March 27, 2008

March 27th, 2008 § 0

The following is a current scene from our living room window:

March 29 snow

It’s either time to jump ship or just go buy a snowmobile.

March 21st, 2008 § 0

This is what it looked like when we were driving to the grocery to get eggs today, the first day of spring:


This is the product of Alli & I attempting to make our own spring:


Bah humbug.

March 4th, 2008 § 0

I’m not usually a winter whiner. I’m not a person who enjoys being hot, and haven’t ever really minded bundling up and trekking out in our beloved 4wd wagon. I thought that getting through changing a flat tire (thanks likely to our streets which are currently more pothole than pavement) in subzero temperatures meant that I had survived the worst of this particularly cold, snowy and grey (even for Chicago) season, but alas this winter has once again kicked my butt — literally, this time, via a fall on the ice that busted my tailbone.

So I am continuing to wince through the pain, learn how to sit in all kinds of new-fangled ways, and avoid going outside whenever not absolutely necessary.

Meanwhile, Alli, who still often views things in black and white, is actually visibly angry that the snow didn’t make way for spring when the calendar flipped to March. “But, Mommy, I don’t have to wear snowpants anymore. It’s MARCH now!”

And today’s forecast:

March 4, 2008

Rest of Today…Considerable cloudiness. A 30 percent chance of light snow late in the afternoon. Blustery. Highs in the lower 30s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the late morning and early afternoon.

Tonight…Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow in the evening…then partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. North winds 10 to 20 mph.

Freakin’ Jack Frost, getting his jollies at our expense.

Puxatawney Phil, why all the hate?

February 5th, 2008 § 0



A day after dense fog in Chicago canceled hundreds of flights, forecasters said another winter storm would hit the area Tuesday night into Wednesday, bringing up to a foot more of snow.

The National Weather Service early Tuesday morning issued a winter storm warning, saying rain and sleet will eventually turn to snow that could fall heavily across northeast Illinois.

The predictions of 8 to 12 inches of snow said the heaviest amounts are expected in the western and northern suburbs and into Rockford.

“This is a very dynamic situation with snow fall amounts of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible,” the weather service warned.

Winds will also increase to 20 m.p.h to 30 mph., making blowing and drifting of snow is also likely. Some uncertainty remains regarding the timing of precipitation changing from a wintry mix to all snow, but when the changeover occurs the precipitation will remain all snow for the remainder of the storm, the weather service said.

The newest severe-weather warning comes a day after heavy, dense fog draped downtown buildings and caused extensive disruption at the area’s two biggest airports. Many travelers whose flights were canceled at Midway and O’Hare International Airports were scrambling to find replacement flights to escape the city before the next wave of bad weather moves in.

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