Tag: snow

Wintry Mix Monday

Wintry Mix Monday
What a combination– A Monday after a holiday weekend, and a wintry mix that caused traffic delays, hundreds of flight cancellations  and  power outages in the Chicago area.  Winds off the Lake churned up  high waves, and flood advisories. A wintry mix sounds like something you’d make for  a holiday party–something to go with the... Read more »

Friday Night Snow

Friday Night Snow
First snow of the season, slowly falling  on the summer chairs. Snow on grassy areas and fallen maple leaves.   Snow on the branches and  the mulberry leaves. It  isn’t surprising, is it?  As much as 6-8 inches overnight  was predicted. And yet, it seems like the first time, just for a moment, the  wonder... Read more »

Snow today, melting tomorrow?

Snow today, melting tomorrow?
Yes, it’s snowing today, and astronomical spring began in the Northern Hemisphere, with the vernal equinox on March 20. There was also a total solar eclipse, visible in Iceland and England. For those of us here,  along the City by the Lake, it was a Friday, and  it was warm enough for a lighter winter... Read more »
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Snow Shovel Angels

After the snow come the snow shovel angels. Do you know some? Are you one? Did you help a neighbor with his car stuck in the alley? Yes, there are real  snow angels!  That generous guy with the new snowblower who says it’s easier for him to do the whole block. Thank you! The neighbor... Read more »

Adventures in weather

No, the National Weather Service doesn’t make the weather.  If they did, would they plan a major snowstorm for the biggest travel day of the year?  Expect delays. Planes, trains, busses and cars.  Better yet, leave yesterday. Even though NWS winter ready week  was last week,  winter weather is just getting started.  Here are some... Read more »

12 snowiest places on earth

12 snowiest places on earth
Well here we are, halfway through winter; that is, halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. Groundhogs saw their shadows at Woodstock,  llinois and Punxatauny, Pennsylvania, but that means it was a sun on snow day. Six more weeks of winter, anyway. Here in the Chicago area, that means more snow. We’ve had... Read more »
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100 words for snow

It occurs to me we need to expand our winter weather vocabulary. Meteorologists are beginning to repeat themselves. Snow and cold, Snow and cold.  They have this awkward  look of bearers of bad news. We, too, are becoming dispirited, at a loss for words. Citizens of Chiberia!  It’s been  tough, this year. Maybe the worst winter... Read more »

Winter rescue, color therapy

Winter rescue, color therapy
A little over a week ago, Chiberia was melting like a memory, or a nightmare of freezing rain.  Today, there’s softly falling snow, possibly 2 or 3 inches.  It’s lovely, airy stuff. Winter has many beauties, yes—but  it’s been  wintery  since  November, and it’s not even February, yet….. Maybe we need  some color therapy? Well,... Read more »

Snow Falling All Day

Happy New Year! Snow falling all day, and the world  is transformed, new. It is a world without steps and sidewalks. A world without roads.  Safe journeys, travelers! No one has plowed or shoveled, yet. Accuweather reports snow transitioning in the evening to lake-effect snow for Cook and Lake Counties–6”-10″  total accumulations. My unofficial snow... Read more »
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12 Gifts of Winter

Welcome to winter, Chicago–you forgot what it’s like, didn’t you?  Well, winter came early this year, JUST LIKE THE FARMERS ALMANAC PREDICTED!!!!!   You may remember I wrote a post about that, back in August, was it? Anyway, it was in the middle of a heat wave. Who wanted to think about snowpants then?! Well,... Read more »