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A little taste of the north for ya  :punishment:

 

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And a little bit of Florida to contrast with it... I'm snow blind!

4 products issued by NWS for: Chicago IL

 

 

Blizzard Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGENATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL408 AM CST SUN FEB 1 2015ILZ005-006-011>014-020-022-INZ001-011815-/O.NEW.KLOT.BZ.W.0001.150201T2000Z-150202T0600Z//O.EXT.KLOT.WS.W.0002.000000T0000Z-150201T2000Z/MCHENRY-LAKE IL-DE KALB-KANE-DUPAGE-COOK-KENDALL-WILL-LAKE IN-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WOODSTOCK...WAUKEGAN...DEKALB...AURORA...WHEATON...CHICAGO...OSWEGO...JOLIET...GARY408 AM CST SUN FEB 1 2015...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM CST THISAFTERNOON......BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TOMIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARDWARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHTCST TONIGHT. A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PMCST.* TIMING...SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL CONTINUE UNTIL EARLY  EVENING. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON  AND CONTINUE THIS EVENING...ESPECIALLY NEAR THE LAKE AND IN  MORE OPEN AREAS.* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 30 MPH  WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH THIS AFTERNOON...WITH EVEN STRONGER WINDS  NEAR THE LAKE. THE COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WILL  FREQUENTLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO NEAR ZERO IN WHITE OUT  CONDITIONS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 15 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED TOTALS UP  TO 18 INCHES POSSIBLE.* MAIN IMPACT...SNOW COVERED ROADS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT. BY  AFTERNOON...THE COMBINATION OF THE SNOW AND VERY STRONG WINDS  WILL MAKE TRAVEL EXTRAORDINARILY DANGEROUS.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHERCONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.  SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OFSNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL INAN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS AREEXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDSAND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUTCONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IFYOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GETSTRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.&&$$

Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOKNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL419 AM CST SUN FEB 1 2015ILZ003>006-008-010>014-019>023-032-033-039-INZ001-002-010-011-019-021030-WINNEBAGO-BOONE-MCHENRY-LAKE ILLINOIS-OGLE-LEE-DE KALB-KANE-DUPAGE-COOK-LA SALLE-KENDALL-GRUNDY-WILL-KANKAKEE-LIVINGSTON-IROQUOIS-FORD-LAKE INDIANA-PORTER-NEWTON-JASPER-BENTON-419 AM CST SUN FEB 1 2015 /519 AM EST SUN FEB 1 2015/THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS...NORTHEAST ILLINOIS AND NORTHWEST INDIANA..DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY AND INTO TONIGHT. SNOW WILL BEHEAVY AT TIMES...WITH SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS LIKELY.WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN THROUGH THE MORNING WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPHALONG THE LAKE FRONT AND 35 TO 40 MPH NORTH OF INTERSTATE 80 WITHBLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATETHIS EVENING. SOUTH IF INTERSTATE 80  STRONG GUSTY WINDS ANDREDUCED VISIBILITY IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AS WELL TONIGHT.MINOR LAKESHORE FLOODING IS LIKELY ALONG THE ILLINOIS SHORE THISAFTERNOON AND TONIGHT..DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.ANOTHER PERIOD OF ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE TUESDAY NIGHTINTO WEDNESDAY..SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NECESSARY THROUGH TONIGHT.&&$$

Lakeshore Flood Advisory

LAKESHORE HAZARD MESSAGENATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL411 AM CST SUN FEB 1 2015ILZ006-014-011815-/O.NEW.KLOT.LS.Y.0001.150201T2000Z-150202T1600Z/LAKE IL-COOK-411 AM CST SUN FEB 1 2015...LAKESHORE FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO10 AM CST MONDAY...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A LAKESHOREFLOOD ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO10 AM CST MONDAY.* LAKE SHORE FLOODING...LARGE AND BATTERING WAVES OF 12 TO 16 FEET  WILL RESULT IN LAKESHORE MINOR FLOODING.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...A LAKESHORE FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS WILLGENERATE FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE LAKESHORE.FOR INFORMATION ON SWIM ADVISORIES OR BANS AT CHICAGO BEACHESVISIT...WWW.CPDBEACHES.COM.&&$$IZZIPLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THENEW BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT...HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=CHMBHSTHEN AFTER DOING THE SURVEY VISIT US AT HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/CHICAGOFOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK...TWITTER...AND YOUTUBE AT:WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSCHICAGOWWW.TWITTER.COM/NWSCHICAGOWWW.YOUTUBE.COM/NWSCHICAGO  

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGENATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL408 AM CST SUN FEB 1 2015ILZ005-006-011>014-020-022-INZ001-011815-/O.NEW.KLOT.BZ.W.0001.150201T2000Z-150202T0600Z//O.EXT.KLOT.WS.W.0002.000000T0000Z-150201T2000Z/MCHENRY-LAKE IL-DE KALB-KANE-DUPAGE-COOK-KENDALL-WILL-LAKE IN-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WOODSTOCK...WAUKEGAN...DEKALB...AURORA...WHEATON...CHICAGO...OSWEGO...JOLIET...GARY408 AM CST SUN FEB 1 2015...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM CST THISAFTERNOON......BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TOMIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARDWARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHTCST TONIGHT. A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PMCST.* TIMING...SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL CONTINUE UNTIL EARLY  EVENING. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON  AND CONTINUE THIS EVENING...ESPECIALLY NEAR THE LAKE AND IN  MORE OPEN AREAS.* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 30 MPH  WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH THIS AFTERNOON...WITH EVEN STRONGER WINDS  NEAR THE LAKE. THE COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WILL  FREQUENTLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO NEAR ZERO IN WHITE OUT  CONDITIONS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 15 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED TOTALS UP  TO 18 INCHES POSSIBLE.* MAIN IMPACT...SNOW COVERED ROADS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT. BY  AFTERNOON...THE COMBINATION OF THE SNOW AND VERY STRONG WINDS  WILL MAKE TRAVEL EXTRAORDINARILY DANGEROUS.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHERCONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.  SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OFSNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL INAN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS AREEXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDSAND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUTCONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IFYOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GETSTRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

