February 1st, 2011

It's a Disaster

Dept. of Wizard Blizzards

Thundersnow. It's a Real Word.
Here in Chicago, where 78,000 customers are without power, (46,000 in the city proper) we are half-way through the biggest blizzard since 1999. It may surpass the Great One of 1967. The wind gusts are 45 mph here in the city, 58 mph elsewhere. And we are having massive lightning strikes. So far 6.8 to 13 inches in the Chicagoland (yes, that's a word, too, at least in Chicago)  and the snow should continue until about 1 p.m. tomorrow.

What's that? Yes, lightning strikes and thunder; apparently one more sign that the snowfall is expected to be heavy. and the official term is thundersnow.

Oh, yeah, forgot the storm-surge they're worried about for Lake Michigan. Lake Shore Drive is shut down.

I got home - today was, of course, a deadline day - at 4:30. I got into the car at 2:50. I drove 13 miles. The last 2 miles took 40 minutes, I think.

I'll be working tomorrow, but from my house. I'm shooting for a Thursday dig-out, which is when I really need to get over to carnyjack 's to make sure his cats are fed. I went down there last night and loaded up twice the number of water and dry food bowls, then added a two baking tins worth of water and dry food, and made sure their litter could last a couple of days.

I love Chicago. Really, I do, but hell in a handcart, this is the worst I've ever seen in a long time.

I've been taking pictures from the back door. They really don't show the extent of the storm. If I get some better ones before this whole thing blows over, I may post them.

Thundersnow. Bloody hell.