February 1st, 2011

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Snopocalypse - #SNOMG! - 2:30pm

OK ... wanted to throw up some pics ... figured this would be as good a place as any!

These are from 2:30pm ... just as the storm started coming in:


Looking towards the Drive at Oak Street Beach:





Looking up State Street to Division:





The Hancock Center, etc.:




... hopefully I'll get more up later!


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Snopocalypse - #SNOMG - 3:30pm

An update ... same general shots, but these are from 3:30pm ... we seem to have lost the Hancock Building!


Looking towards the Drive at Oak Street Beach:





Looking up State Street to Division:





The Hancock Center, etc.:




... we'll see if I'll be able to get any useful updates as the light fades.


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Snopocalypse - #SNOMG - 4:30pm

Here's another update, these are from 4:30pm ... from up here it's hard to tell what sort of accumulation's happening down at street level, but for the past few hours the wind has been howling off the lake (although the main course of the storm is north-east towards the lake). Our three windows that open on the east side of the building have snow leaking in around them, so the wind must be pretty intense (these are all new windows with real good seals!).


Looking towards the Drive at Oak Street Beach:





Looking up State Street to Division:





The Hancock Center, etc.:




... now that it's getting dark, I'll have to see what I can do to avoid getting light reflections in any subsequent ones (I see that this is a problem on the Hancock shot above).


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Snopocalypse - #SNOMG - 5:30pm

Wow ... just heard that the Chicago Public Schools are calling a "snow day" tomorrow ... to appreciate how momentous that is, there hasn't been one since 1999, and Chicago's certainly not the sort of place that runs screaming from snow.

These are from 5:30pm ... and it's showing the effects, both in a thick snow cover on State Street, and a huge back-up on LSD!


Looking towards the Drive at Oak Street Beach:





Looking up State Street to Division:





The Hancock Center, etc.:




... sorry for the blurriness of these ... my digital camera does not like taking night-time shots without the flash, and shooting through the windows, I had to shut off the flash, so I'm dealing with the best I can get out of either the manual or "stabilized" mode.


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Snopocalypse - #SNOMG - 6:30pm

Well, there's not much difference in the look of these from the other night shots ... but these are from 6:30pm so just be glad you're not on Lake Shore Drive as that pretty much looks like it hasn't moved since 5:30!


Looking towards the Drive at Oak Street Beach:





Looking up State Street to Division:





The Hancock Center, etc.:




We really haven't had that much snow as yet, just 3-4" from what I'm hearing, but with the edge of the storm coming this way (where it's wetter) they're talking about "Thundersnow" which can dump as much as 3-4" per hour, and that seems to be what the TV folks at least are focusing on.

I'll see if there's any noticeable difference between these and 7:30 shots, if it's just posting more blurry pics with little visible detail, I may wait for the morning to do more.


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Snopocalypse - #SNOMG - 7:30pm

If the snow gets any heavier, it will be a moot point about me doing more of these pics ... at the moment I can't even see the Hancock (or even 900 North) through the snow. These are from 7:30pm ... and the Drive is still looking like a parking lot! I heard that there was a bus that had spun out on the Drive up by Belmont and it has been blocking 3 lanes, which could explain why the out-bound time over there is like 3.5 hours instead of 15 minutes!


Looking towards the Drive at Oak Street Beach:





Looking up State Street to Division:





The Hancock Center, etc.:




... this may be it for tonight, unless things look interesting later.


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Snopocalypse - #SNOMG - 8:30pm

It's pretty much what I expected, the snow is picking up (we have "Thundersnow" with lightning and they said on the weather earlier that this can come with 3-4"/hour snow fall) and it's getting hard to see what's out there ... figured I'd put these 8:30pm shots up just for the heck of it:


Looking towards the Drive at Oak Street Beach:





Looking up State Street to Division:





The Hancock Center, etc.:




... it will be interesting to see what it looks like out there in the morning. In the meanwhile, it's approaching:




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