The great Lake Bluff Blizzard of February 2nd, 2011 as narrated by Nanook
Well when I got up on Feb 2nd, 2011, I knew it was going to be an interesting day when I looked out my 3rd floor window and could almost touch the snow.
...and down to my courtyard,,,,
The first thing I noticed was that my door would't open because of the snow.....and the drift in my yard which was over my head.
The tree seemed ok, but...
Neighbor's door had a drift up to the doorknob.
Walking outside in more than knee-deep snow, it was hard to see even about 100 feet to the end of the block.
Looking back at my patio window, it was now easy to understand why the sun never seemed to rise today when I woke up.
Looking south to The Daily Grind and the post office from Walnut and North, I felt like I was in the middle of an ice cloud, a feeling I had never had before.
I remember how cozy and warm it was on the other side of my little 3rd floor studio window.
Drifts were almost as tall as the mailboxes in front of the post office.
Looking east towards the library from Veteran's Park, I felt like I was about to enter a smokey abyss.
Dr. Johnson's clinic was about half buried.
The shops along the main drag seemed to slowly come into focus from the swoosh of snow.
The gazebo reminded me of warmer summer concert days.
City Hall seemed to loom out of the mist.
There was a total absence of footsteps--everywhere!
Snow drifts came up to my chest as I walked through them.
Some nice soul at City Hall volunteered to take my picture.
The only way I could walk down the sidewalk was to follow the snowplow!
Notice that the art figure by the lamp post marks the center of the town, now a ghost town.
In Scranton Alley, the snow was up to the level of the benches on the left.
PNC Bank marks the northeast edge of the downtown district.
The snow was half way up the library door.
Not surprising that the world's most famous coffee shop was closed.
Hard to make out the building right across the street from Bluffington's.
Say the word snow and Voila!, it comes up to the door knob!
The post office motto, "through rain, and sleet, and snow", might not apply today?
Can't even see the Metra station from Inovasi's.
WISMA stands for:
W.hy I.sn't S.now M.elting A.lready?
Some of the shorter people in Lake Bluff might have a hard time getting into the stores today?
Within 5 buildings, visibility was just about zero!
Finally, from about 200 feet away, the Metra station finally appeared!
Drifts almost obscured the street signs.
Tracks not visible until the train finally came and I witnessed the worlds biggest snow plow, the Metra train!
Looking east from inside the Metra station.
Walking back to my house, I felt so excited to show these pics to my grandbabies!
Neighbor volunteered to take my pic in front of the post office. Cujo was not too happy either.
I knew I would be safe and warm on the other side of my lighthouse window soon.
Terry's door will soon be buried.
Neighbors Terry and Matt looking very depressed over the horrible snow situation
Ninja killer "Scarface" Tony Montana enjoying his last bit of cocaine before the feds come in to "say hello to my little friend".
You can see Terry is very unhappy about all this snow preventing her from having a fun day?
OK, that's it, no more snow God, please?
Matt proving that even though we have been declared a disaster area, he is staying "on top" of things, and can almost touch the telephone wires.
I wonder if there are any cars underneath all this snow in this parking lot? Well, mebbe we'll find them after it melts a bit?
Matt standing on a snow pile which is taller than he is.
Matt is a young man, but he is still wondering if he will live long enough to see something like this again?
Bring it on!
Nanook can handle ANYTHING!
ONE TUFF MUTHU!