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Nice ~  Sledding weather.

 

A-Jay

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Yep! Sure is good sledding weather!

 

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Way down here in Florida we feel for you when we have time to!  Ha!   :cry3:

 

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Thank You ~ That's Nice.

 

And we do the same for you guys . . .

 

A-Jay

 

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I love hurricanes! Well, the nice ones anyways...

 

I follow a rule- 100mph and under not a problem. 101 mph and up- time to run!

 

When hurricane Charlie hit back in '04 I had a video camera in one hand and a bottle of JD in the other. I creeped outside to the corner of the house and watched it hit. It was amazing too.

 

I never really realized how those winds come in from a hurricane until I watched it with my own eyes. They actually spiral down from out of the sky. This is why the tops of trees snap in half 20 to 40 feet above the ground is because the winds hit the tops of the trees first where they have the largest spread of limbs and leaves to oppose the wind, and the tree trunks usually can not take it and they twist and snap higher up the trunk. It was amazing to watch first hand.

 

You can still drive around Florida to this day and see entire forests of trees all leaning in the same direction from how Charlie pushed them all over. Charlie packed a punch, but not as bad as Andrew which was a small tight powerful chop saw of a hurricane that just ground everything up in its' path.

 

We can tell well in advance of the storm whether to run or dig in. I have been fortunate to never have to run from one yet. I would of run from Andrew, but it was too far South.

 

It is kind of creepy in the hours before a hurricane hits as you know its coming and you gotta prepare as best as you can, but when it gets dark and that hurricane is on top of you the pounding is relentless for hours on end as you worry about the house coming apart. It does not stop until the eye moves over top of you, and then you know it is coming again from the backside. A slow moving hurricane can pound you for hours on end and it will get on your nerves as you hear all the clanging and banging and trees snapping and falling down all around you. It is amazing, but to ride one out you gotta have nerves of steel.

 

Here is the first photo I took the morning after Charlie hit. Notice the top of this pine tree is snapped off 40 feet above ground. Hit in the top first by winds spiraling down out of the sky at 100mph.

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Another one snapped off well above ground from the instant freight train hit at the top of the tree by high wind gusts:

 

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This oak tree was twisted up like a candy cane. All the energy of the storm hits the tops of the trees first and the trunks simply can not take that kind of twisting force. Look how it split this oak tree like it was nothing:

 

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And here hurricane Charlie laid two oak trees down in our yard one on top of the other. Never seen anything like it before:

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Honestly, I'd take the smaller hurricanes over the snow and ice and blizzards any day of the week!

 

At first light, all you hear all across the path of the hurricane is the sound of chain saws.

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Snow? Psh. It's nice while on vacation.

I still find it hilarious that people down here can't drive for crap when it rains or in any weather for that matter. But up north, people handle snow and ice covered roads like it's nothing.

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Snow? Psh. It's nice while on vacation.

I still find it hilarious that people down here can't drive for crap when it rains or in any weather for that matter. But up north, people handle snow and ice covered roads like it's nothing.

 

Hmmm... up north they know how to handle it? That's debatable! :laugh5:  But what is not so debatable for many of us Floridians is that when you see 'bad drivers' in Florida look for the car tags from out of state or a rental car or some white haired retiree that moved into Florida. :eyebrows:  That's how many of us here see it anyways...  now take a look at how well they handle it up north:

 

 

I usually don't have a problem driving in torrential down pours, but I see people from out of state trying to drive through a heavy rain who are not use to it slow down to 5 or 10mph on an interstate and turn on their flashers (which is illegal for moving vehicles in Florida) and many just run up under an overpass bridge to get out of the rain like it is going to hurt them or something as us Floridians sail on by wondering what the heck their problem is???

 

When hurricane Charlie & Francine hit along with tropical storm Janine I had to drive in the rain and I can tell you Rain X is hurricane Charlie approved! My old Volvo windshield wipers failed during Charlie and Rain X saved the day! No wipers needed! It is awesome stuff! I use it all the time here in Florida and would not want to be without it these days.

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It's getting deeper here....and I'm not just talking about the snow

 

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Sloan thanks for the reminder. The patio looks very inviting for polar bears.

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It's getting deeper here....and I'm not just talking about the snow

 

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Had a "situation" in the hood before I left for the game, Earlier this week, I was coming home around 11pm and had cops parked up and down the street without their lights on. Wonder if this was related

 

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We had a different situation, snow plow hit a parked/buried car.

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I'm from Michigan originally have driven in all kinds of weather, not only cars but larger trucks and tractor trailers. When it rains hard down here in Florida with poor visibility, you bet I stay under a bridge until it passes.

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