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Friday, December 01, 2006

Big snow of December 1, 2006


Scene from my front porch, Springfield, Illinois.

Probably by now everyone has heard about the lightning and thunder and snow in Chicago last night. We had it here in Springfield, too. Only one other time do I recall that combination. It was many years ago in Springfield in like early March. It is totally weird. And unnerving.

My boss called me first thing this morning and said not to go to work. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Love that girl.

Our electricity went out shortly after midnight until about 5:15 this morning. I don't know how much snow we had overnight, but it was a lot. And, on top of ice. Lots of falling limbs and branches as evidenced in the photo.

Already today, Allie helped one of our neighbors who got his pick-up truck stuck at the entrance to the alley. He was totally trashing his transmission. Ahh, the smell of an over taxed transmission and burning rubber on a cold wintry morn. She pushed his truck out of a major snow bank, which he apparently thought he could drive right through.

It has now stopped snowing. The sun is out. The temperature is 21 degrees Fahrenheit, or negative 6 Celsius. Winds are blowing at 20 to 30 miles an hour, with gusts up to 40.

The parking advisory goes into effect today at noon and lasts until Monday morning. No parking on designated streets or you'll get towed. Which, come to think of it, that's probably the only way some cars will get unstuck.

Listening to, Ring Out, Solstice Bells, by Jethro Tull.

Posted by Marie at December 1, 2006 11:41 AM


When my electricity goes out, I have no heat. I have a propane heater and a wood pellet stove but they both have electric ignition. Fortunately, it never gets so cold in our house that a couple of blankets wouldn't be enough but I don't know how you midwesterners do it.

Posted by: Rob at December 1, 2006 2:34 PM

Boy oh boy. I do not envy you right now.

Posted by: Don Ray at December 1, 2006 4:56 PM

Hey, Marie: I was wondering what the storm was like for you down there. You know, I imagine that on some level, the big snows are a drag. But I can't help it: The snow's beautiful in a way no other weather phenomenon is, and I still get the same thrill I did when I was growing up when I see a big storm or hear about one happening.

Posted by: Dan at December 3, 2006 1:45 AM