Chicago strikes again

Alert from The Weather Channel implying that it might be a tad too chilly for The Six-Year-Old to walk to school today.

Alert from The Weather Channel implying that it might be a tad too chilly for The Six-Year-Old to walk to school today.

Ouch. I’d hoped we were done with that.

Before we moved here, I blew off Chicago winters. Boston typically gets Chicago weather two days later, and since I had lived in the Boston area for nearly 14 years, I had been through many a hard winter. I had the equipment to deal with it. I’d be fine.

Then this winter happened. And while I still maintain that Boston gets Chicago weather two days later, what I hadn’t accounted for, until this winter, is that Boston also gets the bad weather from down the Atlantic seaboard. So while this is the snowiest, coldest winter Chicago has had in a while, from reading the news, it sounds my friends in the Northeast have had it much much worse.

We’re thinking about you.

Stay warm and well-shoveled.

Michigan City lighthouse, completely encased in ice. (Photo: Patricia Lynx via Chicago Weather Center Blog, 2014)

Michigan City, IN lighthouse completely encased in ice. (Photo: Patricia Lynx via Chicago Weather Center Blog, 2014)

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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One Response to Chicago strikes again

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    When we lived in Miller Beach, a block and a half from the beach, back in 1999 – 2000, I remember hearing the wind howling off the lake. When we walked, or more than likely rode over there, the waves were literally frozen in place for several hundred yards out into the water. We could see Chicagee off across the bay.

    I’ve been to that lighthouse in Michigan City, though when I went, it was summer and I just caught a glimpse of it from whatever road I was on.

    Just before I got laid off at the wet corn mill, we lost a transformer in the middle of the night. It was 20 below and the plant froze like a popsicle. We went on 12 hour shifts trying to defrost the steam pipes and product lines. It was 17 days of hell and I was stuck on night shift. One time we had this huge 50,000 gallon tank that someone steamed out and forgot to release the vacuum valve. It froze shut and the whole tank started crumpling like a crushed beer can. Just imagine a three story tank, ten feet across crumpling like an aluminum beer can. That was some cold!

    I’m so happy I live in Las Vegas!

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