Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Shots Around the Sloop: The 2011 Thundersnow Blizard

I'm one of those people who scoffs at weathermen when they predict catastrophic storms. Well, today I'm one of those people who is amazed by the craziness of the past 24 hours. I've seen big snow falls in my day (and actually like them), but the wind and thundersnow was truly unique and interesting to witness. Although I'm glad I wasn't outside during this mess, it definitely was fun to watch from the window of our warm (and safe) South Loop condo.

After being couped up in the condo for a long time, we decided it was time to venture out, get some food, pick up a movie and take some shots around the Sloop. We weren't sure what was opened, but called Yolk and they were.

Although you might think the streets would be empty, it was surprisingly busy outside. It was also busy at Yolk. Believe it or not we at 12:30 in the afternoon we had to wait for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Anyway, here are some shots around the Sloop taken by us and a video last night from a reader.

Digging out on Michigan Avenue: Newspaper Racks feel the wrath of South Michigan:South Michigan Avenue Jimmy Johns awning destroyed:

Shattered windows at the building that houses Ma&I:
People playing at agora statues:
Good luck getting out on 14th street:
An interesting video from last night:
Really starting to blow out there now, must be 50mph from every direction
at once. My wife Cynthia, with Lula, walking east on 18th from Michigan Ave,
crossing Indiana. All the lights are out on that side but the rest of the street
lights give a really weird glow to the neighborhood. (The wind gets really
loud crossing the street...turn speakers down).

Happy Blizzarding!

(Hat tip: ND & RM!)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I'm a part-time Sloop resident (rest of time in Atlanta) and we were wondering what things looked like in the neighborhood.

wushu22 said...

Ha, that is my car pictured in the blog buried under the snow. It took 40 minutes to dig it out, only to have a plow come by and put it right back under a few minutes later. DOH!