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Here’s Comes Winter: Foot of Snow Forecast for Chicagoland

YAHOO! WEATHER: A powerful lake-effect snow system will dump a foot or more of accumulation in some areas Friday.

As CBS 2 Meteorologist Megan Glaros reports, Northwest Indiana will be hit particularly hard.

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Weather getting grim in Chicago. Winter here we come!

Here’s what Lake Michigan Looks Like Today – October 19


Get’s kinda crazy on the lake. You can see why the Edmund Fitzgerald sank out there — a 750 foot cargo ship.

VIDEO: Wanda and Me on Lake Michigan in a Little Boat Six Weeks Ago. Funny Stuff Here:

And here’s what it’s going to be like soon here in Chicago on Lake Shore Drive

FLASHBACK: Blizzard of February 2011: 1,500 cars abandoned on Lake Shore Drive. 24-foot waves on Lake Michigan.

In other words, awesome

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Lindsey Wilson was on Lake Shore Drive, but she couldn’t tell where. It was dark, and the snow swirling around the stranded bus made it impossible to see anything but the closest cars.

There was talk among her fellow commuters of 25-foot waves washing up from Lake Michigan and about when the bus might get going, but nobody knew anything — not the driver, not the emergency operators passengers were calling, and not the shivering motorists climbing aboard to keep warm after firefighters pulled them from their cars.

When a group of passengers decided enough was enough and started to walk, she joined them.

“I got 100 feet, everything was an orange hue, there was snow in my face, I couldn’t see anything, I turned around and couldn’t see the bus and I thought I was going to die,” she said Wednesday morning.

Wilson, 26, was among hundreds of people in at least 1,500 vehicles who found themselves trapped on Chicago’s most famous stretch of road for as long as 12 hours Tuesday night and Wednesday morning during one of the worst snow storms in the city’s history. The situation was among the worst impacts from the winter storm that carved a frigid path along a 2,000-mile stretch across the eastern U.S.

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Here’s an illustrative video of what it can be like in Chicago in the Winter

This is why we like to go to Florida in the Winter.

Obama cuts vacation short by 7 hours to appear to manage hurricane crisis that wasn’t much of a crisis

Dopey Joe Biden sneaks in one last round of golf before his home state of Delaware is hit by Irene

FOX NEWS: Delaware was pounded by Hurricane Irene on Saturday night, but Vice President Biden got in one last round of golf in his home state before the heavy stuff started coming down, Fox News has learned.

Biden played golf at a Wilmington-area course on Saturday morning, according to two sources familiar with his schedule.
Asked directly whether Biden played golf on Saturday, Biden’s office would not comment to Fox News.

Biden’s official schedule released Friday showed him spending down time at home in Wilmington after a 10-day official trip to Asia.

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VIDEO: My brother goes skiing at Squaw Valley . . . on May 28

Some fun Memorial Day skiing!

Is Global Warming really the problem? Or are we actually sinking into another Ice Age?

Mammoth Mt, California has so much snow (a 10 to 19-foot snow base) that it’s planning to stay open for skiing through July 4, and maybe all summer.

Here’s what Mammoth Mt is looking like now — just a few hours from the Pacific coast:

Horrifying Videos: Joplin, Missouri Completely Destroyed by Massive Tornado. Many Dead. Most of Town Gone.

Total Destruction

First Person Video of Joplin Twister

CBS ST LOUIS: A massive tornado that tore a four-mile path across southwestern Missouri killed at least 89 people as it slammed into the city of Joplin, ripping into a hospital and leaving a forest of splintered tree trunks behind where entire neighborhoods once stood.

Authorities warned that the death toll could climb Monday as search and rescuers continued their work at sunrise. City manager Mark Rohr announced the number of known dead at a pre-dawn news conference outside the wreckage of a hospital that took a direct hit from Sunday’s storm. Rohr said the twister cut a path nearly six miles long and more than a half-mile wide through the center of town, adding that tornado sirens gave residents about a 20-minute warning before the tornado touched down on the city’s west side.

