Friday, January 3, 2014

When Lake Michigan attacks


If you are wondering what my latest project has entailed for the last few days... this would be it.

For those in warmer climes not familiar with the concept of lake effect snow, that occurs when the cold winds from the north pass over a large body of water at a high rate.

Normally, lake effect snow hits the folks on the other side of the lake in Indiana and Michigan.  However, once in a while, those winds come from the east, and create sudden snow squalls here.

That happened today, when snowfall went from an inch in 3 hours to 2-3 inches an hour.
This is what greeted me on my third round of shoveling...


I knocked off a big drift from the roof, got out all my shovels, and went to work...


Since we live right by an airport, I could tell there were not going to be many planes in the sky.  Visibility was less than a mile... a lot less.


White was the theme of the day.


Snow always piles up fast here.


Winter wonderland.  This will all be frozen in place once the -15 temps hit.  It was already close to zero when I did my last round with the shovels.

More tomorrow I am sure, when the snowplows bury half of what I did...


16 comments:

  1. Lake snow eh ? That's one to add to the trivia banks...

    Good luck with the shovelling.

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    1. Your head would spin when I told you what a sache was :-)

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  2. Good Lord man...thats a lot of snow. Hang in there!!!

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    1. Now the nasty sub zero shoveling begins!

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  3. I used to live in Racine, WI. Now I live in the CA Bay Area. I occasionally miss the snow/weather... occasionally. On seeing your pics, I don't think I miss it right now. Watch for the White Walkers!

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    1. Yes indeed! I have never been anywhere warm for the winter... just colder and more northerly :-)

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  4. Wow, that must have taken a lot of baking soda to cover all that terrain o_O
    Remember to lift with your knees.

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    1. He he... I said it was my latest project! ;-)

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  5. ;)
    I happen to live on the I-94 corridor in Michigan, so I can emphathize! I think "lake effect" and "nor'easter"( for the east coasters) are weather guy speak for" we don't know what is coming, it could be a little, but it could also be Epic!" ;)

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    1. We can also have snow here on a sunny day. That might happen when it's -19 here :-)

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  6. I use to hate that when I lived in the Green Bay area, that sweep of Lake Effect off Lake Michigan sucked and happened quite often. Although you don't have it bad until you go up to the Michigan Upper Penisula, seems like they have snow until June up there. .

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  7. Heck, must admit I no longer miss the snow...

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    1. It's loads of fun! And exercise. And frozen!

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  8. No snow for us this year!
    It's still +13°C here, (Belgium) (Europe)
    where normally seen we would have a foot of snow.

    Let the sun shine!

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