Much of the Midwest was hammered with a blizzard from the mid-afternoon of Tuesday, February 1, until late morning of Wednesday, February 2. In Chicago, it was being billed as the “storm of the century.” The official snowfall at O’Hare International Airport was over 20 inches, ranking as the third worst blizzard in the history of the city. Images and video of north Lake Shore Drive were broadcast on nearly every channel, locally and nationally, and were spread on Facebook and YouTube.
Most of northwest Indiana fared better than Chicago, although a few areas had local snowfalls up to 23 inches. Blowing and drifting snow was also a problem, causing roads and highways to be more dangerous than, and nearly impossible to keep clear. Porter County declared a state of emergency for the second time this winter I an effort to keep citizens at home, and was widely heeded.
When not digging out during the storm, I spent most of my time on Facebook and other websites, interacting with my friends also snowed in. Chicago Astronomer Joe Guzman dubbed the storm the “End Times Blizzard of 2011,” and I and some of our other friends on Facebook ran with it. Here are some of my pictures from the “Endtimes/Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011.”
|My first look out the door Wednesday morning.|
|My car Wednesday morning...|
|...and again later.|
|My street. It hadn't been plowed at all, and did not see a snowplow until 2:15 PM Thursday, more than 48 hours after snow first started falling.|
|There was a snowplow in my neighborhood Wednesday; it just didn't bother to come down my street.|
|Peeking out the back door.|
|Path through the back patio.|
Once the shoveling was done, I had a few minutes to enjoy the sunset. I must say that Endtimes/Groundhog Day Blizzards produce pretty sunsets.