Much of the city’s south side was leveled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to ruins. Fire chief Mitch Randles estimated that 25 to 30 percent of the city was damaged, and said his own home was among the buildings destroyed as the twister swept through this city of about 50,000 people some 160 miles south of Kansas City. “It cut the city in half,” Randles said. An unknown number of people were injured in the storm, and
officials said patients were scattered to any nearby hospitals that could take them.

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Will Al Gore be at the Super Bowl to explain this weather?

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Runways too snowy to receive airliners packed with football fans. Sidewalks too icy for cowboy boots. Temperatures too cold to distinguish Dallas from Pittsburgh or Green Bay.

Just two days before the Super Bowl, a fresh blast of snow and ice canceled hundreds of flights, transformed highways into ribbons of white and caused dangerous sheets of ice to fall from Cowboys Stadium, sending at least six people to the hospital. It was enough to turn the biggest week in American sports into a Super Mess.

The six people hurt Friday were private contractors who had been hired by the NFL to prepare the stadium for the game. One man was hit in the head, another in the shoulder. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.

Most stadium entrances were closed as a precaution. Officials raised the temperature inside the arena in an attempt to melt remaining ice.

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SHOCK VIDEO: The 2011 Chicago Blizzard

HAMMERED:

Two feet of snow. 1,500 Abandoned Cars on Lakeshore Drive.

24-Foot Waves on Lake Michigan. 70 mph winds. Now temps drop to -6 (-20 with wind chill)

Ben Digs Out

Now the Deep Freeze

Al Gore Blames the Warming for Frigid Temps, Epic Blizzard

AL GORE:

Last week on his show Bill O’Reilly asked, “Why has southern New Yorkturned into the tundra?” and then said he had a call into me. I appreciate the question.

As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming:

“In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.”

“A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.”

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Chill Map

CHICAGO: 1,500 cars abandoned on Lake Shore Drive. 24-foot waves on Lake Michigan.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Lindsey Wilson was on Lake Shore Drive, but she couldn’t tell where. It was dark, and the snow swirling around the stranded bus made it impossible to see anything but the closest cars.

There was talk among her fellow commuters of 25-foot waves washing up from Lake Michigan and about when the bus might get going, but nobody knew anything — not the driver, not the emergency operators passengers were calling, and not the shivering motorists climbing aboard to keep warm after firefighters pulled them from their cars.

When a group of passengers decided enough was enough and started to walk, she joined them.

“I got 100 feet, everything was an orange hue, there was snow in my face, I couldn’t see anything, I turned around and couldn’t see the bus and I thought I was going to die,” she said Wednesday morning.

Wilson, 26, was among hundreds of people in at least 1,500 vehicles who found themselves trapped on Chicago’s most famous stretch of road for as long as 12 hours Tuesday night and Wednesday morning during one of the worst snow storms in the city’s history. The situation was among the worst impacts from the winter storm that carved a frigid path along a 2,000-mile stretch across the eastern U.S.

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MORE GLOBAL WARMING: 2,000 miles snow and ice storm pound America

Photo is of downtown Chicago BEFORE major part of storm hit.

NEW YORK TIMES: A paralyzing 2,000-mile swath of winter at its snowy, icy, messy worstpushed eastward across the United States on Tuesday, disrupting the rhythms of everyday life and punctuating this season’s recurring lesson that humankind has no dominion over nature.

Airlines canceled thousands of flights. Governors called out the National Guard. Schools closed early, if they opened at all. Interstate highways became treacherous ribbons of black ice. Top officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency apprised President Obama of their battle plans for foul weather threatening more than 30 states.

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Coldest December Ever Recorded in South Florida

WUWT: From the NOAA National Weather Service Office in Miami comes this year end report:

2010 South Florida Weather Year in Review

Coldest December on Record Concludes Year of Extremes

December 30th, 2010: Temperature and precipitation extremes marked the weather of 2010 across South Florida. A cool and wet January through March was followed by the hottest summer on record, and then concluded with the coldest December on record for the main climate sites in South Florida (details on the above mentioned periods will be included below).

Here are December 2010 temperature averages for select sites (through 7 AM Dec 30th):

* Location of observations for each location have moved since the first year of record, but are representative of the city for record keeping purposes.

** Present Miami Beach and Moore Haven temperature data may not be totally comparable to historical data due to difference in time of daily reports which causes double-reporting of low temperatures.

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