.   What causes this  beautiful  sight?  It is not magic, or fairies dancing in a circle.  Moon halos are caused by  ice crystals in thin cirrus or cirrostratus clouds, high in the atmosphere. According... Read more »

Mad as the Mist and Snow

Mad as the Mist  and Snow
  I remember the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011 and the wild and terrifying beauty of the thundersnow. It was  just amazing–a powerful force of nature. I was reminded of this poem by William Butler Yeats.  It’s been years  since I read it.  I read the poem again, and I was struck by its immediacy.  It... Read more »
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It was Snowzilla, the Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon---the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011

It was Snowzilla, the Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon---the Groundhog Day Blizzard  of 2011
It was called Snowzilla, the Snowpocalyspe, and Snowmageddon.  If you were in Chicago, you will never forget the Groundhog Day Blizzard. It  began on  February 1  and lasted through  February 2, 2011. Chicago experienced  as much as two feet of snow and blizzard conditions, with winds of over 60 mph. The  official record at O’Hare Airport was... Read more »