Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pictures News and Links About The Great Chicago Thunder Snow Storm

Pic of Wrigley Field losing a roof panel (via @willbyington)

This is one of my personal favorites since the storm began. Notice the lights on word "Chicago" are off thus leaving "GO CUBS"!

Here's the story:

Blizzard Tears Off Part Of Wrigley Field Roof

There were many stories of cars and people stranded during the storm variously called "Snowpocalypse", "Snowmageddon", Snowprah", and "Snowtorious B.I.G" that hit Chicago last night, officially dumping 20.2 inches of snow at O'Hare Airport as of 10:30 a.m. CST on Tuesday. That makes it the third largest snowstorm in Chicago history; it might wind up in second place by the time all is done.

One of the casualties of the storm was part of the roof above the press box at Wrigley Field; according to, a piece of fiber board that made up part of that roof blew off in a 70 MPH wind gust Tuesday evening. Cubs media relations director Peter Chase said that no interior damage to the press box occurred, and there was no other damage at Wrigley Field, nor was anyone hurt.

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Here's the National Weather Service official warning link.

Great Photo Posted by Notus30

National Weather Service: Winter storm 3rd-biggest in Chicago history; 19.5 inches of snow

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Weather Service has ranked a winter storm moving across Illinois as the third-largest to hit Chicago since snow records began in 1886.

The blizzard accumulated 19.5 inches of snow at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday. The weather service ranks that accumulation third behind 23 inches in 1967 and 21.6 inches in 1999.

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Here's a news video link which documents the unusual occurrence of lightning during the height of the storm yesterday which was accompanied with thunder.

The Great LSD Gridlock: Blizzard of 1979 redux?

by Steve Edwards | Feb. 02, 2011

The City of Chicago saw the arrival of one if the nastiest snowstorms in its long history on Tuesday. But it also saw something else: Emergency services unequipped to deal with the severity of conditions on Lake Shore Drive.

Not since the infamous Blizzard of 1979 has the city been so crippled by a storm - and city services so unable to cope with its impact on commuters.

Hundreds of cars and their drivers were stuck on Lake Shore Drive on Tuesday evening and well into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, most along the northbound portions of the Drive.

The problems began when a massive snowstorm arrived in the Chicago area just before rush hour, making travel treacherous and road conditions difficult. But the situation intensified after 7 p.m., according to city officials. That's when a series of cascading accidents blocked lanes and brought traffic to a standstill.

As a result, the City of Chicago closed Lake Shore Drive at 7:50p on Tuesday evening. The closure shut down ramps in both directions, but it also left cars stuck on the Drive at the height of the blizzard, in many cases for hours.

Snowdrifts on Lake Shore Drive (Flickr/Tim Brown)

The gridlock on Lake Shore Drive recalled memories of the Blizzard of 1979, when traffic ground to a halt as snow piled up throughout city. Chicago's mayor at the time, Michael Bilandic, was heavily criticized for his response to the storm and for not having city crews better prepared to deal with its impact.

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Here are some pictures from around our house and neighborhood:

Front door of our house

8-10 foot drifts along the western side of our house

Western side of our house

We shoveled our neighbor's driveway
all the way to the back of their house

Shoveling our neighbor's sidewalk across the street

View out our back door

View out our back door

View out our back door

Looking southeast from our back door

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