Hurricane Matthew is currently bearing down on Florida’s east coast and it’s still a doozy. 140 MPH sustained winds and showing signs of possible strengthening. Current forecast shows it moving straight up the east coast of Florida, tickling Georgia and South Carolina and then circling around for a possible second hit of Florida. Ouch. There’s also a possibility that it will then cross Florida and hit the Gulf of Mexico whose warm waters might turn it into a hurricane once again, but that’s too far in the future to predict with any accuracy. You can check its progress here.
This is shaping up to be a very serious threat to Florida. Not only will southern Florida have to deal with the hurricane surge itself, but it may come just as it is also experiencing high tide in the middle of the night. You’ll recall what happened to New York when a similar scenario happened with hurricane Sandy which only had 70 MPH sustained winds at the time. If you know anyone in eastern Florida, be sure to let them know that this isn’t a hurricane to mess around with. Get away from the sea and stay indoors.
If Matthew does strengthen and continue along its projected path, we could be getting an early glimpse of what the state of Florida will look like in 50-100 years with the predicted sea level rise due to general warming and the ice caps shrinking. Of which, the Arctic just experienced its second lowest ice extent minimum by the way. So yeah, things are really shaping up for planet Earth.
The day started with a line of thunderstorms passing through the area…
And ended with storms building as the sun sets…
All in all, a good weather day.
Final snowfall totals for Chicago’s 2015 blizzard are in and we just experienced the fifth largest snowfall event in Chicago history coming in at 19.3″. Major kudos to the City for an excellent snowfall removal plan. Side streets are still crappy, but the major thoroughfares are clean. Good luck to all the people parked on the streets. Digging your car out is going to be a herculean task. Also kudos to the CTA for a pretty easy commute as well. There were some issues with the trains, but I still got to work on time. But really, how the heck did you not shovel the el platform?
Here are the top 10 Chicago snow events:
- 23.0″ January 26-27 1967
- 21.6″ January 1-3 1999
- 21.2″ January 31 – Feb 2 2011
- 20.3″ January 12-14 1979
- 19.3″ February 1-2 2015
- 19.2″ March 25-26 1930
- 16.2″ March 7-8 1931
- 14.9″ January 30 1939
- 14.9″ January 6-7 1918
- 14.8″ December 17-19 1928
The picture doesn’t do it justice, but it is what can only be described as snraining outside right now. There is a moderately heavy rain falling and mixed with that is a swirling snowfall. It is bizarrely beautiful.
The weather is a little crazy here right now, but if it can produce views like this, bring on the crazy!
Yay, more snow! We had a few more inches of snow overnight and it was the wet, sticky kind driven by strong winds. The result is magnificently beautiful.
Now go away winter!
An affluent neighborhood. 7:30 in the morning. 5 degrees and sunny.
Public transportation is awesome. Except when it’s not. This morning, it wasn’t. I get on to the train platform just as a train is leaving the station. This is not a big deal. The trains come every five minutes or so. Not today. The train immediately after the one I just missed broke down somewhere before my stop. At first it was just a delay as they try to fix equipment problems. This is not unusual for cold weather and the weather was a crisp 5 degrees this morning. Then they announce that they’re emptying the defective train and have to move it out of the way. Awesome.
From start to finish, it takes them about 45 minutes to accomplish this. And soon, the defective train is rolling slowly past my station. My feet are burning with cold at this point. In the meantime, they take an outbound train and turn it around to try to get things back on schedule. Only they choose the stop after mine to start. Nice. Finally, a train pulls into the station but it is jam-packed like you would expect a train to be after a 45 minute backup of people. It then has to sit at my station for 5 minutes as the defective train gets out of the way somewhere up ahead. Another train comes and there is just enough room for a few people to squeeze on and I make sure I am one of them. Love your neighbor, people! No time to be shy.
My connecting train pulls into the station the same time we do and I think the nightmare commute is finally over. This train is also full, but I manage to squeeze on. It should be smooth sailing from now on. But wait, why have we stopped? Equipment problems with the train directly ahead of us, you say? Wonderful. Add another 10 minutes to the already double time commute. Ugh.
All told, a commute that normally takes 40 minutes door to door took just over an hour and a half. The burning cold in my feet is only just now leaving my body. Happy Monday!
I couldn’t find my good camera so these were taken with my phone, but the still turned out pretty nice. Ice crystals forming on my window. It is amazing how delicate they look.